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    10 Ideas for a Girls’ Weekend

    Girls’ weekend getaways are the best. Wouldn’t you agree? R and I are about to join C for a girls’ weekend to Oregon, for the Pendleton Round-Up. Our lifestyle is quite conducive to girls’ weekends, so we take full advantage of that whenever we can. Below are 10 ideas for planning your own girls’ weekend. I recommend you start planning ASAP. Go camping Okay, so not everyone likes to camp. But for those that do, camping is a fun and affordable girls’ weekend option. We are blessed here in Idaho with an abundance of places to pitch a tent. Once you have all the gear you need, it is simply…

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    How to Travel with Your Parents

    Travel with parents, grandparents, first-timers and other novices is a different experience and requires a little different preparation. A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with my parents. My dad has Lyme disease and we were told a specialist there might be able to help him. Now, my dad will always know more about cars than me and my sewing skills will never compare to my mothers. But travel, that is my game. As my mom began making plans for a trip north, she asked me for some travel advice. It did not take long before I realized a trip, even one as small as this,…

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    Being Pampered in Foreign Lands

    Have you ever got back from your vacation and thought, “Man, I need a vacation?” B and I like to pack as much into our travels as possible, but it’s important to remember that a key part of a vacation is relaxation. One way to make yourself relax on your vacation is to schedule in some vacation pampering. As a bonus, you will most likely be forced out of your comfort zone and experience something new while you are are being worked on. Most countries have a specialty when it comes to spa treatments. So next time you are heading out on a vacation, check out what they offer and…

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    Planning out Your Trip: a How to Guide

    On Jane Sees the World we’ve casually mentioned planning a trip in pretty much every post. Then again, it is a travel blog, so this probably makes sense. Both B and I have been asked many times over the years how we pick where to go and decide what we want to do. I know when I am wondering about something, it helps to have a step-by-step guide. So this post is going to be a instructional guide for how to plan a trip my aunt took a while back. You will be able to see the process and follow suit when you are planning your next trip. Note: if…

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    The True Cost of Traveling in Australia

    After spending the month of February staying and playing Down Under, I have a pretty good idea of Australia travel costs. This post is a follow up to an earlier post about planning and saving for that month-long trip. I knew I wanted to follow up after the trip to give an accurate account of how much money I spent. But honestly, I was not looking forward to doing the actual math and seeing that final price tag—mostly because I knew I was over my budget. I probably could have kept better track of my expenses while I was on the road, but that is not my travel style. Although I am…

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    Pros and Cons of Six Travel Apps

    Travel apps and technology have changed the way we travel. I will not pretend to be an expert in those ways, but I certainly enjoy many of the conveniences technology offers while I am on the road. Travel apps During my recent trip to Australia, I decided to try out a couple of new travel apps. I have been using various travel apps for years (e.g. Delta, Airbnb, XE), but I found myself wondering what else I could add to my phone to make my life a little easier—especially in regards to itineraries. I generally like to create/design a one-page itinerary. It is fun and gets me excited about an…

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    Delta Vacation Package Deal Shocker

    You know how your mom always told you that if something seems too good to be true it probably is? Well, for the most I part subscribe to my momma’s sound adage. However, every now and then the improbable happens. Enter the Delta vacation package deal. But let me back up a little… Planning a Christmas Vacation Last year B and I decided we wanted to try spending the Christmas holidays somewhere new. Since B just sent us to Australia, it was more or less my turn to pick our destination. I really want to go to Romania. Like really really. Now, there is a twist in the story line:…

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    Preparing for a Trip

    Trip Preparation List: This is being posted a day earlier than usual because in a reverse Groundhog’s Day phenomenon, our February 2nd will have disappeared completely in between the time that we leave Los Angeles (Feb 1) and arrive in Sydney (Feb 3). So weird.  It can be overwhelming to get ready to go on a trip. Luckily, there are several good apps to help with packing; but this trip preparation list will help you to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you leave home with stuff that doesn’t include packing.  If you are reading this, hopefully you are getting ready to go on a…

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    Six Ways to Make Business Travel More Fun

    Fun work trips are possible. I promise. Do you have to travel for work? If the answer is yes, below are six suggestions for how to make your next business trip a little more enjoyable…provided you can find some free time of course. Advice for fun work trips A couple of times a year, I get/have to travel for work. These trips are usually a week or so in length to some place in the U.S. In fact, I have never traveled internationally for work. Needless to say, the “perks,” as we tend to think of them, are few for me when it comes to business travel. I have no…

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    The Mid-Vacation Respite

    A mid vacation respite is a time on your trip when you can take a vacation from your vacation. One of the most challenging things about planning a trip is trying to cram in as much as possible. No matter where you go, you will have to make tough choices about what you will be able to see and what you will have to skip until the next time around. Our natural inclination is to pack our days and nights as full as possible, each and every day. Logic tells us we only have so much time to be away from our everyday lives, so it would be a waste…