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September 11, 2015

Friday Favorites

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If you caught Wednesday’s post, then you know last week was really hard on me. This week has slowly gotten better. I even managed to get my tickets and hotel booked for Thailand in October. I am going to a travel bloggers conference there and I cannot wait. I have never been to Thailand, so if you have any suggestions, I would happily take them. Here is this week’s Friday Favorites.

Best U.S. Travel Destinations by Month – Business Insider brings us their suggestions for places to visit in the U.S. based on airfare prices, hotel rates, weather and activities for each month. This list looks great and includes a few places I have never been. I definitely agree on visiting Chicago and San Francisco in the summer. Although, I think the best month for New York City is October, but I have no idea what the prices are like at that time of year.

Exploring the South of Thailand – Since I booked my ticket to Bangkok, I am now intrigued by the rest of Thailand. Hopefully, I will get to visit some of these places on my next trip to Thailand.

Sweden’s Icehotel – Every time I see one of these, I think why would you want to sleep in a freezing cold place!? It does look like an interesting place to visit, but I don’t think I would want to sleep there.

Fall Foliage Hunting in Japan – What is it about the changing color of leaves that we all find so fascinating and beautiful? Just like in the U.S., Japan has beautiful fall foliage to admire. Travel and Leisure have given us some ideas on how to see the foliage.

Visit Venice Museums – Do a little armchair traveling by watching this great video tour of 11 museums in Venice. I loved all the museums I visited in July and many of them are included in this video.

Weekly Post Wrap-Up

Sleeper Giveaway! Don’t miss out on entering my first giveaway for a Sleeper Mask. This mask will help you sleep while traveling without your neck hurting the next day.

My Original Travel Buddy: A Remembrance Looking back on my fond memories of my cat, Sophie, who passed away last week.

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Blog, Travel

Friday Favorites

September 4, 2015

Friday FavoritesI hope you all have had a great week. The second week of classes moved by as quickly as the first at my work. Before I know it, Christmas break will be here! I am already ready for a vacation, so it is a good thing my trip to India is in 16 days! If you are new to the blog, I am going to Goa for a beach vacation. In October, I am headed to Thailand for TBEX Asia. TBEX is a travel blogging conference. Hopefully, I will learn more about how to be a better blogger and you will benefit! Okay, on to Friday Favorites.

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European Twin Beds in Hotels – This article about twin beds in European Hotel rooms cracked me up. Most of the ones I have seen are like this, very close together. They are also sometimes a strange size. When I went to Dubai in the spring the room had “twin” beds, but they were bigger than a twin, but not quite a full-size bed. I think my Australian friend called them King Twins. Even if I am traveling with good friends, I don’t want to sleep that close to you. If I am able, I push them apart.

How To Avoid a Crappy Seat on Your Next Flight – If you fly a lot, you know how important having a good seat is on a plane. I always check seatguru.com before picking a seat. There are some other great tips for scoring a good seat in this article.

Kyoto Travel Tips – Apparently foreign visitors to Kyoto, Japan are not behaving well. Kyoto has released some cute, colorful graphics to help visitors understand the rules and customs of Japan. These actually have some great tips, like tipping is not a Japanese custom. The English on them is quite good too.

10 Unique Places to Stay in Berlin – So many fellow travel bloggers have been to Berlin recently; I feel as though it must be a travel trend. In case you are planning a trip to Berlin here is World of Wanderlust’s recommended unique places to stay. One of your options includes sleeping in a coffin!

10 Up and Coming Wine Regions – A great list of place to go on a wine tour and see some amazing sites as well! Moldova looks amazing.

Weekly Post Wrap-Up

Capturing Venice – A photo essay of my favorite photos from my trip to Venice.

My Dream Trips – This is part of a travel link-up that takes place monthly. This month’s topic was places you can’t get out of your head. My post includes my trip to Petra and my dream trips I haven’t been on yet.

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Blog, Travel

Friday Favorites

August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites articles, tips, destinations

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What a week! As some of you know, I work at a university as my day job and this was the first week for students to be back at school. I am exhausted and so glad it is Friday! In case you didn’t know, Thursday is my Friday as Friday is the holy day here in Qatar. So in celebration of finishing the first week of school, here are some exciting travel stories for you to enjoy over your weekend, whatever days those may be.

First Class for your Pets?! – American Airlines has now announced that your pets can travel in first class with you on certain routes. When I did fly with my pet, I never flew first class, but I am sure my cat would have preferred it to being stuck under the seat. What do you think?

Exiled like Napoleon, maybe not anymore – CNN tells us that an airport is being built on the remote island of St. Helena. Right now you have to take a mail ship that only comes every three weeks. The island looks like a beautiful place to explore. Maybe now is the time to go before all the tourists arrive!

Empty Citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – This looks like a really unique place to visit if you are ever in Vietnam. The fact that this citadel was built in three months without mortar in the 15th century is enough to make me want to explore it.

Best Fall Trips 2015 – National Geographic brings us their suggestions for the best trips to go on this Fall. One of their suggestions is the Inagural World Indigenous Games in Brazil. What a neat idea! I am putting this on my list of things to see one day!

Cuba Photo Essay – Continuing with my obession to get to Cuba soon, here is a great photo essay from Trover.com

Have you discovered any cool travel information this week? Share with us in the comments!

Weekly Post Wrap-Up

Venice as a Solo Traveler – Read about why I think you can enjoy Venice as a solo traveler

Locanda Casa Petrarca – Hotel Review – Why I think this hotel is a good choice for a mid-range hotel in Venice

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Hotel/Accommodation, Travel

How to Be A Good House Guest

August 18, 2015

House GuestAt some point in all our travels, we are lucky enough to receive an invitation to stay with friends or family on our travels. We all appreciate being invited, but how do we show that to our hosts? I am sure most of my readers already practice good habits of being a good house guest, but maybe you know someone you can share these with. Here are five tips to showing your appreciation to your hosts.

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1. Bring a Gift – I was taught this from an early age. You never go to a party or visit someone without bringing a gift. If you are staying at someone’s house, bring a gift that is thoughtful and practical, if possible. Last summer I stayed with a friend and his family, which included 4 of his children and an exchange student, so I brought scones for breakfast and a bottle of wine for his wife! The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, just a sign of appreciation.

2. Clean Up After Yourself – I hope this is a given! You are not staying at a hotel, and your hosts should not have to pick up after you. Make your bed, hang up your towels and wipe down the sink every day.

3. Offer to Help – This is beyond cleaning up after yourself. Offer to help cook, take out the trash or watch kids or pets. They may not take you up on it, but not offering is rude. You host is probably still having to go to work or carry on with their daily lives while you visit. You are staying for free after all!

4. Give Them Space – Your host is not a hotel operator and probably would appreciate some alone time. Go to your room and read or go for a walk. Do not invade their personal time the entire time you visit.

5. Send a Thank You Note – This seems to be a fading art. The thank you note can be an email or snail mail but send something. We all like getting mail, and it helps tell them how much you appreciate them taking the time to share their home and time with you.

Do you have any tips for being a good house guest? Please share in the comments!