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London, England: Tips for Your First Family Visit

London is one of my family’s favorite cities. Our family has visited London several times, beginning when our kids were little. Here are tips I wish I’d known before our first family trip to London, from ideas for building anticipation before the trip to free things to enjoy with kids, to suggestions for what to […]


Choosing Accommodation in Europe: 8 Factors To Consider

Next to mode of transport, the most important aspect of your trip you’ll need to decide on is where to stay. Accommodation will take the biggest bite out of your budget after flights and internal transport. Most trains take you to the heart of the city. This makes life easier, but there are several other important things […]


Why you should go to Vienna in 2018

Take a stroll around Vienna in 2018. Photo: Pedro Vienna is one of our favorite places to visit in all of Europe. Elegant opera houses and old-world cafes mix with cutting-edge galleries and cool new bars. And if you’re a Cheapo that loves culture, there’s always something going in the city — including a large […]


Harrods, London: A Family Destination?

  A large department store may not be your idea of a family destination, but in a busy metropolis like London, Harrods, a luxury retailer, can provide a much-needed respite for harried parents of bored and tired little ones. Photo: Angela Tiffin, History Buff Mom History of Harrods Charles Henry Harrod opened his first shop with […]


Beat Blue Monday: These Are The Happiest Countries In Europe

Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year according to some. Even though Blue Monday is not based on any scientific research (the day was in fact created by a British holiday company), we can all use some good vibes in this dark time of the year. As a traveler, all of […]


Berlin Tipping Etiquette: When (and when not) to tip

Always tip your taxi driver! Photo: Nico For a long time, Berlin was notorious for outrageously bad service. You often had to practically tackle a waiter to get the bill, and bartenders could be surly just out of principle. Luckily, customer service has improved in recent years. However, since service is included in the bill, […]


To A Great New Year, Full of New Stories

There it is: a brand new year. We wish you all the best for 2018! To put in an inspirational quote: “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” (It was country singer Brad Paisley who said that, by the way). Corny as it may be, it does […]


24 Hours in Istanbul

The most important thing you need to know about spending a day in Istanbul is this: The charms of Istanbul demand far more time than a single day. Yet just as it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, it’s also better to have 24 hours in Istanbul than […]


Venice Carnival: 10 ways to save money and see more

Carnival is a wonderful time of year to visit Venice. Photo: tiakatty Headed to one of the world’s biggest parties this weekend? Here are 10 ways to rest assured that even if you get lost in Venice — as you can and should — your wallet will still be intact. Carnevale Venezia 2016 comes to its […]


London to Glasgow by Train: Lively Cosmopolitan Cities With Much to See & Do!

Traveling From London to Glasgow by Train London is such a wonderful city, full of culture, history and character, you could easily spend a week or more here. But, with London’s location, it’s also very easy to take day-trips from. One exciting trip to take would be traveling from London to Glasgow by train. Technically speaking, […]