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I love traveling internationally, but when I’m on that plane, unable to sleep, and scrunched up in an uncomfortable position, I swear that either A) I will never travel internationally again or B) I will spring for the ungodly expensive first-class ticket next time. My joy continues that night and subsequent nights when I jump up, wide awake, at 2 am. Ah, the wonder of international travel. Jet lag is a small price to pay for exploring another country, but as I get older I’m having to find my own system to combat it. My strategies are specific to me,…

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There’s a reason cities like Venice, London, and New York City are filled with tourists. There’s a ton to see. And while I pride myself on being able to get off the beaten path and veer away from those over touristy cities, the fact is, I love some of them. Like San Francisco. It’s one of my favorite cities. And if it weren’t for that chilly weather and those hills, I might want to live there! There are, of course, tourist traps all over the city. But I’ve carved out a few places that tourists don’t go, and I want…

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It’s ridiculous how expensive hotel stays have gotten, isn’t it? I remember when you could easily get a nice room for under $100. That doesn’t happen much anymore, especially if you’re staying in a more expensive city. Now, I’m one to shop for a bargain, so when I went to San Francisco with my son Max last week, I took my time to find the best deal. I knew that, it being Thanksgiving week, likely there would be deals to be had. We stayed near Union Square a few Thanksgivings ago, and the place was dead, and the rates were…