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Warsaw airport

Returning from one of my trips is a bittersweet reentry into the world. On the one hand, I’m always eager to get back to my “nest,” back to familiar routines and comfort. On the other hand, the magic and serendipity of travel is over, at least for the moment, so that takes away some of the Technicolor from my life. Because of that, reentry into my life can sometimes be bumpy and stressful, no thanks to jet lag and becoming reaccustomed to my home routines. Over the past few years though, I’ve come up with a few practices that make…

If you’re like me, you’re nowhere near Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. You’re more like Lifestyles of the Broke and Fabulous. And yet, you sometimes want to see places that cater to the other half (or rather, the 2%). Like Hotel del Coronado, where rooms cost upwards of $300. Or that Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France. Here are some sneaky ways to experience these places without having to file bankruptcy. 1. Spend the Day There Hotel del Coronado is 20 minutes from my house. I can’t afford to stay the night, but I can afford an overpriced…

I used to not want to travel to any country where I didn’t speak the language. Then I realized how much that limited me! Certainly, speaking the local language gives you a leg up as a visitor, but I’ve found that even putting out just a little effort in learning a few phrases gets you respect from locals, who are more willing to help you. If I had to pick five phrases that you should learn before visiting a place, this is what they’d be. 1. Hello/Goodbye This is a no-brainer, and the easiest to pick up. Even if you…

Sometimes I find myself at the airport, overwhelmed with what a stressful experience it can be, and I wonder why I keep traveling. Usually this is after a 7 hour flight when I haven’t slept for 24 hours! Still, there’s no question that the airport is far from efficient, and one of the top stressors for travelers, new and seasoned. Here are a few tips I offer to try to counter that frustration just a tad. 1. Be Prepared at TSA You know you’re going to have to take off your shoes and take out your laptop and liquids, so…