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***NYC Insider Tip: Three Brooklyn Spots For Epic Views Over Manhattan***

I’ve already told you about one of my favorite views over Manhattan, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, but today I wanted to share three amazing spots in Brooklyn that all have sweeping vistas over the Manhattan skyline. The views alone are worth crossing one of the bridges into Brooklyn (and honestly, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most scenic walks in NYC), but I am also sharing with you what else you can do in each spot, other than take in the vistas. If you haven’t visited them already, add them to your itinerary for your next trip to NYC:

Pebble Beach, a small beach perched right in between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Grab a coffee at the Brooklyn Roasting Company in Dumbo (25 Jay St) and an almond croissant at Almondine Bakery (85 Water St) and take in the views for a bit.

East River State Park in Williamsburg: This one is best visited on a Saturday, when from March to October, the popular Smorgasburg food market takes place right in the park, next to a tiny stretch of sand beach on the East River. If you’re visiting on a weekday, go on a Williamsburg vintage shopping tour or stop at The Ides rooftop bar (at the Wythe Hotel) for even better views, or go on a pizza-themed walking tour of the neighborhood – stops should include Artichoke Basille (148 N 7th St), Vinnie’s Pizza (148 Bedford Ave), Joe’s (216 Bedford Ave) and Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer St).

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade – I love watching the sunset on the promenade high over Brooklyn Bridge Park – which is directly on the waterfront and adjacent to the picturesque Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. You could combine a visit with a neighborhood stroll (don’t miss Joralemon Street, in my opinion the prettiest street in the hood) or a stop at the Brooklyn Cat Café on Atlantic Avenue.
***Travel Tip:
Save time with Google Popular Times***
Google has made my travels so much easier (thanks to Google Maps, especially the offline version when I am abroad without a SIM card and don't have data on my phone) and cheaper.

I wish that I would have known about Google's Popular Time feature when I visited the Whitney Art Museum a few weeks ago - because then I would've seen that it tends to be crowded on Saturday evenings. If you have only a limited amount of time in a place and plan to visit popular sights or museums, Popular Times can show you when the place is the least busy, allowing you to avoid crowds and waiting in line. The same feature also works great for restaurants - the popular Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Hong Kong for example. If you don't want to stand in line for three hours, you better don't go between noon and 3pm.

What's your favorite feature on Google/ googleMaps?
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NYC INSIDER TIP: Discover the ‘real’ Little Italy in the Bronx

Have you been to Little Italy in New York? Most people have – but let me tell you: you haven’t been to the REAL ‘Little Italy’. Because that’s located in the Bronx, along Arthur Avenue. Little Italy is generally considered the area across East 187th Street from Arthur Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and the first Italian immigrants settled here in the 19th century to help building the Bronx Zoo, and later on the Third Avenue elevated train. The Arthur Avenue area, sometimes also referred to as Belmont, offers some of the finest Italian-American establishments in New York: restaurants, bakeries, butchers, mozzarella makers and espresso machine vendors.

The Bronx’ Little Italy shows you a refreshingly different side of New York City, but with its red brick buildings, Italian markets and tree-lined streets one that you’ll be happy to explore. Go inside the Arthur Avenue Market, stop at Belmont institutions such as Madonia Brothers Bakery, Cosenza Fish Market, La Casa Della Mozzarella or Cerini Coffee. And make sure to come hungry – you’ll want to eat at one of the authentic Italian eateries or at least sample some Italian pastries and coffee at one of the irresistible pastry shops. I personally loved the pizza at 089 and the pastries at the Palombo Pastry Shop, but other recommended restaurants & shops are: Mike’s Deli for giant sandwiches (inside the Arthur Avenue market), Cafe al Mercato (also inside the market) for the best espresso, Terranova Bakery for fresh bread (rated #1 bread in NYC!), Borgatti’s for fresh pasta, Tra Di Noi for what is often declared the best Italian food on Arthur Avenue
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***Money Saving Tips***

People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much, despite living in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

I’ve put together a list of my top money saving tips for you – and if you have any to add that I didn’t include, feel free to share them in the comments 😊

1. I don’t pay for cable. I only have a $7.99 Netflix subscription.
2. I don’t have a phone plan. I only have a $30 monthly pay-as-you-go SIM card (less than half of what regular phone plans cost!)
3. I use coupons whenever I can (CVS, Walgreens, Groupon for meals)
4. I don’t spend money on fancy hair cuts or / and manicures. I do my nails myself and get my hair cut in cheap neighborhoods in Brooklyn, instead of expensive hair salons.
5. I don’t go out for lunch or waste $13 on mediocre salads in the popular salad bars in New York. Instead, I pack a lunch.
6. I only buy clothes on sale, never pay full price. That said: I only buy what I really need, I don’t go shopping very often. I also don't get the latest gadgets - I still use my iPhone 5s, my laptop is three years old, I don't have a fancy mirror less camera (even though I want one!) and I don't have a Fitbit (even though I want one). I also don't have a tablet, an amazon echo, or other stuff like that. Not even a TV ‼️
7. I use an app (Cups) for coffee shops – It gives me 15% off per cup. This adds up! I also only order regular coffee or café au lait, never overpriced lattes / cappuccinos / flat whites.
8. I don’t have an apartment, I usually sublet a room, which is less than half the price of an apartment in NYC.
9. I don’t go out a lot, and if I do, I take advantage of Happy Hours.
10. I never take Ubers/Lyfts/ Yellow Cabs – I have a monthly subway card which gets me everywhere I need to go, at any time of day. Or I use my bike.

All of the above things make me spend around $1,000 less every month than my friends spend in NYC.

***I also have found several ways to make an income on the side, which I’ll share in an upcoming post***
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Exactly one month until Oktoberfest begins in Munich!!

Who is going?? 😊

Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s biggest festivals – around 6 million people visit the world’s largest beer festivals in the span of 18 short days, which means nearly 400,000 people roam Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest takes place, every day. This is just to give you an idea how busy the festival is (see photo on the bottom right) – good planning is absolutely essential if you want to get a table in one of the 14 beer tents without having a reservation.

My number one tip for Oktoberfest: If you want to snag a seat inside one of the tents, you have to get there either at 10am when the tents open or just before 5pm, when the second round of ticket holders is allowed into the tents and the first round has to leave their tables. During those times you’re most likely to get a seat, even more so on a weekday. Don’t be shy and ask people to join their table – Oktoberfest is all about the shared long beer tables, and drinking and singing together! The popular tents like Hacker Tent, Paulaner or Löwenbräu tend to fill up fast – try lesser famous tents like Schottenhamel or Bräurosl and you’re more likely to get a seat.

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, you’ll notice that there are only rooms left in very expensive hotels – the inexpensive hotels book up as early as February! You may be lucky to still find a room in an Airbnb in Munich, but if not, don’t be afraid to look further afar – Augsburg for example is only 40 minutes on the train from Munich, and train services between Munich and Augsburg are frequent and reliable. Other towns close to Munich worth looking into are Fürstenfeldbruck, Landsberg am Lech, Dachau Freising and Starnberg. They all have easy and fast train connections to Munich, and you pay less for rooms there than in Munich.

Last but not least – a word on the Oktoberfest beer: Oktoberfest beer has 6% - 7% alcohol, which means that it is stronger than most other beers, and served in large Steins that hold 2.2 pints. You’ll feel the alcohol much faster, so be careful ;-)
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Jason Goldberg 1 week ago
Going for the 4th time this year. Love it!
***Travel tip***
How to do travel insurance the right way!

If you think it’s enough to pay for travel insurance, and then you’re all set, you’re wrong‼️

One thing that many people don’t know (and don’t read in the small print), is that you actually have to provide the serial numbers of all electronics you’re taking with you on your trip in case of a claim. ‼️‼️

Do you have them written down somewhere?

I admit that for years, I didn’t! These are the devices I had to find the serial number for and write down (or take photos of, then email them to myself): my iPhone, my Kindle Fire, my laptop, my dSLR camera and my iPod Touch.
In addition, I scanned my passport and emailed a copy to myself, and I took down the numbers of all of my credit cards, plus the emergency phone numbers of my bank, so that I could call them right away if my cards get stolen. In short, I am prepared for the worst case scenario!

Another tip on travel insurance: Think carefully about which policy to take out. Usually there are two options: a basic one, and an explorer / adventurer policy. I've been using the Standard Policy by World Nomads for years now, but never needed to make a claim. After reading the policy carefully, I opted for the more expensive Explorer policy when I went to Colombia, a country I wasn’t sure how safe it’d be.

The difference? My belongings were covered up to $3,000 instead only $1,000. I was less concerned about getting sick than being robbed, and for me the reimbursement for loss, theft or damage during the trip to baggage was more important. The coverage for medical expenses for emergency treatment of an accidental injury that occurs during the trip, and an emergency evacuation, is excellent in both World Nomad's Standard and Explorer policies.
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Two more weeks until I leave for my big hike! It takes 34 days to walk the 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela in Spain from Saint Jean Pied du Port in the French Pyrenees. Has anyone done the walk?

Any tips for a first-timer?? 🙂
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Rucha Bhat 1 week ago
Amazing Dani !! Good luck 😀
Maria Gonzalez 2 days ago
I did the walk from Sarria... my tip is to cover your feet in vaselina before you start the walk each day. Buen camino!!
LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD!!

What’s the best meal you’ve had on your travels and where did you get it?

Talking about Trastevere yesterday had me reminisce about the amazing pizza I had there many years ago – sadly, it was before social media existed.. so I can’t track it down via a check-in on Foursquare or Facebook, or a geotag on Instagram or even here on Pepo.. sigh. I still walk around Trastevere every time I’m there trying to find the pizzeria I had it in. One of the best meals I had on my travels, and it cost me less than 10 Euros!

I have to say that I prefer street food over fine dining, so here are five street foods for under €5 that I could eat over and over again:
1) A Middle Eastern sabich sandwich at Sabih Frishman in Tel Aviv, Israel.
2) A slice of artichoke pizza at Artichoke Basille in New York.
3) Eclairs from L’Éclair De Génie in Paris.
4) A veggie doner at Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap in Berlin (in the photo).
5) $1 egg hoppers in Sri Lanka – you can get them literally everywhere there.

I’d love to hear where you had the best cheap eat on your travels!
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Jordan EJ Smith 1 week ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi everyone! I'm traveling to Japan-- Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, this October. I have about a day in each place. What are must do or see in these areas?
I can't answer this question because I haven't been to Japan yet 😞

Anybody else got some recommendations?
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Ignas Pečiūra 1 week ago
Jordan EJ Smith you can also check Japan tips here:
👀 “Japan & Tokyo Faves” on Pepo - https://pepo.com/tokyo-tips
Daniel Hungry HK 1 week ago
Jordan EJ Smith Highly recommend the tsukiji fish market!
DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT:

My favorite neighborhood in Rome?

***Trastevere!***

Located on the west bank of the river (Trastevere translates to across the Tiber (river) ), it has become a favorite with many Rome fans over the years, yet it doesn’t see as many visitors as the part of town on the east bank. Why is that? Because all of Rome’s famous sights, like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon… are located on the east bank of the Tiber, and most people don’t make it on the other side of the river during their visit to Rome (except for the obligatory stop in Vatican City, which is also on the west bank).

What I love about Trastevere is that is the neighborhood in Rome where not only can you find typical Italian architecture, charming piazzas (squares), cobble stone streets (many of which are pedestrianized), many outdoor cafes and restaurants, but also plenty of street art, which gives the neighborhood a bit of an edge. 🍦🍕🇮🇹

I love to just wander around the labyrinth of narrow streets while marveling at the ivy-covered facades, the new street art and check out cute cafes. Trastevere is definitely not a hidden gem anymore – but it hasn’t lost any of its charming character. If you are visiting Rome, definitely head over to Trastevere – Lonely Planet has a great 1-day itinerary with all the spots you shouldn’t miss:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome/trastevere-and-gianicolo/travel-tips-and-articles/a-perfect-day-in-trastevere-romes-favourite-neighbourhood/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d277b005
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Is anybody else here obsessed with the Secret Flying newsletter?? Every day, I spot at least one deal in their newsletter that I'm tempted to book. Today it was the insane deal Germany to Iceland for €98 return!!! Whaaaat?! But Europe to Vegas for €191 RETURN is even better! For someone like me who tends to book flights on a whim, and decides to visit a place because 'there was a great flight deal' 😂😂 ... SecretFlying is extremely dangerous. But seriously- if you aren't subscribed yet, head to SecretFlying.com and sign up for their daily flight alerts now‼️

Do you have any other ways to find super cheap flights? What's your go-to website for the best deals? ✈️
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One of the questions I get asked the most is: what’s the best pizza in NYC? 🍕🍕🍕

Oh, and what a tough question to answer, because honestly, there are so many amazing pizza places in New York. But I’d narrow my top five down to:

1 Roberta’s (hands down the best NY-style pizza)
2 Artichoke Basille (their artichoke pizza is so unlike any other pizza you’ll ever try!)
3 Keste (mouthwatering good Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas)
4 Paulie Gee’s (this is where I go for wood-fired pizzas with unusual toppings)
5 Totonno’s (for a classic, old-school Grimaldi-style slice)

Are you a pizza lover, too, and have you tried a NYC slice? If so, what was your favorite one?
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Maya G 2 weeks ago
Excuse me?? What about best pizza?!
I’d love to share some of my favorite destinations around the world with you, which is why I am starting a brand new series: Destination Feature:

Destination Feature #1: The Ice Diamonds of Breidamurkursandur

Breidamurkursandur, or Diamond Beach, is just across the street from Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. The drive from Reykjavik takes just under five hours (231 miles/372km), and from Vik, just over two hours (119 miles/192km). If you’re driving Icleand’s Ring Road (Highway 1), you’ll pass Jökulsárlón anyway – the lagoon and the beach are literally a stone’s throw from the road.

Like bright diamonds in different shapes and sizes, dozens of chunks of ice litter the beach, and giant waves crashing against them, moving the smaller ones around, forcefully repelled by the bigger ones.

It is a spectacular sight, and I don’t think there’s anything like Diamond Beach anywhere else in the world (okay, maaaaybe in Antarctica.)
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Shhhht: I'm sharing a hidden beach with you which stumbled upon in Mexico! During my Yucatán road trip (I'll share the complete route and some tips in a separate post), we took a detour to Rio Lagartos to see the famous pink lakes and flamingos. You have to take the road to Rio Lagartos, but then take a right turn when you get to the sign that says 'Parque Natural Rio Lagartos' / 'Las Coloradas'. The road goes straight to the Gulf Of Mexico, where we found this gorgeous, completely deserted beach. Don't forget to pack your swim suit 😎👙
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I've talked about my love for long distance hikes before, and by that I don’t mean hiking for only a few days, but hundreds of kilometers, spanning over several weeks.

Last year, I hiked through Italy – from the Umbria region all the way into Rome.

This year, I am going to hike the Camino De Santiago, starting in the South of France and walk all the way to Santiago De Compostela near Spain's Atlantic Coast, a total of 780 km (500 miles)

The six long distance treks I’d love to do before I die:
1. The West Highland Way in Scotland (the shortest one – only 151 kilometers / 100 miles)
2. The Appalachian Trail in the US (3,510 kilometers / 2,180 miles)
3. Te Arora in New Zealand (3,000 kilometers / 1,864 miles)
4. The Lycian Way in Turkey (540 kilometers / 334 miles)
5. The Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast of the USA (4,279 kilometers / 2,659 miles)
6. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal (230 kilometers / 142 miles) – this one is on the shorter side, too, but there is also the Great Himalaya Trek in Nepal which is more challenging at 1,700 kilometers / 1,056 miles.

Who of you has done a long-distance trek or would like to do one?

Any tips?? I’ll be sharing my packing list & preparation for the Camino de Santiago and will take you along with me 😊
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Last year's hike: the historic Via Amerina, which goes from Assisi (Umbria) to Rome.
Have you ever visited a place because it was the setting of a book or movie and you felt like you had to see this place for yourself?

For me, this was Maya Bay on Pi Pi Lei in Thailand, better known as ‘The Beach’, made famous through Alex Garland’s novel of the same name. Sadly, when I arrived there, it wasn’t what I had pictured at all. I wrote about it here:
http://globetrottergirls.com/2012/03/when-travel-dreams-die-our-disappointing-trip-to-the-beach/

Another place I became obsessed with and knew I had to visit after seeing it in dozens of movies and TV shows was New York City. Well, visiting New York was exactly what I had imagined it to be and even more – after my first visit, I really wanted to move there.. and kept returning ... and eight years later, I finally made the dream of moving to NYC come true.

I’d love to hear your stories of places you visited because of pop culture or other influences, and how you felt about them when you arrived there!
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Kwan Ho Kim 3 weeks ago
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A lake on top of the world! This was last year in Tibet. The view is beautiful but actually we just went out of the van for short 30 seconds just to take this pic. The wind was so strong and the altitude was difficult as well 😅😅

If you're wondering the lake is called Yamdrok!
I really want I go to Tibet. Thanks for sharing the picture.. it looks so beautiful.
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TURKEY GULET CHARTER 3 weeks ago
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Turkey is a home of the Blue Cruise Charters,the idylic blue cruise which equatees with sailing with the winds,into coves and over the seas,thus becoming one with the nature.For lover of active life,sailing in clear waters provides great opportunites for swimming,fishing,waterskiing,surfing and diving
Yes ‼️ I did the Blue Cruise a few years ago and it was magical.
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Travel Tip: Proof of onward travel

I just traveled to Europe on a one-way ticket, which means I couldn't prove I'd be leaving again. On this flight, it wasn't a problem, because I've got a European passport, but there were several times when I was not allowed to board a plane because I didn't have proof of onward travel‼️

It happened to me when I flew from Panama to Chile (I was able to talk my way onto the plane back then), when I flew from Denmark to the U.S. (my flight left without me because I wasn’t able to purchase a refundable ticket before the gate closed), and this past January, when I was checking in for my flight to Colombia at JFK, I also was told I couldn’t board the plane without proof of onward travel. Luckily, there was enough time to still buy a return ticket before the gates closed, and I was allowed to board the plane. Of course I bought a refundable ticket which I canceled as soon as I arrived in Colombia. Why? Because I had no idea when I'd be leaving Colombia, or if I'd fly back to the US from there. Most long-term travelers are familiar with this problem: we don't know how long we'll be in a place or where we'll go to next. So buying a return ticket is usually not an option. And imagine I had bought a non-refundable return ticket - I wouldn't have been able to spontaneously add Mexico to my itinerary like I did, or would've lost the money I paid for the ticket.

Since airlines seem to be getting much stricter about proof of onward travel, it's time to explore your options if you find yourself in a situation like me:

1) Use FlyOnward.com. This service was created by fellow nomads who were tired of dealing with the issue of having to purchase refundable tickets. They are pricey, and sometimes you might not have the funds to purchase one, especially if you are trying to enter a destination like Australia, which is expensive to get to. Enter FlyOnward: You simply use their service and 'rent' an onward ticket for $9.99. That way you can avoid charges of hundreds of dollars on your credit card.

2) Buy a refundable ticket. That's what I've been doing when I was asked to present a return ticket: I purchased a refundable ticket, either straight with an airline, or with Expedia, where you can cancel a flight free of charge within 24 hours. Just don't forget to cancel your ticket when you reach your destination!

3) This is something I probably shouldn't recommend but I know several people present their onward tickets every time this way: they simply amend an old flight confirmation, convert it into a PDF and present the 'ticket' at the check-in counter. Have I done this? I'd rather not comment on this ;-) And if you are going to give this method a try, I won't take any responsibility if you get caught!!
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Ignas Pečiūra 3 weeks ago
Stay hydrated, try to sleep as much as possible on the flight. I actually have a special playlist of songs, which immediately put me to sleep 🤣
Ignas I need a playlist like this - couldn't adjust to European time last night and lay awake until 4am! 😩
One do the best spots to watch the sunset in NYC: the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, right on the East River, across from Downtown Manhattan. Hop on the A train to High Street or the 2/3 train to Clark Street and walk down to the promenade, and take in the sunset 🌅
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Hotels vs. vacation rentals … which one do you prefer?

In the past few years, I’ve found myself more and more staying at vacation apartments instead of hotels – they are just much more comfortable to work in, and I love being able to cook. I used to spend hours comparing apartments and prices on websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Roomorama, Homeway, VRBO… But here’s a tip for you: there is a website, Meshtrip.com that compares the prices of all available apartments across all major apartment rental websites for you! The best thing: they are all instantly bookable, which means you don’t have to request a room/ apartment first and hope that the owner accepts your request.

When I travel alone, I sometimes book only a room within an apartment instead of the entire apartment (that’s all I need, plus kitchen use) and the apartment in the pictures is a place in Venice that I found on Meshtrip – it’s 35 Euros a night! Now if you are familiar with hotel prices in Venice, you’ll know that this was an absolute steal :)
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Rachel Ann 3 weeks ago
I like rentals when with a group or family but will usually choose hotel when traveling alone, love the luxury!
Ignas Pečiūra 3 weeks ago
Rachel agreed! When alone, there's no need for an apartment.
**A secret flight hacking tip for you**

Have you flown NorwegianAir? It is one of the very few budget airlines that offer transatlantic flights for ridiculously low prices: I paid $208 for a ticket from Copenhagen to L.A.!, and right now they are having a sale for $99 tickets from NYC to Bergen, Oslo! And here’s a little tip on how you can save even more money when flying Norwegian: You can get your tickets even cheaper if you book your ticket in a different currency - Swedish, Danish or Norwegian kroner! I tested if this really works when I was looking for a flight back to Europe and it was true: the same flight came up $79 cheaper when I chose to pay it in Swedish krona. If you’re looking to fly Norwegian, it's definitely worth checking the same flight in a different currency (I chose Swedish krona because the flight was to Stockholm).

Another reason why flying Norwegian on a long-haul trip is that they are using brand new Boeing Dreamliner planes!

Do you have any flight hacks to share?
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One of my favorite summer activities in New York City - renting a row boat in Central Park
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Ignas me neither, but somehow I managed to pull it off 😂😂
Jason so much fun and only $3.75 for an hour if you're doing it with three friends.. a cheap & fun summer activity 😊
Somebody asked me yesterday how I find lesbian-friendly / LGBT-friendly hotels when I travel, so I wanted to share all my favorite resources for LGBT travel planning:

What are LGBT-Friendly Travel Companies?
-The IGLTA has a comprehensive list of all of its official partners, which include companies like Delta, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, United, Orbitz, Hotels.com

-Expedia has a separate section for queer travelers with LGBT-welcoming hotels and guides to top gay destinations

How do I find lesbian-Owned and -Friendly Accommodation?

-Purple Roofs: The best place to look for lesbian-owned and lesbian-friendly accommodation is Purple Roofs, the world’s largest travel directory of LGBT-friendly accommodation. They list over 4,800 bed & breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals. Simply type in your destination and all available properties in that location will be listed. You’ll see right away if it’s lesbian or gay owned and the price per night.

-TAG: Then there are TAG Approved® hotels, which are those that are not only LGBT friendly but also support the LGBT community in their employment policies and services. (TAG stands for Travel Advocacy Group.) 2,000 hotels in total, including several big chains, like Hilton Hotels, Marriott, Sheraton, and The W. Similar to Purple Roofs, you can type in your destination you’ll see a listing of all TAG Approved® hotels there.

TAG features mostly bigger hotel corporations while Purple Roofs focuses on small, independent businesses. The advantage of TAG is that it features many hotels that are members of travel reward programs, so if you are into travel hacking and looking to use points in a lesbian-friendly hotel, the TAG website is great!

-GayTravelNet,(operated by the ILGTA) also features a number of gay- and lesbian-friendly accommodations around the world.

The Best Lesbian Tours and Cruises

-Olivia: The biggest lesbian tour operator is Olivia – they offer all-lesbian vacations, ranging from resorts to cruises. Olivia always buys out a whole resort or charters the entire ship to make sure the trip is a safe space for women, so that they feel like they can be out without worrying about anything. Olivia also offer the best lesbian entertainment on their vacations, including artists like Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.

-Focus Diva: a UK-based lesbian tour operator that offers hosted lesbian group holidays around Europe, like the Women’s Festival in Lesvos, Greece; or a golf-themed cruise; and river cruises around Europe. (you don’t have to be UK resident to join these tours & cruises)

-R Family Vacations: Founded by Rosie O’Donell, they offer a variety of LGBT family vacations. Most popular are their family vacations for lesbian parents and their kids, but they also have an “Adult Vacation” line, which offers kid-free vacations (not strictly for lesbian travelers but both gay men and women). The 2017 edition of the Adult Vacation is a transatlantic cruise from England to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

-Aquafest Cruises: Another company that offers mixed cruises (for gay men as well as lesbians), is Aquafest Cruises, specializing in discounted LGBT cruises to destinations such as Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and Asia. Aquafest’s cruises are considerably cheaper than other gay and lesbian cruises (including the above mentioned R Adult Cruises), and it also offers themed cruises around celebrations like Mardi Gras and Halloween. Entertainment on board includes lesbian get-togethers, singles get-togethers, theme dance parties, gay Olympics, stand-up comedy, cabaret, and celebrity singers. (In 2017, Aquafest is offering its first non-cruise vacation: an African safari.)

-Out Of Office: A new travel start-up that arranges high-end holidays for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples as well as gay-friendly flights, hotels, transfers, and excursions. It also offers several itineraries aimed at lesbian travelers (guaranteeing that the tour operators and hotels used in the itineraries are lesbian friendly), and group trips for LGBT travelers to destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, and China.

If you have any other LGBT travel resources to add, feel free to share them in the comments!
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Would you stay in a glass pod attached to a cliff, 400 feet above the ground?if that sounds exhilarating to you, I've got great news for you: you can fulfill this dream in a hotel in Peru's Sacred Valley (if you manage to scramble up to your bed, that is!)

Full disclaimer: To me,someone with a great fear of heights, this sounds horrifying 😂
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3143368/The-terrifying-hotel-world-Welcome-Skylodge-three-transparent-pods-clinging-400ft-cliff-Peru-scale-sheer-rock-face-reach-them.html
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Yazeed Al Oyoun 1 month ago
GUEST QUESTION
What is the most important thing I need to know about Amsterdam for a first time visit?
Bring cash if you want to visit the Red Light District 😜
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Ignas Pečiūra 1 month ago
I'd say there's no such thing as the most important thing. From my experience, Amsterdam centre is very walkable (and very crowded), most of the places do accept card payments.
Ignas Pečiūra 1 month ago
I've started a channel on Amsterdam during my visit, maybe you'll find some of the tips valuable for yourself:
https://pepo.com/i-amsterdam
Pools with a view? Yes please! One pool I always wanted to swim in is Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (on this list).. but I only made it to the bar up there, watching people frolicking in the pool instead of joining them 🙄 Have you ever swam in a pool with a view? If so, where? http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/best-hotel-pools-with-views-himalayas-kenya-venice-barcelona-singapore-a7559566.html
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The new Airbus A350 looks awesome.. anyone flown it yet??

Looking at the airlines that are currently using an A350, it doesn't look like I'll have the pleasure of taking one soon.. unless my Singapore Air ✈️ happens to be one 😊 http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-04-19/airbus-a350-to-end-jet-lag-what-you-need-to-know?mbid=social_facebook_aud_dev
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Jason Goldberg 1 month ago
The a350 is wonderful! I've flown it from Hong Kong to Helsinki on Finnair, and also on Lufthansa a couple of times to Delhi. The link you posted from 2016 is outdated. Check this link:

http://www.airportspotting.com/airbus-a350-routes/