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Consummate Traveler

Top Destinations for Expats 2015

A view of Singapore city centre. (Roslan Rahman/AFP Getty Imegs)
A view of Singapore city centre. (Roslan Rahman/AFP Getty Imegs)

The results of two major expat studies were released recently, the Expat Insider survey produced by InterNations the global expat Social Networking and Information Company,...

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    The Consummate Traveler – Spotting a Bad Hotel Room Quickly

    Recently, after a long connecting flight, I made it to my hotel in Rome only to be assigned a room that had many disappointing issues... Read more

  • Saturday just before noon, tourists posted photos of Nepal’s World Heritage sites. Moments later, swath of a deadly fault system below the city. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

    What Tourists Need to Know About Earthquakes and Other Geohazards

    Saturday just before noon, tourists posted photos of Nepal’s World Heritage sites, walking side by side with Nepalese residents of Kathmandu. Moments later, they fell... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler –Preventing Common Travel Ailments

    Staying healthy while traveling, especially in remote international locations, should always be a top priority. I am sure we have all had the dreaded experience... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler –Need a Vacation From Your Vacation?

    In this stressful world we live in, taking a periodic vacation to rejuvenate your mind and body from everyday life sounds like a good idea,... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler –The Adventures of Hidden Airline Fees

    You know the old saying, if something looks too good to be true, it usually is? That is precisely how I felt about the economical... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler – How I “Lost” 80 Euros at the Airport Last Week

    No I didn’t lose my wallet, or a personal item worth 80 Euros. Actually, what I lost was an opportunity to claim two VAT tax... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler – Tips for Visiting Athens

    I am currently in Athens on business and enjoying myself despite the winter weather. Even in the rain and snow, the view of the Acropolis... Read more

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    Repeating Vacation Destinations: Is It Brilliant or Boring?

    Each November, my sister and her husband visit Hawaii for two weeks to relax and celebrate their anniversary. This has been going on for more... Read more

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    Tips for Bringing Home Liquid Souvenirs

    I had never heard of Kavalan prior to my trip to Taiwan a few weeks ago. Apparently, it is a highly regarded single malt whiskey... Read more

  • A relaxing outdoor garden at Villa 32, a luxury spa and hotel in the Beitou section of Taipei. (Michele Goncalves/Epoch Times)

    A Visit to Taiwan’s Famous Hot Springs

    “Don’t miss the hot springs!” These were the parting words that a colleague of mine left me with as I headed out of the office... Read more

  • Once you venture outside of the major cities, you will typically not find any familiar foods, if this is a problem pack some snacks. (Shutterstock)

    A Westerner’s Guide to Sightseeing in Asia

    Even though I have been to Asia many times, it never ceases to amaze me just how different the culture is from the West. I... Read more

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    Don’t Let Jet lag Ruin Your Dream Vacation

    The other day, I was talking to a colleague of mine about an upcoming business trip we have to Europe. Afterward, she shared with me... Read more

  • The JAL Sky Suite seat in JAL Business Class offers a fully flat seat in a private space. Amenities include a 23-inch personal TV and an airweave S-line mattress and pillow. (Japan Airlines)

    Hooray for Business Class All-Aisle Seating

    If you are like me and prefer sitting in an aisle seat on airplanes, I am sure you also dread the inevitable point of the... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: Waitlist Woes

    Have you ever felt the euphoria of clearing an airline waitlist and either getting a seat upgrade or a better flight? I certainly have, and... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Tips for Planning Your Tropical Getaway

    With the holidays behind us and winter setting in on the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time when everyone talks of escaping to a tropical... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Donating Miles and Giving the Gift of Travel

    For many of us, the holiday season is often a time of sharing our blessings and prosperity with those in need. In fact, charitable donations... Read more

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