The Extended Layover: Get More Out of Your Travels

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For years, I flew from point A to point B without even thinking about the cities in which I had layovers. In Europe, I had stopovers in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and more, and I never really thought about the fact that these cities’ magnificent sights and cultures lay just outside the airport walls. Then an old friend clued me into the extended layover, a great way to take in additional ... Read Full Article

Tired of Trying to Get WiFi in Europe? Try This

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We travel to Europe often and we are always looking for reliable WiFi connections so we can do our work and keep in touch with our family, friends and business associates. It has always been a frustrating experience until this last trip. Telecom Square contacted us and asked us to try out their Mobil WiFi Hotspot while on our trip to the Netherlands and Italy. What a difference this device made ... Read Full Article

Hiring a Tour Guide: Is it Worth it?

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My husband, Bill, and I had never hired a private tour guide before our recent trip to Italy. In the past, we read our guidebooks, consulted the internet, and reviewed EuropeUpClose.com to see what our writers had to say. We then did our own thing. We have also been part of  large group tours, but this experience showed us the value of a knowledgeable, private tour guide to help us sort through ... Read Full Article

Traveling to Europe with Young Children

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On our last trip to Europe, our extended family faced many unique challenges while traveling with young children. Our entourage included a five-month-old infant, a two-year-old toddler, and a four-year-old preschooler. From finding family-friendly accommodations to surviving long international flights, check out these helpful tips for families traveling abroad with youngsters. Whether ... Read Full Article

Tips for Living Like a Local in Europe

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Live like a Local Local is savvy. Local is stimulating. Moving away from mass tourism, the discerning traveler has been on a quest in search of the true taste of living like a local. The quest began by excluding tried-and-tested tourist attractions from their travel itinerary, finding niche boutique hotels, and trying ever so hard to scout out the native hangouts. And the latest: Live like a ... Read Full Article

Four Top Travel Apps for Europe

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Gone are the days of trying to squeeze umpteen maps, guidebooks or currency converter gadgets into your luggage – now all you need are travel apps. The number of travel apps available has increased considerably over the last year alone. There are apps for maps, apps to help you plan your trip, apps for currency conversion and apps with language translators and phrasebooks. Wherever you’re ... Read Full Article

New Rules for Getting through TSA Checkpoints

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Have you heard? Getting through the TSA checkpoints is taking L O N G E R. The TSA agents are being more careful; they are doing more thorough screening on more people. All this takes time, so to make it easier on yourself follow this guide for getting through the line faster. Get there early Even if you are organized, chances are the people in front of you aren’t. Keep this in mind when buying ... Read Full Article

Airport Security: Make It Easy

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Shuffling through airport security lines is a tedious process, and it can be a lot worse than merely tedious. You could lose valuable possessions by leaving them behind in your haste to get to the gate, or be stopped for hand inspection and possibly miss your flight.  Here are a few tips to get you through faster and more smoothly. Liquids The rules say all your carry-on liquids (lotion, ... Read Full Article

The Sad Tale of a Forgotten Passport

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It’s one of the worst things that can happen while traveling, and it recently happened to an acquaintance of mine. A United States citizen, he arrived in Amsterdam with his old passport that was no longer valid, his new passport was left behind in America. This simple mix-up almost resulted in his immediate return to the United States. We all know that an invalid passport is no joke: it is ... Read Full Article

Ten Tips for a Safe and Pleasant European Vacation

Of course you may not really care what others think about how you look and/or act when you are  traveling abroad, but to a certain extent, blending in and not acting like a typical tourist can make your trip a much safer, more pleasant experience. Here are My Top Ten Tips for A Safe and Pleasant European Vacation: 1) Keep your voice down!!! This is probably the number one complaint by ... Read Full Article