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7 Deadly Sins of Travel

what do you envy?Some travel sins are easily avoided while others might require a shift in thinking, a tweaking of the lens we’re looking through when we travel. Ready to confess your travel sins?

An Open Letter to Hotels Everywhere

expectations of great serviceIn an effort to help hotels deliver on their promise, we polled the GoGirlfriend community to find out what thrills them about hotels – and what leaves them wanting ...

Surviving Flight Delays

Long LayoversLong LayoversWhen I look for ways to add excitement to my travel, flight delays and missed connections rarely top my list...

When Foodies Travel with Non-Foodies

If you find yourself traveling with someone who appreciates food differently than you, don’t let it dampen your travel adventures. A few simple tricks can help you both relish ...

How, When & Where to Volunteer Travel

celebrating access to clean waterWhen you give communities clean water, you’re able to help in a multitude of areas of their lives. Healthy kids are able to go to school, which always leads to a better a life. Healthy adults are able to work to support their families. Water Ambassadors ...

Travel Safety for Women is NOT a Game of Chance!

stay safe when traveling aloneI’ve been traveling by myself for business more than 10 years and I truly believe there are more people in this world who want to help than those who mean harm. And relying on the kindness of strangers isn’t a bad plan ...

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  • On An Open Letter to Hotels Everywhere, Lynn said "I agree on the night light thing. Since hotels have none, I end up keeping the bathroom light on all night with the door ajar. Windows. I understand in the litigious US of A, hotels need to prevent folks from throwing themselves out the windows (or else the hotel could be sued?!!). Ok, fine. But for those of us who dislike A/C and only use it when absolutely necessary, can't we still have the option for some FRESH AIR? There ARE ways to allow windows to open up only so much, while at the same time preventing an entire body from throwing itself out the window. Bedskirts. Am I the only one who gets the skeevies when I see hotel beds with bedskirts that hit the floor? I always had images of food crumbs, bugs, and god only knows what...as being hidden behind that bedskirt. I'd much rather a bedskirt that's at least 2" above the (usually carpetted) floor. Towels. Can't we get nicer towels that don't feel like cardboard? Carpetting. Am I the only one who never walks barefoot in a hotel room ...esp when there's carpet? Blech. I'm sure those things are very rarely cleaned. "
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