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Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities...

Popular Ways For Travellers To Work in France

Popular work opportunities in France for adventurous language travellers If you’re travelling to France as a student from an EU country, you will also have the option of finding work while you’re there. All EU nationals can find employment in France and obtain residence permits if...

Lonely Planet Offers Free “Best of” Travel Apps

All of my favorites are included!  Just in time for the new iPhone 5, free apps for the very 'best of ' are being offered free of charge for Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, and Rome by Lonely Planet, one the most respected travel publishers...

A Single Traveler’s Guide To Paris

The Singles Guide to Surviving Paris, the City of Love It always struck me as particularly one-sided to regard Paris as the domain of lovers, as little more than a love nest with a big tower and lights.  Paris may be the ultimate honeymoon destination, but...

Essential Guide To The Best Paris Wine Bars

5 Top Wine Bars of Paris Paris is a great hub for a range of clubs and bars. Many Parisians visit local bars and cafes to meet their friends and enjoy the city nightlife. Most of the city monuments and roads remain illuminated throughout the night...

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Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road?  Or perhaps you've  watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a...

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World’s 5 Most Awe-inspiring UNESCO Sites

The UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites now sits at over 900 – but how many are truly awe-inspiring, must-see places to visit before you die? We’ve whittled the list down to just five, ranging from a city carved from rock to a world-famous mausoleum…...

Paris By Pastry – Exquisite Madeleines

There are so many iconic French foodie experiences, it's hard to know where to begin.  Surprisingly it's often the simplest ingredients executed to perfection that produce the tastes we crave long after returning from a trip to France.  While many famous French confections ooze with...

Favorite Cheap High-Quality Hotels in Top European Cities

ParisWe’ve selected our favorite inexpensive accommodations in three of our favorite European destinations, London, Paris and Budapest to help you stretch your vacation budget.

When you think about the term ‘cheap accommodation’, what comes to mind? Visions of dingy shared hostel dorms with iron bunk beds and thirty people to each bathroom? Subsistence meals from all-you-can-eat buffets? Poor security and sketchy neighborhoods?

These types of lodging certainly exist, but cheap doesn’t automatically mean substandard. If you want to save stretch your budget when traveling, there are plenty of youth hostels and cheap hotels available that will give you a great stay.  Here are some of our favorite top value hotels and hostels: 

Paris On Our Mind – Tried and True Paris Tips

Paris cafe for breakfastHere are some Paris travel tips that will make  your journey safe, comfortable and fabulous. I’m always spouting, “When you see a super great deal – make yourself drop everything and go!”  That’s exactly what happened to us last month when Linda and I had the opportunity to fly off to Paris at a fabulous promotional rate.  We had a little over 2 weeks to pull our trip together, so we focused in right away.   Here’s what we did:

#1  A Quick Brush Up On Our High School French
Linda found a terrific language learning program – EarWormsLearning.com.  Despite the crawly name, the concept is amazing.  They believe that you learn better, faster and with more recall when you learn with music.  So their language lessons come with music playing in the background.  We loved it and listened on our iPods all the way to Paris.

30 Words French TranslationAnd for extra reassurance, we picked up a quick translation guide – 30 Words ($9.95).  These are terrific passport sized accordion folded translations of tourist phrases that are waterproof and tear-proof – perfect for toting around.