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10 Ways to Make Coming Home From a Trip More Pleasant

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Posted in Features, Travel IQ, Troubleshooter

You drag in your suitcases and other assorted paraphernalia (especially if you have been on a car trip), drop it all in the middle of the floor, and collapse onto the couch. Your trip was amazing in every way but now you are home, and you are exhausted. After several
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10 handy luggage tips to make sure you don’t arrive empty-handed

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Posted in Planning, Travel IQ

Lately I’ve had a lot of bad luck with my luggage while traveling on long-haul flights. My bags were delayed three trips in a row – reaching my destination only 1 to 3 days after I had arrived. After these three consecutive luggage mishaps, I was confident the airlines could
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Tips for the solo woman traveler: Keeping safe on the road

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There’s no excuse for a woman traveler not to hit the road solo. Solo travel can be extremely rewarding, as well as liberating. This is a great time for introspection and reconnecting with yourself. When you’re traveling on your own, there’s no need to make compromises on travel schedules and
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How Not to Look Like A Tourist When Traveling in Europe

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Posted in Europe, Holiday Travel, Style, Travel IQ

Dear Travel IQ: My husband and I are making our lifelong dream a reality: this summer, we’re going to Italy! And not just Italy – we’ll be making our way through Germany, France, Belgium and England! Unlike my husband, though, I’m pretty worried about “fitting in”: I don’t want someone
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Making the Most of Your Luggage

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Posted in Backpacking, The Journey, Travel IQ

Dear Travel IQ: Packing is the bane of my life. I can never fit everything I need into my bags and I never have everything I need when I arrive. I feel like I should go without any luggage and just buy what I need when I get to my
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Have Your Cake and Eat it too: Work and Travel Abroad

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Backpacking, Europe, Holiday Travel, New Zealand, Travel IQ, Voluntourism

Dear Travel IQ: I’ve decided I would like to live abroad for a year. I’m not flush with cash, just nerve. What are my pennyless options? Signed: Expat to be in Charleston, SC

Dear Expat: We’ve all felt it: that longing sadness that sinks to the bottom of your stomach
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Is Travel Insurance Really Worth It?

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 Dear Travel IQ: When is travel insurance absolutely necessary? I hate the additional expense tacked onto every trip and never, ever, have I had to use the policies I buy. I am thinking about not buying it next time and trusting to the gods of travel to get me there
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Cameras…Do They Belong on Vacation?

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Dear Travel IQ: I love taking my camera on vacation. My hubby, however, thinks they are more of a bother and something of a nuisance. I want to share the memories when I return home. I’ve read, however, that many people have strong opinions about not taking their cameras along.
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Eight Ways to Save Big on Hotel Bills

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Dear Travel IQ: I loved the ideas last week about house swapping. What if I want to stay in hotels, though? Do you have some good ways to save on my hotel bills that doesn’t involve camping out in a hostle? Signed: Cheap, cheap, really, really cheap

Dear Cheap: These
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Holiday for free – swap houses!

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I hear that house swapping is a viable vacation option, but I’m scared! What’s the best way to go about the entire process without winding up either in a house where I would rather not be or having some other unfortunate experience that will make me stay home for life!
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Using A Concierge

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Dear Travel IQ: Can you explain the how to properly use a concierge?  Many of the nicer hotels I visit have a concierge, but I'm not sure what is an appropriate question outside of a restaurant suggestion or directions.  What can a concierge do for me (and should I then
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How to haggle without being a jerk

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Dear Travel IQ: I will be going to Turkey soon and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bargain hunt for a really nice rug.  However, I don’t want to be a jerk when negotiating with the shop owners in the marketplace. What is the best way to haggle without
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How can I safely eat street food?

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Dear Travel IQ: I love to watch shows like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and I enjoy eating new foods when I travel.  I’ve always been afraid to try street food, however.  It’s tempting, but I’m worried about sanitation and catching some type of bug that will ruin my trip. 
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