Arles and Avignon: UNESCO Treasures of Provence, France

Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms and Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon

What do popes, an ancient stone bridge and a Roman arena have in common? There are many possible answers—such as Rome—but after my recent trip to the Provence region of France, what comes to my mind are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the historic city centers of Arles and Avignon. Arles: City of the […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Go to Europe, Prepared

Go to Europe, Prepared I’ve been saying recently that now—and this summer—is the time to go to Europe, as the exchange rate is now an incredible €1.00 EUR = $1.08 USD (here’s the up-to-the-minute rate at It’s predicted that the Euro will be on par with the dollar by the summer, but compared to what […]

It’s Time to Go to Europe More Cheaply and Easily

One of my favorite places to travel in the world is Europe—especially in the summer. And this summer should be an amazing time for Americans because it’s never been cheaper. Thanks largely to Norwegian Air Shuttle, flights to Europe are cheap, and the dollar has been strengthening at a rapid rate. Have you seen the […]

3 Paris day trips for remembering America’s role in World War I

La Croix Rouge Farm in Picardy

World War I engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1918, and a century later commemorative activities are now underway across the continent. Americans joined the war in 1917, and for those who wish to walk in the footsteps of the “doughboys”—as American troops were then called—there are plenty of things to see. The American Battle Monuments […]

Discovering Provence at Christmas (it’s not over yet!)

"Bravade Calendale in Aix-en-Provence Photo Credit: Philippe NOU"

You’ve probably seen photos of endless lavender fields, tanned vacationers strolling Mediterranean beaches and promenades, and couples sipping Provençal rosé wines on countryside villa terraces. That’s the Provence, France, of spring and summer most well-known to travelers. Those are all beautiful sights to see and activities to enjoy in this part of southern France, but […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Endorse Your Bus and Train Tickets in Europe


Endorse Your Bus and Train Tickets in Europe Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left by reader Orit R. from Israel, who says: “Being an international traveller I take for granted these kind of things, but: I just had friends come back from the […]

Formentera: Ibiza’s sleepy little sister


This post is the second in Melissa Curtin’s recount of her Ibiza and Formentera adventure. Check out the first post here. Honestly, I’d never thought about going to Ibiza. It was never on my list of places to go. The whole club scene, for an older girl, didn’t seem appealing. I wasn’t going to fly […]

Europe’s Passenger Bill of Rights: Do you know YOUR rights?

Passenger rights photo

In recent years—thanks partly to the widespread adoption of pocket technologies, social media networks and a shrinking global community—passengers have gained stronger voices and sharper swords with which to defend themselves in cases of travel injustice. In Europe, Regulation 261/2004 (colloquially known as the Passenger Bill of Rights) took effect on February 18, 2005. It […]