image How I Arranged a Free Trip to Paris

Despite its being consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most expensive travel destinations in the world, most people yearn to wander the streets and museums of Paris.  And why not?  Its colorful culture, heroic history, amazing architecture, famous food, iconic Eiffel Tower and lovely language are enough to seduce most of us into wanting to go for a gander. More…

image How I Spent 2 Weeks in the Galápagos Islands for About $600 Total (including flight from the U.S.)

The Galápagos Islands.  They’re famous for being the place where Darwin made some important observations which contributed to his world-changing theory of evolution.  It’s a paradise for lovers of birds and wildlife and geology.

Giant tortoises, iguanas that have adapted to swimming in the ocean, Galápagos penguins and other unique and endemic species live in abundance here–and they’ve never developed a fear of predators.  You can walk right up to wild birds and they keep on doing their thing, as if you weren’t even there.  Snorkeling and diving opportunities balance out the hiking and wildlife activities for a very fun, well-rounded and educational vacation. More…

image Cheap Hawaii

Sometimes my readers write to me with travel-related questions.  I always do my best to help out, and sometimes share some of the questions and answers here in my blog posts.  I hope you find them helpful!  Feel free to add pointers of your own in the comments below, or ask me anything about travel.  Who knows, maybe your question will be featured in a future blog post?

Today’s question comes from S.B.:


So i’m trying to plan to travel to Hawaii for my one year anniversary.  I would love to learn how to see Hawaii for cheap. but safe because this will be my first trip away from the mainland U.S.  I want to do a lot of attractions such as beaches, horseback riding, etc.  Thanks for helping–I’m eager to learn how to travel on a budget!  ~S.B. More…

image 3 Strategies for Cheap Airfare

Sometimes my readers write to me with travel-related questions.  I always do my best to help out, and thought I’d share some of the questions and answers here in my blog posts.  I hope you find them helpful!  Feel free to add pointers of your own in the comments below, or ask me anything about travel.  Who knows, maybe your question will be featured in a future blog post?

Today’s question comes from L.M.:


Hi Lily,

I actually found your site while looking up travel grants for teachers (and read through your helpful and extensive list).  I’ve applied for the first one on the list, the BUSS program to study Shakespeare in London.  Since the scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and most food, I need to figure out how to finance my plane ticket to London in July, should I get the scholarship.  Any pointers? Thanks.  ~L.M. More…

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Want to learn about 35 Travel Grants and Other Travel Opportunities for Teachers and Education Professionals? Read on!

As a PreK-12 or college/university teacher or administrator, do you want to travel more–yet struggle to find a way to afford it?  What if someone else paid your travel expenses and gave you a professional development opportunity that would enrich your classroom?   Many of these opportunities come with an obligation to contribute your learning in some way (via lesson plans, curriculum development, blog posts, research findings, etc) in exchange for your grant, but isn’t sharing your knowledge what teaching and traveling is all about? More…

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My trip to Benin, West Africa.

My trip to Benin, West Africa. (The airfare cost me $86 from Denver & included several days in Paris on the way home–find out how in the teleseminar!)

If you missed my call last week, I’ve got the replay ready for you!  I’ve also added slides to it for your viewing pleasure.  Before you start watching, be sure to grab a copy of the free handout HERE.

In this call, you’ll see and learn:

  • About how I was kidnapped as a child and taken to Mexico (and a copy of my “missing” poster)
  • How I started traveling after finishing college, before I had even started my job
  • Three major lessons I have learned about travel, and how you can apply those lessons to your own travel plans to save hundreds or thousands of dollars
  • Numerous tips for safety, saving money, and increasing your travel opportunities
  • Pictures of various trips I have taken around the world



Welcome TCKid Readers!

For those of you who missed my interview with Myra on TCKid TV, have a look:

(By the way, if you’re not coming from a TCKid site and you’re not sure what a TCK is, you must visit the TCKid website at and learn a little bit about us weirdos–you might even discover that you’re one, too!) More…

Survey Results

Results of My Travel Survey

(c) DepositPhotos/antimartina

(c) DepositPhotos/antimartina

I received an overwhelming response to the travel survey I put out recently–much better than I expected, actually!  Thank you so much to those of you who participated!

So if you are curious about what people said in my survey, I’ll share some of my findings and conclusions and a couple of stories.  (And by the way, if you are interested in this course, CLICK HERE.)

The results were pretty interesting.  On the first question, which was “How often would you travel abroad if there were NO obstacles standing in your way,” can you guess what the most popular response was?   More…

The Day I Received 50 Books

The Day I Received 50 Books

Happiness of Pursuit BookDay before yesterday, while I was busy mixing mud for the earthbag house we’re building, UPS delivered three small boxes and two huge ones with my name on them.  I couldn’t recall placing any large orders in the recent past…

I washed the mud off my hands, picked up one of the smaller mysterious boxes and opened it.  Inside were five copies of Happiness of Pursuit.  My books had arrived!

A few weeks ago I pre-ordered 10 of these books by world traveler Chris Guillebeau, one of my favorite bloggers, intending to do a big giveaway on my website and very much looking forward to reading the book myself.

I picked up another small box, wondering if it would contain the other five books, but it only had one! More…

September Giveaway! The Happiness of Pursuit

September Giveaway!  The Happiness of Pursuit

happiness of pursuit coverI’ve been following Chris Guillebeau for several years now via his blog, “The Art of Non-Conformity.”   His passion for travel (to every country in the world) and creating one’s own life (rather than living out a script provided by society) resonates with me, and I have learned from him.  I’m planning on attending his World Domination Summit in Portland next summer, barring unforeseen catastrophes or spontaneous trips to the other side of the world.

So it’s been with great anticipation that I’ve awaited the release of his new book, “The Happiness of Pursuit.”  I may have gone a bit overboard by pre-ordering 10 copies of it.  But I love his stuff so much that I’m pretty confident I’ll enjoy this book, which he says is his most challenging work to date.

The book, to put it in Chris’s words, is “about quests and adventures, including my own journey to every country in the world, as well as many other people’s quests. I wrote about incredible stories of real-life adventure and extracted the lessons learned by dozens of people who did amazing things.  The central message of the book is: a quest can improve your life, and here’s how you do it.” More…

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