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Journalist Laura Lippstone has been traveling since her teens, when she would gaze at the ocean at the Jersey Shore and vow to discover what was beyond the horizon. This New York native's expanded her horizons with a recent round-the-world trip with just a cute little Vera Bradley carry-on, chronicled on her blog,

She's also lived her own version of “Crocodile Dundee” in Australia; gone marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas, glacier climbing in New Zealand; and tooled around Alaska in a bush plane. She’s worked at MSNBC, The Travel Channel, TIME, and Australia’s equivalent of the “PBS NewsHour”; and her travel stories have appeared in the L.A. Times, Dallas Morning News and

Entries by Laura Lippstone

Visit a Part of France You've Never Heard of (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 11:48 PM

Imagine a trip to France where you don't have to sweat the red eye across the ocean. That's because this place is much closer to the Empire State Building than the Eiffel Tower.

Welcome to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the name for a baby bracelet of islands in the...

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Is Belgian Chocolate Really Worth the Trip?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:58 AM

It was the most indulgent reason I knew for going to Brussels: I was tired of mediocre chocolate. Spring had finally sprung; Easter was approaching; and I didn't want to be subjected to more substandard offerings from the likes of Russell Stover and Hershey.

To me, Hershey's always had the...

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Trying to be an Extra on House of Cards

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:37 PM

When House of Cards returns February 27 for Season 3, I won't be in it. Not that I didn't try.

My big chance came last summer, when I spied an ad for extras and day players, who might have a tiny role just for a day....

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12 Reasons to Love Seattle (Besides the Seahawks)

(38) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Think Seattle and you think: Seahawks. Space Needle. Microsoft. Crummy weather.


Not so fast. The Pacific Northwest's "Emerald City" (so named because of all the green) actually has a ton of sparkle.

Just back from visiting, and I will admit I never could live there. For one,...

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Amish Rite of Spring Is Just Plain Dirty (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Punxsutawney Phil may be a cute guy, but let's face it -- he's not exactly Al Roker when it comes to spring predictions. (I worked with Al many weather forecasts ago. Lots of fun.)

I like the odds better in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania --

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How to Breeze Through Airport Security

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Have you had it with the airport security sprint?

You know, where you have to factor in extra time at the airport and then become a wreck, juggling driver's license, boarding pass, jacket, belt, shoes, a baggie stuffed with liquids ready to ooze all over everything. Plus unwanted wear and...

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Why This Traveler Will Never Set Foot in Sochi (Pt. 2)

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 5:31 PM

The other day I wrote about why visiting Sochi, Russia -- home of the Winter Olympics -- would not be happening in my lifetime.

I was P.O.'d that the city apparently has had an awful stray dog problem for years. The solution, according to some local...

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Why This Traveler Will Never Set Foot in Sochi

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:48 AM

I'll never forget visiting Russia when it was still the Soviet Union and staying with families I really clicked with, even though we didn't speak the same language.

But I'll never set foot in Sochi despite it being such a big draw. In addition to being the locale for the...

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Road trip: Behind the Scenes of 'Sopranos' Finale

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 1:33 PM

In tribute to the legendary James Gandolfini, I'm reprising a travel post I wrote about the pilgrimage I made a few years ago to Holsten's in New Jersey, where Tony Soprano met his end.

I sat in the very booth and ate the (great) onion rings with the same...

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Nu Yawka Goes Country in Branson (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 1:52 PM

The only thing this Nu Yawka knew about Country was when we moved to Nu Joisey, all our Nu Yawk relatives clucked in pity at our moving to the country. This was practically covered wagon days, when Joisey was really considered Country. And in many Manhattan minds, it still is.

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12 Reasons to Visit Iceland -- Even in Winter (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 2:46 PM

So we're not that far into 2013 and you already need a vacation. If you're racking your brains trying to figure out where, here's another place to consider.

Iceland. You know, that smudge bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean between the U.S. and Europe?

Seriously. And I say that after having...

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Does This Female-Only Hotel Floor Offend You?

(12) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 6:00 AM

What do you think about this? As a woman, the promotion of a Mexican hotel hawking a special section for females only definitely caught my attention.

I never think about my gender unless I'm headed for the restroom. I clicked on the story because I was curious.


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Asia's Intrigue, Adventure And Great Food (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2012 | 9:10 AM

I'm so excited, I'm frozen like a mannequin. Holding my head just so, so I don't lose my sweet hat with veil scored in a vintage store. Hoping I'm projecting more Marlene Dietrich than Ruth Buzzi from Laugh-In.

I packed "Murder on the Orient Express." Since...

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5 Ways to Tell if Your Yoga Teacher Has a Clue

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 5:28 PM

Drat. Just sank $70 into a spiffy yoga mat, only to come across this story in the New York Times magazine. "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body." Hey, my body is already wrecked; that's why I've been doing yoga!

The piece was hammered by critics who say its...

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Penn State: The Movie

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 12:34 PM

In case you think I'm being insensitive about the horrifying allegations enveloping Penn State, I'm not.

I'm being realistic.

With a partner who graduated from what's now the university's law school, I'm even more saddened. Especially because an otherwise decent school will remain sullied for a long time to come.

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Hideaways Even New Yorkers Don't Know About

(13) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 10:26 AM

Planning a trip to Manhattan? How about dodging the hotel crowds and staying in hideaways that even know-it-all New Yorkers know nothing about?

Savor the real Big Apple in neighborhoods with character, as opposed to characters. Experience digs that feel like country inns. Many are historic buildings painstakingly fixed up...

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San Diego's Little Italy: That's Italian

(15) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 3:24 PM

Take any Little Italy in the Northeast or Midwest, add palm trees and T-shirt weather most of the time, and what do you have?

Little Italy in San Diego.


Yes, San Diego isn't just that other southern California city known only to the...

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What Does Michelle Obama Know From Matzo Balls?

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 1:12 PM

This has absolutely nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with food. Jewish comfort food. I'm not talking hummus; that's Middle Eastern. I'm talking the traditional Eastern European stuff I was raised on; that stuff that helps keep cardiologists in business. Matzo balls. Corned beef.

I was...

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The Ultimate Retreat: A (Very) Remote Monastery

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 8:21 AM


Like everyone else reeling from the daily body blows of life, I need a serious time-out. The last straw is the news that my beloved dachshund has a disease that's only going to get worse.

Mind you, this Type-A New York native has tried all kinds of...

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Seeds of Change in Hotel Cuisine

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 12:09 PM

It's something you never think about, especially in vacation mode savoring that incredible meal.

Where did that tasty eggplant in the main course come from? And what about that luscious mango concoction for dessert? And the stuff that makes the house brew... the house brew?

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