Finding the Perfect Hotel

Hotels make a huge difference in our experience while we’re traveling, right?  When we got married, we were brokety-broke.  Just young college students who lived on love and Ramen.  Shortly after we were married though, I had a training in Vegas for work.  My hubby was able to join me.  We stayed in a suite in the Venetian (when it was pretty new…) that was AMAZING.  Like, wow.  Talk about luxury.

When I finished the training, we decided we were only five hours from Disneyland and we should just jet down there for the day.  What the heck, we were young and up for an adventure.  Well, we drove during the night, but got to Anaheim at about 2 am.  It’s not exactly easy to find a hotel in Anaheim at 2 am….especially before internet was on cell phones.  We finally found a place with vacancy.  WHAT A DIVE!  Oh my goodness.  Smokey, cock-roach-infested, dirty, smelly, gross, with an animal of some sort living in the radiator (no joke, it reached it’s little paw or something out to claw around….AHHHH!) The shower… crap-a-nasty I could hardly handle it.  But after sleeping in that bed, I needed a hot shower and scrub with some soap.  We survived.  And we had a blast at Disneyland.  But wow, hotels seriously make a difference.

We definitely have been blessed to travel, but we don’t have a lot of money.  So most everything we do is frugally.  I’ve discovered that I love HOTELS.COM.  This site rocks!  It gives you lots of options and compares prices at other websites. I always read reviews.  I think those are the best judge of what you’re getting.  I also always look for places with free breakfast…because…FREE….   And the more you use it, the more free nights you earn.  It’s my go-to.  I spend time shopping around, but I’m definitely not a pro.  Do any of you have any tips for finding hotels? What do you do?  What do you recommend?

I’ve never been to Hawaii…

So, I’ve done my fair share of traveling.

I’ve seen the great pyramid of Chephren Khafrethe-sphinx-at-gizacairo-in-egypt-with-the-pyramid-of-chephren-khafre-in-the-background

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I’ve even been to the Holy Land. That’s right, J-town!western_wall_jerusalem_shavuot

Paris? Yup.

England? Pip pip and cheerio I have.

But alas, I’ve never been to Hawaii. I’d like to go soon, so for this magnificent post I’m asking all who have been to tell me all about it. Which island do I have to visit? Which attractions are must sees? Anyplace I ought to avoid?

Thanks in advance for the helpful tips! I can smell the coppertone already.

This is it…my new website!

I’m proud to present my new website, worldwide-rentacar!

The premise for this site is pretty basic. My husband and I have been lucky enough to see some pretty exotic places in this beautiful world and plan on seeing many more. I want to share some of my experiences and travel tips. I’d also like to hear from you about where you’ve been.

As far as the name of the website…well it’s a long story. You can read all about it in my About page.

I’m hoping this will be a kind of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of thing. Maybe a better metaphor would be, “you rub some sun tan lotion on me, I’ll rub some on you.” Nope. That wasn’t a better metaphor. It kind of just sounded a little creepy. I mean come on…I hardly know you!

Well anyway, thanks again for visiting this site. I look forward to hearing about some of your adventures and sharing some of mine. Raise your imaginary glass (unless your’re holding a real one right now, then raise it) and join me in a toast to wanderlust!