Tag Archives: travel

Home Inspiration: Map It Out

I’m planning a big trip to Europe next summer. The only problem is that I am pretty much useless at planning anything more long term than a few hours from right now. So far I’ve saved a little money, written down a few goals, and that’s pretty much it. When I told my friend Lynn, a seasoned traveler, that I was having trouble getting started, she gave me a great tip… Keep reading »

8 Things To Do While Stranded At The Airport

If you live on the East Coast or are trying to travel to there, chances are you’re stranded at the airport at this very moment. Thank you, Snowpocalypse! I too was stranded at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Luckily, Mom and Dad bailed me out and now I’m just stranded at their house, but that’s another post. I made the very best of my time in airport exile — find out how you can too! Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Want An Arranged Marriage

Indian weddings are beautiful. I missed my sister’s by just a few days. I couldn’t make up my mind whether to join her and her Canadian boyfriend in Goa, where I could complete my yoga training certificate in a country where men significantly outnumber women, or to stay home in the Brooklyn apartment I shared with four equally unemployed strangers, and where I was without a car, a boyfriend, or a shred of hope. I had to weigh my options, so I was a bit delayed.

That’s how I missed Leky’s lavish Hindu puja ceremony, where she wed a guy she had actually met years ago at a Buddhist monastery, and who she had run into again by chance half a decade later while she was tooling around India.

Their love is a beautiful story. Mine, not so much. Keep reading »

Who Knew Lady Liberty Had A Hot Bod?

It’s become a reflex to knock the new TSA body scanning procedures, but I think this New Republic does it in the most creative way possible. It’s the Statue of Liberty, as you’ve never seen her. Keep reading »

Would You Pay Extra For A “Child-Free” Flight?

I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again: I love kids. But being stuck on a six-hour flight with a squalling toddler right behind me, killing my enjoyment of my millionth bag of peanuts and whatever crap movie is on, totally sucks. But is a screaming infant so annoying that I might pay extra for a seat on a child-free flight? Apparently, I might have the option, as some fliers are calling upon airlines to offer kid-free flights — or “family only” sections — so that their travel experience can be temper tantrum-free. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Can A Vacation Fling Turn Into The Real Thing?”

A couple of months ago I went on a foreign vacation and met a great guy. For a few days we connected, laughed, talked, and had great sex. I left him with a hug and “it was wonderful,” and thought that would be it. I wasn’t going to let myself fall into any “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” unrealistic romance. But once I got home, everything seemed dull without him. The life we’d jokingly talked about having together sounded good. We started emailing a little. Without saying anything about it, I’ve started learning his language and saving money to go back. But I’ve found myself afraid to say anything very serious to my friend … I don’t know what he’s thinking we are. The email flirting is fun, but I don’t know how to bring up the subject of anything more serious without sounding like I’m chasing him or prying (I don’t even know whether he’s started seeing someone else). After all, I was the one who made it clear nothing serious was happening when I left. What do you think I should do? Or am I totally crazy for trying to make a vacation romance into a real one? — In Love, Maybe

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A Carryall That Promotes Peace And Harmony

The holidays are fast-approaching, and that means it’s time for you to get out of town. The Sak Artist Circle Convertible Weekender will hold enough clothes and toiletries for a quick getaway, and the soothing prints, created by artists who share the Sak’s philosophy of spreading peace and harmony, will hopefully calm you when dealing with annoying relatives. You won’t be able to carry this weekender to the dining table, but looking at it will remind you that you do get to go back to your place eventually.

[$89.00 The Sak]

Radical Read

We suppose it’s a little weird to be writing about wanting a book — but if you’ve read even a tiny excerpt of Rachel Shukert’s impossibly funny travel memoir, Everything Is Going to Be Great, you’ll understand. We started reading a copy of Shukert’s second book over the weekend at a friend’s house, but only made it halfway through — and now we can’t wait to finish it. Shukert’s hilarious tales of bungled travels abroad feature odd places, weird delicacies and even stranger men. It’s basically Eat, Pray, Love‘s younger, more fun sister (with a probable alcohol problem).

[$10.07 Amazon.com]

Istanbul Cab Drivers Are Also Belly Dancers And Stunt Men


My boyfriend and I are trying to plan a romantic getaway over Thanksgiving, so we spent our Saturday internet-researching possible destinations and hotels. Near the top of our list was Istanbul, so to get a better feeling for the city, we checked out some videos from the Lonely Planet travel guides. Here’s what we found: a crazy Istanbul cabbie who belly dances while driving (and outside your window while in traffic) and performs insane stunts. Check it out for a good Monday morning chuckle. (And for the record: we’ve whittled it down to Prague and Lisbon—the dancing cabbie had nothing to do with crossing Istanbul off the list.) [YouTube] Keep reading »

How Far Would You Go For Fashion?

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I took a day trip from Portland to Seattle. We stopped at the army surplus store downtown and acted like predictable tourists: trying on sailor hats and taking pictures and debating whether or not the Tommy gun will ever come back in style.

“Tomorrow we are going to Seattle so I can buy that rucksack.”

”I tried it on, shrieked with delight, and strutted around the store. It was super comfy and I imagined all the things I could carry in it, the stylish ruggedness it would bring to all my outfits.

But it was 30 dollars, and I hadn’t budgeted for that. “Besides,” I said. “Do I really need a rucksack?” I put it back on the shelf, we went out to dinner, and headed back to Portland.

The next couple weeks played out like a montage of events that necessitated owning a German rucksack. My laptop bag broke. I went for a hike with my brothers. I spent the night at a friend’s house and needed to lug a change of clothes around. I literally had dreams about this rucksack on at least three separate nights, one of which involved us (meaning the rucksack and myself) frolicking in a field of daisies, laughing and smiling, without a care in the world.

“Tomorrow we are going to Seattle so I can buy that rucksack.”

And we did. It was a six-hour drive round trip (I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Al Gore and the ozone layer), but it was worth it. The other day I loaded up my rucksack with overdue books and rode my bike to the library, and I was truly happy. I also avoided subsequent overdue charges.


Victory is mine!

So here’s my question for you, dear readers: From standing in line overnight for an H&M opening to bribing a friend in London to send you a limited-edition lipstick to driving 300 miles to buy a rucksack, what’s the farthest you’ve gone for fashion? What’s the farthest you would go?

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