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5 Tips For Getting To Know A City In 48 Hours
When you’re planning your next big trip to an exciting locale, it’s easy to rely on the standard tourist spots to fill your itinerary (hello, Eiffel Tower!). But you could be missing out on some incredible cultural experiences by following a tour guide’s list of “must-sees.”
Thankfully Birchbox Man has compiled easy-to-follow tips that will help you get to know your destination better than Anthony Bourdain. 
Here’s how to explore on your own, get insider local advice, and even where to stay (get ready to ditch traditional hotels!).
—Ashley
Going somewhere across the pond? Arm yourself with these tips to fight jet lag.

5 Tips For Getting To Know A City In 48 Hours

When you’re planning your next big trip to an exciting locale, it’s easy to rely on the standard tourist spots to fill your itinerary (hello, Eiffel Tower!). But you could be missing out on some incredible cultural experiences by following a tour guide’s list of “must-sees.”

Thankfully Birchbox Man has compiled easy-to-follow tips that will help you get to know your destination better than Anthony Bourdain.

Here’s how to explore on your own, get insider local advice, and even where to stay (get ready to ditch traditional hotels!).

—Ashley

Going somewhere across the pond? Arm yourself with these tips to fight jet lag.

The Birchbox Man To-Do List: September 2013

We can hardly believe it, but it’s officially September! And that means it’s time for us to update our wardrobes—hello, scarves—and daily routines to include some very appropriate Autumn staples.

Luckily, Birchbox Man editor Martin has compiled five essential tips and tricks to help make the summer-to-fall transition a little easier. Among them: a surprisingly easy workout move to tone your calves and glutes, plus a crazy life hack to keep pants wrinkle free when packing (you need to see it to believe it!).

—Ashley

All packed and ready to fly? Check out these six to-die-for airport meals.

3 Tips For The Perfect Long Weekend
The long-weekend is finally here—maybe you’re already jetting off on a getaway or starting a stay-cation. Either way, you work your butt off, so when those precious three days come around, use them well and look good doing it.  Here are some tips to make your weekend plans even better:
1. 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap

Staying in? Going out? Taking a trip somewhere new? There’s a wrap for that. Grab a colorful hair wrap and try out one of these awesome styles.
2. How To: Look Great After A Long Flight

A late flight or long drive may have an exciting destination, but will leave you looking a little less than glamorous upon arrival. When there’s turbulence or bumpy roads, you might think makeup is out of the question, but there are a handful of products and tips that will leave you fresh and ready for weekend fun (as long as you’re not the one driving).
3. The Perfect Airplane Uniform

Guys, even when you’re not traveling for work, you can still put together a smart and classy outfit for the trip. And don’t forget to pack smart! We picked out a few travel essentials, right down to the suitcase.
—Ashley
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3 Tips For The Perfect Long Weekend

The long-weekend is finally here—maybe you’re already jetting off on a getaway or starting a stay-cation. Either way, you work your butt off, so when those precious three days come around, use them well and look good doing it.  Here are some tips to make your weekend plans even better:

1. 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap

Staying in? Going out? Taking a trip somewhere new? There’s a wrap for that. Grab a colorful hair wrap and try out one of these awesome styles.

2. How To: Look Great After A Long Flight

A late flight or long drive may have an exciting destination, but will leave you looking a little less than glamorous upon arrival. When there’s turbulence or bumpy roads, you might think makeup is out of the question, but there are a handful of products and tips that will leave you fresh and ready for weekend fun (as long as you’re not the one driving).

3. The Perfect Airplane Uniform

Guys, even when you’re not traveling for work, you can still put together a smart and classy outfit for the trip. And don’t forget to pack smart! We picked out a few travel essentials, right down to the suitcase.

—Ashley

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video tips & tricks.

How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 

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Dispatch from Seoul: 5 Spots to See Off the Beaten Path

South Korea has become ground zero for beauty innovation in the last few years (BB creams, anyone?). Lucky for us, former Birchbox copywriter Mai is teaching English in Seoul this summer—and sending us weekly updates about her finds in beauty, food, and beyond. This week, she’s rounded up the best activities for those seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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This view from the N Seoul Tower might seem like mostly urban sprawl, but there are plenty of green spaces and quiet retreats within the city limits. 

When I first arrived in Seoul, I felt like I had time-traveled into the future. Riding the eerily quiet subway, I saw schoolchildren watching TV shows on their antenna-equipped smartphones. Outside, giant LCD screens filled every corner, and the streets were litter-free. I was in awe: New York seemed downright medieval in comparison (the city is only now getting wi-fi installed on select subway platforms). Yet after a few weeks, I started craving a change of scene away from all the hustle and bustle. It turns out that I didn’t have to travel far—beneath Seoul’s high-tech exterior, there’s plenty of historical charm and hidden greenery. If you’re planning to visit the metropolis, here are five things you should try to unwind:

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Packing List: Disney World!

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(Photo: Walt Disney World)

This year I’m braving the holiday crowds and heading to Disney World for the Fourth of July weekend! While I’m down there, I’m also going to visit Universal Studios to check out the recently expanded home of The Simpsons—Springfield—and did I mention I’ll be celebrating my birthday? It’s bound to be a fun amusement park-filled week! Here’s what I plan on taking along to make the most of my time in Orlando:

1. Longchamp Le Pliage
I love that this bag is water-resistant and that it has a zipper, so I don’t have to worry about things accidentally falling out.

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A Quick Travel Phrase Tutorial: Guest Blogger

For June, our theme is wanderlust and we could think of no better person to wax poetic on foreign adventures than Kate Thorman, a professional travel writer. Kate’s impressive credentials include being an editor for Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the host/producer of the web-based travel and food program The Innocents Abroad. (In fact, she’s actually the cofounder of the show’s production company Abbott & West.) If you think you had the itch to explore before, we can guarantee that you’ll be ready to pull the trigger and book your next plane ticket after reading her travel-savvy posts this week. 

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One of my most terrifying travel memories remains the moment, on the train from Paris to Köln, when I realized the only thing I could say in German was ‘auf Wiedersehen.’ ‘Good-bye’ is definitely the most useless travel word ever.

As soon as I met up with a friend in Berlin, I asked her how to say a phrase I’ve discovered to be one of the most important in my travels: ‘I don’t speak [insert language here].’ I even know two ways to say it in Turkish, just in case they don’t believe me the first time (which has happened before – in multiple languages).

It might sound ridiculous, but once you’re off the beaten tourist path, people will just repeat themselves louder and more slowly as the few words you’ve picked up suddenly escape you and you find yourself staring like an idiot.

To make sure you can at least somewhat effectively communicate wherever you might be jaunting off to next, here’s a quick little tutorial on some useful phrases in some of my favorite languages:

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Secrets of a Boutique Hotel Enthusiast: Guest Blogger

For June, our theme is wanderlust and we could think of no better person to wax poetic on foreign adventures than Kate Thorman, a professional travel writer. Kate’s impressive credentials include being an editor for Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the host/producer of the web-based travel and food program The Innocents Abroad. (In fact, she’s actually the cofounder of the show’s production company Abbott & West.) If you think you had the itch to explore before, we can guarantee that you’ll be ready to pull the trigger and book your next plane ticket after reading her travel-savvy posts this week. 

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Back in the day, when I was young and broke (okay, maybe not that long ago), I knew all about finding a good, cheap hostel or homestay. After all, travel is about exploring a new place, not worrying about where you sleep, right? 

And then I discovered boutique hotels, where pedigreed designers decorate rooms I could only dream of living in. And the food is exceptional, the bar is right there, and they often give you free cookies and fancy bath products. I was ruined.

In the last few years, I’ve stayed in some pretty exceptional not-your-average-hotels. Here are a few of my favorites – go ahead, give them a try. Your bank account might regret it, but you definitely won’t…

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