When I visited The Frisky offices in New York earlier this year, I stayed in a cute little hotel near Central Park. One morning I got up to take a shower, and as I turned on the water I noticed an apple seed-shaped speck on the bathmat. I reacted like most people would: backing out of the room slowly, sprinting for the phone and whispering, “I … found … a … bed … bug” as if the tiny parasite were an unstable man with a gun. Within moments, the entire housekeeping staff rushed through the door and hustled me into a different room. Luckily my little visitor turned out to be the only antisocial bed bug in history, so my stuff wasn’t infested and I avoided any bites, but the whole experience really freaked me out (so much so that I quarantined my suitcase in my garage for weeks after returning home). Next time I stay in a hotel I’ll definitely do a search on Bed Bug Registry first — this website compiles reports of bedbugs to help travelers and renters make informed choices about where they stay. The bad news? All of those little red dots are bed bug infestations. If you need me I’ll be in my bunker. [Lifehacker]
So I’m heading to London today for the Olympics! But before I head out, I have to do one thing — pack. And I’m terrible at it. My general packing philosophy is to shove all of my favorite clothes into my bag and hope that somehow they create enough outfits. It means I don’t carry that much, and can usually cram everything I need into a carry-on bag — even on two week trips. But I often end up re-wearing the same things — or realize that I’ve forgotten something critical like underwear.
A few things I have learned, though…
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We love traveling almost as much as love talking about astrology, so we thought it was about time we combined the two. Let’s discuss dream vacations, shall we? Here are 12 dream destinations tailored to the preferences and personality traits of each zodiac sign. Should you hop on a cruise to Mexico? Go wine tasting in Tuscany? Splurge on a spa retreat? Click through to find out!
Taking your first vacation as a couple is a huge relationship milestone. Travel is stressful, no matter where you’re going or how many margaritas you’ve had. Will your relationship survive the journey or will it get left behind in paradise? Here are three ways to ensure your love will outlast your vacation:
1. Plan the trip together. It might be tempting to tell your boyfriend that he can plan the trip, but you’ll only end up disappointed when he reveals his plans include diving with sharks or visiting every sports museum in a 100 mile radius. Read more …
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, originated in India and is now celebrated around the world with revelers throwing colored powders into the air. On Sunday, 3000 people gathered on the streets of Berlin and within minutes, they’d become a giant human rainbow. Pretty cool, huh? [Buzzfeed]
Romantic trips with your lover are nice, soul-searching solo traveling is great, but honestly, it’s hard to beat a vacation with your BFFs. Whether you’re looking to relax and recharge or recreate the most ridiculous scenes from “The Hangover,” we’ve rounded up five amazing girlfriend getaways you’ll never forget. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out, and tell us: what’s your dream girlfriend getaway?