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What You Need to Know Before Traveling to South Africa

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 04.17.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

South Africa has an immense range of opportunities for travelers, whether you're looking for a rugged adventure, a food and wine tour or a spiritual experience. Here's everything you need to know before you travel to South Africa.

Observations From the Roman Bus

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I observe a lot on the bus. Rome is so big (about 2 million people) and so beautiful and so full of history (both living and dead) that the views out the windows are just overwhelming.

Apartments in Italy -- and Mistakes!

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Finding a home, and feeling safe and comfortable there, is important to me, especially since I am alone here in Italy. And, until I arrived in Rome la...

Agrigento: Greek Voices in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I stayed in a beautiful hotel (Villa Athena) right in the Archeological Park which surrounds the temple masterpieces and the night-time views of the illuminated Temple of Concordia and Temple of Juno from my room are truly awesome.

Jason's Birthday and Missing It All

Paula H. Noe | Posted 04.19.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

A few days ago on February 12, my wonderful oldest son, Jason, celebrated his 43rd birthday (how did that happen, anyhow?) without me and I am feeling...

A Stolen Springtime Day in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

In Sicily, the beautiful Baroque town of Acireale proudly promises "The Best Carnival in Sicily"; for two weeks, huge floats parade around the city on a regular basis and the entire population of Acireale (and many more) join the grand street party.

It's Just So Messy...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

It really is a mess here... so I am constantly wondering why I (who 'normally' can only stand messes of my own making!) love it so much... let me count (some of) the ways...

11 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

Aly Walansky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Aly Walansky

Several years into an increasingly busy travel and lifestyles writing career, I've managed to still avoid getting an international plan on my phone or paying roaming charges. I've survived with copious amounts of research and some pretty awesome apps. Here are some of my favorites!

So, Here I Am in Sicily... What Now?

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Paula H. Noe

Ortigia is a beautiful little island, full of winding alleys and lovely old buildings and artisans and quirkiness.

New Years Celebrations In Florence

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are both celebrated in Florence, and the entire two weeks (or more) surrounding Christmas and New Year's is one continuous 'festa' (party) and with everyone walking.

Leaving Beautiful Florence

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.12.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

On a rainy (torrential, and, hopefully, temporary) Sunday morning in Florence, I am getting ready to leave. I have had four wonderful months in Florence and am not ready to go -- I'm in conflict about it all...

My Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2014 -- My Recap

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I have put my life on 'pause,' by taking a year-long sabbatical in Italy; I arrived in Florence, not knowing anyone except my rental agent, and armed only with lots of advice and information from friends and an overwhelming feeling of adventure.

Florence Is Twinkling

Paula H. Noe | Posted 02.24.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Florence, and indeed, each town and city around here, really dresses up at Christmas time. Florence decorates its street with cascades of twinkling white lights, and each street has a different kind of twinkling white lights, making a spectacular scene once darkness falls.

How to Fit Everything You Need into One Carry-On

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.24.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

You can't be a slave to the fashionistas when you're a slave to the overhead storage bin. My system may not be stylish, but it has stood the test of hundreds of thousands of air miles. Here is the unvarnished truth about what my wheelie looks like when you open it.

What the United States Can Learn From Chile

Alex Wirth | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Alex Wirth

While I've traveled abroad before, I have never spent so much time in one place. After two months, one gets a sense of a country's people, culture, and politics and you learn some surprising things about your own.

The Vacation Destinations Most Likely To Put You In A Psych Ward

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Travel

They say travel broadens the mind, but it appears that some vacation destinations can actually blow your mind. The cities of Florence, Jerusalem a...

Jay-Z, Beyonce Cuba Trip Was OK'd By U.S. Government

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices

MIAMI, April 8 (Reuters) - American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z visited Havana last week on a cultural trip that was fully licensed by...

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

Anne M. Strick | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

What does a bookkeeper or accountant do on a movie? "Essentially", says Michael Menzies -- veteran of such movies as Conan The Destroyer and Body of Evidence -- "my job is to work with the film's producer and the studio to create the budget. And then simply help them stick to it."

A Lesson From Russia: Teach Your Kids to Quit

Karen Dukess | Posted 12.06.2012 | Fifty
Karen Dukess

We stayed in Moscow for six years, years that we wouldn't have had if we each hadn't been bold enough to give up something good for the promise of something we thought would be better.

36 Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

Ellen Cannon | Posted 07.23.2012 | Money
Ellen Cannon

Now, as card issuers seek to attract and retain low-risk cardholders who swipe their cards for everything from a daily coffee to a first-class ticket to Hong Kong, many issuers have dropped the FTF on their travel cards.

The Five Stages of Book Touring

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.11.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I'm reading from my memoir My Germany in German and English, and the tour is going well, with enthusiastic audiences. But there's also an inner tour I'm on, one that has five stages I am very familiar with. I think other authors will recognize them.

Seeking a More Cosmopolitan America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.

An American in Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

The kidnapping eleven days ago of American development worker Warren Weinstein prompts this week's column. I don't know anything about the man except ...

Your Foreign Language Skills Aren't Perfect? Lighten Up.

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.07.2011 | Travel
Lev Raphael

Nobody's going to test you over there. The key thing is, can you communicate?

How to Be a Good Ambassador for America Abroad

CheapOair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
CheapOair

Being proud to be an American means more than most people would imagine. Freedom of speech, having the right to vote and having a Democracy are a few ...