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Planning your Summer Vacation? Here are some travel products that we think will make your trip an easier, better experience. Squeeze Pods Do you just hate to lug heavy bottles of shampoo, conditioner, cleanser and moisturizer along with you when you travel? So do we. A great solution is single-use Squeeze pods. Squeeze Pod’s line of natural toiletries is formulated without any harmful chemicals ... Read Full Article

Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

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After you've decided where to go and how you'll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house. My recent trip to France is a good example of the pros and cons of hotels vs apartments; my husband, John, and I stayed in two of each. Our one-bedroom, ... Read Full Article

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

Hints for Traveling the World as a Single Woman

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I have been traveling the world as a single woman for the many years. I have been to North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the US and nearly every European country, always on my own and accumulating a wealth of experiences and insights along the way. I made mistakes and have leaned from them; honing safety skills and perfecting my accommodation choices as well as knowing what to ... Read Full Article

Affordable Boutique Hotels for Solo Travelers

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  Looking for an affordable hotel for a solo traveler? It’s a sad but inevitable fact that a solo traveler’s  budget can suffer serious dents when it comes to accommodation. Nice, comfortable, single rooms are either not available at all or cost an arm and a leg. Many hotels will rent you a double room for use as a single, but they don’t cut the price in half! I’m always on the lookout for ... Read Full Article

The Compact Guide To Planning a Trip to Europe

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  This trip planning guide is written for independent vacationers: people who want to travel on their own to a  destination and then just soak  it up. You may also be interested in The Budget Traveler’s Guide To Planning a Trip to Europe. In creating your dream vacation, you can certainly rely on the internet to assist in planning your travel and to book hotels, rental cars, and arrange ... Read Full Article