Perks of Traveling Solo

There is something invigorating, liberating and empowering about traveling solo, especially as a female traveler. I wouldn't say I prefer to travel alone, but when the locations, activities, and my goals align, traveling solo can be an incredible experience. Of course there are downsides to traveling solo as well—in some places it might be unsafe, …

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2013 Travel Recap

Each year I try to recap the places I've been. I didn't start my blog until 2009 (years prior to 2009 involved lots of travel so I don't know how I would have recapped all of that!) and the trips have been reasonable--both domestic and international, and some not so far from home. Although I …

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Literary Travels: Vive la France

It must have been some residual subconscious that has me reading stories from/about/taking place in France-- it seems our recent trip there was an aeon ago and not just a couple months. I won't go into lengthy reviews of my recent literary pursuits--but I did enjoy them and they were very different from one another. …

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International Travel on a Budget

I had the unexpected pleasure of a pre-honeymoon jaunt to Europe, thanks to the fiance having to travel for work. He had customer visits in Russia and then I met him in Switzerland, where he was completing trainings for a Europe-based branch of his company. We both headed to Paris where I ran around on a …

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Travel for (His) Work: France and Switzerland

I've had some wonderful experiences traveling for my work, especially the last couple years as the fiance has been able to tag along. It's not all sunshine and roses. As I've mentioned, there is not much glamour when you travel for work and also commit the bulk of the trip to working--but there are the …

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Literary Travels: Catching Up

Lately I've been trying to yet again come to terms with a fact of life that constantly plagues me; having to postpone one love for another. If I want to get married, I have to stop traveling and save money. If I want to have money, I have to stop sitting in my window seat …

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Top Tens of Travel

When I was in grade school, I remember making top ten lists with my friends. Top ten boys, top ten songs, top ten movies, etc. The order was susceptible to change at any moment, but the idea was popular for years. I still find myself making similar lists today--facebook asks for my favorite movies/books/etc., my significant …

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Literary Travels: The Paris Wife

It seemed like everyone was talking about The Paris Wife by Paula McClain (who lives in Cleveland! Woot!), but I was hearing very mixed reviews. I am not a Hemingway fan so initially I was uninterested, but once I discovered there were so many differing opinions of the book, and once my friend suggested I …

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Following Travel Destinations on Twitter

Despite my stubborn delay, I finally gave in and joined Twitter to begin following different media outlets and industries on behalf of my clients. Of course, it wasn't long before I realized I couldn't just follow other conversations; I had to take part in them myself. The reason I put up such a fight about joining Twitter was …

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