My Year in Review and Holiday Greetings

December 21, 2018 4 Comments »

holiday 2018

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe it’s my 12th year of doing these holiday videos!  I’m not a video person mainly because I hate editing video.  It takes me a full 10 to 12 hour day to get this video done.  So every year I don’t think I’ll make the video and then tradition (and guilt) […]

Roam Sweet Roam Car Camping

September 17, 2018 32 Comments »

solo car camping tips

I read the Facebook comment “If you’re anywhere near Crested Butte, I’d love to say hi!!” left by Ottsworld reader, Vicki Hill. I often get messages from people/strangers wanting to meet up when I’m in their town or nearby. If I have time on a trip I LOVE to meet readers. Yes, yes I know […]

I Suddenly Got Blood Clots From Flying: How You Can Avoid It

August 28, 2018 47 Comments »

blood clots and flying

There are lots of things that can either be frustrating or scary about flying. There’s the lost/delayed luggage, delays, lines at security, turbulence, lack of space, and of course…snakes on planes (at least in Hollywood). I’m pretty familiar with all of these annoyances (except the last one!) because I spend a lot of time flying. […]

Why You Should Travel More

August 15, 2018 7 Comments »

Vacation Deficit Disorder

I am currently 30,000 feet in the air flying home after an incredible 2 week vacation in India with my niece. These 2 weeks actually felt like about 5 weeks away – but India always has that effect on me since I feel like I am eons away from my normal life when I am […]

Bike Tour Tips From My First Cycling Trip

June 21, 2018 3 Comments »

bike tour tips

Like biking through the landscape of Basque Country, there are lots of ups and downs when taking your first bike tour. With each new adventure comes learning, and my biggest learning was there was no reason to be fearful about it. Fear so often holds us back from doing things we want to do (like […]

8 Things You Should Do Before You Buy Travel Insurance

June 4, 2018 7 Comments »

annual multi trip travel insurance

I hate insurance shopping. Medical insurance, travel insurance, car insurance – I hate it all. I’ve always referred to travel insurance shopping as the worst thing to do on my trip planning list. Nothing squashes the excitement of a trip more than reading the fine print of all the ways you can die or things […]

Hit the Open Road with These Best Drives in the World

May 31, 2018 1 Comment »

best drives in the world

There are a billion best drives in the world, best scenic drives, and best road trip articles out there – and honestly, your best ones are probably the favorite ones you’ve been on. With that in mind, I’ve compiled something a little different. Here, you won’t find the usual list – instead you’ll find the […]

How to Plan a Destination Classmate Reunion

May 22, 2018 1 Comment »

class reunion ideas

The year was 1988. We had big hair…lots of hair. I used to spend an hour each morning curling my already permed hair into even tighter little curls with a curling iron the size of my pinky finger. I really did want to be ‘Baby’ from Dirty Dancing even though I had stick straight hair. […]

How to use a Travel Credit Card to Travel for Less

May 15, 2018 1 Comment »

Travel for less with travel hacking

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from an Ottsworld reader and Youtuber Tim Rutherford. Amy and Tim Rutherford retired in their 40s by trimming $6,500 from their monthly spending. They are passionate about teaching others the strategies that helped them say goodbye to their careers […]

How to Start Travel Hacking

May 10, 2018 No Comments »

how to start travel hacking

I just wrote about how I decided to get a travel focused credit card to take advantage of some of the travel perks they offer. However, another reason to get a travel focused credit card is because you want to get start travel hacking! Travel hacking is the process of earning travel reward points at […]

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