goodbye 2012

Going on vacation can be invigorating, exciting and downright fun. Packing for a vacation, however, is none of these things. This was the dilemma which presented itself as I tussled with my suitcase while packing for my latest beach holiday. Squishing the ‘necessities’ into a monstrosity of a bag just won’t cut it anymore. It’s […]


Announcing The Travelers Way Store

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 20, 2013

Fathers Day gifts for dads who travel

Just in time for Fathers Day shopping, we’re launching The Travelers Way online store, full of gift suggestions for the Dad who loves to travel. And even for the Dads who are reluctant or armchair travelers. Take a moment to browse a few of our recommendation – from guidebooks to electronic gadgets to practical tools […]


How to Get A Second US Passport

by Susan McKee on January 30, 2013

It took me almost three hours to change planes in Tel Aviv, Israel. No doubt part of the reason for the extra security measures: I’d presented an American passport with entry stamps to Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries. My suitcase was missing (it would arrive at my house, ransacked but intact, four days later). Still, everything […]


ANA’s 787 Dreamliner is a Traveler’s Dream

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 16, 2012

Dreamliner launch day

When the opportunity came up to take the Boeing 787 Dreamliner out for a spin, plane-geek that I am jumped at the chance.  After all, living here in Seattle, home of Boeing, I’ve avidly followed all the news about the development and building of the Dreamliner – as well as all the tales of productions […]


Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Travel Getaways

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 28, 2012

peacock at woodland park zoo seattle

Labor Day weekend travel is not for the faint of heart.  It’s a traditional time to get away for that last long weekend of summer.  A getaway before school starts, before the weather changes, before the corporate culture of work steps up once again and the flexibility of summer is nothing more than a glimpse […]


Spa Travel: Luxury, Indulgence and Pleasure

by Susan McKee on June 29, 2012

Mention “spa” these days, and visions of sybaritic indulgence dance in the mind:  facials that finish with cooling slices of cucumber, massages that unknot all the kinks of modern existence, aromatherapy infusions that conjure up images of tropical flowers in faraway places.   Spas in the United States are in a race to see who can […]


How to Select Your Cruise Cabin

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 21, 2012

Crystal Serenity in LA

After choosing your cruise itinerary, the next big decision in choosing the type of cabin you want.  In some cases, your cabin preference may even decide the cruise line you choose.  While some people are quick to say that the cabin doesn’t matter because you’ll never be in it, in fact, when you have a […]


My Top 7 New York City Surprises

by Tui Snider on January 31, 2012

General Worth Monument in NYC (photo by Tui Snider)

After decades of seeing, hearing and reading about New York City it’s easy to have some misconceptions built up in your mind. Here are the top seven things that surprised me on my first visit: 1. Free Tours Like any big city, a trip to NYC can put a big dent in your wallet if […]


10 Reasons to Travel by Rail for Your Next Vacation

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 22, 2011

I’d like to take a train trip.  I’m not sure if it’s the romance of rail travel that interests me, the slower nature of the voyage, or perhaps it’s more social and less stress.  Whatever it is that piques my interest, I’ve yet to take that journey by rail. Someday soon, though, some day soon. […]


10 Often Overlooked Money Saving Travel Tips

by The Travelers Way on April 25, 2011

Overlooking the Columbia Gorge

Affording a vacation can be difficult, and especially so if you’ve got children, but even though you may think a vacation won’t fit into your budget this summer, there are lots of deals available.  Consider some of the basic, but often over-looked, money saving travel tips and keep all your options open – you may […]