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  • TDS Recommends...Tips to Get You Saving for Your Next Vacation

    As we begin to reach spring, many of us might be thinking about plans for an upcoming vacation. Whether your plans include the mountains, the sea, or anything in between, you still have to save up and pay for your adventures. So when we found this great post from Living on the Cheap about ways to start...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Thu, Mar 13 2014
  • Meeting and spending time with grandchildren

    Hello one and all. Recently, my husband and I took a three week trip to Southern California, two thousand miles from our home in the Midwest. We wanted to spend time with our daughter, her husband, and their two boys. It is difficult for us to to spend time with these children as they live so far away...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on Tue, Feb 25 2014
  • Re: Travel site: Airbnb.com

    I participate with airbnb.com as a host. I rent out the master suite in my condo. I've had guests from Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, France, Canada, Belarus and Louisiana. I'm traveling the world without having to go anywhere!
    Posted to Forum by reader99 on Sat, Jan 11 2014
  • TDS Recommends...Protect Yourself During Upcoming Travel!!

    The upcoming holidays bring gifts, smiles and a little time off from work! And maybe even a winter vacation! If you're packing your suitcase and checking it twice, we've found the perfect post for your planning. With vacations on our mind, TDS Recommends is spotlighting a fantastic post today...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Thu, Nov 14 2013
  • Maps or GPS, which would you choose?

    I was set to write an article about GPS (global positioning system), the worldwide navigation system that uses information received from orbiting satellites. I looked at a variety of devices. They were priced from $100-$300 for a budget version. Considering the price, I didn’t see advantages in owning...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Sat, Aug 3 2013
  • Getting Sick on Vacation

    One of the downsides to vacationing while pregnant is what to do if you start feeling under the weather, which is exactly what happened to me last week. On Thursday, I woke up with a pain in my ear. (No, it was not LO shouting at me to wake up and join him in welcoming a glad new day.) I asked J, who...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Jul 9 2013
  • Packing For Vacation

    Photo of the approximate amount of luggage I would deem necessary for an out-of-town wedding weekend courtesy of Mattes J, LO, and I are currently on vacation. We've taken an old-fashioned family road trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York state. After ten years together, it is this particular...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Jul 3 2013
  • Airport Desperation Purchases

    One of the universal truths about rushing to get to the airport because of an emergency is that you are bound to forget something. Murphy's Law dictates that whatever you forget will be of the utmost importance and difficult to replace. In our case, I carefully packed a tupperware container of LO's...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Apr 12 2013
  • The Cost of Convenience

    Photo courtesy of Ahmed In some ways, J and I are in a mixed marriage. I was raised to believe that certain conveniences are worth the extra cost. J, on the other hand, was raised to believe that convenience was for sissies and that something worth doing was worth doing inconveniently, by gum. As with...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Mar 13 2013
  • The Stupid Tax and Meter Karma

    Last night was our final night in Pittsburgh. After a rousing day of wandering around Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Falling Water, J and I were in the mood to check out a Pittsburgh institution, Wholey's Fish Market . We were unaware, when we started off for our ill-fated dinner, that the...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Dec 28 2012
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