Category Archives: Europe

Make it Cheap!

Round trip business class tickets to Europe - with miles - $200.  Cheap travel is awesome.
Round trip business class tickets to Europe – with miles – $200. Cheap travel is awesome.

Last year I visited six European countries and three African countries.  I also visited four American states, one of those for the first time.  It was fun.

It would have also been very, very expensive if I didn’t have a few tricks up my sleeve for just such occasions.

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Just For The Grownups: Ragdale Hall

One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a day at a local spa.  It wasn’t a “spa” spa, but a fancy beauty salon that offered massages and such.  It was amazing, and I raved for months.  Years.

I thought that was the best gift ever, until my husband gave me the gift of a day at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa in England.   I have never been so relaxed, so comfortable, and so happy.   By the end of the day, I was contemplating whether I could live there if I didn’t need a house, or a car, or to buy clothes (spa robe!) or buy food.  Since that isn’t realistic, I’ve been planning a return trip very, very soon. Continue reading Just For The Grownups: Ragdale Hall

London – Preparations

We traveled to London, England with two children under the age of ten and a preteen.  It went off marvelously.  There were several hitches, because travel and also because children.  Also, because airline schedule.

London was the first overseas destination for our children – we wanted to start them off easily.  They spoke the language, the food was familiar, and I’ll admit it – Harry Potter.

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On Airlines : British Airways

Disclaimer:  We use British Airways a lot, and we have a rather large point balance with them.

BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies
BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies

Why, you may ask, do we have a large BA point balance instead of using those beautiful little things to purchase more travel?

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Great Britain Friends and Family Railcards

£10 off the regular £30 one year Friends and Family Railcard, online only, unti 24 February 2014.  Use promotional code WEB10.  More information at website.

If you are going to do any family train travel in Great Britain, you absolutely must buy a Friends and Family Railcard.  It will save you loads of money, sometimes even paying for itself on the first trip.


Pretty much anyone can buy a Friends and Family Railcard – you don’t have to be a family.   Heck, you don’t even need to be friends! Continue reading Great Britain Friends and Family Railcards

Things Discovered While Traveling – The Art Edition

I’d like to think we raise our children with a well-rounded education and exposure to a various assortment of scholarly pursuits amongst their judo and boxing lessons.   I mean, we do like to watch musicals together.  The current favorite is Les Miserables, but I have two teenage girls in the house, so that is rather to be expected.

Where I fall woefully short in educating my children is the world of art.  I’ve always meant to focus more on that, to make sure my children knew the difference between a Picasso and  Jackson Pollock and were able to appreciate that others appreciate the work of Mark Rothko.

I’ve always meant to do this, but somehow I fell short of that goal.  This is where we were saved by travel. Continue reading Things Discovered While Traveling – The Art Edition