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Budget European Airlines

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Budget European Airlines

  I’m flying the friendly budget skies in a few days. Headed to the other side of the big pond. A couple of blog posts ago, I promised my readers a little information about budget European airlines. This is a short but sweet little attempt to do just that. The cost of flights tends to be one of the priciest aspects of travel, but wait until you hear about the prices I paid when I booked flights for several trips within my upcoming trip. Although living in Torre Del Mar, Spain is indeed a treat all on its own, we always make a few travel plans while there. The beauty of living abroad part time is that I get to enjoy the comforts of my home-away-from home while still venturing out to do some serious exploring. And, the beauty of doing my exploring from Spain is that budget European airlines are abundant and truly inexpensive. Once you pay for that flight to cross the Atlantic, you can travel between European countries quite cheaply if you know what to do. I”ll be flying RyanAir and Vueling this year. Both depart from Malaga. RyanAir is an Irish budget airline between European countries. It can be extremely cheap to fly with Ryan. I’m boarding a RyanAir flight in Lisbon, Portugal to fly to Porto, Portugal. I will also be taking a flight from Malaga to Santiago de Compostela. I’ll return to Malaga via Vueling, a budget Spanish Airline. Here’s the good part....

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Preparing For My Annual Trip to Spain

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Preparing For My Annual Trip to Spain

Preparing for my annual trip to Spain is pretty easy these days. I’ve been doing it long enough that I actually reference a checklist. Here’s that list in no particular order … place travel alerts on ATM and credit cards set up PO Box for transfer of all personal mail order euros make paper copies of all airline tickets and hotel reservations Get my cell phone international call plan set up make sure passport and wall plugs for foreign outlets are packed set up online bill pay for all incoming bills file taxes before I leave pack and then repack until I’m traveling as light as possible. It’s not a long list as you can see, but any one of those items if left undone could cause quite a headache for me. Most are probably standard procedure for travelers, but I”m going to explain a couple of them in a little greater detail. Why use a PO Box? Traveling longterm presents a few problems that are unique. My husband and I prefer long international trips of two to three months at a time. On a few occasions, we’ve been out of the country for as long as eight months. That’s a totally different ball game than the traditional vacation time of a week or two. What do we do with our mail, for example? That was often a big headache for us. Since we’ve rented a PO Box at our local post office, things have been less stressful. We...

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It’s Time to Roam — Again

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

It’s Time to Roam — Again

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. My life has been without much vagabonding. However, in about six weeks, that’s going to change. I’m getting ready to roam — again —and frankly, I can’t wait. I just had another birthday and my birthday conveniently coincides with the beginning of a new year, so as I ponder what I’d like to accomplish, seeing new places always enters the big picture. My Home in Torre Del Mar Our annual trip to Spain is always highly anticipated. In fact, I’ve finally negotiated an agreement with our landlord that I think is mutually beneficial. He’s agreed that it’s a lot easier for everyone involved if we simply secure the apartment for the months of March and April indefinitely. In other words, it’s ours to enjoy for as long as we want or until either of our circumstances change. Click to Enjoy a Torre Del Mar Sunset Not having to worry about where we’re going to live whenever we return to Spain is a real bonus. Plus, it’s so affordable that I doubt I’d ever find such a place for so little again. I’ve written numerous times about this little sixth floor apartment in Torre Del Mar located directly across the street from the Mediterranean Sea. While not a fancy abode by many standards, it is comfy and fully equipped with everything that a person would need to live like a local rather than a tourist. With a washer, dryer, fully equipped...

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An Antidote for Modern Anxiety

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

An Antidote for Modern Anxiety

  Fear is one of the easiest ways to control people. It’s being used regularly throughout all facets of American life and I suspect all over the world. One of the many benefits that I’ve derived from my life of travel is that it has served as a wonderful antidote to the fear virus. Travel gives me perspective through the vast array of different experiences that it offers. In America, anxiety is on the rise, from the young to the old. I contend that much of modern-day anxiety is a direct result of media and poor information, much of which is designed to deliberately increase our collective angst. Why? Because somebody, somewhere wants to control other people. Five Things to Notice When You Quit the News By keeping working people afraid of losing their jobs, they become so grateful to have ANY kind of work that they accept horrible working conditions. (Work quality is definitely on rapid decline in the US) By keeping old people afraid of losing their Medicare plans, It makes it possible for insurance companies to devise ever more confusing options that are camouflaged as an improvement but guaranteed to reduce services and charge more. (this may largely be an American problem) To keep people willing to live with increased business and government surveillance of all of our habits, constant fear of foreign invasion is delivered through the media. To curb enthusiasm and interest in exploring the planet outside of our borders, we are fed a...

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Traveling Abroad is Good For Us

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Traveling Abroad is Good For Us

Traveling is good for us. Traveling abroad is really good for us. However, we reap greater benefits when we travel less as a tourist and more as an”untourist”. The more new experiences that we can enjoy, the better for our brains and our expanding world view.

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Save Money on Flights

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Save Money on Flights

    Want to go to Europe and save money at the same time? If you haven’t made that trip to Europe yet, you know, the one you’ve been dreaming about for years, well, start planning it. I’ve been traipsing all over Europe for almost twelve years, and I plan to keep returning for as long as I’m able. In fact, I now winter in Spain every year which provides me with two great months to indulge in a few short trips away from my home away from home. I hope that made sense. So, here’s how I try to save money on flights when I’m planning my next trip to Spain. What the heck is a stop-over flight? First of all, I usually do a stop over on my way there and on my way back home. What’s that you ask? Well, I stop over in a city of my choice. Between my home in the US and my apartment in Malaga lies many beautiful possibilities for stop overs. I will be stopping over in Dublin this coming March. I can save money by purchasing a multiple stop airline ticket. Starting point — my home town— but I’ll be stopping over in Dublin on my way to Malaga, for about five days as a matter of fact. Then I’ll board a plane again and complete my trip to Malaga. On the way back, I’ll stop over in Dublin again for a few days and then make my way on...

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