Stephanie Oca

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Foodie Confession: Why I Eat McDonald's While Abroad

I first turned to McDonald's for comfort in 2004. I was studying in Rome and yes, the food was delicious. The pasta was toothsome, the olive oil spicy, the wine weighty and fragrant. It was so good, in fact, that Romans at the time wouldn't deign to recognize another cuisine as worthy of eating. …

How to Explore Europe - on a Budget

Those lucky enough to be traversing not one but several European cities over the course of a few weeks or, as is more likely, months, may worry about the many expenditures that go hand in hand with extensive traveling abroad. While shopping, dining, and clubbing often put a strain on the budget, …

The Best Places To Watch The Sunset (PHOTOS)

Despite their frequency, sunsets always manage to take our breath away.<p>Watching a sunset is a vacation ritual, it seems, and with the weather as hot as it is, it's nice to even take a virtual vacation. And since travelers often photograph sunsets to no end, there's no shortage of stunning images …

How to Travel the World for Free

Our list of temporary "homes" have included a brownstone in Manhattan, a villa in southern Spain, a 10th century manor in rural Ireland, and more. We've lived a quick walk from a Caribbean beach, on the edge of a lake in the midwest, and are soon off to experience the Highlands of Scotland.<p>And for …