Entries by Spencer

Last-minute stocking stuffer

Still struggling with what to get for the one on your gift-giving list who has it all? Wondering how in the world you can persuade your significant other to agree to some family trip planning? Need to jumpstart your travel plans by saving thousands on airfare?

The Fees of London

I’ve mentioned occasionally in the past that when using frequent flyer miles to travel abroad, you’re often better off avoiding London.  The reason for this?  Crazy-high carrier-imposed fees when using London’s airports (regardless of whether London is your destination or you’re just changing planes).  By crazy-high, I mean $200-300 is common, and $300+ happens a […]

Christmas Abroad

Traveling at Christmastime can truly be an adventure.  Last year we took the family to Portugal, and you may recall the harrowing experience of getting there after some storms caused flight delays.  While it’s true that Christmastime is a busy time to be on airplanes, it can be a wonderful time of year to visit […]

Rick Steves – LIVE at the Paramount

If there’s one traveling companion that should come along on every trip to Europe—without needing an airplane ticket or a place to sleep—it’s a Rick Steves guidebook for the place you’re headed.  Hopefully you’ve already experienced Rick’s expertise in your travels, so you know what I’m talking about.  While his books may lack the glossy […]

Holiday shopping: Top Secret Adventures

Welcome to the third installation of holiday shopping ideas for traveling families!  Click here for the full (and growing) list of gift ideas. Today’s recommendations: Top Secret Adventures by Highlights Remember sitting in the dentist’s office as a child and finding the Highlights magazine?  I do, and my favorite was always the hidden pictures section.  Well, […]