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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. 

A pioneer of American pop art, Andy Warhol paints only one version of my darling hometown, Los Angeles — a city of extremes, where the opinions are as diverse as its demographics.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with the City of Angels, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Angeleno experience.
1) Eat from a gourmet food truck.
The concept may not have started in LA, but […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

In a few words, John F. Kennedy aptly and succinctly sums up this world-class cultural, political, and historical capital city.
Create your own experience, but take note of the following DOs and DON’Ts in Washington, D.C. to maximize your stay.
1) Learn how to *properly* ride the Metro.
With horrendous traffic and limited parking options, don’t bother driving or taking cabs; instead, use public transportation and your own two feet to roam the city. But be warned […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Napa (and Sonoma)

Either give me more wine or leave me alone. Oh Rumi, how I echo that sentiment.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with California Wine Country, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Napa (and Sonoma) experience.
1) See, swirl, smell, sip, and savor (or spit). Wine tasting is both a science and an art and there IS a proper way to evaluate your vino–taste the wine, don’t just drink it. First, observe the color and clarity of the wine. White wines vary from clear to all shades of […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Reykjavik

Better weight than wisdom a traveller cannot carry. Thank you to the Vikings for the reminder that experiential learning taken out of the stale confines of a classroom often reigns supreme.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with the Icelandic Capital of Cool, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Reykjavik experience.
1) Drink the tap water.
Don’t bother with bottled water when some of the most pristine and freshest water supply can be found flowing through your faucet — gratis. And besides, as many Icelanders will tell you […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

My dearest Audrey Hepburn, how right you are. Paris is fabulous in any season, but spring shows it in its best light, in my humble opinion. Even Frank Sinatra dedicated a whole song to the charm and intoxication of Paris in the springtime.
Create your own Parisian experience, but take note of the following TEN tips to maximize your stay in the City of Light.
1) People watch from pavement cafes. Cafe culture is taken very seriously in Paris and it’s one of my favorite things […]

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The Cultureur 25: 25 Things to Do in Los Angeles

In honor of my recent move from Los Angeles to Seattle, I thought I’d compile a list of 25 things to do in the City of Angels, so I joined forces with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to bring you my favorite things to do, see, eat, and experience in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles. Enterprise is all about encouraging people to go out there and #SeeTheWorld, and I couldn’t agree more!
Considering it’s Los Angeles, renting a car is simply a must. Whether you’re looking to stay local in Los Angeles or heading south to […]

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75 Favorite Travel Tips

With every new trip, I learn something new about traveling. Not even a decade worth of constant traveling can prepare you 100% and frankly, that uncertainty and opportunity to discover new things about the world and yourself is one of the best things about travel. My copious adventures around the globe have taught me a few tips and tricks of the travel trade, so to celebrate 75 weeks of writing on The Cultureur, I bring you my 75 favorite travel tips and lessons learned from the last decade of my travels. They’re my personal tried and tested tips, and […]

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Beyond the Words: 12 DOs and DON’Ts of Blogging + The Cultureur’s 1st Anniversary!

August 23, 2013: Today is the big ONE-YEAR anniversary for The Cultureur!
I can’t express enough gratitude to each and every one of you who has liked, shared, read, commented, and supported The Cultureur over the past 365 days.  Over the course of the last year, I’ve awakened my entrepreneurial spirit, met incredible like-minded individuals, spent more time writing, packed my bucket list with many new destinations, learned about a variety of new topics and industries, and finally warmed up to the term blog and the evolving realm that it […]

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Top 5 *Indian* Food Musts in New Delhi

Indian food in the Indian capital? You don’t say.

Jokes aside, with the recent explosion of international dining options and fusion restaurants in New Delhi, traditional Indian food seems to have taken a back seat. But when I’m traveling to another country, I expect loads of authentic culinary experiences that showcase the best the host country has to offer, which is why I look forward to feasting on kebobs, chicken tikka masala, garlic naan, and all that jazz along the rich spectrum of Indian food when in India. Having spent a total of 1.5 years in New […]

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Travel Tip #15: If you’re a Louvre Museum aficionado, admission is free on Friday evenings, the first Sunday of each month, and July 14th.

For all you Louvre Museum aficionados, whether it’s your 1st time or 30th time, it pays to know there are certain times and dates that admission is gratis. Every Friday evening, from 6p to 9:45p, admission to permanent collections is free for people aged 26 and under. It’s also free on the first Sunday of every month (for everyone) and on Bastille Day (July 14). There’s also membership options available, which is what I ended up doing. With my total 26 visits to the museum, I absolutely did full justice to the fare of the card […]

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