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Escape Mardi Gras: Finding solace during New Orleans’ biggest fest

JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, Contributor swamp

Some people long to visit cities when they’re at their liveliest: Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, Munich at Oktoberfest or New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I get it — the parades, the feathers, the beads, the dancing. They no doubt throw one hell of a party. (more…)


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Voluntourism: On the ground with Aimia and Me to We in Ecuador

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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I’d always been a little skeptical of “voluntours.” So I was intrigued when I was invited to join a group of employees from Aimia (a loyalty management company that owns Aeroplan) on a volunteer trip to Ecuador with Me to We.

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Summer in ski country: Aspen is a top travel destination in the off-season

JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, Contributor
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Millions visit the mountains of Aspen each year for obvious reasons (in fact, Forbes called Aspen the “hot ski destination” for the 2013 season). So, when I found myself in Aspen in early summer, I was surprised that this small town is just as amazing when the temperature rises: transforming from a winter wonderland to a summer paradise.

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NYC on the cheap: Frugal ways to take a bite out of the Big Apple

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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By the time you add up the costs of a hotel room, dining out and tickets to a Broadway show, a trip to the Big Apple can leave you with a hefty credit card bill — but it doesn’t have to.

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Foodie finds in Washington, D.C.

JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, Contributor
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The capital of the United States: home to the president, museums, political rallies and yes, a vibrant, diverse food scene. D.C. will have you skipping over another Smithsonian visit to find the best cupcakes, pasta, oysters and saganaki in Washington.

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PDA, parties and bikinis: A girl’s guide to the Pearl of the Persian Gulf

VANESSA CICCONE, Contributer
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Dubai can be difficult to navigate for a first-time visitor. While this tourist mecca has a lot to offer travelers, cultural nuances may have you doing some head-scratching along the way.

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A gastronomic guide to Madrid

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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In this city you’ll find everything from traditional fare in centuries-old buildings to the latest in innovative cuisine. Here’s a guide to eating your way around Madrid.

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Valencia: Spain’s hidden gem

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Once overlooked by visitors, Valencia is coming into its own, offering a growing gastronomic scene and laid-back Mediterranean vibe — and it makes an easy side-trip from Madrid or Barcelona.

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Gothic City: 5 ways to eat, drink and shop your way through Barcelona

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Heading to Barcelona? Whether you’re gaga for Gaudi, got a fetish for designer espatrilles or want to discover your inner foodie, here are five ways to entertain yourself in the Gothic capital of Catalonia.

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New York City girls’ getaway on a shoestring budget? It’s possible!

JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, Contributor
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Toronto-based freelance writer heads to notoriously expensive New York City with her pals and soaks up the scene on just $390 … Find out how she did it!

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Portland: Where innovation meets quirky cool

CHANTEL GUERTIN, Contributor
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No longer the little sister to Seattle, Portland offers a long-weekend getaway of good coffee, innovative food and gorgeous vistas. Find out where to stay, what to do and the best spots to eat and drink.

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To Italy with love: Where to eat, shop and wander in Rome and Florence

KRISTEN MARANO, Contributor
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Italians know how to live. From the caramel-coloured swirl in a morning espresso to a fresh bowl of spaghetti topped with a basil leaf, food is taken seriously. Swimming in the azure Mediterranean Sea surrounded by mountains is a daily activity. Wearing skull earrings and colourful stilettos is typical style. They know how to live.

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Georgia on my mind

CHANTEL GUERTIN, Contributor
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St. Simons Island blends the best of the Deep South with the East Coast. Halfway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, fly into either airport and make the hour drive to the island.

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