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Bike sharing in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Nice

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Heading to Europe soon? Want to avoid renting a car or spending hours on public transit? Check out this useful graphic detailing bike-sharing and bike-rental programs in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Nice, courtesy of Momondo, a U.K.-based flight comparison site.  

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App review: Spotted by Locals Barcelona

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Lots of apps, companies, books and websites (including this one!) claim to point travellers to places a bit off the beaten path. Some are merely compilations of widely known information with a few quirky suggestions thrown in. But Spotted by Locals—at least, its Barcelona iPhone app, which I recently test drove—is the real deal. I […]

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24 tips for renting a vacation property

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Arranging a short-term rental of an apartment, house or cottage in a residential neighbourhood is one of my favourite ways to “feel like a local.” (Above is the apartment we rented for a week in Buenos Aires.) But the prospect can be a bit intimidating. Unlike booking a room at an international chain hotel through […]

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Paris travel tips: Shopping, dining, saving!

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Sightseeing Dodge the museum masses: There will always be crowds at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and other wildly popular museums. Head to these hot spots early in the morning to get a good spot in line (bring a book and be prepared to wait, unless it’s the middle of winter). Alternatively, try one of […]

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Useful tips for travel photography

Posted on October 18th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

For 20 years, I used single-lens reflex (SLR) film cameras, but I’ve been using various point-and-shoots since about 2002, waiting for the price of digital SLRs to come down. Recently, the wait ended. And now, as the proud new owner of a DSLR, I’m avid to reacquaint myself with all the bells and whistles an […]

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Travel writing workshop

Posted on August 13th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Sorry I’ve been so incommunicado lately. I’ve been on holidays. I’m actually still out of the office for a few more days, but I came across some information on a travel writing workshop in New York’s Hudson Valley that I thought might interest some readers out there. The instructor is Bob Haru Fisher, a columnist […]

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Travel social networking sites offer insider tips

Posted on May 23rd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Looking for travel tips and ideas from fellow vagabonds? Not surprisingly, travel-focused social networking sites are springing up all over the place. Traveldudes is aimed at the backpacker crowd and, along with general travel tips, has numerous reviews of hostels, B&Bs and other accommodations. Members can post travel diaries as well. Dodo is a similar […]

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3 Great Public Transit Options for Travellers

Posted on April 8th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

venice vaporetto

Many travellers who arrive in a foreign destination without a vehicle head straight to the rental car counter at the airport. While that can be the best strategy in some situations–if you’re visiting a largely rural place, for instance–I’d argue that in many cases, you’re better off taking public transit. Depending on the place, it’s […]

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Five tips for blending in with the locals

Posted on February 21st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

It’s not easy being green, and it’s not easy blending in with the locals when you’re travelling, either–particularly if you’re surrounded by a very different culture. But camouflaging yourself can have all sorts of benefits. You’ll feel less conspicuous, so it will be easier to relax. You won’t stand out as a target for pickpockets […]

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Bus tours: Beyond the half-day city package

Posted on January 26th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

OK, I hear you saying. First she writes about some posh resort (see my post earlier today about reggaelates), and now she’s writing about bus tours? Isn’t this the blog for people who want to get beyond the usual tourist spots? Bear with me. These bus companies appear to go far beyond the usual “And […]

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