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business travel like a boss

business travel like a boss

Whether you’re a starry-eyed newcomer dreaming of mile-high financial transactions, or a hardened SkyMiles veteran who knows better, three of RSJ’s most-trusted consiglieri dished the secrets and setbacks of traveling for business. The consensus? Sometimes that 4 am wake-up call is an offer you’d like to refuse.
life through the window seat

life through the window seat

The Tichka Pass: I joke that it’s the “widow-maker.” Nestled between the Atlas Mountains in southern Morocco, this winding path is neither for the weak of mind nor stomach. Cliffs drop dramatically on either side, and you realize that an inch of miscalculation on the road and you could meet...
a georgian toast

a georgian toast

I knew it was going to be a long day when, at 11:30 in the morning, I gurgled down young, bitter Georgian wine siphoned from a clear tube attached to a large blue barrel. The trek through Stalin’s birthplace, a snow-dusted little town called Gori in rural Georgia, had left...
staying fit while you travel (no, seriously)

staying fit while you travel (no, seriously)

Worried about staying fit while you travel? Here are some ideas: Avoid all macarons, croissants, chai teas, bubble teas, green curries, pork dumplings, roti pratas, pizza margheritas, swiss chocolates, paellas, falafels, scones, gelatos, bakhlavas, wines, champagnes, stouts, etc…. …or get a life.
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[video] the beijing pace

[video] the beijing pace

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video must be worth a million. Follow expat Giulia Cibotti through an incredible montage that captures “The Beijing Pace.”  With a Calvin Harris soundtrack & definitive urban style, you’ll want to join the madness…that is, if you can keep up.
what's in our suitcase - olympic edition

what’s in our suitcase – olympic edition

With a five day countdown until the 30th games kick off in London, it’s time to start the inevitable packing relay! Who will win gold? Here are five things we can’t leave without–from hair care products of the tzars (you read that correctly) to the headphones on every traveler’s wish list.
the art of coming home

the art of coming home

You’re sitting at your desk, but in reality you’re elsewhere.  Sunning in Malaysia, luxuriating over tapas in Madrid. While the rest of your friends are planning their Thursday night, you’re still stuck in a foreign port. There is an art to coming home.  Rule #1? Be wherever you are right now.
internationalize your iTunes playlist

internationalize your iTunes playlist

What do a DJ, a French hotel & your iTunes library have in common? Well, nothing…unless you’ve internationalized your music collection with the genius of Stéphane Pompougnac. Your passport may have some serious mileage, but nothing gets you in the jetsetting state of mind quite like a killer playlist.
jeepers creepers: the hotel bed bug epidemic

jeepers creepers: the hotel bed bug epidemic

It was like something out of a CSI episode. Nathalie Dade woke up in a Berlin hostel in sheets marred by her own blood.  Red streaks and tiny black specs no larger than a pinhead lay scattered across her pillow. When one of the specs suddenly began to move, she writes, “I nearly fainted.”
avoiding frequent flyer f***-ups

avoiding frequent flyer f***-ups

Marco Polo. Victoria. The Flying Club. Star Alliance. Remember in high school when you joined every club in existence to make your resume look better?If you’re treating frequent flyer memberships with as much attention (or should I say, as little) as you treated Model UN, it’s time to get a handle on the hundreds of...
in defense of traveling alone

in defense of traveling alone

I recently had drinks at Goldbar in Manhattan with that friend who always shakes his head.  I tell him of my most recent exploits, my hopes and dreams, and he gives that quiet smirk as if to say, “you’re out of control.”  Though well-meaning, his greatest gripe has always been that I prefer to travel...
somewhere between the andes and the world’s longest coastline

somewhere between the andes and the world’s longest coastline

The option of going on student exchange was my ‘get out of heartbreak free’ card when I found myself needing a hiatus from my life. What better way to jumpstart your heart than to throw yourself into the deep end and remember how to swim again?
effective methods for learning italian

effective methods for learning italian

Certified Italian teacher & blogger of all things ‘la dolce vita’ Lou Thomas shares some of his fool-proof tips for learning Italian.  While you may not be fluent tomorrow, you’ll certainly love singing along with Dean Martin & garnering VIP treatment at your local pizzeria.  
that time we conquered cinque terre (or did it conquer us?)

that time we conquered cinque terre (or did it conquer us?)

The math simply wasn’t in our favor. We were four girls – admittedly four fairly ambitious girls – against Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands” in Italian. Italy had the upper hand.
watch for gillian kemmerer on HSBC!

watch for gillian kemmerer on HSBC!

RSJ founder Gillian Kemmerer will be featured in a three-part Expat Excellence series on HSBC’s Expat Explorer blog. Her articles will focus on the most common concerns of expats under the age of thirty–ranging from international education to lifestyle decisions.  Check out the first two installments now!
how to learn a new city in 24 hours

how to learn a new city in 24 hours

Exploring a new city can be as complicated as mastering a new language.  On a spiritual level, you have to learn how to vibe with a new atmosphere.  Logistically speaking, how do you master the metro, geography & perilous winding streets? We have a few suggestions for improving your metropolitan fluency anywhere in the world.