Our Favorite Travel Blog Posts of the Week

Our Favorite Travel Blog Posts of the Week

We’ve been very social this week. We reached 70,000 followers on Facebook, 1,000 on Instagram and 500 on Twitter. We also read a lot of great content, both on travel blogs and in magazines like Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast.

Here are our favorites of the week.

4 Rookie Car Rental Mistakes to avoid in Europe, by Suzy Guese


Having rented vehicles in Ireland, Italy and Germany before, I figured that I had the process down. Hidden expenses and catastrophes along the way wouldn’t surprise me. As we jumped in our rented wheels in the middle of Rome’s swarming chaos, I knew right from the first seat belt click, we were already making rookie rental car mistakes in Europe. To prevent seasoned pros and also rental car rookies in the truest sense from making the mistakes I made, don’t sign off on your car rental agreement in Europe until you make sure that you aren’t committing these travel sins.

Read the rest on Suzy Guese’s blog

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10 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers, by The Blonde Abroad


Photo - © Kiersten, The Blonde Abroad


While there may be some destinations that are more safe than others, the world is not as scary as some might think. With a positive attitude and general street smarts, there are plenty of places in the world where you can feel totally safe and secure on your own.

She then lists 10 countries, including Ireland, Iceland and Costa Rica.

Check out the list on Kiersten’s blog, The Blonde Abroad.

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The Best Places To Relax: A Peaceful Photo Series, by LandLopers

Since it’s the holiday season and people are undoubtedly a little stressed out, I thought sharing some relaxing photos would be best. So here are a few of what I think are the best places to relax around the world.


Photo - © Matt Long

Check out all the places on Matt’s blog, LandLopers

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Top 10 Cities in Europe: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, Condé Nast Traveler

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler pick their 10 favorite cities in Europe.


8. Siena, Italy

Siena is a city where the truth is better than art or fiction—it’s prettier than the postcards and more elegant than the Lorenzetti paintings. Plus, the food is sublime (note the army of young Japanese chefs in the glass-walled kitchen at Osteria Le Logge, just off the Campo; they’ve come to the epicenter of Tuscan cuisine to learn it right). The Palio di Siena horse race and all its attendant pomp and glory is alive and well, some eight centuries after starting here. The Cathedral’s black-and-white striped marble columns, towering up to a lapis-painted barrel-vaulted ceiling, can make you feel the smallness of being human. In a nutshell, it’s history, in bricks and mortar. —Maria Shollenbarger, editor at large

Check out all 10 cities over at Condé Nast

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