travel tips

No matter how much you plan, there are bound to be bumps in the road; tips to ensure the optimal travel experience.

  • Rebecca Van Riel
    Published 4 years ago
    My Favorite (and Not Too Touristy) Spots in Paris*

    My Favorite (and Not Too Touristy) Spots in Paris*

    Did you know French (mostly Parisian) people call Paris Paname, when they are talking about it as an exotic place? Well, Paris is an exotic place, especially if you've never been there, you probably romanticize it (or not). And in reality it has so much history and hidden gems that it is a treasury that has no end; it keeps going on and on. And if you are going to Paris, thinking about going to Paris or dreaming about going to Paris someday, I would love you to see it the way I do, because Paris is more than only the Eiffel Tower and The Arc de Triomphe (although these are nice places too).
  • Made in DNA
    Published 4 years ago
    Beauty in Transience

    Beauty in Transience

    Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) "season" (it only lasts a week) is a fantastic time to be in Japan. Enjoyed across the nation by young and old alike, it is a festive occasion that has been passed down from generation to generation for some 12 centuries.
  • Annie Kiely
    Published 4 years ago
    What Can I Bring in My Carry-On?

    What Can I Bring in My Carry-On?

    Your carry-on is one of the most important and strategic parts of planning if you'll be sitting on a long flight. Packing your carry-on bag may be something you leave to the last-minute while traveling. While it may be tempting to focus only on your luggage, you should be sure to take the time to strategically plan what you'll be bringing along on your flight. Having the perfectly-packed carry-on luggage ensures you have all the essentials and entertainment you need to enjoy your travel, instead of just enduring it.
  • John Roberts
    Published 4 years ago
    A Cruise on Brand New Viking Sky

    A Cruise on Brand New Viking Sky

    By John Roberts InTheLoopTravel.com Viking Ocean Cruises launched its first ship in 2015 and now has three vessels: Viking Sky, Viking Sea and Viking Star. Also, Viking Sun is coming in 2017, and the company says it hopes to eventually have 10 ships in its Viking Ocean Cruises fleet.
  • Larry Romulus
    Published 4 years ago
    Beginner's Guide to Hostels

    Beginner's Guide to Hostels

    Hostels are an intimidating concept to most beginner backpacks with only a guide book and dreams to keep them on the right path. It doesn't help when stereotypes about the place keep popping up. Some say homeless people linger under the beds. Others say that they are havens for alcoholics. And others, thanks to Eli Roth's infamous film Hostel, believe them to be murder havens where rich elites come to murder innocent teens.
  • Rowan Marley
    Published 4 years ago
    A Detailed Guide to the Types of People You'll Meet While Traveling

    A Detailed Guide to the Types of People You'll Meet While Traveling

    Travel is a hobby for many of us, and like many other hobbies, it tends to attract certain people over others. The fact is that those who travel often have tendencies that make them easy to stereotype and pick out from a crowd. This is even more true when you yourself are a traveler, and are currently on a trip.
  • Ben W
    Published 4 years ago
    Exotic Fruits and Juices in Colombia

    Exotic Fruits and Juices in Colombia

    One of the joys of living here in Colombia is the diverse and plentiful selection of fruits to choose from. The choices are quite abundant and it is an integral part of the culture to imbibe in a cold and tasty fruit juice at the end of a long day.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 4 years ago
    Dave’s Place Elevates All with Down to Earth NYC Townies

    Dave’s Place Elevates All with Down to Earth NYC Townies

    I went to college in Plattsburgh, New York – the North Country. Every weekend the downtown bars were mobbed with college students drinking one dollar beers and doing what they do. Scattered along side, "townies" tried to pass themselves off as us. It was always an uneasy piece, as it probably is in many places across the country. But if you really wanted to get a taste and put aside this youthful air of undeserved superiority that we haughtily wore among our community hosts – "The Royal" was the place to go. That said, we from our pretentious suburban, urban and middle class perches have all given these places a go. And while we hope our arrogance is forgiven, we are all the better for rising to the level of the down to earth people that are always encountered. I recently found a bar such as this in the unlikeliest place – West 42nd and 9th avenue in Manhattan.
  • Suki Tranqille
    Published 4 years ago
    Relocating to Paradise

    Relocating to Paradise

    Relocating to another country to live in paradise is a reality for many people. Some leave behind the snow storms that paralyze the North Eastern United States while others are looking for a leisurely lifestyle at a much lesser price. However, paradise does not come without effort. As with my post about some of the challenges specific to traveling, this post is about some of the pitfalls you want to avoid if you are thinking about relocating. Generally speaking, this is not for someone whose job relocates them and offers full relocation services that include assistance with finding a home.
  • Gareth Johnson
    Published 4 years ago
    Planning Your Expedition to Perth, Australia

    Planning Your Expedition to Perth, Australia

    If you’re planning a visit to Australia then there is a lot to think about — a lot of different places across this vast continent all competing for your attention, all with different selling points.
  • Suki Tranqille
    Published 4 years ago
    Crossing the Panamanian Border - Part 3

    Crossing the Panamanian Border - Part 3

    So the journey continues...by now you know from reading Journey to San Vito Part 1 and Part 2, that very little went according to plan. At this point we are on a bus from Rio Sereno to Paso Canoas, an unexpected detour after being turned away at the Rio Sereno border. This part 3 concludes our journey.
  • Skunk Uzeki
    Published 4 years ago
    Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

    Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

    Everyone has heard of the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge—a man who had all the money he could count, but never actually left his office long enough to enjoy it. Though Scrooge himself never existed, his fictional plight is one that is increasingly common in today's society.