If You Only Do One Packing Hack Make It This One
October 15, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare I have been teaching how-to pack classes for five years. In it I share hundreds of tips. Some travelers take some of my advice and others do not. I get it. There are lots of different ways to pack and no one should take the exact same […]
Read more...October 15, 2019
To Give or Not to Give When Traveling
September 03, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare While traveling around the world, Dan and I were approached by beggars in numerous countries. Even where we currently live, on Main Street U.S.A., there are plenty of people asking for spare change. So when and what should a traveler give? The problem with giving someone a […]
Read more...September 3, 2019
Smelling the Wine in New Zealand
August 21, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare Dan and I have been wine tasting around the world. It is something we really enjoy. One of our favorite places to taste is New Zealand. We loved it because many of the wineries also had “smelling” areas. It lets you smell the flavor that is in […]
Read more...August 21, 2019
To Get a RailPass for Europe or Not – How To Decide
August 06, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare When Dan first traveled to Europe in the 1980s, the Eurail pass was the way to go. However, it is no longer the bargain it once was. If you are wondering if you should get a railpass when wandering around Eruope, read “Eurail or InterRail” on The […]
Read more...August 6, 2019
Planning to Rent-a-Car Abroad – Read this First
July 16, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare Chatting to a fellow attendee at an aerobics class this past week, the topic went to her upcoming trip to Ireland, and her plan to rent a car there. I causally told her it took me months before I felt comfortable driving in Scotland, so I thought […]
Read more...July 16, 2019
Check luggage size restrictions before every flight
June 12, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare Before you pack for a flight, make sure you check the luggage size and weight allowance for EVERY AIRLINE you are going to use on that trip. This is important for both checked and carry-on baggage. My Sister recently flew on Alaska Airline. A carry-on bag that […]
Read more...June 12, 2019
When the obvious line – is the wrong one
April 09, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare Have you ever stood in the wrong line when traveling? I recently arrived at a bus station in Canada. I was early for my bus so took a seat. But as the time approached to leave, a line started to form in front of the only two […]
Read more...April 9, 2019
Go Greyhound – it was better than I expected
March 30, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare Where have you traveled by long-distance bus? I have taken bus trips lasting a few hours to over a day in countries around the world. But it has been around 30 years since I have done so in my own country. Recently, I traveled from Vancouver Canada […]
Read more...April 3, 2019
What’s New in Travel for 2019
January 28, 2019 / By Shyla Esko & Daniel Bare Every year, there are trends that impact travelers going abroad. Some makes things easier, while others cause challenges. On our recent seven-week trip through Asia we took notes on what was going on in travel, what affected us, as well as what other travelers told […]
Read more...February 2, 2019
The Easy Way to Stay Organized when Traveling
December 04, 2018 / By Shyla Esko Bare As I prepare to leave on my next international trip next week, my mind is on packing. One of my secrets to packing smart is to use packing cubes. They really make a huge difference in keeping your stuff organized when traveling. Early in my traveling life, […]
Read more...December 4, 2018

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The series was fun and full of info. VERY worth time & cost.
- Cheryl, Portland, October 2016
Very natural, unpretentious and inspiring presenters. Well worth the time.
— Alison, Portland, May 2017