Romantic Los Angeles – Where to Go with Your Special Someone

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La La land is home to the American dream…a place where anything is possible, where fantasies come true and everyone can be a star. This California cultural center is a hub for all things glitz and glam. The sun, the surf, the sand, the celebrity…you can’t beat it. That said, for the first time traveler, Los Angeles can be a tough city to crack.

After living in Los Angeles for close to five years, I discovered that many of the city’s finest finds are spread out across town, hidden to the uninitiated newbie. For first time travelers it’s hard to know where to go without the advice of a tapped-in local. For those travelers who are planning a romantic getaway in Los Angeles, here are some of the best spots to put on your love radar:

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How To Travel with a Baby or Toddler

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These days, air travel is stressful enough…harder still when you add a fussy, demanding, sleep-deprived toddler into the mix.

My husband and I traveled extensively (through Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, France, Italy and Canada) with our first baby and are now planning some fun trips now that Baby #2 has arrived. While I’ll admit travel is very different that it was before, I don’t want to stop traveling and give up on that spirit of adventure just because I’m a parent. I want to travel with my kids and show them the world…even if the’re too young at this point to remember it.

As any parent can attest, traveling with little kids can be a challenge, but with a little preparation, patience and some helpful travel gear, you can turn that nightmare red-eye flight into a bonding experience. For those like-minded parents who choose to bring the babes on the plane, here are a few tips when traveling with your baby or toddler

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Best Things to Do in Suzhou, China – The Venice of the East

If you’re planning a trip to China, chances are you’ll be hitting Beijing for the Great Wall, Shaghai for the futuristic architecture and Xi’an for a little panda and Terracotta warrior action, but an emmerging destination making a big play for US tourist attention is the city of Suzhou. Located about 60 miles west of Shanghai, the vibrant city of Suzhou  (pronounced Sue-Joe) has a long and rich history dating back some 2500 years.

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Travel Tips for Stress-Free Thanksgiving & Holiday Travel


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With long line ups, delayed flights and crowds of irritated people at the airport, there is no doubt that traveling during the Thanksgiving and holiday season can be a real challenge. As Thanksgiving and ‘the busiest day of the travel year’ approaches, here are a few of my tried-and-true tips on how to survive “terminal madness” at the airport and make your journey more enjoyable during the travel crunch…

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Top 20 Life Changing Adventures To Add to Your Bucket List

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When I was a kid, I spent an inordinate amount of time spinning my desk globe, selecting with the touch of one finger where I hoped to travel to someday as an adult. The world had so many far flung exotic destinations that peeked my childhood curiosity. Flash forward a decade or two … that same precocious kid was now working as a professional travel writer,  adventure travel expert, top travel influencer and on-camera travel TV host,dedicating much of her life to exploring the globe. Funny how things work out. I’ve had the opportunity to explore the world and experience some life changing adventures:

80 countries, 7 continents and a myriad of weird and wild travel experiences. I worked on a show called Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about the real lives of travel writers, broadcast worldwide on National Geographic Adventure, Travel Channel UK in over 100 countries and 21 languages. I wrote a book called “Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel” and was featured as a travel expert by such outlets as CNN, ABC Nightline, New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel & Leisure, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, E! News, Outside Magazine, Travel Channel, etc. My mission soon became to empower others with travel tips and tricks so they could turn their own travel dreams into a reality.

While there are an endless amount of awesome things to do and see, I recently wrote an article for Travelocity about some of my favorites. In no particular order, here are my Top 20 Amazing, Life Changing Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List.

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Road Trip through Provence, France

ProvenceAs an adventure travel expert, with some 80 countries under my belt, I have many top travel spots around the world, but one that’s closest to my heart is certainly Provence. A scenic region in the southeast, the classic French countryside of Provence boasts sleepy villages, Roman ruins, unparalleled wine tasting, spectacular dining and a rich history of inspiring artists like Cézanne, Picasso and Gauguin. From Cannes, the Mediterranean mecca for moviemakers, to the markets of Marseille, to Saint Rémy de Provence (where Van Gogh painted one of his most famous paintings, The Starry Night), there’s no shortage of celebrated places to visit. I recently wrote an article for Travelocity about my Summer road trip through Provence, one of the most magical regions of France. (Keep reading.)

Tips for Cheap Travel This Summer

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Tips for Cheap Travel This Summer 

Memorial Day weekend often marks the unofficial start of Summer, which means it’s time to start thinking about one of my favorite things….you guessed it…Summer travel! But how do you plan an amazing summer adventure without breaking the bank? As a travel expert, wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks to help make your summer travel more affordable.

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Tips on Turning an Average Weekend Into An Adventure

When you think about the term ‘adventure’ some extreme images may come to mind: Daredevils base jumping from jagged cliff faces, hurling themselves into the air. Thrill seekers rafting down torrential foaming rivers, darting danger at every bend. Risk takers, with a need for speed, sand boarding down dunes on a quest for their next rush.

For many, adventure is synonymous with such extreme experiences, but adventure can simply be the thrill of the journey into the unknown: that moment when you stray off the beaten path, interact with locals and experience the unexpected beauty with wonder.

As an adventure travel journalist, travel influencer, female travel blogger and travel addict who has been in the business for the past decade, I’ve had the good fortune to experience a spectrum of adventure travel experiences across some 80 countries and all seven continents. Among a few of my most memorable moments: I’ve kayaked with penguins in Antarctica, hiked along the Great Wall of China, camel trekked in Jordan and swam with whale sharks in Mozambique.

While I will admit that some of the world’s most bizarre experiences in some of the world’s most foreign spots do hold an exhilarating appeal (like when I ate deep fried scorpion in Beijing or spent a night in a former prison in Latvia), “adventure” doesn’t have to be extreme or weird or dangerous by nature. You also don’t have to travel all the way to China to infuse a little adventure into your life. There are plenty of adventures to be had close to home, in your own back yard.

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