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Keep It Simple Packing Strategy for a Trip to New York

Keep It Simple Packing Strategy for a Trip to New York

What to pack for any trip is one of the top stressors for the solo traveler. Throughout my thirty-five plus years of travel, I have struggled with packing wisely. For each trip I have to consider the weather, my activities and likewise, the destination's culture when deciding my travel wardrobe. After years of experience with getting packing incorrect by either bringing too many or inevitably, the wrong clothes, I have developed a packing philosophy, KEEP IT SIMPLE!

NOLA Brands We Love: An Interview with Lipscape Founder Ingrid Butler

NOLA Brands We Love: An Interview with Lipscape Founder Ingrid Butler

Traveling can take a toll on your skin. From climate changes to cramped hotels, it can be hard to keep up with your day-to-day beauty routine while abroad. New Orleans-based Lipscape offers handcrafted, cruelty-free, paraben-free, naturally based lip products that will keep your lips looking hydrated and stylish, no matter where you are in the world. 

Trendy, Chic, and Fun: So Sofitel Bangkok Hotel Review

Trendy, Chic, and Fun: So Sofitel Bangkok Hotel Review

Selecting that special hotel for wherever I’m traveling is always a challenge. Being a discriminating solo traveler who has stayed in many of the best hotels in the world, I have become highly discerning on what appeals to me. I chose to stay in Bangkok's So Sofitel hotel on my latest solo trip.

A Comfortable and Convenient Business Class Flight on Royal Air Maroc

A Comfortable and Convenient Business Class Flight on Royal Air Maroc

On my recent 50-day adventure around the world, I had selected an airline for my international business class flight from New York to Casablanca that I had never used before. I was not disappointed in my experience flying with Royal Air Maroc.

Travel Tip: Don’t Leave Home with Old Money

Travel Tip: Don’t Leave Home with Old Money

Many countries around the world now only accept new or almost new currency bills for exchange. Money is consider to be new if it is clean, unmarked, un-creased, and not torn.

The Best Luggage Set for a Trip Around the World

The Best Luggage Set for a Trip Around the World

Going into my 50-day Around the World trip, I knew I wanted a distinctive set of luggage that was both practical and stylish. This led me on a monthlong search for the perfect luggage set.

Looking Back at My Solo Driving Adventure from Miami to Maine

Looking Back at My Solo Driving Adventure from Miami to Maine

As I gear up for the launch of Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, a website that provides affordable luxury tips and tricks for solo travelers, I decided to look back at some of my favorite moments spent traveling alone in 2015.