2012 in retrospect: Travel lessons learned after 132 (!!!) nights on the road.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s always feels like one of reflection. It’s when I think about what went right and wrong during the year, and try to figure out what’s on tap for the future.While I’m not a huge resolution person – I’ve found that as soon as you write a plan, life has […]
Lessons learned: My travel resolutions for 2012, based on things I didn’t do the year before.
Rigid New Year’s resolutions have a limited place in travel, where patience, understanding and flexibility are the building blocks to a successful trip. Most of the meltdowns I observed on the road in 2011 came when people refused to accept that plans had changed or didn’t do enough research about where they were going. That […]
Looking for the perfect box of chocolates? Sweets expert Kerrin Rousset of Sweet Zurich gives her tips on what to look for when buying chocolate.
It’s the time of the year where I start ordering gift baskets or a box of chocolates for certain far-flung relatives. Before my trip to Switzerland earlier this fall, I would have flipped through a Harry & David catalog, ordering whatever bonbons looked the tastiest. Now, though, my chocolate knowledge has been raised, thanks to […]
Some hotel options in Quebec City’s Upper Town for a reader planning a trip to Carnaval de Quebec. Plus info on this year’s Hotel de Glace – the ice hotel.
Q: I was so impressed with Quebec City, I plan to go there again next February during the Winter carnival. I have already made flight reservations but I am still looking to book a hotel inside the Old Quebec. Chateau Frontenac is one possibility but I do see some negative reviews. I would like …
Looking for advice on maintaining a long distance marriage? Ten tips from someone who has been there, done that.
When I return to Seattle today after a quick trip to the East Coast, my husband and cats will be coming with me – for good. That may not sound like a big deal. But when you’ve spent the last five months in a cross-country marriage, it’s huge. Situations like ours are more common than […]
Cough. Sneeze. Sniffle. Repeat. When you get a cold on the road, how does a traveler cope?
Cough. Sneeze. Sniffle. Repeat. That’s been my routine the past few days, as I struggle to tour Berlin through a nasty cold that I picked up at the SATW conference in Saxony (too many handshakes and late nights). I hate getting sick on the road, and I feel like Typhoid Mary. My husband squirts Purell […]
Weekend guests? Here’s 8 tips on entertaining out of town guests without losing your mind.
When I moved to Seattle this summer, I put out an all-points bulletin to my friends and family, encouraging them to visit before the weather turned ugly. Several took me up on the offer, so August and September have been more about entertaining house guests than hitting the road. The deluge has stemmed a bit, so […]
8 tips for getting a table at a 3-star Michelin restaurant
A lot of hungry people read and commented on my recent 3-star Parisian dining experiences at Le Meurice and Guy Savoy. In case you’re ready to shell out the dough yourself for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, I asked Michelin for a few tips on how to score a hard-to-get reservation at a top restaurant. Here’s what they […]
Tips for using Hotwire to nab four-star hotel deals
One of my most-used travel booking sites, Hotwire.com, has released a new monthly list showing that it’s still quite easy to nab a four-star hotel room for under $100.Among the cities with the biggest discounts: Tampa, where rates have fallen 16% from last year; Austin and San Diego, where the average price of a 3.5 star hotel […]