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Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: 7 Tips for Making Friends While Traveling Solo
It takes a certain kind of person to travel through a foreign country by themselves, one who believes in his or her ability to make friends along the way. One of the longest-running strategies is to stay in hostels, where solo travelers from all over the world bunk up together. This is a tried and true approach, for sure, but the one caveat is that while hostels allow you to make friends with people from all over the world, it still doesn’t get you any closer to the people who live there, the locals.
For those looking for a little something extra this holiday season—like a relationship—we bring you the latest in internet dating sites. This one has a special place in our hearts, and not because we used it to find our travel companion soul mate. It’s because this latest site has everything to do with meeting up at the airport, so your Sbarro slice may never be the same.
The cleverly named—we kid—MeetAtTheAirport.com promises to help you meet exciting people while waiting for your flight, and they claim that you’ll never be bored at the airport again. We’re sure there’s someone out there for everyone, but despite their attempts, we’re thinking that a couple of your potential matches made in the terminal aren’t going to turn out that darn wonderful. So we'd still bring the iPad along to prevent boredom.
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Kim Kardashian represents womankind at last year's Oktoberfest. Vom.
Okay people. Oktoberfest is officially in full swing. The brew has been tapped and the pretzels baked and the hotels...well, filled. The luxury hotel collection Rocco Forte Hotels dropped some advice into our inbox regarding tips for ladies visiting Oktoberfest, and as seasoned female revelers at Munich's massive party, we've got some priceless tidbits of our own to add:
· Drink: The only authentic drink at the Oktoberfest, even for women, is beer. But caution is advisedthe typical Munich festival beer, specially brewed for Oktoberfest has a higher alcohol percentage than average. When drinking with others it is polite to clink your glasses, while looking the person in the eyes, and say “Prost”.
Jaunted Says: Whoanot true about beer being the only authentic drink! In fact, we'd argue there are two other beverages it's "authentic" to drink at Oktoberfest, both of which work out well for those who don't particularly enjoy chugging beer: champagne and schnapps. Look beyond the ginormous beer tents to the Weinzelt tent, a smaller tent that specializes in Nymphenburger Sektsekt being German champagne. Even smaller and dotted around the Theresienwiese are schnapps booths, where a few Euro goes a long way (towards getting drunkers).
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Silversea wants all the single ladies to put their hands up on deck.
You've heard of flying solo, but now singles have the option to cruise solo. Not that they didn't have the opportunity to do so before, but single travelers typically have to pay 150 to 200 percent more than globetrotting duos. Luckily, cruise lines are stopping their discriminatory practice of singling out singles and making it much more affordable for someone to hit the seas all by him or herself.
Check out three cruise lines that are helping out all the single ladies and lads.
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Cruise ships are making it easier and cheaper for members of the lonely-hearts club to hit the seas.
The cruise industry is notorious for discriminating against single travelers, piling on surcharges for those cruising alone and giving better deals to duos. Margie Jordan of the American Society of Travel Agents told Reuters that solo globetrotters have to pay 150 to 200 percent more than those traveling in pairs.
But cruise ships are seeing an untapped market in solo cruisers and are jumping on it. In July, Norwegian Cruise Line will launch the Epic, a ship with studios designed for one occupant and there's no single supplement included. Stays in the specially designed staterooms are now for available for purchase.