Xebec is not the only way to Cruise the Mediterranean! What is a Xebec, you ask? It’s a a small, three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean, formerly much used by corsairs, now employed to some extent in commerce. Image Credit: Public Domain image provided by Wikimedia Commons We decided to cruise the Mediterranean on the NCL Spirit. No, we did not win the lottery. We booked six days prior to leaving at a discount so big it was cheaper than the nightly price for a hotel and included 12 nights, all meals, transportation and entertainment. (Last minute booking works best from [Read More]
Russian Security Is Serious. Here is your chance to learn from our mistakes. Today’s travel tip: When in Russia, don’t go through security gates unless you know how it works, and what is on the other side. Fortunately, our airport encounters with Russian security were without incident. I really wish I had filmed our encounter with Russian security as we entered the Metro, as it was hilarious. Visualize this: We were given one metro (subway) ticket for the family. I went first. I scanned the ticket, the gates opened, the LED display read “4″, I went through and the gate [Read More]
As we traveled around the world, we stumbled upon some amazing once in a lifetime opportunities. Since today’s travel tip is for the letter Q, I will start with one of our big mistakes. We were in England for the Queen‘s Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of 60 years at the throne. This was clearly a once in a lifetime event, not to be missed. My family voted to skip the festivities as it was cold, raining, and crowded. We were several hours away and would need to find a last minute, over-priced hotel in an already expensive city. On [Read More]
Open up to new experiences and participate in local life is my favorite travel tip, as it is what transforms us from tourist to travelers. We don’t want to watch, we want to participate. As it is Wordless Wednesday in addition to AtoZ Travel Tips, I offer these examples. Participate In Local Life All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2011-2012. All rights Reserved. Do you participate in local life when you travel? Wordless Wednesday is a Blog Hop, So is AtoZ If you are using photos to tell your story today, please add a link to your post.
Do you kiss the Blarney Stone, drink the kava or, sip from the fountain of youth? We participate in our travels, ignore the continuous lashing of negative feedback and, were vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B. Why not kiss the blarney stone? – It’s been reported that teens break into the tower and urinate on it at night. Well, good for them. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s talk, either way there is a guy there with some hospital grade smelling disinfectant that wipes the stone between each person’s kiss. Kiss The Blarney Stone At the Kava ceremony a shared cup of [Read More]
Imagination Let’s You Fly. Really it does. Here’s proof: Imagination Let’s You Fly So, are my children flying? Are they on Magic broomsticks? Can you hear me say “up” as the broomstick rose to my hand? Did my teen flap her arms just enough times to actually leave the ground? I don’t think so – but you do. That’s the point. A bit of suggestion (broomstick flying lessons) combined with your imagination and you see flying. Travel Tip for the day: Imagination let’s you fly – if you first learn a few photography tricks. I would share my secrets, but [Read More]