Paris Metro 101

The Paris Metro is like arteries hidden under the city skin.  These tunnels take you all over the city.  I love rising from the Metro to find unexplored territory, or a grand sight right before me.  Some people may be intimidated by the system, but it really is efficient and much more affordable than a…

Thoughts on Solo Travel

Solo travel is often portrayed through idealistic eyes.  I know that was my original perspective.  After being on my own for nearly a month, my view has become a little more realistic.  Every person will have a different perspective because we are all in different situations.  I am a young female who is not terribly…

The Problem with Pickpockets

Pickpockets are a major problem in Europe and definitely a problem in Paris.  Someone I am traveling with was pickpocketed yesterday in the metro and she lost all of her money and cards.  Luckily she was not hurt and has a supportive group to help her out.  I can’t imagine how challenging it would have…

50 Things to do on Your Own

Exploring on your own should be an activity written in all guidebooks.  Whether you are traveling alone, or just want to get away from the group for a bit, here are some things you can do: Academic 1. Take an art history class -If you’ve never liked art, or never understood it, why not start? …

Preparing for Your Trip

Accommodations have been arranged.  Transportation has been taken care of.  Now it is time to get ready.  Planning, and the anticipation building up before the trip can almost be as exciting as actually traveling.  Get your escape from the everyday by researching before your trip. 1. Check out the Library Guidebooks, fiction, nonfiction, they’ve got…

5 Steps to Moving Beyond the Beaten Path

Move beyond the beaten path.  Experience the culture.  Avoid the tourist traps.  We’ve heard this from most travel experts, but branching out can be scary to the novice traveler.  When I first started traveling, I immediately darted for the places that were a “must see.”  Perhaps it was climbing the Eiffel Tower or visiting the…