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‘New is always better’ – or, at least, so they say. Let me in on a little secret – they are wrong. Sometimes used or second-hand is just as good (or even better). For example, when you compare a brand-new dress from a retail chain, which somehow every other girl on the street is sporting too, to a unique vintage dress from the 1970s; or that veteran road trip-proven van with all necessary …

[ Written by Kathi | 27 Mar 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

When Frontier Airlines decided to cancel my flight from Kansas City to New York for no reason, I was pissed.
“We can rebook you on a flight that leaves at 8am in the morning,” the airline representative told me. “Or we can rebook you on something that leaves the next day.”
Neither of those options really worked out for me, and on top of it, the airline refused to pay for a …

[ Written by Katka | 26 Mar 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch – I say they’re wrong! I am notoriously useless when it comes to organising my finances. I have such respect for those people who work hard, like the ants in Aesop’s fable, storing their grains away until suddenly, POW! They’ve bought their dream house with a white picket fence. Unfortunately, I am more of the grasshopper clan, the ones who sing …

[ Written by Alex | 25 Mar 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

As ever so often during university, I had big dreams but only little money. One of them was wanting to see the lakes, cities and mountains of North America, and take as much time for it as I needed (a month, it turned out, wasn’t enough). Alas, my bank was constantly pestering me with reminder emails of overdraft charges – oh the joys. With months of overtime hours, and saving pennies …

[ Written by Caroline | 24 Mar 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Hands up if you’re a Fandroid?!? I knew it wasn’t just me! While I loved my iPhone 3GS back in the day, for the last 3 years I’ve been more than happy with my Android phone which does everything an iPhone does and cost me almost a third of what the latest iPhone does. I’m currently the proud owner of a LG Nexus 5 but also have a soft spot …

[ Written by Frankie | 23 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Some places you instantly like even if you arrive tired and, in my case with Antwerp, wet. Antwerp is one of these cities where I felt instantly at home and felt that while 48 hours was enough to get a good overview, I would like to return very soon with more time to explore in depth.
As I was on a food and family expedition that my brother had organised, I …

[ Written by Annika | 21 Mar 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

I jetted off to Prague the other month to have a little winter weekend away in a cold fairy-tale land of spires and gothic architecture. I knew all about it’s stunning architecture, I had seen countless photographs of the beautiful Charles Bridge (and had heeded the warnings of how busy it can get), I had heard about Czech food and the mysterious ‘goulash’, I had known that I would be …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Mar 2015 | 15 Comments | ]

I used to be a superstar trip planner. I’d research locations and cultures for days, weeks and months leading up to my trip, so that the minute I stepped off of the plane, it was like second nature to me.
Some travelers are just naturally good at planning – they enjoy it, and feel it helps them get through rough situations. It’s important to really know a place before you get …

[ Written by Katka | 16 Mar 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

When traveling between Paris and London on a budget, taking the bus will be your wallet’s saving grace. The trip takes 9-10 hours each way, so going overnight saves you some precious exploring time in each city. I figured it would also save me money, as I could sleep on the bus rather than having to pay for a hostel. Sleeping, that is, in theory.
There are two major companies offering routes …

[ Written by guest | 14 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

It’s a frigid day in New York City and my large, beige jacket is straining to keep me warm against the whiplash of wind hitting my face. I am quickly shuffling alongside local comedian and filmmaker, Jeff Cerulli, who hails from Long Island and now resides in the increasingly popular Astoria neighborhood of Queens. Having grown up in the New York City comedy scene for 10 years, Jeff is a …

[ Written by Nikki | 13 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
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