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Tax Free Shopping Abroad

Many countries impose a Value Added Tax (VAT) of up to 25% on goods and services purchased for consumption within the country. Unlike sales tax in the U.S., the VAT tax is built into the [...]

Santa Barbara Dog Friendly Weekend

Looking for a dog friendly get away close to Los Angeles? Grab your leash and head up the coast to Santa Barbara – it is just 1.5 – 2 hours away (depending on LA traffic). [...]

Travel Gear

We've tried a lot of travel gear and gadgets over the years. Some were great, and others - not so much. Here are our favorite travel companions.   Carry-on Bag This carry-on bag rocks! It [...]

Santiago Chile Street Art

Although we didn’t see much of Santiago due to my illness (some type of flu or cold), we did make it out to see a wee bit of the city’s wonderful street art. Enjoy… Barrio [...]

Six Days in Santiago Chile

After exploring Easter Island, we headed to Santiago for six days with plans to explore the city and nearby wine country. But sometimes things don’t go as planned . . . The sniffles started the [...]

Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Three years after the world trip, we dusted off our passports and headed to one of the most remote places on earth – the volcanic island of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) in [...]