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Ladies, Do Not Be Afraid To Travel Alone

Friday, September 3, 2010

As a first time solo female traveler, you may feel fear. Sometimes, it’s as though the world we live in can be a bubble, trying to tell us of the things we shouldn’t be doing instead of encouraging us to get out there and experience it for ourselves. We are bombarded with “be carefuls” and […]

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How To Get A Visa For Vietnam

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What’s more fun than getting off a plane and immediately being hit up for cash just to step foot outside the airport? (I’ll answer my own question. The answer is: getting the seat next to the lavatory for your 16-hour flight. Oh the stories you’ll tell.) The fact is, visas are never fun, especially for […]

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Traveling With Reminders

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just like our itineraries are different, so are our levels of comfort. Some people prefer to bring the bare necessities, needing to pack light for their meandering feet, while others need to bring a personalized blanket for sentimental coziness. A recent article in The Toronto Star highlighted the importance of “packing a bit of home […]

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Should I Wash My Underwear While Traveling? Answer: No!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Let’s face it, we travelers put up with a lot of aggravation on the road: lost baggage, missing passports, loud hostels, etc. . . . And we see a lot of things that bother us around the world: obnoxious tourists, environmental degradation, the plight of the world’s poor. But there’s one thing that annoys us […]

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How Not To Get Kicked Out Of Cambodia

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So you’re going to Cambodia (actually, I am in about 6 weeks, but more on that later), and once you get there all you really want to do is sunbathe nude while pointing the bottom of your feet at people as they walk by, and sticking you chopsticks upright in your rice bowl. Sounds like […]

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Tips For First-Time Travelers: Copy Your Passport, Ditch The Itinerary

Friday, August 13, 2010

We were all travel virgins once. Not quite the — awkward lying next to each other, not knowing where to look, thinking of something romantic to whisper in your ear — kind of travel virgin. More like the — guide books awkwardly lying on top of each other, not knowing what to pack — kind. […]

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Top Destinations For Solo Travelers?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I couldn’t honestly say what would make one country better than another for solo travel, but that didn’t stop T+L from trying. They recently ranked the top 10 countries for solo travelers (actually 14 countries given all the ties, but who’s counting?), with Costa Rica coming out on top, followed by Vietnam, Laos, Bhutan and […]

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Frequent Flyer Tips For The Not-So-Frequent Flyer

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

“Actually, Carlton, we’ll be using the frequent flyer miles to get to Douglashire. Now run along and get me a spot of tea.” That’s often what I hear when people boast of free dream trips courtesy of their frequent flyer miles. In actuality, not every snooty voice in my head has an English accent, just […]

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How To Use Frequent Flyer Miles (Or, How To Fly Free)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Frequent flyers are lately becoming frequently frustrated, being frequently denied, and are frequently failing to redeem their miles for the tickets that they want at the airline’s base redemption rates. With many airlines posting negative profits, the neighborhood kid selling lemonade is finding more financial success in business than airlines worth billions. This is causing […]

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How To Use Your Phone Everywhere While You Travel

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I love my iPhone, but the problem? I’m not taking it traveling with me, no matter how useful it would be. I’d rather take some disposable phone I bought from a drugstore or, better yet, nothing at all. However, I’m the first to admit, there is nothing I miss more while on the road than […]

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