Japan: Itineraries

I’d like to wrap up my Japan series by providing some itineraries based on my experience. There is so much to see and do, so please note that these are just suggestions. So many things can change your plans: getting on the wrong train (never happened to us in Tokyo, but happened a dismaying amount throughout Osaka and Kyoto),…

Japan in the Time of Cherry Blossoms

It’s been over a month since I returned from the “Far East.” Yes, it has taken me that long to recover, return to normal life, and prepare to tell you my stories. The greatest challenge has been how to write about Japan. My previous trips have been fairly straightforward–since we usually visit a few countries at a time, I basically…

Life on a Cruise Ship

When you cruise, the ship is your bedroom, dining room, bar, and entertainment center. During the days at port, you can explore the world outside, but in the evenings and during at-sea days, the ship is all you’ve got. Here’s a glance at what life is like on a cruise ship–Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam.

How to Plan Your Cruise

In September of last year, David and I took an impromptu cruise to Greece. We literally had less than two weeks to get everything together and go. Now that it’s winter in many places, you might be considering a cruise to get away. But where do you begin? Maybe I can help you out. When…

Travel Planning: Where to Stay

Besides airfare, hotels are likely the biggest expense on your trip. It’s also one of the riskiest, because a bad night’s sleep can ruin your vacation. However, travel styles vary greatly and so do your options. So how do you get a good deal and still get the kind of accommodations that are best suited…

The Pros and Cons of Cruising

Cruises seem to have a polarizing effect. It’s a way of traveling that people love or hate, or that they haven’t tried because they’re afraid they’ll hate it. Here I’ll tackle some of the common ideas about cruising, and share with you our own experiences.