2020 Top 12 Destinations (and a few bonus ones)
Wondering where to travel to this year? Check out the top 12 destinations for 2020. And since there are so many amazing options, I included a few bonus places. Happy travels…
Read more...February 11, 2020
Travel Smart when Traveling at Altitude
Traveling to Machu Picchu in Peru, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, or perhaps to Nepal? If so, take into account the altitude of the regions. For example, Cuzco has an altitude of 11,151 ft, which is more than twice as high as Denver, Colorado.
Read more...January 14, 2020
Never Loose Travel Photos by Using Free Cloud Backup
If you take photos when you travel then you need to know about Google Photos. It is a cloud product that lets you backup an unlimited number of photos. It’s perfect for people like me that go a bit overboard in my photo taking when I travel…

Read more...January 9, 2020
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

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We have an active facebook group called Wild Spirit Travelers that travelers like you ask and answer questions for destinations around the world.
PDX Travel Meetups

Click on the links below for more details.

Feb 25 (Tue) 6:00pm •
Talk Travel: Travel Trends for a New Decade
• at Sisters Gourmet Deli
on 4120 N Williams Ave, Portland


Mar 09 (Mon) 5:45pm •
Global Travel Social
• at The Old Spaghetti Factory, South Waterfront
on 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland

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