What A Trip To Travel

Jane Lasky has covered travel and lifestyle in all media for nearly four decades. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years, her magazine articles have appeared in such publications as Esquire, Metropolitan Home, Vogue and Bon Appetit. She appeared on Oprah as a tipping expert, she commuted between LA and Hong Kong for three years while acting as travel editor for the South China Morning Post's Sunday magazine, and she authored a dozen books, including LA Woman. Jane always travels with her pillow.

Business Traveler Held Hotel Hostage In Melbourne: A Joy

by Jane Lasky I am a sojourning hypocrite. Although I advise fellow business travelers that on every trip he or she should roam around at will, capturing a real feel for their temporary work environment, I find that dictum doesn’t always apply to me. In fact, at times I have been known to hole up in my hotel during an entire visit even though I am far away from home turf. One brief Australia trip was like that, my business agenda so crammed that I spent a two-night Melbourne stay stuck inside the glam Park Hyatt Melbourne. OK, being forced to get...

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Kenya Connection: Lake Nakuru, Flamingos, A New Friend

Shadrack and I made an instant Kenya connection after I brazenly asked if I could join this local guide and his colleague in their Abercrombie and Kent Jeep back to Nairobi from the Maasai Mara. In other words, I hitchhiked in East Africa, something I hadn’t done but maybe once before and under far less exotic circumstances.

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An American In Paris: First Impressions

I remember my first visit to the City of Light. Yes, I remember Paris. A year out of journalism school, I was a very green college graduate on her first assignment abroad. A bit overwhelmed, I wouldn’t let my inhibitions ruin what became a truly memorable trip.

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Jumbotron Hero: A Tokyo Rush Hour Adventure

Image: Jessica Grant Rush hour in jam-packed Tokyo means madness, no matter where in Japan’s capital you happen to be wandering but especially so at Shibuya’s landmark scrabble crossing.  There, an explosion of commuters, shoppers, families, teens and visitors converge at the beginning and at the end of every work day as well as on weekend afternoons, turning the thriving scene into a veritable blur of humanity as vehicles comes to a dead stop. That is the signal for the masses to collectively scurry as fast as possible, going with the very speedy flow in all directions. Unfortunately, some pedestrians...

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