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5 Surefire Ways to Combat Jetlag

1. Pre-Adjust your schedule to mimic your destination I took a 9 am flight from Chicago to Shanghai. As rough as it was, I stayed up all night the night. Resist the urge to drink! I boarded the 9am flight, which was 8pm Shanghai time, completely exhausted and was able to sleep a full night. When I woke up, it was morning in Shanghai and I was fully rested.  2. Eat a clean diet Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables for natural energy. Avoid salt and be wary of your caffeine intake. 3. Stay busy! Resist the urge to "lie down for just a few minutes" when you arrive at your hotel room to drop off your bags. Plan a really busy day that is so exciting, you will be too enthralled to be sleepy. 4. Freshen up As soon as you arrive at a…

Scenterprises: Personalizing Perfume in TriBeCa

I'm always on the lookout for unique and interesting workshops in NY, so when I stumbled upon Sue Phillips's company Scenterprises. Sue's has made a name for herself in the perfume world. Sue's background includes Elizabeth Arden, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld Burgerry, Trish McEvoy, and Lancome Paris. She was also name VP of marketing for Tiffany and launched the Tiffany perfume for their 150th anniversary. Scenterprises has just found a new home in a quintessential TriBeCa townhouse. I made my way down the stairs and immediately felt like I was transported to the country-house parlor of a dear friend. Over tea and freshly baked cookies, Sue told me about the power and allure of scent, and how to properly wear it. As a teenager, a friend's older sister teaches you the spray and walk technique, which, almost ironically is the absolute worst way to apply scent. Firstly, you're wasting a ton…

Vegas for Haters

I had been to Las Vegas 4 times and I always hated it. Even being used to New York pricing, I find it Vegas soul-sucking expensive. The Strip is not my scene; I don't like rowdy woo-girls***, obnoxious frat guys, or anyone who can't hold their liquor making a fool of themselves. I see there are good qualities about Vegas, but there are shows and most of the same restaurants in New York. Vegas reminds me of a year-round New York Times Square New Year's Eve- minus the cold. I understand why it's so special for a lot of people. And, unfortunately, it is a great location for trade shows.  So you must imagine how surprised I was to meet my husband in the pool of Planet Hollywood. We felt an obligation to return to the scene of the crime for our wedding anniversary. On my first two trips to…

The Shoe that Revolutionized Travel

We at The Trip Trotter are all about traveling with carryon luggage. But for the fashionista, plotting a shoe plan can be very difficult. Luckily, our friends at Day2Night have solved that problem for us. Introducing the convertible shoe! The convertible shoe starts off as a black patent leather flat, but when you add one of the 5 heel heights, you can turn this shoe into a stylish pump. The heel starts at ¾" and grows to 3 ¾". No longer do you need to pack several different black shoes. The convertible shoe is durable with a flexible rubber sole, and has even been tested on runners! Check out the convertible shoe and make packing for your next vacation easier!

A Drive Up the Grand Canyon: Page, Arizona

View Larger Map What an odd title, I know. The last place I left off in our Grand Canyon saga, we had just exited from the East side via highway 64. If you missed this exciting tale, you can read about it here. I feel the need to say again how much I love driving in the Southwest, where I pretend there is no speed limit. I rarely drive; we don't own a car in Brooklyn. When I drive, the congestion of New York makes my road rage gets so bad, that I am put in a bad mood and need at least a half hour of recovery time after I'm relieved of my duty. I also pretend to be a horrible driver so my husband does it all whenever we travel. I get to sit in the passengers seat "navigating" and promising not to fall asleep, a feat which…

Tales of Turkey

  • Published in Travel Stories
  • Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
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After a year of traveling and generally doing nothing, I finally decided, "I'm going to settle down for a bit." But, unlike most Americans taking this step, I knew the US wouldn't be the location. As a lover of grammar and linguistics and an avid traveler, I had also always wanted to teach English abroad. I began the hunt for a place to work with the only requirements being "not too different but not too similar" and ended up in Ankara, Turkey at a university there. I went for one year and stayed for three and now that I've been away for a bit over a year, I can easily say I would go back in a heartbeat. Honestly, I knew very little about my new home prior to moving there. In 2007, while I was in Rome, I remember meeting a fellow traveler who had just come from Turkey…

The Grand Canyon During Government Shutdown

It's been awhile since my trip, but luckily I have my travel journal handy to remember the details. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but so often it gets categorized in that lame-family-road trip genre. After my visit to Victoria Falls last June- which I promise to write about soon- I became obsessed with visiting Natural Wonders. My husband and I met in the pool of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on my 22nd birthday. We decided it would be fun to travel back to visit for our 2nd wedding anniversary. I'm really not a Vegas person,** (but more on this later- we created an AMAZING non-Vegas Strip itinerary) so 4 whole days in Vegas was not something I could stand for. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is only a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas, which made it a perfect…

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

The day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year, followed by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We at The Trip Trotter have put together our BEST tips for making air travel on these two days a little bit more tolerable.  1. Only bring a carryon. Make sure it's quick and easy to transport. 2. Snacks. Airport food is expensive and often full of calories and salt. Salty snacks are awful to eat while traveling. Bring snacks like Kashi or granola- something with plenty of protein. You want to make sure that you drink a lot of water. 3. Emergen-c! Keep you immune system up while sharing the air with hungreds of others.  4. Load your iPad/Kindle/Smartphone up with a bunch of great books; an easy read, an intellectual read and a bestseller. I advise the Kindle route to save space in your luggage.  5. Make sure you have…

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