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The Beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Each time I go home to visit Chicago, I discover something I have never seen before. In the North Shore suburb, Glencoe, not far from half million dollar homes and up is the Chicago Botanic Garden. This heaven-on-earth, botanists’ dream is sandwiched between the surrounding woods and multiple golf/country clubs. And it free to get in. […]

Couchsurfing, House Sitting, and More Free Accommodations

Everyone travels for different reasons. And everyone is on a different budget.  Sometimes, finding ways to cut back on expenses in order to travel more often is part of the planning process. For me, I will cut back on expenses for accommodations before things like food, activities, or location. After all, it is jut a […]

Getting to Canoa from Quito Quick and Cheap

Planes, buses, and automobiles. One would think a plane is faster than a bus. Not always. Time is relative. For some people driving five hours in an air-conditioned SUV to go to a beach for the weekend seems like an ordeal. For those in Ecuador, five or even seven hours on a bus to get […]

Saving Money in Chicago With Military Discounts

I always love coming home to Chicago, to get my fill of the things I don’t have as much of in Colorado. Things like endless great restaurants, museums, access to large bodies of water, and tons of festivals. In addition to taking in all of these things, I step foot into one of the most […]

Hostels: Not Just For College Kids

When I mention that I have stayed in hostels during my trip to Europe, I sometimes get the “aren’t you a little old for that?” look. Maybe they picture a college dormitory with pillow fights and keggers. Since the word “youth” is often placed in front of hostels, people over the age of 35 may find hostels […]

Finding the Budget Side of Las Vegas Extravagance

The hotel room has three flat-screen televisions. Three. I recently had an opportunity to experience how the other half lives while staying at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. The rooms at the Palazzo are gorgeous. They are furnished with marble countertops, a sunken living room, a five-piece bathroom, and two plush terry-cloth robes. You will also discover a remote for […]

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Australia Through the Eyes of an Ordinary Man

I grew up as an eighties child, so one of my first memories of the land “down under” is a place where women glow and men plunder. Of course, at that time, I had no idea what Men at Work meant by that phrase. I’m not sure I even do now. Around that same time, […]

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