Confessions of a Ride-Hailing Addict

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of public transportation…when I’m on my own. But kids are a game changer. Unfortunately they often come with extra gear, and I’m the one who winds up lugging it, often in addition to carrying the child. Ride-hailing apps have therefore been a godsend, especially when we travel.… Continue reading Confessions of a Ride-Hailing Addict

Confessions of a Ride-Hailing Addict: US Edition

Using ride-hailing apps in Europe, where public transportation options abound, often feels like a guilty pleasure. But most anywhere in the US, including car crazy Miami, they can be a lifesaver if you don’t have your own set of wheels or just shouldn’t be driving, like your humble narrator. The only downside is that all… Continue reading Confessions of a Ride-Hailing Addict: US Edition

How to Survive the Terrible Twos

No, I’m not talking about dealing with epic toddler meltdowns on the plane! You’re on your own there… No, this is about another, less talked about problem facing globe-trotting parents when their baby turns two. Namely, the painful transition from paying next to nothing (10% of an adult fare on an international flight) for your… Continue reading How to Survive the Terrible Twos

Dollars and Sense: A Simple Hack to Shave $50 Off Your Airfare

Here’s a neat little trick to keep in mind before you book your next flight: Play around with the language and/or currency of the website you’re buying tickets from. Airlines and OTAs (online travel agents like Expedia) sometimes have different prices in different countries or currencies for the same exact flights .   Don’t believe… Continue reading Dollars and Sense: A Simple Hack to Shave $50 Off Your Airfare

When Things Go Wrong

No matter how well you’ve packed and how prepared you are, if you travel often, things are bound to go wrong at some point. It’s unavoidable, because your vacation is in the hands of an airline, which may for some reason delay or even cancel your flight, thereby laying waste to your carefully laid plans.… Continue reading When Things Go Wrong

It’s Over, Google Flights and the One That Got Away

When I was first introduced to Google Flights, there was really nothing I didn’t like. The explore function, which lets you scroll over a map of the world and reveal prices for different destinations, was a godsend if you like to choose your travel destinations somewhat at random, like I do. The flexible dates matrix, which shows a 7×7… Continue reading It’s Over, Google Flights and the One That Got Away

When Train Travel is Just the Ticket

Every time I take the train, I half expect something exciting to happen, like a dashing stranger chatting me up, if only to distract me while he slips a mysterious package into my bag before he disappears… I’ve obviously imbibed too many old movies, but train travel in Europe has plenty going for it even if your… Continue reading When Train Travel is Just the Ticket