This Day in History: My Grandmother Became the First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

My grandmother, Jerrie Mock, was a courageous, spunky woman who didn’t much care for gender-bias. She did love to cook (she was a gourmet chef), but she hated dresses and she hated the idea that a woman couldn’t do whatever she put her mind to. On this day, 56 years ago (1964), she put thatContinue reading “This Day in History: My Grandmother Became the First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World”

The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today

I’ll let the podcast do most of the talking, but for anyone who’s intrigued by history, aviation, women making history, or travel, you’ll love the story of my grandmother, Jerrie Mock, first woman to fly around the world. Join us on her 29+ day flight starting in Columbus, Ohio, making her way around the globe,Continue reading “The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today”

Budget Travel Tip: Motivation to Run on the Road

I’m someone who needs a specific goal to keep me training. If I want to run loads to improve my overall health, the motivation of “feeling better” isn’t enough. I need a race – something I can’t get out of to keep me running. Otherwise, I get bored and stop training.

25 Budget-Friendly Destinations for 2020

I love reading Fodor’s Go List with 52 destinations each year. It’s a great selection of locations based on trends, travel ideals, significant events – think centennials, celebrations, etc. – and other criteria, and gives people some great ideas on where to go throughout the present year.

Hitting That 52+ Countries Goal in 2020

This year, I am the same age that Jerrie Mock (my grandmother and the first woman to fly around the world) was when she made her record-taking flight around the world. In fact, I’m exactly 18 days older than she was. So this year seemed like the perfect time to accomplish one of the twoContinue reading “Hitting That 52+ Countries Goal in 2020”

True Budget Travel Essential: The Lavender Eye Pillow

I love good travel gear. I love good inexpensive travel gear even better. Best of all, I love good inexpensive travel gear that makes life better overall. And that’s why I’m mentioning the lavender eye pillow that I purchased for my husband for Christmas. I randomly found it tossed into the Christmas section at Target,Continue reading “True Budget Travel Essential: The Lavender Eye Pillow”

How to Get to Machu Picchu for $1500

If you’ve ever dreamed of doing Machu Picchu, but you’re on a super tight budget that doesn’t exactly allow you to hit up five-star hotels and dine in elegant restaurants, you may think it’s out of reach. I’m here to tell you that it’s not. In fact, I’m here to tell you that you canContinue reading “How to Get to Machu Picchu for $1500”

The Most Haunted Places of Chicago: Tour Guide Style

Welcome to the wild and woolly Windy City, where the town takes a nickname for all the blustering windbags and conveniently happens to have that lake effect wind. We’ll be taking a brief tour through some of the creepiest, weirdest, and most haunted places of the city, as we pull that pea coat closer andContinue reading “The Most Haunted Places of Chicago: Tour Guide Style”