Oui oui, Beyoncé à Paris

Paris, hon hon hon!

As my summer has been relatively boring on the level of globetrotting, I’ve settled for a few rather exciting weekend trips within Europe this month. First up: Paris! But not just any boring old trip to Paris. No no no, my dear friends and I are heading to the city of love for On The Run, one of the two only concerts that Mr. & Mrs. President of the World aka Beyoncé and Jay Z are doing in Europe.

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23 going on 24: another spectacular year

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Ever since I became a One Tree Hill addict when I was 14 (yes, I was that kind of a girl in high school) and first heard Jimmy Eat World play their song 23 , I’ve been obsessed with being 23. I always expected it to be the most spectacular year of my life, a year when incredible things would happen. And on the eve of my 24th birthday I’m sitting here thinking – it actually was. Wonderful. Filled with surprises. Amazing. Unexpected. Hectic. My own kind of spectacular.

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Thursday Tips: 6 Favorite Hostels

I absolutely love staying at hostels, but finding the right one can be quite a hassle. How do you know which ones will be über nice and which ones will have ants crawling into bed with you? I usually rely on Hostelworld’s elaborate feedback and ratings system to distinguish the good hostels from the bad, noisy ones, but unfortunately that strategy has failed me more than once. So to save you the hassle, here are the 6 best/most fun/coolest hostels I’ve ever stayed at.

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Lost in New York City

7 months ago, I was an unemployed graduate.

6 months ago, I got the job of my dreams.

5,5 months ago, my boss uttered the words “you’re coming to Book Expo America with us.”

5,5 months later, I’m sat in a fancy suite in a New York hotel wondering how I’ve ever gotten here.

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The Bare Essentials: 5 unmissable carry-on items

If only I’d look as cool as Kanye wearing my carry-ons.

Apparently many of you were interested to read my personal 5 unmissable backpacking items so I decided you voyeurists might enjoy another intrusion on my personal life and learn about the 5 things that I always carry with me on flights. Whether it’s a one-hour trip to London or two twelve-hour flights to Australia (cue horrified shudders), I will never get on a plane without these 5 personal holy grails.

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