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Travel Smarts

ATM and Credit Card Strategies for Saving Hundreds When You Travel

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on October 31, 2019

There is something intoxicating about being in a new part of the world, experiencing a different way of doing things, eating food you didn’t know existed, and, of course, enjoying a generous share of the local liquor. Traveling is about letting go of your worries and embracing new experiences wholeheartedly. However, even when you’re having […]

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Cruise Around the World for Next to Nothing…

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on October 31, 2019

Most of us relish the opportunity to talk about our favorite subject, whether it’s history, a destination that we love, or a card game. We bend the ears of our friends and family any chance we get. And we launch into a prepared monologue whenever a stranger shows the least bit of interest. But it […]

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Get the Holy Grail of Travel Perks

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 21, 2018

We’re always on the lookout for richer ways to live that don’t cost an arm and a leg. So, here’s a great way to enjoy free travel. Act fast and you can qualify for a special benefit that…

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Take Advantage Of Freebies And Bargains

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 30, 2017

Consumer items tend to go up in price over time, not down, he reasoned, but you buy them year-in, year-out. So, he makes money by locking in a lower price and buying a larger…

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Avoid The Stress of Air Travel

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 18, 2017

Psychologists are even considering a measurement called the “air travel stress scale” to assist them treating people for stress and anxiety…

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Spend Quality Time Visiting Your Family

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 28, 2017

My husband, Al, and I spent three weeks visiting with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina this summer. Now, I can’t imagine being a houseguest – or having a house guest – for three weeks.

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Live Independent, Free and Chilled Out

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 6, 2016

Almost every weekday was the same. Put on suit…get in car…commute…meetings all day…corporate goals to meet…bills to pay… I remember one day on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles passing…

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Five Ways to Find Free Accommodation on Your Travels

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on October 22, 2016

One of the main excuses people use for not traveling more is “I can’t afford it.” So many dreams are put on hold because of the common…

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Good Things Happen when You Get Out of Bed

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on October 11, 2016

“Good things happen when you get out of bed.” So says John Bechtel, who wrote his first travel article last year and has since been published 20 times. Travel writing is a great way become your…

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Cultivating a New Life on Island Time

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 8, 2016

“Is this the only place you can get Chinese food in Syracuse?” We put the question to the owner of a nearby take-out joint here in Sicily last night. Her modestly decorated, though well-located restaurant was practically empty. “Only place on Ortygia Island,” the kindly Chinese woman replied, in English. “But…no customers?” “Ah, yes…end of month,” she explained. “Italianos pay expenses this time. Gas…water…lights…taxes. No money for go out…drink…eat…party. Even Chinese restaurant empty.”

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Go Where You Want, When You Want

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on April 8, 2016

Not much time to write today. We’re heading to Uruguay to tie up some last minute items here on the continent. After a too-long hiatus, we’re preparing to get back “on the road” again…Yes, Truth & Plenty reader, it’s fall here in the “Paris of the South”…about the time of year when your editor starts looking for apartments in the “Paris of the North” (also known, in some circles, as simply, “Paris”).

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See the World in its Comfortable Pajamas

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on April 7, 2016

“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.” — Epictetus It’s funny, the people you meet on the road…the conversations you have. On the weekend we dined with a real “international man.” He and his wife share a fascinating background, having lived and studied in multiple countries (on multiple […]

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