Ask Saadia Features: Solo Destinations in the USA

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi,
I want to travel somewhere alone and in the US in August/early September… any recommendations? I was thinking maybe a short trip like 3-5 days. I have no preference about where, and would like to spend as little as possible. A national park would be cool! 
Thanks,
Richa, NJ

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Ask Saadia Features: Accommodations in Paris

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi! So I’m FINALLY going to Europe for the first time!! We are doing a river cruise in France. We’re gonna do Paris and Normandy on our own. Any suggestions on where should we stay, eat and see?? Our dates are August 9-12, budget a maximum of $200. We would like to have free wifi, but are willing to pay if needed. We would also like to stay either near the Eiffel Tower or the Opera.

Thanks!

-Abby, CA

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Ask Saadia Features: Affordable 4 Star Hotel near Sunset Blvd

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi,

I’d like to book a hotel for one night (August 4th) in Los Angeles, near clubs/nightlife, preferably around Sunset Blvd. My price range around $150 and I’d like to stay somewhere nice. Can you help?

Thanks,

-Richard, NV

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Ask Saadia Features: Do You Recommend Buying Travel/Phrase Books?

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi S, do you recommend travel books by Fodor? I kind of want to get one for France and Italy. But if it’s not worth it then I don’t want to waste money on it. Especially if I can go to a few website to get the info. Also, what about language books do you use those? To study up on phrases?

Thanks!

– Net, CA

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Ask Saadia Features: Summer Airfare from New Jersey to Europe

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

I need help finding airfare from New Jersey to Prague (by way of Salzburg or London for a day if possible) and a return from Dubrovnik to New Jersey. My dates are not flexible (flying out August 27, must arrive in Prague around noon August 29, return on September 12). I don’t care how long or how many stops the return flights have. I am willing to fly from JFK if its more cost effective. I also don’t wish to fly budget or lesser known airlines to save money.  Can you help?

Thanks!

– Humayun, NJ

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My Advice for New Graduates

Most colleges in the States have already had their graduation. Now, as a newly graduate you are either sitting idle at home pondering on the next phase of your life, using the summer as a breather before going off to grad school or some other form of higher education or prepping to step into the working world. All with bright intentions, great hope and glimmering prospects of a fantastic future ahead. To each of you, I can only offer one advice: STOPTake a gap year and TRAVEL!

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Review: Home2 Suites by Hilton near Naval Air Station Patuxent River

This is my second stay at a Home2 Suites, an eco friendly property by Hilton and instead of writing a traditional review, I decided to delve into my first vlog! I apologize for the not so great quality. I’m using my iPhone 5S to videotape and iMovie (for the first time) to edit. I hope to do more of these and as I get more video blogging savvy, I will invest in a better video taping tool than the iPhone.  Continue reading


Beijing Downtown Backpackers Accommodation, A Review

Front of hostel

Front of hostel

My first attempt to visit Beijing was a miss. In 2012, I went to Wuhan, China to drop off my brother to his then med school. During that trip, I had booked a stay at Beijing Downtown Backpackers Accommodation (renamed Beijing Downtown Backpacker Hostel on Trip Advisor) in Beijing. Unfortunately, a string of unforeseen events occurred, which led to my brother moving to Kunming, China instead and subsequently the cancellation of our Beijing adventures. However, we got a second chance the winter of 2014, to celebrate our birthdays together.  Continue reading


Ask Saadia Features: Winter Road Trip Ideas from New Jersey

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

I have a free night with Hilton and some points to use too. Do you have any recommendations of where to go? Somewhere I don’t have to fly to, within a maximum of 7 hours drive from Northern NJ. Also, if you have any suggestion on where to go dog sledding.

Thanks!

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A Year Ago This Week: Great Wall of China

Week 4: January 20 2014.

A year ago this week, my brother and I celebrated our 32nd and 22nd birthdays together by hiking the Great Wall of China. Visiting the Great Wall was always on the list of things to see and do but there was never a concrete plan on when and how. So being there was absolutely surreal. Neither pictures I’ve seen of the Great Wall nor my imagination ever conjured up visuals that would be comparable to seeing its raw beauty in person.

Although we had consciously decided not to visit the Badaling part of the wall (most photographed and visited), we weren’t sure what to expect of the site we were headed towards. We wondered if we would feel like we had missed out by not going to the most visited portion. I assure you, we had not. We didn’t miss being surrounded by hundreds of tourists trying to take a picture without getting someone else in it. No, we were secluded. The Great Wall of China, at least for the purpose of this day, was going to be our own. 

The seclusion of the Great Wall perfectly captured

The seclusion of the Great Wall perfectly captured

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