Why You Should Learn a Few Phrases Before You Travel Internationally

I recently had a post on Instagram go viral. It was a reel sharing how you ask for tap water in French at the local cafes so that you didn't get charged for bottled or sparkling water. The comments were ridiculous. Most people {ahem, Americans}, weren't sure why you would bother learning a phrase in another language before you travel to a tourist destination where {their quote not mine} "they should know what you want in English." It just solidified a problem I know has long existed in the travel and tourism industry, especially for those of us who speak English. Sometimes we are under the assumption that we don't need to learn the language before we travel to another country, but making an effort to learn a few phrases is important for a few different reasons. Read on!



The Ultimate Labor Day Guide

Labor day usually means a transition to fall and back to school for those of us on the west coast. I'm never ready for summer to be over, so celebrating is one way to have one last hurrah before I start to come to terms that the pumpkin spice is coming out in full force. Are you gathering with friends and family this labor day? Maybe you have one last summer trip planned. I've got everything you need to celebrate Labor Day.

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How to Pack Everything You Need Into a Carry On Bag

If you’ve read the news lately, then you’ve probably seen the horror stories of just how many pieces of luggage go missing all the time. From checked bags to forced checked bags, it’s no wonder people lose thousands of belongings from their flights. I haven’t checked a bag in a very long time, and I manage to pack everything I need into a carry-on bag, regardless of the length of the trip. It saves me money on bag fees and time since I'm not waiting at the baggage carousel after a flight. Want to know how I do it? Read on to find out!



Make the Most of One Day in Zion National Park: Maximize Your Time With These Tips!

The Southwest has some of the most magnificent National Parks out there. Zion was Utah's first National Park and is often on the top of people's favorite US parks. The massive sandstone cliffs will dwarf you and the narrow slot canyons will draw you in. There is plenty to explore at Zion National Park, but if one day is all you have, you can most definitely get a generous taste of this beautiful park. I'll give you all the best tips so that you can maximize your time at Zion National Park.

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Easy Meal Ideas for College Students or Young Adults Who Don't Have a Meal Plan

You’re heading to college, or maybe you have a child leaving the nest for the first time and are wondering if they’re ready for life outside your humble abode. Being out on your own means more independence and that also means learning to cook for the first time. Dining hall meals won’t last forever, and boxed mac and cheese can only get you so far. If you are a young adult or know someone who could use some easy meal ideas to help them get started on their cooking journey, here are easy meal ideas that are perfect for college students or young adults.

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