Simplify Paris: 4 Restaurants

If you’re looking to simplify things a little, we’re here to help. We’re not giving you to the top 50 or the top 10, we’re giving Our 4. Why? Because it’s manageable, you won’t get caught going around in circles. They’re ideally located, moderately priced, and have comfortable accommodations. So check them out, compare and contrast. And if you still can’t decide, stay a night in each!

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Planning: Learn to Fly

After you have your passport and have made the 3 Big Decisions and before you start charting where you’ll spend your time and picking hotels, pull the trigger and book your flights. “But I need to figure out all the other details first,” you say. “Pish posh,” I reply with an English accent, “we’re planning not dreaming.”

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Tips, PlanningStephen Reed
Planning: 3 Big Decisions

If you’ve got your passport and the travel bug is biting, you may be tempted to start booking hotels. WAIT! If you don’t want to go back to the drawing board with each decision you make, you need to build your trip a solid foundation. The way to do that is by thinking through your 3 biggest decisions.

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Tips, PlanningStephen Reed
Planning: Passport First

64% of Americans don’t have a passport and if I had to take a guess, it’s a big part of what holds them back from planning a dream trip. A lot of people never get a passport because they don’t have any immediate plans to leave the country. But when the idea of an amazing international trip pops up in their head and gives their heart a flutter, they immediately write it off because they don’t have a passport.

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Tips, PlanningStephen Reed
Simplify Paris: 4 Hotels

If you’re looking to simplify things a little, we’re here to help. We’re not giving you to the top 50 or the top 10, we’re giving Our 4. Why? Because it’s manageable, you won’t get caught going around in circles. They’re ideally located, moderately priced, and have comfortable accommodations. So check them out, compare and contrast. And if you still can’t decide, stay a night in each!

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Traveling with Wine

After a long flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Phoenix, Arizona, I stood at the baggage claim anxious to see how many thousands of dollars of damage I had done to everyone else’s luggage. We had picked up six bottles of local wine in Annecy, France and made the ridiculous gamble of wrapping it up in our clothes and crossing our fingers that it would make it home.

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Time to Re-Think Loyaly?

I consider myself a reasonable, measured, points hunter. I do my best to store up points in loyalty programs that I feel are useful, but I avoid signing up for every new credit card out there and engaging in schemes that might appear to the FBI to be some type of money laundering.

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TipsStephen Reed
Best U.S. Train Trips

I fell in love with train travel in Europe. Riding the rails is one of the most enjoyable activities you can participate in that actually helps you make forward progress from one place to another. The simplicity, the comfort, the views, it’s a must have experience.

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DestinationsStephen Reed
Game of Thrones Tourism

I once woke up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was an experience I don’t fully endorse, but it did have an up side. I Googled all the iconic locations from one of my favorite TV series’ Breaking Bad. I parked in front of Walter White’s home and positioned my body to block the No Trespassing sign from the background of my selfie.

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DestinationsStephen Reed
A Visa to Visit Europe?

A lot of people have been talking about changes to the EU law that will require US citizens to be pre-screened before being allowed to travel to Europe (starting in 2021). Instead of just jumping off the plane and rolling into the country, you’ll have to go online before your trip and apply.

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News, PlanningStephen Reed
Planning: Where to Begin

Today, right now, the very moment you’re reading this, the world is more accessible than it has been throughout history. You can see and do more, relative to your economic situation, than anyone in the generations that preceded you.

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PlanningStephen Reed