Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hotel Safety when Traveling Solo

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If you find yourself staying in a hotel, rather than a hostel, as a solo traveler, there are certain precautions you shoud take to stay safe. Although most hotels are relatively safe, single travelers can become targets if they aren’t careful. Before Booking: Look for a hotel that offers rooms the open into an interior hallway. Avoid motels and other establishments with outdoor corridors. Research the location of the hotel. Make sure its a well populated area. If you are using public transportation make sure the station is located nearby. If you will be driving, try to understand where the parking … Read More

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Underground Dining in the District

Chez Le Commis

  Recently, I’ve been reading about some other blogger’s underground dining experiences, so I was excited when I got the opportunity to attend a dinner at a pop-up restaurant in my very own DC. But first, what is underground dining? Don’t worry, you don’t have to gnaw on a ham bone in a cave or anything. Its basically a more formal dinner party. Hosted in someones home or apartment, usually by an experienced cook, the party is comprised of people you may or may not know who pay for the opportunity to try unique (maybe not FDA approved) food. So … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: Suzy Guese

Bad Hospitality [1]

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Suzy from Suzy Guese shares her tales of traveling woe . Tell me a little about yourself: My name is Suzy Guese, redheaded traveler extraordinaire. While born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I always find myself away from home, usually gorging on a pizza in Italy, freezing in Eastern Europe or in search of the “world’s largest” items across the United States. I just got back from said frozen trip in … Read More

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Train Madness: The Never Ending Voyage to Montreal

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I have had many unfortunate transportation situations while traveling. But, by far the worst journey ever was my trip to Montreal in the Summer of 2011. Why you ask? What happened? Well, let’s start at the begining. My friend was attending a conference in Montreal and invited me to come stay with her for the weekend. After realizing that flights were almost $700, I decided that it would be a great idea to take the train 14 hours from Washington DC. It seemed really easy – a few hours to NYC and then 11 hours strait to Montreal on a … Read More

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Photos of Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is located just outside of DC. It is the final resting place of many of America’s soldiers and is considered the nations most hallowed ground. The cemetery is so beautiful you find yourself forgetting just how many people are burried there.  

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Sea Lions in San Francisco

Sea Lion taking a Sea-Esta in San Francisco

As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE the sea lions in San Francisco. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe its because they are super cute. Maybe its their “I don’t give a single frick” attitude. Maybe its because I see a little bit of myself in the life of a sea lion. Whatever the reason, I make sure to visit them every time I’m in San Francisco. So whats the deal with the sea lions? Apparently the sea lions just showed up near the pier one day and started sunning themselves on the boating docks in the harbor. As you … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: Jamie from “Breakaway Backpacker”

Jamie from Breakaway Backpacker

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Jamie from Breakaway Backpack shares his tale of being robbed at fun point in Costa Rica. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: My name is Jaime, and I decided to breakaway from everything and backpack the world. I have been working since I was 15 and felt that I was a slave to Corporate America and needed to get out. I quit my job sold just … Read More

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What to do with Foreign Coins?

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  Every time I travel I come home with a hand full (or four) of foreign coins. Usually I find a few in my suitcase, some tucked into pockets and a bunch in my purse. I blame being from the US. I’m not used to coins being worth anything and I forget to spend them. Seriously though, coins are so annoying – they take up a ton of room, make noise and are heavy. My wallet is just not built for coinage. So I throw them in my bag and forget about them. So whats the issue with foreign coins? Banks … Read More

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San Francisco’s Cable Car Museum

Cable Cars

The Cable Car is one of San Francisco’s iconic symbols. And although the city is currently in the midst of some sort of public transportation identity crisis , these open air cars were once a dominant site on the hilly streets. One of the best ways to experience this part of San Francisco’s history is to visit the totally free Cable Car Museum. The Museum is full of cool old cable car artifacts and interesting history about the rise, fall and re-rise of the cable car.  They even have an old cable car which is perfect for posing for cheesy photos … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: Katie from “Katie Going Global”

Katie from "Katie going Global"

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Katie from Katie Going Global shares with us her story of getting scammed in Cairo, Egypt. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: I am a thirty-something former attorney from Chicago who quit her job in university alumni relations & development to spend a year traveling and volunteering. My focus is on the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union – so far, I have run a … Read More

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