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The Philly Dessert Guide – Cookies, Chocolate, Cannoli – Oh My!

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With all of my talk about how fantastic the Philly food (and dessert) scene is, I’d be remiss not to tell you how you can have a little bit of Philly love delivered to your doorstep any day of the year.  No need to wait for an occassion like Valentine’s Day (my Solo Traveler Anniversary […]

Airport Tag Travel Quote Tote Bag

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers – Practical, Fun & Whimsical Gift Ideas Under $50

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Chances are you have a friend or family member that is a traveler like me and chances are they are a pain in the ass to buy for at holiday (and birthday) time because they just want to be on a trip anywhere but here and that’s not in your $50 holiday gift budget. My […]

Okavango Delta Sunset

Solo Travel – Dating the World With My Passport

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“Where is Your Husband?” is a question I’ve been asked so many times over the years as I’ve traveled solo that I wrote a post about questions to stop asking solo travelers.  At first, I laughed it off and said “my parents would love to know that too so let me know when you find […]

Metropolitan Bakery at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market – A Philly Food Favorite and Must Eat

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No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the Reading Terminal Market (tagline Fresh and Local Every Day) located in downtown Center City across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The market is one of the largest and oldest markets in the U.S. with its origin in 1892 as part of the Reading Railroad train […]

Giraffe safari

Easy Safari Photo Tips – The Art of Nature in Africa

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My earliest memories of my first camera used flash cubes and 110 film cartridges.  I then graduated to the Polaroid One Step camera which with a few waves in the air (like you just don’t care) the image magically appeared.  For a grade schooler in the 1970’s, this was so cool.  When I was in […]

Penguin couple

Arden Road Travel, Customized Trip Planning by PhilaTravelGirl

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Business Travel, Insider Tips & Tricks, Loyalty Points, My Favorites, Philadelphia, Travel Tips, Travel With Children

Three years ago, I started writing about my travels and pressed “publish” on this blog.  I had no idea how my life would change from that action – the blog has helped me overcome sudden loss, connected me with new friends in London and around the world and has been my creative outlet during my […]

Water view Gozo Marsalforn

Gorgeous Photos of Gozo, the Relaxing Holiday in Malta

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Gozo, Malta, My Favorites, My Thoughts and Musings, Photography, Travel

“What do we do on Gozo” I asked my friend.  He replied “we relax”.  Relax?  As a solo traveler for so long, relax isn’t usually in my vocabulary as I try to see as much as I can in a short period of time. I’m not quite “check the box” traveler but the over the […]

Venice Italy

First Trip To Italy Memories: The Italy Bus Tour and Amaretto Shots

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Italy, My Favorites, Travel

Great stories and memories are made from surprise, emotion and dumb luck. My first trip to Italy is definitely one of my cherished travel stories –  it involves a bus full of pensioners (senior citizens) and so many surprises! I had recently graduated college and wanted to go on my first trip to Italy but in the […]

Southern Ocean meets Indian Ocean

When Should You Use a Travel Agent?

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My friend’s flight was delayed due to weather and this caused her and her family to miss their connection to London.  When she told me that she was flying from Philadelphia to New York to London, I gave her this obviously weird look and said “Why would the travel agent book that itinerary?” She replied, […]

LOVE Park in Philly

The PhilaTravelGirl Interviews with my Top 5 Posts

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Self Promotion – I suck at it!  While I’ve been blogging for more than a year now, I haven’t quite gotten used to saying “hey, look over here, I’m a traveler with stories to tell and photos to share”.  I’m more comfortable in the background soaking up information than standing in the spotlight but this […]