Category: Travel

GUEST POST — Travel: One is the Magic Number

This is a Guest Post by Cheese-It DeLonda Dowling. Or is it DeRhonda? Delores? Jane? (People butcher our names all the time. I often get “Sara” like I’ve misspelled my own name by typing “Saya” and someone is politely correcting me. So now we joke-not joke about it…) DeLonda came into my life when she Read more…

Travel: Life of Yes℠ Japan

One of the most anticipated trips personally. Because Japan is the farthest I’ve ever traveled and the most “different” — language, alphabet, food, customs. Because we booked it a year in advance. Because we flew First Class, direct, in $24,000 seats. I have never been so close to being Oprah. Best Friend and I have Read more…

What it looks like when people who can’t camp camp

As part of the Mac & Cheese I Can’t series where adults state they’re unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also “can’t,” and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, “That wasn’t so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good Read more…

Travel: Life of Yes℠ Italy

And that’s a wrap for Best Friend & Best Friend Do Italy. 17 days 9 hotels 8 cities (20+ if you count day trips) 3 “we don’t check luggage!” bags 95 happy pounds gained 0 minutes spent in the customs and security lines that were over an hour for almost everyone else A dash of Read more…

Life of Yes℠ Travel: Utah in March

Best Friend & Best Friend Travel Background —   We’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander neighborhoods than museums, think riding public transit is a fun adventure, and usually choose street-cart food over Michelin restaurants [update as of Spring 2017 — Best Friend is now vegan so we often explore cities Read more…

Guest Post: The 4 Phases of Fear – The Summer I Saw Them All

This is a Guest Post by Heather whom I met when I coordinated a Saturday morning volunteer program via Chicago Cares. About fifteen to twenty of us would take a school bus to an Englewood elementary school and lead activities for thirty or so 3rd to 8th graders. Though I stepped down years ago, I’m Read more…

Travel: Belize

Tikal Ruins   Seems like everyone is going to Belize these days. We went in February 2017 and as folks always ask for our recommendations, here’s a glance at our excursion. Our Travel Disclaimer We’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander neighborhoods than museums, think riding public transit is a fun Read more…

Looking for my Companion Pass buddy

I have a friend who’s about to get Companion Pass status with Southwest. She’ll need to choose her companion — “companion” being someone who gets to fly anywhere she goes for free, for a year (of course the nice thing would be for you two to split the one ticket). And it can’t change, it Read more…

If there was ever a spreadsheet symbol of our love…

Airport Pickup: after Best Friend had been gone for almost two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania Best Friend and I met in December 2009 and started “hanging out” January 2010 (he thought it was a date; I didn’t). Our first trip, besides to a wedding the Western suburbs, was to Amsterdam, Paris, and Brugges July Read more…