Melissa Fletcher

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Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

Disconnecting from Technology and Why You Should

[box]<i>This month, I’m somewhere in the East African bush, camping out on the savannas, enjoying the wilderness, and staying far from the digital</i> …

5 Tips for Holiday Travel Without Breaking the Bank - Vagabondish

<i>Editor's note: This post comes to us courtesy of travel expert Robb Henshaw, VP of Communications at GetGoing.com.</i><p>While many of us are still reveling …

6 Ways to Never Pay Baggage Fees

(photo: Scottevest)<p>The busy holiday travel season will soon be upon us, which means crowded airports, higher airfares and -- if you're not careful -- hefty baggage fees. Traveling light when you have kids in tow can be challenging, but not impossible if you have the right gear and a streamlined …

When Local Gets “Too Local”: 8 Tips for Keeping Safe While Traveling - Vagabondish

Safety is typically a huge concern when traveling; even more when you’re visiting a new exotic location. There’s danger no matter where you go – …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

How to Pack Mindfully

I didn’t know what I’d need for my first extended meditation retreat, and I’d never been to the Bay area in winter, so I packed enough for a year in any climate – just to be on the safe side.<p>After paying penance in the form of an overweight-bag fee at the airport, I lugged my 90-pound albatross up …

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Israel Travel Guide, Incl: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, & more. Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook and Maps (Mobi Travel)

• <b>Author:</b> MobileReference<p>This illustrated Travel Guide is indexed alphabetically and by category, making it easier to access individual articles. Articles feature information about attractions, landmarks, districts, transportation, cultural venues, dining, history and much more. Addresses, …

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5 Exceptional October Getaways

(photo: Williamsburg Destination Marketing Committee)<p>With the arrival of autumn, many destinations enter the sweet shoulder season of lower prices and tamer temperatures. Here are five places that make for an outstanding October escape.<p><b>Williamsburg, Virginia</b><p>After Williamsburg's long, sweltering …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

How to eat Indian street food safely

Tucking into street food is one of the joys of travelling in India – here are some tips to help avoid tummy troubles.<p>1. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the local cuisine, especially if you’re not used to spicy food.<p>'colors - indian street vendor' by utpal. CC BY 2.0<p>2. You know the rule about …

How to Take your U.S. Cell Phone to Europe and Not Go Broke

Whether you've picked Spain, Portugal or Italy for your self guided cycling tour , chances are you'd like to stay connected with friends or family using email or social media. You may also want to use GPS or other navigation apps on your smartphone. However, how much you pay for wireless or 3G …

What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

While I don't covet passport stamps and don't really pay attention to my little blue book anymore, I hit a travel milestone a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't ignore. My trip to Montenegro and Bosnia marked the 65th and 66th countries I've set foot in: a fact that floors me since I never …

Scared To Travel Alone? Here's How To Prepare Yourself

Traveling alone can be a really liberating experience. You don't have to worry about anybody else's needs and you're answering only to yourself. But for a lot of us, being in a foreign place by yourself can also be very daunting.<p>No need to panic: you're <i>not</i> alone. If you're thinking of flying solo …

Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

Beyond Beer and Lederhosen: Top 10 German Destinations

Autumn in Germany may be synonymous with beloved Oktoberfest, but this European powerhouse has more to offer than beer, pretzels and lederhosen. With its majestic castles, renowned vineyards, romantic valleys and stunning Alpine villages, Germany is not a country to be overlooked on a trip to …