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Friday
Apr272012

Review: Go Girl Guides: Thailand - 562

Go! Girl Guides: Thailand

Having recently retuned from a solo trip to Southeast Asia that included five weeks in Thailand, I was thrilled at the opportunity to review Go! Girl Guides: Thailand

This new travel guide was created by and for women travelers. You can find answers to those tricky questions like where to buy tampons, where to find an OB-GYN, and how to find inexpensive places to stay that aren’t totally shady. The guide also includes tips for remaining safe and protecting your personal belongings.

I also appreciated the Q&A sections from fellow solo female travelers as well as the recommendations for volunteer opportunities. The recipes from local cuisine are a nice touch in case you want to bring a taste of your travels back to your kitchen at home.

As a right-brainer, I also enjoyed the colorful photos and maps throughout the book.

A fun, easy to read introduction to Thailand, I admit that I would love to see more

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Friday
Mar092012

Review: Cathay Pacific Business Lounge Tour in Hong Kong - 561

The Arrivals Lounge (photp by Monica McCarthy)During a recent flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok, I had a twelve-hour layover in Hong Kong. Having initially planned to venture into the city for a bit of sightseeing, I arrived in the pre-dawn hours with my luggage in tow and absolutely no desire for anything besides a hot shower, food, and a place for me and my Mac book to decompress.

Fortunately, the world famous Cathy Pacific Business Class Lounges delivered all of the above and more.

In order of my least to most favorite, here are my personal reviews of each:

 

Arrivals Lounge

Food service is buffet style, though there were very few options at the time I was there. The furniture isn’t incredibly up to date and the lack of much light it’s downstairs and the shades were drawn created a slightly depressing and claustrophobic atmosphere.

There are no announcements of flight departures made, so it’s up to you to keep track of the time.

 

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Review: Boutique Hotel Garni Allegra in Belgrade, Serbia - 560

Garni Allegra Hotel exterior. Beograd, Serbia (more photos below)After searching around on Expedia for a hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, I reserved five nights at boutique hotel Garni Allegra, a three star guesthouse style accommodation. It wasn’t flashy, or even that much cheaper than some of the big chain hotels appearing in search results, but something about it spoke to my frequent traveler’s intuition.
(I always book my hotels on Expedia as a personal preference to get reward points on top of my credit card mileage points, but you can also book directly for a slight discount - the hotel’s pricing is below.)

OVERVIEW & AMENITIES
I was very happy with my choice. Garni Allegra turned out to be a 10-room family run hotel oozing with warm personality. Clean, convenient and the intimate feel of a well-run guesthouse. (See more photos below.)

It’s located in Belgrade’s Vračar neighborhood, and has a secured gate entry and a 24-hour reception desk, which as a solo female traveler made me feel all the more safe. The rooms are simply decorated, clean; they have wood flooring and modern

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Saturday
Feb042012

Infographic: Best Places in Europe to Ski on a Budget - 559

As this winter’s ski season continues, Expedia came out with a fun infographic on the best places in Europe to ski on a budget. The infographic covers popular destinations in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Andorra, Bulgaria, France, and Slovenia, even including the best value après ski activities (including beer prices!).

Have a look and let us know what you think. Are they spot on, or are there any great places missed that are your favorites?

(Infographic courtesy Expedia.co.uk. Click for a larger image.)

Wednesday
Oct122011

Beat the Travel Funk with Travalo!

 

We know it all too well, the “travel funk”. It’s on planes, trains and conference centers around the globe. Fight the funk with Travalo! Body sprays and perfume bottles are hard enough to find in travel sizes, so when they inevitably bust open in your purse or luggage, it’s all the worse.

On a recent trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, I took several planes, totaling almost a full 24 hours of travel. I arrived safe, tired and stinky, only to find that none of my bags made it there. Honestly, it would have made a big differnce in how I felt if I had

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