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

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Confessions And Revelations Of A Bag Lady

My theory has long been that if you can’t sort things into bags, you likely don’t need them. The task was to figure out which bags were essential for a month-long trip – November 30 to December 30, 2011 – through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and…

Incommunicado in Costa Rica

 Letting go of the cellphone and the best laid plan As soon as I learned I’d be celebrating a milestone anniversary in Costa Rica, I jumped at the chance to solidify my status as Oldest and Sharpest Globetrotting Friend. The vacation was nearly two months…

Planning a Birthday Trip for Across the Cafe Table

Planning a Future Dream Trip to Buenos Aires Using Pinterest   This month over on the main site we're discussing dream birthday trips in honor of our monthly cafe chat, Across the Cafe Table, turning one! For my "dream big" fantasy birthday trip I choose…

Cafe Chat: Planning a Dream Birthday Trip

If you don't have a dream, how can you have a dream come true? - Jiminy Cricket Across the Cafe Table is turning one this month and we're talking about traveling birthday celebrations! Let's discuss the dream trip you would like to be feted with…

The 'Three Hots' of Chongqing, China

We touch down on the runway at Chongqing’s airport and I glimpse at a heavy haze that weighs the city down. We disembark, gather our luggage from a sluggish carousel and greet our transfer host, Leila. She announces herself with an effervescent smile and a…