Travel Prep

Planning a trip when you don’t have time

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[...]

How to pack for a cold Europe trip with a carry-on

I'm a big fan of buying cheap flights to European destinations to spend a long weekend unwinding and sightseeing. I like to scour the net, jump on every EasyJet newsletter that pops up in my inbox, do random searches on Skyscanner and indulge in holiday fantasies until a cheap flight appears and I can spontaneously buy it. I'm guilty of the 'bargain b[...]

10 Traveletty Accessories to Travel in Style

Back in the day when I worked for the devil as a fashion assistant in New York I would use my boss' camera to go to showrooms and press appointments. It was a nifty little point and shoot, perfectly adequate to take pictures of the newest belts, the latest purses, and the most out there jewelry. Unfortunately it didn't have a case, but lived in a sock. While[...]

How to choose the right backpack

A good backpack can make or break your trip - you will either start punching and kicking it every time you relieve your poor shoulders to set it down on the ground, or... well to be fair, I've always felt that way even with a good backpack, because I overpack and start attaching more and more things to the outside straps of my pack. But that's another story.[...]

10 Travel Resolutions for Every Travelette in 2015

As 2014 sinks out of sight like a bright, round pink sun and 2015 rises on the horizon promising a blank canvas of opportunities, don't write a list of the things you're going to do (or not) - lose weight, clean out your closet, or get fit. Instead think about all the things you can do to get more out of your travel experiences next year. Whether you have no[...]

8 Essential Winter Travel Accessoires

No matter how often I travel, I just can't seem to solve the mystery of packing. If I don't over-pack, I run out of clean t-shirts after three days or realise I forgot to pack any socks at all. And if I don't forget these essentials be sure that I simply packed for the wrong season. That just happened to me last week, when I decided to ignore the forecasts a[...]

What your holiday accommodation says about you

Travelling with friends or partners for the first time can be quite a big deal - every person has their own rhythm, their own intentions to travel, their own dos and don'ts. It can be challenging to find a common denominator and agree on compromises when needed. Travelling together can make of break a relationship, but even a year-old friendship. Still I lov[...]

Live to travel or travel to live?

Remember the awesome MasterCard Priceless campaign that ran for ever and ever? It showed in a really clever way that while yes, for certain things you need money, the true and important experiences are priceless and cannot be bought. That got me thinking that it is the same when it comes to travel, while you need a certain budget, the true and memorable expe[...]

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