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Tuesday Travel Trouble: Train-a-palooza

Last Christmas we packed up the family and headed to Portugal to visit Emily’s parents for a week.  It was a wonderful trip, in spite of the challenge getting there and the added stop on the way home.  As we geared up for our trip, our train-loving son, Peter, was particularly excited to hear that we could probably ride a train while in Portugal.  Yet with access to Grandma’s car for most of our trip, we found ourselves nearing the end of our stay, not having been on a real train.

Since Emily’s parents were only a few blocks from the train and trolley connecting Belém to central Lisbon, we decided that we would treat Peter (and the other boys) with a little train adventure—an activity we dubbed Train-a-palooza!  We’d catch the train from Belém, head into central Lisbon, transfer to the subway for a couple of stops, and then hop on the trolley back to Belém.  A perfect activity for our train lover, and pretty low risk as far as adventures go. Read more

Tuesday Travel Trouble: A night in Frankfurt

Sometimes frequent flyer miles are hard to use.

Sometimes it’s because you start planning your trip a bit too late.  Sometimes it’s just a busy route or a busy time of year.  Sometimes your frequent flyer miles are split across accounts and you need to take what you can get.  And sometimes it’s all of the above.

With these obstacles and plenty of others, you may find yourself in to less than optimal situations during your travels.  The good news?  It’s free travel—so let’s not forget that!

I suppose today’s Tuesday Travel Trouble column is a bit different than those we’ve featured in the past.  This week’s is something we knew we were getting into—right from the start. Read more