Good morning, friends! Natty Guy and I recently got back from a trip to Portugal. Whenever we travel, we often get asked if we took a tour. Almost 10o% of the time, the answer is no, we travel on our own. That always sparks a new set of questions. How did you know where to go? How did you know where to stay? How did you get around?
I won’t lie. Independent travel can be quite a bit of work – especially if you research to the degree that we typically do. But, it can reward you with a much more authentic and rewarding vacation experience as well as the satisfaction of forging your own way in a foreign country. This post will walk you through everything you need to know to plan your OWN amazing vacation!
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Today I wake up in the city that never sleeps! Natty Guy and I flew in yesterday to meet his mother and our 16 year old nephew for the weekend. My mother-in-law has a tradition of taking each grandchild on a cruise the summer after they turn 16 and this year is the youngest of the four’s turn. When she realized the trip left from NY area she thought it would be a great opportunity for this child to see the city but was worried about the stamina a quick visit might take, so called us in for reinforcements. This will be a surprise for our nephew!
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What is it about the South that’s so enchanting? The pervasive scent of marsh? The amazing food? The slow and elegant pace of life? The thick, sultry air?
Last week we visited family in South Carolina for the July 4th holiday. Natty Guy had to work Wednesday afternoon and we had a Hyatt free night certificate (categories 1-4) to burn so we decided to spend our last day in Savannah at the Andaz hotel, a Hyatt category 4 property. He was able to work in the quiet and air-conditioned comfort of the room while I stayed cool by splashing around poolside.
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