By Charyn Pfeuffer

Maybe you're still in summer vacation mode or gearing up for Labor Day weekend. It doesn't really matter, as long as you have travel plans on the horizon. According to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Factor, planning ahead reduces stress and increases the opportunity to anticipate the getaway. In other words, get really amped up for adventure.

By Charyn Pfeuffer

Warmer weather makes us want to get out and dine with friends, visit family, take some fun day trips. But where to start? Here are four hot apps that go beyond Yelp-like reviews and make meet-ups more fun and interesting.

By Charyne Pfeuffer

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has seen a 53% increase in demand for rooms booked by lone women in the past few years. So how do these independent travelers stay safe on the road?

BY Charyn Pfeuffer

Small confession: Until a few years ago, I used to be terrified of flying. Like Valium-required, grab my seatmate, shriek and break out in sweats scared of flying. People tend to be amused when I disclose this former phobia, wondering how and why I ever decided to become a travel writer, much less one who until recently, typically logged 100+ flights per year.  I'm still uncertain of the root of the fear, but got over it on a harrowing flight into Tegucigalpa, Honduras a few years back.

By: Charyn Pfeuffer

If you're between 18 and 30 years old and love to travel, Australia's "Working Holiday" visa program (WHV) is a fun post-grad option. Australia's WHV program allows eligible candidates to stay in the country for up to 12 months - provided they work for six months of that time. 

By Charyn Pfeuffer

Wedding season is just around the corner! For marriage-minded gals on the go, a smartphone can be a 21st century girl's best friend. Here are five must-have apps that can help from planning bridal showers to bachelorettes parties - and everything in between.

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