Category Archives: Travel

How To Sleep in an Aluminum Tube

There’s nothing worse than planning to sleep on a long flight, only to arrive at your destination completely exhausted with your whole trip ahead of you. Here are some tips that may at least help you to rest in a noisy, uncomfortable, and outright unnatural sleeping environment. Sit in the Good Seats When it comes to comfort, the cushy seats in business class are unmatched -- but over-the- wing economy seats in the middle of the plane are actually more stable during turbulence. It’s also wise to avoid high traffic areas. Sitting near the lavatories may be convenient when you have to “go”, but can also result in disruptive awakenings. Lastly, while the window seat makes it more difficult to get “out and about” it does provide the advantage of a wall to lean against.   Sleep Masks It can be hard to get sufficient shut-eye with the glare of your neighbor’s reading light shining in your face. Splurge on your own high-quality slee p mask-- they now come in many popular styles including lightweight silk options or ones with blackout cavities that don’t press against lashes. Dress Comfortably Even with today’s “relaxed” attitudes about dress, pajamas are probably not the appropriate thing to wear on a flight; but there’s nothing worse than being stuck in an uncomfortable outfit for countless hours on a cramped plane. Come prepared by wearing loose fitting and breathable items. Too, be prepared for temperature changes by dressing in layers and perhaps packing a small blanket -- those distributed by the airlines are not always the most hygenic. Lastly, consider a neck pillow to make the most out of your upright sitting position. Pass on the Booze A glass of wine may seem like a great way to induce “sweet dreams”, but in reality alcohol is not the answer to a deep, peaceful sleep. At 35,000 feet off the ground, you’ll feel alcohol’s effects much more intensely than normal, leaving you dehydrated. Best to stick to water -- at least until your vacation begins. Block Out Noise Everyone seems to be wearing ear buds these days, but while they may be fine for listening to music or podcasts, noise cancelling headphones are the way to go when you’re looking to hear just “your” music -- or better yet, sleep in silence.   Sleeping Aids If all else fails, you may wish to consider a sleeping aid. However, with anything stronger than melatonin or lavender oil be sure that your flight is in the air and on its way before swallowing that pill -- there’s nothing worse than trying to deal with a flight cancellation while under the “influence” of a sleep “potion”.
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Book Your Summer Trip to Paris Now!

The recent fire at Notre Dame has saddened people worldwide, but all the more reason to visit Paris this summer -- and show support for the Parisians already undertaking reconstruction. Here are a few activities to add to your Parisian summer to-do list. The Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, known for being the chateau that inspired Louis XIV’s Versailles, has created a new escape adventure game called The Styx: River of the Underworld. Guided along the underground Styx River complete with headlamps and thigh-high wading boots, your group will be put to a “series of tests of ability and logic” while escaping through twisting tunnels.    Looking to combine your passion for organic farming with an adventure of a lifetime? Working Weekends on Organic Farms (or WWOOF) is a great way to enjoy an authentic French experience without breaking the bank. In exchange for room and board on an organic French farm, all you have to do is help out with some chores. Seems like a pretty good deal to me!   Are you an environmentally conscious consumer looking for an affordable shopping experience that matches your ecological lifestyle? A new Parisian shop called Welcome Bazar Bio is full of ethical and conscious household products, from cleaning supplies to kids toys, at a reasonable price. Just in case you were looking for an excuse to go shopping in Paris.    Considering booking your trip but worried about falling into tourist traps? Popular Parisian travel blog Secrets of Paris has partnered with tech start-up INSIDR to create the perfect product to avoid all of your traveling nightmares. The service involves providing travelers with a rented smartphone (complete with local SIM-card, unlimited calls, and 4G data) that comes equipped with a personalized itinerary of authentic Parisian recommendations. The phone provides 24/7 access to a concierge team ready to answer any of your questions about the most authentically Parisian restaurants, activities, shops, and events.
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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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