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the-romantic-the-winoIndia doesn’t come up very frequently on our list of travel-musts, but these pictures are making us seriously reevaluate our priorities! How to Spend 5 Days in Kerala, India

Our hearts are breaking over the rumors that Pan Am may be cancelled. What will Sunday nights be without the Captain Dean and Collette romance??? Pan Am Was My Higher Education

We thought Biodome was just a (seriously hysterical and underrated) Paulie Shore movie from the 90’s…but apparently it’s very real. Sphere Conquering

Because the Wino is in full Christmas swing… Crazy Christmas Lights in Colombia

A must for our next London trip, for sure. Want to try 300 Drinks from 5 Different Continents?

And more still…

North Pole Busy Season Begins


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jetsetters: @LolaDiMarco

the-romantic-the-winoToday’s Jetsetter has an alter ego: though her real name is Lauren, her sassier side goes by Lola. A contributor to HuffPo Travel and (two of our favorite sources for No Travel Required), we also recommend checking out Lauren’s personal travel blog for more travel tips and quips: where in the world is lola? And with her list of upcoming trips, we’ll try to put our jealousy aside and keep up. Let us know next time you’re in NYC, Lola!


Favorite Place: St. Bart’s, French West Indies – it is tres chic just like Lola.

More importantly, favorite meal: A multiple course meal at the Chateau de la Chevre d’Or in Eze Village, French Riviera – it’s a Relais & Chateaux. Could you imagine anything more posh than a French meal in a medieval village overlooking the Mediterranean, c’mon?

The moment you caught the travel bug: Probably when I moved from Texas to New York City with a one-way ticket, no place to live and no firm job. It was one big adventure that made me confident I could go anywhere, do anything and enjoy it and succeed.

First experience traveling alone: In 8th grade I went on a class trip to Washington, DC.  I wouldn’t say it was stellar by any stretch but I knew I could go off without family or close friends and would make new friends and learn a lot from the experience.

Ever been (or thought you’ve been) in imminent danger while traveling?: Some train travel overnight a couple of times seemed a bit suspect. Some random man picked a fight with my friend and me. We had to get the train conductor involved. That’s it. I can spot a gypsy anywhere. Maybe we have some aligned personality traits. Wanderer & opportunistic! People are far more kind than bad in my experience!

Worst hotel/hostel experience: I went traveling around Europe for a couple of months when I was 26. I definitely stayed in a few dodgy places. In particular, Venice and Cologne come to mind. Not a dangerous situation but just not to Lola’s standards. Can’t take the priss out of the pot!

Best hotel/hostel experience: To this day, my best hotel experience is Villa Gallici in Aix en Provence – another Relais & Chateaux. I am a huge fan of this brand – exquisite properties & exceptional staff. Villa Gallici is the reason I continue to stay with R&C. They made me feel like part of the family.

Favorite family vacation: Driving from Texas to Sante Fe/Taos, New Mexico, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Arizona & Four Corners. It was so much fun and so beautiful. The American West is incredible!

Must-have packing item:  iphone – I need not explain, I am sure! Next to that would be lip balm or gloss. Hello…it IS me we are talking about!

Most unbelievable travel experience: It would have to be St. Bart’s. It is one OMG after another. Let’s just say it is beyond luxe and the beaches are stunning. Luxe+Beach=LOVE for Lola!

Favorite “I can’t believe I’m doing this” moment: Going to see the band ‘Live’ in Paris because I met one of the band member’s girlfriends on the English-speaking tour of the Louvre. They invited us backstage and to an after party – drinking champagne all the while. Things like this tend to happen to Lola.

Place you can’t wait to return to: Too many to pick one: Curacao, St. Bart’s, Capri, Greek Islands (notice a theme??? ISLANDS!!)

Place you can’t be paid to return to: I love to travel and if you paid me, I would be willing to go anywhere. What does that say about me? Maybe I’m a cheap date after all!

Any exciting trips coming up?: Vegas, Austin, Monaco & France, Hawaii, Miami twice at least, Caribbean (undetermined destinations at the moment), Los Angeles, New York City several times and I hope to attend some blogging conferences in 2012. I am up for other unplanned trips to meet up with twitter/blogger friends. (let me know if you’re cooking up some plans!).  I’d put money on more Europe at some point too.

Dream vacation: This is a tough one to answer (so many great options!) but two things come to mind and they are both similar. Cruising around the Caribbean or the Greek Islands on a fancy boat and hopping off and enjoying the beaches and nightlife then scooting on to see the next one.  This would be an extended vacation, of course. I’d like to be an expert in both regions – what can I say, I’m an island girl.

Favorite tourist attraction: Roman Forum has always been a favorite. I love Roman history and it is incredible to tread the same path the famous emperors of the past walked. The history feels very alive. There is always more to learn each time I visit.

Favorite “I’m trying not to look like a tourist” attraction: Loafing on a beach like a local in any beach destination I go. I love me some beach time. It’s Lola’s true love.

Favorite travel photo: Lola in Santorini, Greece this September.

Let us know if you want to be a future jetsetter!


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the-romantic-the-winoNot-so-secret secret: we love any excuse to act like a tourist. See: the wino’s NYC bucket list and our pro-staycation stance on life.  Tourism for Locals

How do you not spend the rest of the day feeling super heebie-jeebie? I’m a mix of impressed and horrified by this traveler. In other news, we can add the “Siam Insect Zoo” to our list of places to avoid forever. My date with a baby scorpion at the Siam Insect Zoo

However, on our list of places to go asap, you will now find this: What’s for Dinner at…Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 

Oh, and in case you haven’t heard: American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy

But it’s ok! There are better ways to travel! Can this be our new year’s resolution?

Can’t Decide Between a Private Island or a Mega-Yacht? Get Both in One


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tis the season!

thewino1Greetings from the land of the unemployed!

Now that I’m temporarily back in Bucks County, I’ve got Christmas on the brain. It’s been all wreaths and cookies and decorating here. Today, I made my way to Peddler’s Village, one of my Bucks County favs, to do some Christmas shopping and to check out the annual Gingerbread house display. This year, my favorites included Hagrid’s Hut and Old McGregor’s farm from Peter Rabbit!

The next few days will be busy busy busy while I prepare for my move back to the District. Not too busy to wrap all the presents I just bought, however.

D.C. or bust,
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the-romantic-the-winoWell, we’re sold. Especially on the Maldives. Guest Post: 5 Great Stops on a RTW Trip

The picture alone had us drooling. 8 awesome Seattle food trucks

We’re especially fond of The Cloisters during autumn (aka the only time we’ve been there). Most Beautiful Museum Gardens Around The World (PHOTOS)

Can we assume we’ll see headlines like this all the way up through December 22nd of next year? Oh no! Another Mayan prediction of an apocalypse in 2012 is found

The caption on our photo of the day reads “Evening sunlight after rain in Berwick upon Tweed from my office window.” MUST BE NICE. (But also, check out all of the other photos on the link below, because it was a hard choice):

10 Wonders to be Thankful for: “‘I’m thankful for having this view from my office window‘. Karen Bryan @KarenBryan


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