When I was researching my Barrier-Free Grand Canyon book, I remember the front desk supervisor at El Tovar telling me that winter was the best time to visit the park, as not only are their fewer people there at that time, but you can also snag some pretty good deals if you shop around. And you know what — she’s right! With that in mind, here are a few money saving deals in one of my favorite national parks. Continue reading
OK, I admit it, I’m a national park junkie. I love visiting them and writing about them; in fact, I’m currently working on my third national park title. One of the great things about our national parks is that even though many of them are rugged, they still offer accessible options for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. And so with the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) coming up on August 25, I thought I’d share some of my favorite accessible sites in America’s national parks Continue reading
Connie George recently asked me to draw the winners in her “Bring Home the Memories” travel tip contest. Since I’m always happy to discover new tips to make life on the road a bit easier, I eagerly agreed. And since I love giveaways I’m also going to give a copy of my newest title, “Barrier-Free Travels; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers” to the grand prize winner. And Connie has several other prizes to give away!! Continue reading
Avid researcher Joy Taylor just dropped me a note to let me know about the fee free weekends at 100 National Parks throughout the US. During these special weekends there’s no charge for entrance fees, commercial tour fees or transportation entrance fees. Camping fees and fees collected by third parties are not included; but hey, it’s still a great deal. Continue reading
I’m not real big on being an overly regimented packer, but this free packing list may work for some of you. It’s not rocket science. Basically you just write down what you put in your suitcases, so in case they’re lost, then you at least have an inventory.
To be honest, I travel so often, that I can pack in my sleep; and I pretty much know what is in my bag. But if you only take a few trips a year, this may be a good tool. Of course you can just do the same thing with a pen and pencil.
Like I said, it’s not rocket science. But it is free.
Book a trip through any travel agent, and you’ll probably be offered some kind of travel or trip insurance. After all, travel agents make a market on the product. Truth be told, these days they probably make more on insurance commissions than on some trip commissions. Continue reading