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Spring Vacation

Spring Vacation Solo Travel Destinations

Spring Vacation Solo Travel Destinations

Spring Vacation Solo Travel Destinations. With my updated spring vacation recommendation, I risk being (rightfully) criticized for boosting my own home town, Washington, DC. However, it is a solo travel destination that has something for everyone. Although it can be pricey, I included some of my personal budget recommendations.

During my early student days, Washington was a city primarily known for government. President Kennedy once famously described it as a “city with northern charm and southern efficiency.” In the intervening decades, DC has grown and grown up to be an exciting international metropolitan area filled with cutting-edge tech start-up’s and yes, local fashion.

One special reason to travel in spring is that both airfare and lodg...

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Travel Destination

Travel Destination

Travel Destination

Travel Destination France Great Prices: France, a perpetually favorite destination, always seems expensive. As much as I love it, it is always a question of how to stay on budget, especially in Paris.  The highest price, after airfare, is always lodging.

After nine trips to France, here are the top ways I have found to save on lodging while still keeping a level of quality:

  1. Traveling off-season. This provides an immediate discount of up to 50% off. I have stayed in the heart of Paris Left Bank in a 4 star hotel for half-price. My charming guest room featured oil paintings and the style for which Paris is known. I was walking distance from everything from Notre Dame to the Musee d’Orsay...
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How to Travel in Tough Times of Potential Danger

How to Travel in Tough Times of Potential Danger

How to Travel in Tough     Times of Potential                    Danger

How to Travel in Tough Times of Potential Danger:  In the continuing state of enhanced security, travelers may unknowingly create unnecessary difficulties for themselves, resulting in a fine, deportation or even jail time. With the wealth of information on the Internet, it is possible to address likely problem areas with a little advance research.  As I have booked more adventure travel, I have been looking back at stumbling blocks that tourists can encounter abroad and how to best avoid them.

How to Travel in Tough Times of Potential Danger:

Passports and visas: If you don’t follow your destination’s precise requirements, you may be refused admission to that country or not even allowed to board the fl...

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Travel safety-Avoid Being Robbery -7 Tips on How to

Travel safety-Avoid Being a Robbery Victim

Travel safety-Avoid Being a Robbery Victim

Travel safety-Avoid Being  Robbery -7 Tips on How to. With fears now of terrorism, travelers may overlook the more likely possibility of property loss and theft.  More often, petty crimes can occur.  I learned my lesson on a joint work and pleasure trip. Read on to learn how to dodge wily thieves, It is true that with some thought robberies abroad can be more easily avoided.

When I returned from my last trip abroad earlier this year,  I had some updated thoughts. (It is good to think how to use such tips at home. It is easy to be less watchful in familiar places.)

Travel safety-Avoid Being Robbery -7 Tips on How to, Tip One:

Always consider your safety when you pick your lodging...

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Top Solo Travel Destination Thailand

Top Solo Travel Destination Thailand. When the holidays come and work slows down for year-end, I always look to take a solo travel package to a new part of the world. This year on Christmas Day, I headed out traveling Asia alone. I had much ground to cover in just 17 days and daunting flights from Washington, DC and on to Bangkok via Beijing. I began in Siem Reap, Cambodia then via a top river cruise on to Vietnam and back to Bangkok.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily things went for me as a woman on a solo travel package in SE Asia. I had no  encounters with pickpockets and saw no evidence of issues arising from last year’s government takeover by the military...

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Solo Adventures Tips from Expedition Unknown

Solo Adventures Tips from Expedition Unknown: Like Indiana Jones, the Travel Channel’s best-known archaeologist, Josh Gates, brings us excitement at home.

Solo Adventures Tips from Expedition Unknown

Solo Adventures Tips from Expedition Unknown

Expedition Unknown
Selects Tips by Josh Gates, Travel TV
I tuned into Expedition Unknown for Josh Gates’s travel tips. After traveling to 100 countries, he had some fairly routine tips. Five of which I selected below.

Solo Adventures Tips from Expedition Unknown’s Josh Gates:

Tip One:

  • Pack early.
  • Make a checklist.
  • Check out the weather at your destination and what you need, including any specialty gear.
  • My personal recommendation: When you finish packing, take your luggage for a walk. Then you need to practice hoisting it up into an imaginary overhead bin...
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5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards: Before going abroad, I always ask myself if it is better to take local currency or debit and credit cards.

The popular wisdom is to take your existing debit card. That generally works for purchases/meals and to get local currency from ATM’s once you arrive.  I tend to agree since they are easy to find and widespread. However do be really careful if it is attached to your bank account(s). Unlike a credit card, being hacked on a debit card can cause more trouble.

  • My first encounter with ATM’s abroad was in 2000. I  was on a remote one lane road in northern Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster.  Not surprisingly, Nessie did not make an appearance...
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Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution. Every traveler has their worst flight stories. My two personal favorites:

The “flight to nowhere”. On a past business trip, I flew one hour to New York, circled for one hour and because of bad weather, flew back one hour to Washington, DC.  In my three hour “trip”, my foot never touched terra firma until I was once more back where I started!

-5 countries in 18 hours. Heading solo to Slovenia to sightsee and ski, on arrival in Zurich, I learned my connection was cancelled. Not to worry, I could be flown to Germany. As I arrived in Germany, I looked longingly as my next flight taxied down the runway, once again without me! No worries I was told, I could be flown to Austria...

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Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times  Solo Trekker 4 U Sadly, recent times have seen an increase in violence in many parts of the world from Europe to Africa.  As a result, some travelers are concerned about safety as they think of a next trip abroad. There are no guarantees. However, it helps to think ahead and plan the best ways to be prepared.

 Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U: Know Before You go:

Tip One:

Look first at your destination. Learn about issues there via the Internet. Check out government warnings. Arc there problems there at the moment? Hotly disputed elections? For example, years ago I was planning a trip to a remote part of Africa...

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Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update | Solo Trekker

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update: The greatest risk in travel statistically still tends to be the drive to the airport. However, no one wants safety issues to ruin a vacation.

It can be hard to plan how to stay safer abroad.

  • There may be storms and diseases.
  • Terrorism is often raised as a concern now.
  • Women on solo travel have other issues.
  • I have been in civil wars, quarantines and 2 emergency landings. I have been stopped by the military near a border. I just dodged hungry crocs!

I am passing on the tips I learned updated for this year.

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update:

Research before you book your trip. Plan well ahead.

Tip One:    Know before you go.

  • Look at your destination’s history.
  • Learn about local issues.
  • Stay alert to risks.
  • Know the s...
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