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7 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Cruising the Mediterranean

Although I spent months dreaming about and planning my “travel with strangers” trip, I still pulled several rookie tourists mistakes. My first trip to Europe was with a singles travel group on a cruise ship through the Mediterranean. Small errors in judgment, advice given that worked for other travelers, or the desire to do and see it all, presented a few challenges that could have been avoided. However, with a “now I know better” attitude, I am looking forward to my next trip.

The New Travel ID, Do You Need One?

The new travel ID complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Beginning October 1, 2020, Federal agencies, including DHS and TSA, will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or compliant identification cards for accessing Federal facilities including TSA airport security checkpoints if the license or card was issued by a REAL ID-compliant state, following the REAL ID security standards. The ID must include the REAL ID Star.

Tips for Accessible Traveling

There is no feeling like confidence when traveling alone, especially when you’re disabled. Most people think that when you’re on crutches, in a wheelchair or powerchair you can’t really travel. Well, they are wrong. I love traveling and never let my disability stop me from doing what I love. Here are tips to help you feel more confident, whether traveling alone or with a companion.

A Scary Twist on The Holiday Season

The winter holiday spirit is alive in every step, with the steaming mulled wine in festive mugs, roasted chestnuts served in paper cones (perfect for warming cold hands), spiced cookies, and other yummy treats. The winter markets, or as the Germans call it, Weihnachtsmarkt or Advent Market, transports you into a magical land, reminiscent of those beautiful, miniature, wintery villages placed on mantels during the holidays.

Cargo Shorts: Not Foolproof

Recently, we returned to Europe and my husband proudly packed his cargo shorts, recalling the story of his near miss in Paris. While I hoped he was right, I was a little skeptical. After all, it’s just a button between us and the loss of everything keeping us afloat on a long journey through another continent.