RSSTravel Tips

Gutsy Traveler’s Best Ways to Connect in a New City

Gutsy Traveler’s Best Ways to Connect in a New City

Finding your way around a new city by trial and error makes for great stories after the fact, but usually isn’t so fun at the time, and wastes a lot of time and money.  Go beyond what the guidebooks suggest and find the hidden gems of a new city. Taking a peek at a town’s […]

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Tips for Solo Travel

Tips for Solo Travel

Solo travel is a fast-growing travel trend for men and women.What’s so great about it? For starters, you no longer have to stay home because you don’t have a travel companion. But remember, just because you start alone doesn’t mean you’ll stay alone. If you are considering going alone on your next vacation, here are a few […]

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore. Many times we are drawn to […]

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Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

My five most useful packing tips for frequent travelers. Packing is always stressful. Even though I’ve packed for trips to over 100 countries on seven continents, it is always stressful and I keep learning ways to make it easier. Also check out: Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation and Ten Things to Pack in […]

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Ten Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

Ten Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

As a  travel writer, I frequently fly across oceans and time zones. Here are my travel-tested tips to avoid jet lag or minimize jet lag fatigue. 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages,  or salty drinks (like Bloody Mary mix) and caffeine during the flight. 2. Drink a glass of water every hour you travel. 3. Keep your feet […]

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Packing Tips for Travel : Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation

Packing Tips for Travel : Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation

Let’s face it. Packing for a trip is not easy.

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Check List: Day Before Travel

Check List: Day Before Travel

Packing is such a pain. Lists help me reduce the stress. Here’s my list of last minute items I’ve forgotten in the past: cell phone charger, night gown, toothpaste, washcloth (many hotels overseas do not provide them), large safety pin or clothespin to fully close hotel drapes, a rubber door stopper for added security in hotel […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Travel Apps for 2014

Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Travel Apps for 2014

With the help of sites and apps like Expedia, Kayak and Travelocity, it’s easy to find a good airline deal. But after the flight is booked, you may need some help along the way to make your trip run smoothly. Here are a few of my favorite apps to use in 2014 to keep your […]

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Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago trail, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Moving to a small town in Greece from California—in the middle of the tourist off-season, I might add—has taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless […]

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