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We love to travel frequently and for several months at a time, so we spend a lot of effort on stretching our money. We’d like to share how we visited eight Central and Eastern European capitals for 50 days at a cost of $6,900 total for the two of us in fall 2016.

This total included $600 in airline fees. We used airline miles for business-class flights (Atlanta-to-Budapest and Bucharest-to-Atlanta).

Since our Hilton and Marriott points were being canceled due to lack of...


I travel alone, so I always carry two ATM cards when traveling, a Charles Schwab Visa debit card and a Fidelity Cash Management Visa debit card, in case one is pickpocketed. I always notify Schwab and Fidelity about my travel plans so the cards won’t be blocked when I try to use them overseas.

I will carry an ATM card only on the day that I need to use it. Otherwise, I just take enough cash for the day.

I always try to stay vigilant when I take money out. I will usually...

Cheetahs in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Photo: Bob Loveland

A safari that my wife, LaMerle, and I took to see wondrous wildlife and the awe-inspiring landscapes in Kenya with Gate 1 Travel in January 2013 was a trip of a lifetime. This safari in East Africa was our usual one-and-done experience, after which we moved on to the next adventure in another part of the world.

Fast-forward to November 2018, when we were discussing where to go in 2019 and beyond. Out of character, I said, “I wouldn’t mind going back on safari again...


On a cruise with Oceania Cruises (855/327-9575, in December 2018, I took a shore trip in Belize. On the tour, which had a title something like “Jungle Walk With a Shaman,” we met Aurora Garcia-Saqui, who has a store selling herbal medicines.

She had learned how to use medicinal herbs from her uncle, who was a local healer. She gave us a demonstration of how to actually prepare herbs. We then took a walk through the jungle and were shown how to...


When I bought my Toyota Prius in 2007, the salesman showed me that by pulling a particular fuse, I would never have to worry about coming home to a dead battery after a trip. Even after a trip as long as three months, I just pop the fuse back in place (it takes two seconds) and the car starts up like normal.

The fuse I pull is number 39 (there are 50 in all), located in the engine compartment panel under the hood. It controls the Smart Entry & Electronic Key System, audio system,...

We arrived in Ushuaia's harbor early morning. Photo by Wanda Bahde

My husband, Ray, and I joined 24 travelers on the tour “The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords,” Feb. 12-27, 2018, with Overseas Adventure Travel (Boston, MA; 800/955-1925,

The total cost for the two of us was $13,190, which included three nights in Buenos Aires, round-trip air from Orlando, AIG trip insurance and tips, food and incidentals.

The Patagonian Steppe is an expansive barren scrub with long...


On a 17-day private tour from mid-August into September 2018, my wife and I had a guide in Kenya who was certainly the best guide I’ve had in my 10 or so trips to Africa over the past three decades.

Mohamed Shariff was our driver/guide during the Kenya part of our Kenya/Tanzania tour set up through Monograms (Littleton, CO; 866/270-9841,, a division of Globus that arranges private tours.

Many of Monograms’ tours are similar to Globus’ big tours...


My traveling companion, Judy, and I visited New Zealand in January 2019 on a tour with Tauck (Wilton, CT; 800/788-7885,, which had a wonderful itinerary, covering primarily the Queenstown and Wellington areas. It was a great experience. However, we wanted to see more of the North Island, so we made arrangements for a private tour.

On ITN’s Tours page, we read about AROHA New Zealand Tours (539C Key Road, RD1, Kinleith, Tokoroa 3491, New Zealand; phone +64 21...