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Alissa Letkowski

Alissa Letkowski has 4 articles published.

—like everyone—spends her days wishing she could be Anthony Bourdain, if only for a little while. She has an alarming obsession with watching crime dramas, love for travel and affinity for pretending she can tell the difference between types of red wine. When she’s not rummaging through the internet for micro pig videos, she’s BookTrib’s Travel and Mental Health Editor.

6 Locations to Add to Your Travel Bucket List Thanks to Lonely Planet

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Like many of you, I dream of distant lands—raging waterfalls that cascade over the jungle’s edge, villas stacked tightly along the cliffs and oceans so clear you can see to the bottom. Then, the phone rings and I’m sucked out of my computer screensaver and back to reality. You feel my pain. So, when Lonely Planet released ULTIMATE TRAVEL: Our List of the 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked, (Lonely Planet; October 20, 2015) I was sold. I’ve long been filling my mental bucket of places I must see; If I had it my way, I’d be flying on a plane tonight to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, wailing tomatoes at strangers in Buñol, Spain (La Tomatina festival is…

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Find your Pride Month celebration in the Guide to Pride

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While it’s a wonderful thing to be proud of who you are all year-round, June is the month in which it’s celebrated officially in the LGBT community with elaborate parades, music festivals and rallies. All month long, cities around the U.S. are hosting Pride events to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a pivotal turning point for gay rights in the U.S. Here a just a few of the spots you can join in the festivities and the educational events the rest of this month: NYC PRIDE (NEW YORK, NY) – June 21-28 New York has a number of pride events throughout the month, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Harlem Pride, Rockland County Pride, Queen City Pride (Hudson Valley)…

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6 Parisian bridges where lovers can still lock, and Booktrib giveaway!

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Their love may last forever, but their locks are no more. This week, the extreme weight forced Paris to remove an estimated 45 tons of padlocks attached to the famed Pont des Arts bridge, placed there by couples to symbolically secure their love everlasting by turning the key and throwing it in Seine below. While the tradition encapsulates the beauty we all imagine when thinking of the City of Love, picturing the structurally-compromised stone crumbling beneath the lovers’ feet certainly takes a bit of the romance out of the experience. But even after the last lock is clipped from the fence, the Pont des Arts can rest easy knowing there are dozens of other bridges in Paris that can continue…

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5 Reasons to ditch your friends and travel solo

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Does the idea of solo travel leave you cold? For some, the thought of hopping on a plane, navigating foreign streets, or dining in a restaurant without a companion leaves them wide-eyed and paralyzed with fear. But while there are perks to exploring someplace new with your trusty crew or beau, sometimes you are your own best company. Traveling with a book as your sole companion can lead to deep soul-searching and relaxation on a higher level, advises April Masini of Ask April. Not convinced? Consider all solo travel can offer you: 1. Meet new people. Without a travel companion for social engagement, you’re forced to notice strangers beside you. If you’ve got a friend, it’s easy to ignore the…

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