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How to Plan Before Traveling to a Natural Disaster Area

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. In the last two weeks, these hurricanes have become household names, largely for the havoc they either have reaped or could possibly reap in the coming days. Most travelers know that it is hurricane season in the Caribbean, but natural disasters have the opportunity to happen everywhere, the world over. There are certain steps that travelers can take to plan before traveling to a natural disaster area. Here are some tips. Disclaimer: These are personal tips and are not endorsed by any emergency or crisis prevention entity.

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Black Paris Tour Review

Paris isn’t just the “city of light.” It has long been known as a haven for Blacks and Black Americans, even back to the World War era. Learning more about the rich history of Paris and its acceptance and fondness of members of the African diaspora was one of the driving reasons that I made sure to take the Black Paris Tour on my trip. And my complimentary tour was definitely one of the highlights of the visit to the city. Here is my Black Paris Tour review.

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5 Reasons You Can’t Help But Fall in Love with Paris

“Paris is always a good idea.”

~Audrey Hepburn

This may be super cliche, but, seriously, how can you not fall in love with Paris? Before I visited, I had heard the rude people and other negatives about the city. But when I went…magic. It is definitely a city I can see myself visiting again in the future, if for nothing other than its fantastic charm. Here are five reasons you can’t help but fall in love with Paris.

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Lynfred Winery: Chicagoland Winery Gem

When you think wine production in the United States, I am fairly confident that Chicagoland doesn’t come to mind. Because Chicago = pretty darn cold a good portion of the year. Even growing up outside of Chicago and returning there multiple times a year since that time, I have to admit that wine wasn’t the forefront in my thoughts of the area. And I certainly hadn’t heard of Lynfred Winery until recently. But I am glad I recently discovered this Chicagoland gem and that we got to experience a complimentary tasting, courtesy of the winery.

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Why I Like to Travel Solo

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”

~Albert Einstein

Five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this… an article on why I like to travel solo. I never thought I would be saying that I really, *really* like traveling by myself. Five years ago, I thought the idea of solo travel was daunting and scary and unsafe and all of the things that we are fed by various forces in our lives. But I overcame that and I went. And now, I love it. Here’s why.

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Ethical Treatment of Elephants in Asia and Why I Will Never Ride Them

When I was in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating them in Thailand. But this sanctuary is the exception, not the rule. Most outfits allow tourists to ride elephants, many times up steep hills with seats on their backs. After I learned all that I learned in Thailand about the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia, it is safe to say I will never ride them.

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Luxe Dahra Spa Bangkok Review

Thailand is known for its massages, and in many instances you can find spas sprinkled throughout the city. But if you want an upscale spa still at a fraction of the cost of a similar service in America, then Dahra Spa is your spot. They treated me to a complimentary, lovely spa experience for my birthday in Bangkok. Here is my recount of the birthday treat and Dahra Spa Bangkok review.

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