Hip hotels, BlackBerry thumb, navigating airports and making the best of your next airplane flight are in your hands. Here's how to travel smart.
Who says road trips are a guy thing? My friend Peggy and I took a "Sideways" tour in Santa Barbara, California, wine country a couple of years before the hit movie, most likely about the time Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church were first reading their scripts. (Click here for more about the Oscar-contending movie, which just won a Golden Globe for best picture in the musical or comedy category.) In nearly every respect we were a completely different duo -- two women of a certain age, with grown kids and solid relationships with the men in our lives. We simply wanted our own weekend adventure, and we knew that buddy trips aren't just for guys.
When I first started traveling for business, I was petrified of dining alone. I thought I would be marked as a loser and I had no idea how I'd fill my time. My conversations with chefs, bartenders, servers, house managers, and other solitary diners have led to these guiding principles for having a great solo dining experience. Read on, and send me your favorite solo dining places. Stay tuned -- I've a forthcoming list for you as well.
A Girlfriends Weekend in San Francisco, whether you're from the East Coast or the West (or in between), is the best. Here's how to spend a really classy weekend.
Flying in and out of LAX on business can be fun if you know there's great food within 20 minutes -- and you don't have to cope with freeways. LA is full of confident small restaurants but you have to know how to find them.
The most successful Girlfriends Weekend requires the right ingredients -- the right girls, compatible budgets, accommodations that match your mutual standards, adventuresome food, getting clear in advance what to wear, and options for opting in and out of activities. Here's how.
Got maps? Don't be fooled -- they're more than lines on a page. Maps are linear expressions of worlds beyond. Try out this alternative perspective on how to connect the dots from here to there.