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Flying Solo: Three Reasons to Travel Alone

Why are we always so concerned with surrounding ourselves with the familiar? As an introvert, I'm used to doing a lot of things alone and I've found that traveling is one of the most important times to take for yourself! Here are three reasons you should consider flying solo on your next</b> …

How to Use the Internet to Find the Best Airplane Seats

If you’ve ever traveled on a commercial jet, you probably know to avoid picking the middle seat in a row of three. If you purchase a last-minute …

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling in France

Save by learning these important phrases. Photo: Smilla4<p>By Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo.com—<p>So you're feeling like you've mastered the "<i>bonjours</i>" and "<i>mercis</i>"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.<p>We know …

10 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love With Paris

The first time I made it to Paris didn't count, although the stamp in my passport proved otherwise.<p>It was over a year ago during a layover in Charles de Gaulle Airport and the closest I got to experiencing the flavor of "The City of Light" was a lemon macaron from the mobile Ladurée cart that was …

48 Hours in Paris: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

Two days is surely not enough time to even scratch the surface of this city of buttery-rich French cuisine and romantic sites. But if you only have a short span of time, here are my top picks on where to eat, stay, and play.<p><b>EAT</b><p><i>Isaphan croissant from Pierre Herme</i><p><b>Pierre Herme</b><p>French Vogue magazine …

Unexpected and Unrepeatable: How to Enjoy a Truly Authentic Travel Experience

By Eoin Bassett, InternationalLiving.com<p><i>This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world's leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.</i><p>These days it's easy to get the sense that there are just no more blanks on the map. And that if there …

10 Travel Hacks You Need This Holiday Season

<i>By Alycia Simons, HotelsCombined.com</i><p>Christmas is around the corner and travellers quickly jumping online to book their end of year accommodation. Last year the number of hotel bookings on HotelsCombined for the 2013 Christmas period increased 364 per cent (!) over November and December and it's …

How Airbnb Will Change the Way You Travel

Michael and I have been on the road for over three years now with no fixed address, yet people still ask us where we call home. We finally have a good answer: <i>we live at Airbnb</i>. We don't work for them, nor do we live at their corporate headquarters (although considering their funky new offices in …

Chocolate Lover's Guide to Paris

In the last five years, Paris has witnessed an explosion on the chocolate scene to rival any city on the planet. While boutiques are proliferating all over the city, Paris's chocolate epicenter, Saint-Germain-des Prés, is now home to no fewer than a dozen world-class chocolatiers--from small …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

7 Hints You Should Know Before Booking Another Flight

When we fly, it's absolutely imperative that we get the best possible deal, on the best possible day, on the best possible flight. (Travel ego is a <i>very</i> real thing, people. And we have a BIG one.)<p>As such, we have a few serious rules to live by when it comes to booking plane tickets. These facts and …

Why Women Love France

Last year, months before I knew I would be writing a book about France for Travelers' Tales, a publisher in Palo Alto, I was explaining to a friend why I, let's say, <i>strongly</i> encouraged my daughter to study French. For me it was simple. "Every girl should live for a while in Paris," I said. Another …

Secrets of a True Parisian: Part I

Paris is a snail -- no, literally, a snail. The shape of the city is clearly defined by its 20 districts (<i>arrondissements</i>). Numbered from one to 20, the metropolis unfolds from its center, with <i>le premier arrondissement</i> (1st), to its last tail bit, <i>le 20 ième arrondissement</i> (20th). The heart of the …

8 Travel Hacks for Your Next Vacation

Contrary to the saying, getting there is not always half the fun. Don’t let airport hassles, dead phones, and suitcase disasters get in your way. …

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Five Things You'll Learn About Yourself on Vacation - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

<i>I’m writing this from 900 feet above sea level on the upcountry slopes of Haleakala on Maui.</i><p>This week I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time on …