How to Deal With Homesickness

The original version of this post appeared on MeaganDavenport.com. I've made some modifications in this edited version.   Have you experienced homesickness while traveling?   Homesickness is a funny beast that seems to hit without any rhyme or reason. I've traveled...

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Oxford versus Cambridge: Which is better?

Oxford and Cambridge are two of England's biggest 'college towns', and have a rivalry dating back centuries. Many a traveler wonders which to visit; Rick Steves used to say Cambridge, but happily (imho) reassessed in 2015 and now acknowledges Oxford's many charms. My...

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How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Long flights are so fun, aren't they? Hundreds of people breathing the same recycled air for hours on end. And yet ... flying is an inevitable part of the epic vacation. So how do you make the best of it? Here are my suggestions to optimize a long-haul flight -- and...

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Three Things to Do in Florence, Italy

There are certain things that a traveler must do in Italy, regardless of location: Pasta. Gelato. Pizza. (Food, in other words.) But not everything translates as "neatly" as food. Each town has its own uniqueness, idiosyncrasies, views -- even dialect, and Florence is...

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Greenwich: Oasis near the end of London’s DLR Line

Near the end of London's Docklands Light Railway lie two innocuous stops: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, and Greenwich itself. They may not seem like much to look at compared to other stops on the Tube: High Street Kensington. Notting Hill Gate (where is Hugh...

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3 Ways to Minimize Jet Lag

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jet lag is the pits. Amirite? But, there's good news -- you can take several steps to alleviate or minimize the impact jet lag has on you. 3 Tips to Help Minimize Jet Lag Start adjusting your body clock before you leave. If...

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Two Travel Scams to Know and Avoid as a Female Traveler

Nobody wants to be scammed – but even more so, nobody wants to be scammed while traveling. It’s hard enough being in a different country, amirite? Whether you truly are ‘just looking’, or are interested in something but put off by the seller’s persistence – or...

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Dealing With Your Period While Traveling

Having your period is never fun – but it’s even less fun when you’re not at home, let alone in a foreign country. From PMS to cramps to blood on the sheets, potential challenges abound, but they don’t have to ruin your trip. Beat the period with these tips! Stock up...

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Safety and Security in Europe

One of the most common questions travelers (or their friends and family!) ask is whether a destination is “safe”. The internet brings the worst of the worst (and the best of the best) directly into our homes, often in realtime. So how do we alleviate safety/security...

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Travel Intentionally: What’s it look like?

How do you travel? Do you fly by the seat of your pants, or plan out every last moment (here's looking at ... oh, me!)? Perhaps a combination? Ultimately, when you do travel, do you travel intentionally? Wait ... what's that even mean? How to travel intentionally may...

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