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We all love a week-end away in another country. The change of scenery, pace, food and...well...everything, is as rejuvenating for the soul as a daylong pamper session at Aveda is for the body. But to be honest, sometimes I do wish foreign countries didn’t come with foreign languages. Mostly, because I really suck at them.

So I thought I’d compile a genial guide to help the linguistically challenged. You know, those tortured souls who start a dozen online language courses a year and never bother to stick at one longer than a few weeks. Is that just me? Well, this year might be different. Inshallah.

Here are some wicked tips to help you blend right in...no matter where you go.

How to Avoid Those Lost in Translation Moments When Travelling

Feb 7th 2014, 13:44 by Laura Pattara

Imagine you’ve been struck with hunger pangs in an unfamiliar city, but there’s nary an internet connection or food-loving local in site. What’s a peckish traveller to do? While it’s hard to judge a restaurant by its cover, here’s our eight fail-proof signs we use when deciding whether to give that eetcafe or trattoria a pass:

1. A laminated menu in six different languages

A fisherman who casts the widest net catches the most fish. A restaurant that casts the widest net is just catering to the lowest common denominator for taste – bland food and boring preparations.

Traveling in a New City? Avoid These 8 Signs of a Bad Restaurant

Jan 21st 2014, 09:54 by Allison Guy

Sometimes you need to inject a little bit of spice into your relationships to keep the love burning hot. No, we’re not talking about your significant other, but your hometown. We can all fall into a rut of heading for the same cafes, the same bars, and the same venues. Give our recommendations a try to start seeing your city through a new set of eyes.

1) Stay in a concept hotel Book yourself in a hip hotel in a part of town you’re not familiar with. Plenty of hotels have wacky rooms, fun art, and cool concepts, all of which are normally invisible to locals. For bonus points, don’t tell the concierge where you live… see where their recommendations take you!

Seven Ways to Take a Break in Your Own City

Jan 14th 2014, 20:14 by Allison Guy

Berlin is a city known for giving you a heck of a bang-for-your-buck, and no where is this more true than in the city’s cheap dining scene. The streets abound with German, Middle Eastern and Asian food that’s not just affordable and fast, it’s probably better than most of the sit-down restaurants you’ve got back home. Here, six of our favorite spots to fill our tummies, from the famous to the far-out:

YamYam Across the street from the (deservedly) famous and touristy Monsieur Vuong, YamYam serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Korean food in Berlin. Though it’s now more of a sit-down place, the food is still affordable and fast, drawing a big lunch crowd in search of bimbimbap and the addictive kimchi soup. Alte Schönhauser Straße

Six Picks for Gourmet Fast Food in Berlin

Jan 6th 2014, 10:00 by Allison Guy

It’s cold, it’s raining, and the sun goes down at four in the afternoon. How do Amsterdammers manage to survive the winter? Sure, they’ve got ice-skating and pea soup, but really, we think their secret lies in the city’s ultra-cozy bars..

Here, we’ve picked our six favourite spots to cuddle up and share a drink with friends during those long winter nights. These bars have elevated gezelligheid – the Dutch national philosophy of coziness and comfort – to an art form.

Six Cozy Bars to Survive that Long Amsterdam Winter

Dec 16th 2013, 20:42 by Allison Guy

For intrepid travelers, sightseeing doesn’t stop at sundown. Oftentimes, however, even the best guidebooks fall flat when it comes to bars, clubs and general nighttime adventuring. Especially in ever-changing cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and London, hotspots come and go, while the truly epic parties are usually one-off events. To top that off, solo travelers often wind up heading back to the hotel earlier than they’d hoped. A new app, Party with a Local, aims to solve the perennial problem of the party-starved traveler by hooking up visitors with likeminded locals. Rather than frantically searching event listings – or just giving up entirely – Party with a Local makes it easy to meet new friends and experience parts of a city you’d never see on your own.

'Party with a Local' Hooks Up Travellers with Locals Tonight!

Dec 10th 2013, 10:39 by Allison Guy