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March 24, 2011

Tips for First Time Campers

Womancamping If shopping the day after Thanksgiving is your idea of the call of the wild, then perhaps it's time you head to the great outdoors for some real adventure. Even if you weren't a Girl Scout or never received a Brownie badge, a working woman can still get in touch with her wild side while mastering the basics of camping.

Camping provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Fresh air, endless hiking trails and a campfire for roasting marshmallows can help you rediscover the simple pleasures of life and reinvigorate even the most worn out work horse. But before heading out to blaze your own trail, there are some camping basics you should know. [Full Story]

March 14, 2011

Tips for Dining on a Dime When Traveling with Kids


After a long morning at the Louvre museum, tromping through room after room of priceless goodies, we were starving. My boys were in that state, "if I don't get food instantly, I'm going to turn into a growling alien with eight mouths and arms." From the museum, we headed to the rue de Rivoli.

On a side street, people streamed in and out of a sandwich shop. We ducked into the shop, and 10 minutes later, my food bag was stuffed with baguette sandwiches and cold drinks. We hustled over to the Tuileries Gardens. Despite a cool October day, the park benches were filled with local Parisians, having their lunch outdoors. We had a wonderful impromptu picnic. The boys gobbled their food standing up (atrocious table manners), while I gratefully slouched on a park bench, enjoying my sandwich - tender French ham and good cheese on a chewy baguette.
Food is one of most pleasurable and potentially most irritating aspects of traveling with kids. When kids get hungry, they get cranky or picky, and it doesn't matter where you are, it's no fun. Food is also a big chunk of travel expenses for a family. Eating out in restaurants all the time can cost a bundle and little kids may not want to wait for infinity and beyond to eat a meal. Here's some tips to help you to have fun and save money. [Full Story]

March 11, 2011

How to Save Money on a Cheap Motel

Motel Car companies tend to introduce their new models at very posh places. I appreciate the luxurious amenities, though with the media presentations and the time spent driving or photographing the vehicles, I rarely can partake of more than the mint on the pillow and the thirsty terry cloth robes on padded hangers.

When I’m on my own, the places I stay tend to have numbers in their names. No mint, no robes. And the towels are sometimes more see-through than thick and thirsty. (OK. Use two.)

On a recent drive between Santa Fe and Los Angeles, I came up with a question for which there is no logical answer: Why is it easier to read in bed at Motel 6 than at the fancier place? [Full Story]

March 10, 2011

Top 10 Bus Tours in the U.S.

Bus tour If you are looking for a quick vacation or if you are looking to save money on sightseeing on your next vacation, try one of the quick bus tours. Touring with a group allows you to save money on a rental car and fuel. It also ensures that you will see the best sites that you may not otherwise find. If money is a concern, these short vacations can ensure a great getaway without taking a long vacation. With a wide variety of bus tours available, there is sure to be a tours to suit everyone’s tastes.

To help travelers find great weekend tour destinations,, and online ticketing company for inter-city bus and bus tours, releases top 10 tours. This top 10 list is compiled with a formula based on the existing bookings and booking trends for tours lasting for 2 to 3 days. These top 10 weekend tours are just the beginning of the vast possibilities for short term tours. [Full Story]