How to Have a Successful Vacation Romance

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I don’t know about you, but every time I board a plane, I secretly hope in the back of my mind that a cute guy will sit down next to me.  It’s silly, but movies have conditioned us to believe that these sorts of meet cutes do occur.  And they do lead to happiness and marriage.  Wouldn’t it be romantic to walk by the Eiffel Tower and immediately have a Frenchmen sweep you off your feet?  Now maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so.   Continue reading

How to Travel Solo But Never Alone

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I may travel solo, but I guarantee you—I’m rarely alone, and if I am, it is usually because I want some “me” time.  Each trip I go on, I come home with more new friends and shared experiences.  I may be boarding the plane alone, but from the moment I sit down in 22B—I’m busy making new friends…some of which often turn into life long friends.  For those of you itching to travel alone, but worried about getting lonely, here are a few ideas… Continue reading

How to Pack for a Hostel

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I am a big lover of staying in hostels…I’m already lamenting the day when I’m too old to stay in them!!  But for those who have never stayed in one before, it certainly can be a unique experience.  There are certain items that we’ve grown accustomed to having access to in hotels that hostels often lack.  It’s a more roughing-it sort of environment, and requires a slightly different packing list.  Thus, here are a few items that I never leave home without when planning for the hostel life…. Continue reading

How to Use the Couchsurfing Website

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I came across the Couchsurfing website many moons ago…well actually it was about a year ago.  But in that time, I’ve seen the site utilized in many different ways — many more than it’s title might suggest.  Yes, it can be used to sleep on generous stranger’s couches, but it also has so many other functions even if you aren’t comfortable sleeping on someone’s couch!  Here are a few useful ways to utilize Couchsurfing and it’s community… Continue reading