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Patti Morrow I am a travel influencer based in South Carolina with: • Over 150 bylines in 35+ print and online publications • Founder of the award-winning travel blog Luggage and Lipstick • Author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone.” • Named one of the Top 5 Mexico Travel Blogs; • Luggage & Lipstick was recently awarded one of “35 Best Travel Blogs for 2021 • She is also starring in the premiere of the new TV series “Destination Takeover” which is scheduled to begin airing in 2022.
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Japan Itinerary: Hit the Highlights in 7 Days (Updated 2020)

Once impenetrable shogun castles now standing sentry to empty chambers… ancient shrines wafting incense across ethereal Buddha images… slick skyscrapers and neon lights that surpass even New York City’s Times Square… Geishas on their way to the shrine…Want a Japan itinerary that hits all of these and more? Bullet trains aside, seeing “the land of […]

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7 Reasons Why Traveling is a Waste of Time

Is traveling a waste of time?  You decide…. It’s obsolete.  In the “olden” days, you had to travel to see amazing sights.  Now, you can just turn on the TV and see the pyramids of Giza, the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote sandy beaches of the Seychelles.  Nowadays you don’t […]

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Airport Boredom? Here’s How We Beat It!

This is why I love traveling with my peeps, Marie and Rebecca… On our recent trip to Japan, we were stuck in the Osaka railway station, waiting to be picked up by our guide, who was late and still stuck in rush hour traffic. After wasting an hour in a jam-packed restaurant, I suggested that […]

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Ensenada Real Estate: Expats in Baja [updated 2020]

Margit Gantt wanted to find a more fulfilling lifestyle than the one she was living in California.  Not just one where the weather was great every day, but where her money would go further. That’s when she discovered Ensenada real estate. She and her husband Patrick had been vacationing in the seaside community of Ensenada, […]

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Mexican Expat Profile: Selling Books in La Paz

Kat and Bruce Bennett were living in Seattle, Washington, working in the high-tech field. But they found themselves disillusioned with politics and disappointed in the direction U.S. culture seemed to be headed.  They decided to take some time off while they were still young enough to enjoy the experience of a new culture.  Their plan […]

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Are Breasts Lethal Weapons? TSA Underwire Bra Rules

Underwire Alert! When traveling, always make sure your breasts are not lethal weapons. Breasts?  Lethal weapons? Apparently, the TSA thinks so. TSA underwire bra scans wreak havoc on their scans. It was 3:30 a.m. and I was on my way to a business trip from New Hampshire to Oregon.  I’m not a morning person so […]

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Thailand Itinerary: Things to Do in Bangkok & Phuket (updated 2020)

Known by the sobriquet “Land of Smiles,” no nation better lives up to that name.  From the uber-friendly locals to the contrast between ancient art and culture to the vibrant, at times seedy modernity, Thailand will elate you and change you.  The most popular cities to visit in Thailand are undoubtedly Bangkok, Phuket, and Chang […]

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Best Things to Do in Barbados with Kids

Exploring Barbados with kids was one of our best family vacations! Instead of staying at our usual venue of a hotel with amenities, we chose to stay at the New Haven Mansion —  a U-shaped collection of Spanish style apartments with lush gardens, overlooking a courtyard with pool.  Although the decor was a little bit […]

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The Beach Community of Las Gaviotas Rosarito, Mexico

The gate-guarded Mexican beach resort of Las Gaviotas Rosarito is a mere 35-minute drive from the border of California. It is a well-planned community with three layers of single-family, detached homes, each level having an unobstructed view of the cascading Pacific coast. Residents enjoy a breezy beach great for surfing and paddle boarding, an ocean boardwalk, […]

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Rosarito Beach Resort in Baja California, Mexico

Located just an hour’s drive south of San Diego are the white sandy beaches of Rosarito, a friendly and laid-back beach town.  Quiet, nonviolent Rosarito has suffered unfairly from the reputation of mainland Mexico’s troubled border cities and from the decline in the U.S. economy and is just beginning to hit the radar of American and […]

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