Real Life Stories

Renting a Car in Italy: What I Learned

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 13th 2011 12:00 PM
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Foreign road trips are fun, but they do take extra levels of planning, patience and awareness. Here's what I learned last week after renting a car via Hertz in Italy.
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Commuting Long-Distance By Plane: 'I Profile TSA Agents'

by Michele McPhee. Posted Mar 16th 2011 10:00 AM
commuting by plane

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The year 2010 was a good one for Michele Nadeem. She married the man of her dreams. They bought the home of her dreams. Then she got the job of her dreams. There was only one problem. The new home and husband were in Boston. The new job was in Florida. There was also a solution: commuting–by plane.
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Hawaii on Tsunami Alert Following Deadly Japan Quake

by Fran Golden. Posted Mar 11th 2011 07:00 AM
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An historic 8.9 earthquake in Japan early today triggered a tsunami expected to hit Hawaii this morning. Hotel guests were moved to higher floors as tsunami sirens shrieked, and the islands prepared for potential disaster.
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Facebook Ate My Vacation

by Zach Honig. Posted Mar 10th 2011 01:00 PM
facebook vacation

Zach Honig

As a travel writer, I frequently have opportunities to visit incredible destinations. And with my background in photography, it's not unusual for me to take hundreds of photographs each day that I spend in a major Asian metropolis, or a rural Peruvian village, or a pedestrian-only ski town in the Swiss Alps. Until recently, I felt compelled to share those photos with my Facebook friends back home – often on the same day that I captured them. But that immediacy comes with a price.
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Going on the Go: A Toilet Says a Lot About its Country

by Doug Lansky. Posted Mar 9th 2011 01:00 PM
toilets of the world

Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP / Getty Images

I try not to get swept off my feet while I'm on the road. The goodbyes are just too painful. But now and then something touches me deep down. This happened to me in Japan when I was introduced to their toilets.
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Destination Proposals: Real Couples Share Their Stories

by Ronnie Koenig. Posted Mar 3rd 2011 03:30 PM
destination proposals

Everyone thinks that their wedding proposal was the best. But these thoughtful and travel-savvy guys really took things to the next level by popping the question in some of the most unique and awe-inspiring destinations. Read on to see some of the most romantic and off-the-beaten path spots where these couples discovered that a trip can be the beginning of the journey of a lifetime!
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I'm Taking a Year Off to See the World

by Rebecca Dolan. Posted Feb 9th 2011 12:42 PM
I Quit My Job to See the World

Photo, Liz Behler

You might recognize Liz Behler from right here at AOL Travel where she served as features editor. Before joining our team, Liz also lent her talents to the pages of "Philadelphia Magazine" and the crew of TV's "Trading Spaces." Now, the 27-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native is embarking on a new venture: a year-long trip around the world. We caught up with Liz before she began the first leg of her journey and found out all about her decision to pack up and go.
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'Concierge Confidential': Confessions of a Luxury Concierge

by Jason Cochran. Posted Feb 9th 2011 11:30 AM
Concierge Confidential Michael Fazio

St. Martin's Press

Michael Fazio was a personal assistant in Hollywood before serving as one of the top concierges in New York City's toniest hotels. Now, he serves some 20,000 condominiums and private clients. His new book, Concierge Confidential (written with Michael Malice), is a compendium of juicy stories about celebrities behaving badly, temper tantrums of the fabulously wealthy, and his victories in scoring seemingly unattainable prizes for his well-heeled clients. It also dishes about the tricks of the concierge trade. Jason Cochran caught up with him:
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I Was Evacuated from Egypt

by Michele McPhee. Posted Feb 4th 2011 12:00 PM
Evacuated from Egypt

Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson got the call at her apartment in Cairo from an evacuation insurance agent at 4 a.m. Tuesday – sparking what she called a "saga" that would get the Tulane University student out of Egypt and back to her native Massachusetts on Thursday.
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Free Travel Changed My Life

by Lark Gould. Posted Feb 2nd 2011 05:00 PM
Free Travel Changed My Life

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What if you could win a dream trip that really did turn out to be the trip of a lifetime? We went on a journey of our own looking for stories of free travel that changed someone's life, and what we came up with is surprising.
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