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Beware the “City View” Room

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

I have a friend, a photographer, who loves photoshop mistakes. His favorites are more of the airbrushing gone wild variety, but I’m loving the travel equivalent: Oyster.com’s Photo Fakeouts. ” alt=”Via Oyster.com” width=”450″ /> The one above, for a Dominican Republic hotel, makes for a pretty great side-by-side comparison. Enjoy the blissfully solitary view above [...]

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Body Scanner Freakouts!

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

I’m going to be honest–I don’t care about the methods the TSA uses. And furthermore, I think the people that are so very excited seem to be men worried about someone touching their weens, and the people who retweet them. Which is why I find this Saturday Night Live sketch so very funny, because at [...]

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On “Credible But Not Specific” Threats

October 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

The State Department issued a travel alert this week, warning Americans to be “vigilant as they travel in Europe.” Here’s the video wrap-up, in case this is news to you.

Here’s my crass question: What exactly am I supposed to do about it?

My own little run-in with a terrorist attack, after the jump. (Yes, really.)

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For Sale: Cultural Cliches

September 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

Trafficking in cultural cliches is a weird business to be in. It’s an annoying but omnipresent aspect of most travel writing. Everyone does it. But some writers are unapologetic in their laziness, seeming to love to summarize whole countries in shorthand, as if they’re making a delicious balsamic reduction of a whole nation. Maureen Dowd [...]

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Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore? Huh?

August 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

I think people who work at a city or state’s convention and visitors bureau have the hardest jobs. These are people who must tout the latest and greatest going on in their respective areas, but obviously have zero control over outside forces. Imagine working at New York’s tourism office right after 9/11. Ouch. We’ve discussed [...]

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Budget Travel Edition

August 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

Budget Travel, I want to love you. I have subscribed to your magazine for years. I love your mission of inexpensive travel, and I do believe that you fulfill a good purpose. You’re like the scrappy cousin of the hoity-toity fancies at Travel + Leisure, the Nick Carraway to their Great Gatsby. So please take [...]

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Traveler Beware!

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Quick Post, Wary of the advice of others

We hearby dedicate this entry to all the travel writers, travel-store owners, and advice hawkers who convince every traveler that they’ll barely survive their trips without a locking bag, money belt, and/or “slashproof” purse. In Paris.

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Backpacking “Fashion”

August 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

Granted, it can be tough to be a stylish traveler. In general, avoiding anything reversible made of lycra seems like a good place to start. I try to give travel writers a curve when it comes to clothing options. I can almost forgive a pair of blocky mandles, for example, because, let’s face it, judging [...]

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The Pastiscake Factory

June 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

As someone who can be a total sucker for preciousness (see also: my love letter to the Ace Hotel), I also adore it when other writers stick a pin in it: “There’s nothing that represents the ongoing degradation of the very soulful soul of New York than the invasion of cookie-cutter-branded theme eateries. ESPN Zone! [...]

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Tuscany Is the “Twilight” of Travel Destinations

June 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

I love Siena. When I visited the magnificent Piazza del Campo, I wished we could have something similar in the U.S. When I was there, I fell in love with the little symbols of the contrade hidden all over the city, tucked onto buildings and gleaming out at me from metalwork around the city. In [...]

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