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Travel Belles have a lot to say! First person narratives, monthly blog discussions on travel topics, profiles and opinion pieces.

Lago di Orta, Italy, piedmont

Around the Belle-es-sphere: March Edition

Good morning from Queensland, Australia! In this month's edition of  Around the Belle-es-sphere we're heading to  Provence, Budapest, California, and Italy through the words and photos of our Belle friends from around the globe. We start with a beautiful weekend getaway in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by Tuula:…
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Around the Belle-es-sphere: February Edition

This is Krista, writing to you from Queensland, Australia this morning as I share a round up of great posts from the Belle-es-sphere, the blogs written by some of our favorite past Travel Belle contributors. We start in Canada with a tour of a festival…
confused hometown with downton abbey

UK Editor Update: Looking for Downton Abbey

American tourists flock to wrong village in search of Downton Abbey The Telegraph, 02 Sep 2013 I laughed out loud when I came across this article – my parents have recently moved to Downton in Wiltshire, so it just tickled me to think of confused…

Yacht Week and other travel stories

Beyond the Party: The Booming Business of The Yacht Week Forbes, December 3, 2013 I didn't know such a thing as Yacht Week existed until recently. The idea is you gather your friends and plan a  "yacht week," where you'll charter a sailboat and travel…

Minding Your Muslim Manners | Muslim Etiquette 101

Editor's note: Jody Hanson lived in Nigeria for two years, spent 18 months in Morocco (See our beautiful photo essay of Marrakech) and has travelled in a number of Muslim countries. Along the way, she committed more faux pas than she can remember—all good learning…

Around the Belle-es-Sphere October 15

This week I'm most excited about launching the first Travel Belle Writer News! Conceived as a means to better keep in touch with our growing list of submitters and contributors, we think many travel writers will find much here of interest as well. This month we explain Google+ authorship (as far as we understand it, anyway), include a writing exercise from travel writer, Don George's book, Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, and share some tips on submitting photos with your writing to online publications.

Olympics in London and Mummy

I caved in to pressure after she proudly brought home a huge piece of project work with the somewhat chilling final line, "I’m going to the Olympics because my mummy has bought us tickets!"