Preparing to Move to Another Country: a Checklist

Moving to another country can be daunting, there are lots of things to take care of before you go. This isn’t a comprehensive list and I may add more as I remember things but here are some of the things we did before leaving and upon arrival for living in Ronda, Spain for a year. To see more about life in Ronda, check out our … Continue reading Preparing to Move to Another Country: a Checklist

How I choose where to stay

Location, Location, Location I start by choosing my neighborhood. This is obviously easier when you have been to the city before but there are still easy ways to find a good location if you are unfamiliar with a city. Start by looking at a map of the city and the main things you want to visit while you are there – you want to be … Continue reading How I choose where to stay

The best travel deal I’ve ever found: The Southwest Companion Pass (and how to get it)

The holy grail of travel rewards: the Southwest Companion Pass. If you have this pass, the companion you have chosen for your pass (predictably, Gil is mine) can accompany you on ANY Southwest flight and just pay taxes. So I can add Gil to EVERY trip I take for only $5.60 per flight, it’s crazy! It’s amazing. If you have any chance to get it … Continue reading The best travel deal I’ve ever found: The Southwest Companion Pass (and how to get it)

A Magical Week in Ireland

We recently spent a week in Ireland and had a fantastic time. This was a really last minute trip so there wasn’t much planning involved other than finding good deals on places to stay. We found a great apartment on Airbnb and we ended up really loving the neighborhood. We stayed just across the river from the city center off of Leeson St. We could walk … Continue reading A Magical Week in Ireland

A frequent flier’s fear of flying

I am scared to death of flying. I also fly more than most people I know, I easily average 25-50 flights per year depending on the year….I have been somewhere on a scale of “managing to keep it together on the surface” to “terrified for my life” on every one of those flights. I’m excited when I book the flight, I’m fine when I’m boarding, I’m calm while … Continue reading A frequent flier’s fear of flying

Visas and New Adventures

It has been a crazy few weeks! We came back to Spain, tried to extend our EU visas, failed, and I’m now writing this blog from Ireland. Here’s what happened: We arrived back in Spain on January 2 and dealt with pretty severe jet lag for a few days then hit the ground running. We knew that our Schengen Visa would run out in late … Continue reading Visas and New Adventures