Navigating Car Rentals in Ireland: Seven Tips for Keeping Your Costs in Check

The luxury vehicle we rented in Ireland - the Opel!  Ha!

The luxury vehicle we rented in Ireland… Ha!

Driving in a foreign country can be a prodigious endeavor, especially if you’re like me, and not a very good driver in your own country.  The roads are narrower, the speeds are faster and, depending on your destination, you’ll be driving on the opposite side of the road.  If that isn’t enough to resolve yourself to taking public transportation, the prices for renting a car can be exorbitant if you go unprepared.   Continue reading


East Meets West: City Slickers Take on the Wilderness of West Virginia

We are back from an adventurous weekend in West Virginia and WOW! did we have a rude awakening!  When you live in a bustling city like Washington D.C., where certain luxuries are at your fingertips, one tends to take those for granted when immersing oneself in the heart of the wilderness of West Virginia.

On the 5-hour car ride to West Virginia, we made light of the simplistic lives that Southerners enjoy compared to our busy urban ones.  As we drove through desolate towns with one main road, a post office, and novelty shops, we speculated about “what do people do for fun here?”,”why are there 3 churches in one town and no CVS?”, and “where the hell is the Starbucks?!”  This should have clued us in to our naivety, but sadly, no, and the joke was on us (and our egos) by the end of the weekend.

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On the FREE-dom Trail: 5 Tips on How to Get Something for Nothing when Traveling to Boston


1)   Fly JetBlue.

The airline ticket is not free, but your first checked or carry-on bag will be.  Having flown other ultra-budget airlines, like Spirit and U.S. Airways where they’d charge you for the air you breathe if they could, this is a potential savings of over $100 for a roundtrip ticket.  Although not its hub, JetBlue is the largest domestic airline at Logan International Airport.  Take advantage of this when booking your flight.  Having such a large presence at a particular airport results in better schedules and better prices for you.  Continue reading