Knowing an area’s history can add exponentially to a trip, which is why Fresno makes her kids read the Horrible History books. Almost every location is the subject some fabulous historical fiction and non-fiction. Since we’re avid readers, Fresno and I decided that we would do a series where we review the books that have helped make our travels even more interesting.
I know y’all are big readers, too, and you’ve travelled places we’ve not yet gone. We’d love to hear your suggestions for books that are good pre-trip reading for specific locations. You can comment here, or shoot us an email at kate at fromfresnototimbuktu dot com.
First up: Naples, Italy Check back this weekend for my book suggestions to set the scene for your time in this beautiful, ugly, wonderful, frustrating city.
I love travel. I love exposing my kids to travel. I love that my family is absolutely insufferable when watching the movie European Vacation. I know that sounds snotty, and I don’t mean it to. I put a job’s worth of time into getting the most out of our travel, because goodness knows that we’re not at an income level to be able to just throw down the Visa card whenever a place strikes our fancy (case in point – Australia and New Zealand. My kids are DYING to visit those two and we have not been able to find a way to swing it as of yet. But, you know, goals are good).
Because we are not independently wealthy, we pay close attention to sales, promotions and airline points. It is those airline points which are today causing the ridiculous headache, and I have vowed they WILL! NOT! WIN!
Go ahead – sing the Expedia theme song. Right now. I know you know it.
Now that is out of the way, let’s move on to the why of Expedia. It’s actually very simple – of all the aggregators I’ve tried for hotel, car, and flight reservations, Expedia is the furthest reaching and the most easily tweaked. While I adore Kayak’s little map with pictures of special price deals (gives me ideas!), there have been several times I’ve been able to find and book flights on Expedia that I could not find on Kayak.
Plus, Expedia has a points program – Expedia Rewards. But right up front I’ll say that if the points program is your main reason for choosing Expedia, don’t bother.