Posts categorized: Solo Travel

View of the Grand Plage, Hotel du Palais and lighthouse from my flat.

  I spent last June¬†in France, including a week in the Basque Country. I’d wanted to visit Biarritz for ages and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. The quaint fishing village transformed into a¬†lavish seaside resort thanks to Napoleon’s wife, Empress Eugenie, who vacationed there as a child. Napoleon built her a villa in 1855 that, today, is the H√ītel du Palais overlooking the Grand Plage. A favored retreat of¬†Coco Chanel, she opened her third boutique in Biarritz in […]

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Sedona

In an effort to share my travels¬†with you in a more timely fashion, I’m trying out a new column: The Hit List. It’s a fast and dirty rundown¬†highlighting¬†what I’ve¬†uncovered in different destinations. Not meant to be a comprehensive guide, it’s simply a list of recommendations to hit¬†on your itinerary if you go–in a similar vein to the Daily Dose. After all, my first impulse to write about travel came from wanting a few good restaurant and bar recommendations¬†in San Francisco […]

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StrandedonLand

My dear friend Eunique Fowler recently launched Stranded on Land, a website connecting¬†travel and outdoor adventure sport enthusiasts. She was kind enough to invite me to be profiled on her site. Eunique¬†recently embarked on a solo cross-country road trip from Miami to San Diego to put down roots on the West Coast and pursue a new passion. I can’t be more proud of her for having the courage to strike out on her own.   As someone who’s made similar […]

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From Jenifer Altman's Polaroid Notes.

Frankfurt Airport, September 13, 2015, 8:54 a.m. I’ve gotten into the habit of staying awake on red eyes to Europe. A habit, if you can even call it that, based on my last two flights here. The last time was Zurich in March. Now, here I am in¬†Frankfurt on a layover to Croatia. There’a a certain anticipation cycle that comes with travel. I’m going to skip over¬†the whole process of actually picking a destination and ¬†planning a trip and get […]

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My dear friend and fellow fabulous writer¬†Galena Mosovich¬†is on her way to Paris for the winter. And I could not be more excited for her! I spent two consecutive winters in Paris years ago and, needless to say, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Paris is my absolute favorite city, and I’m thrilled that Galena’s off to experience it for an extended, life-changing stay. I’m also thrilled for an excuse to return for a visit! As […]

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DreamWEB

There’s nothing quite like travel to get you outside of your comfort zone, turn your typical routine inside out and¬†shake you from complacency. That feeling of being out of your element, without grounding, can be uncomfortable at first, but it often opens the door to unexpected discoveries and even bliss. I was in an adorable yoga studio in Tamarindo, Costa Rica last week called Mermaids and Sailors owned by a woman from New York who married a Tica man (see, […]

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