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Planning, Tech, Tips

What About My Trip? What to Do if a Travel Site Goes Out of Business

May 25, 2015 • By

I recently received a special offer from a trusted travel site – a source I purchase from regularly online.   Okay, it was Gilt, in fact.  I’m a big fan of the members-only shopping site and I’m either pleased or embarrassed (depending on the day) to say that I am a Gilt Noir member in good standing.  That means I shop there a lot.  I trust them.  I like their style.  And they like me, too.  So occasionally they pass on special offerings.

This particular offer was through Luxury Link, a travel site that promises special, above-and-beyond experiences at the best hotels and resorts, worldwide. And Gilt was offering an additional percentage off to Noir members. Awesome! (Or so it seemed.)

Lobby at L'Albereta

Lobby at L’Albereta – A travel offer I received through the now defunct Luxury Link site

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Planning, Tech, Tips

3 New Travel Apps You’re Not Using Yet!

June 2, 2014 • By

Today I’m writing about three of my newest followers. Their online profiles caught my attention and caused me to do a little more digging. And the more I saw, the more I liked.

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Art & Design, Interiors, Tips

T+L Design Awards

January 14, 2014 • By
Elana Garro Cultural Center, Mexico City

Elana Garro Cultural Center, Mexico City

Travel + Leisure Magazine has announced the winners of their 10th annual design awards.  The 2014 winners include a cultural center in Mexico City (pictured above), which looks like a place I’d like to spend a few days…READ MORE


Hotels, Tech

NEW: Instagram Hotel Opens in Australia

September 11, 2013 • By

Yes, that’s right.  An Instagram-themed hotel called 1888 has just opened in Pyrmont, Australia, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.  The rooms are decorated with Instagram photos – and if you have more than 10,000 followers on Instagram you can, supposedly, stay for free!

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Characters, Planning, Tips

Roses at Sea: My Grandmother’s Packing Tips

May 22, 2013 • By
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Ancestral Portait

Travel can jolt you out of the mundane. Inspire you.  As a travel blogger and pattern designer, I wander the globe, looking at things in a specific way, hoping to create something new from the colors and shapes I see or the emotions I feel as I’m exposed to different light.

My ancestors were travelers, too.  They traveled to create new lives.  And when they packed, they carried only the things that mattered.

Roses, for instance.

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