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The New Age of Sleeper Trains

In this current age of hectic airline travel, where cabins are packed and passengers can be chaotic, it can be difficult to imagine a calm, and dare I say enjoyable, mode of travel. Luckily for those looking for an escape from stressful airline travel, newly refurbished sleeper trains have recently begun rolling into stations everywhere. While sleeper trains were originally exclusive to the super rich in Europe in the late 19th century, the influx of low-budget airlines in the mid-90s virtually killed off the entire industry -- until now. Luxury sleeper trains started popping up around the world in 2017, often including in their pricey packages multi-day guided excursions, as well as private bedrooms with ensuite showers, moonroof observation lounges, high-quality cuisine, and even spa cars. On the more affordable end, several train services in Europe have launched overnight routes complete with double beds -- a hotel-like feel but significantly more nostalgic. Whatever your price range, your experience is sure to beat a crowded terminal and a cramped cabin.
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Safety in Paris

And, while we’re talking about “safety” please know that while TV images may make it seem as if France is in the midst of another revolution, the situation is much more under control than the media would lead you to believe.  Most protests have been peaceful and Parisiennes have been going about their business as normal – albeit whilst avoiding the protest sites. 
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Safest Low-Cost Airlines Announced

At a time when air safety is on everyone’s minds, we’re happy to share the world’s safest low-cost carriers as rated by Airlinesrating.com.  in alphabetical order, they are:  Flybe, Frontier, HK Express. Jetblue, Jetstar Australia/Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz Air.
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Consider A Home Swap for Your Next Vacation

It's time to start thinking about your summer vacation-- and if the digs are FREE perhaps it will last all summer long. Thanks to the recent popularity of home rental apps like AirBnb, Americans' preference for home exchanges over pricey hotel stays has increased rapidly over the last five years. If you can save money without sacrificing comfort, why not? But there are numerous options besides AirBnb and VRBO. Depending upon your style and budget you may want to consider: Home Exchange, Love Home Swap, Bohemm or Thirdhome to name just a few. For in depth coverage on these options, check out the January 11th edition of the Wall Street Journal. 
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