Traveling is harder than it looks. You have to master a lot of things in a pretty much little time, which is exhausting for the most inexperienced travelers.

If it’s hard enough to travel today – how about 60 years ago when international travel was a hassle to everyone.

I mean back in 1952 to 1969, the fastest passenger ship ever built (also called ocean liner) took 3 days and 12 hours for a trip from London to New York – it’s time-consuming and risky.

Remember, this wasn’t leisure travel like cruise ships today.

What if I told you it’s even getting worse; when the golden age of air travel (the 1950s) began.

Passenger ships started declining until it eventually died in the 1960s.

And airplanes despite being glamorous, luxurious, and faster, they were expensive – not anyone could afford a ticket and more dangerous – sharp edges in the cabins, worse pilot training, and far more mechanical problems than today’s airplanes.

After that, the 1970s came and air travel was pretty much affordable to every traveler and his dog.

In a serious note, I’m not trying to make it sound impossible to travel back in the days.

But, allow me to say:

It’s relieving when you think about how traveling was like and how it becomes – kicks the stress out.

Honestly, I don’t know why I started writing about travel in the past.

However, I think that I’m attached to the story of commercial air travel (the start at least) and the way airlines used to operate.

Luckily for us, today’s airplanes are much safer but they are more restricted with more rules introduced every year by numerous airlines.

Yep, that’s the part about having more freedom (and fun) back in the day I certainly miss in airlines nowadays.

Enough talking about the history of travel and let me explain our mission on this blog:


You may think we started this website simply because we love traveling.

Well, that’s true!

But more importantly, our team created TIV because we care so much about people who like to improve their traveling experience and enjoy every part of this awesome adventure.

Travelers are some of the most optimistic, most ambitious people we know.

Sadly, most travelers will fail because they want to travel freely without looking at the expenses and hidden fees they never thought of before.

To make matters worse, going out of money while you are on a trip is something travelers should consider if they don’t solve their budget issues a bit early.

With thousands of blogs and sites linked in to travel, TIV offers you travel tips making your trip stand out, destinations to explore, and travel luggage advice based on our and other travelers experiences.

Now you may think: who is Karen Lyons?


Let me introduce myself:

My name is Karen as you may already know and I’m from Virginia. I was graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Hospitality Mangement – I still remember my graduation day like it happened yesterday.

After college, I went through and opened with a dear friend of mine our first business in the hospitality industry which is still standing till this day – doing our best of course.

In my free time, I try to take as many trips as I can but that’s not always the case which makes my appetite for travel out of control (lucky me).

When I’m not traveling, I enjoy shopping for travel gear which will help me on my next trip.

I remember my first ever suitcase I got or my parents bought for me with my advice and it wasn’t even for travel – because I used it to go to college. I think it’s also traveling but from another perspective. After this one, I bought several other suitcases which I appreciate their presence in my travels.

Apart from the occasional shopping, I really enjoy reading some good books on various topics, running is also a big thing to me – it frees my mind while exercising my body, watching a good movie is a relief too, and last a new hobby I’m going to explore soon.

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