Tips from place to place

I'm beginning a new travel blog series: Tips from Place to Place which will offer valuable advice you can use now in these tough economic times.  

I'll be starting with my most recent trip abroad, and then hitting each US state (first those I've lived in, then those I frequent) and then its your turn. Feel free to add your own travel tips to these posts, including great places to have a meal (holes in the wall encouraged), or serendipitous tricks you've learned while either on a trip, or in your own back yard. 


PPPSSTT! Here's the BEST European secret.

I've been seeing more and more buzz about Montenegro. This is near and dear to my heart, friends. You see, yours truly is a full-blooded Montenegrin. Well, I'm all-American, but my ancestry is Montenegrin anyway.

I'm torn about this entry, because part of me wants to spread the word about this beautiful little country, but another part of me simply wants to keep it to myself.

Ah heck- I'll fill you, my good friends, on favorite secret get away, right? OK- here's the word:

Montenegro. The "Jewel of the Adriatic." From swimming in its blue grottoes, to climbing its highest peaks, Montenegro has something for everyone. Known as the Riviera of the Adriatic, this picturesque country was at the epicenter of the Christian Crusades, and to this day has some of the best Byzantine art still intact in church walls. Sipping local spirits on the beach, one can imagine Venetian pirate ships just off shore. Spain, Italy, Ireland, The Middle East the Moors- they all had an influence in this postage sized land.


Need to convert cash while on the go? Many international ATMS take Visa or MC (France, Italy, Australia, etc.) so you can get cash no problem. They may charge you for the conversion, but its competitive to bank exchange charges.

Make sure you call your CC co. before you leave to inform them so they don’t put a STOP PAYMENT on your card (may companies do this for your protection).

If your going to try memorizing the local language…make sure you know the words for “help” or police” or “English”.