7 German Phrases You’ll Want to Know

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7 German Phrases You’ll Want to Know

Hope everyone is enjoying the spring as much as I am! Prost!

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Happy Traveling,

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

Planning a vacation can be stressful. I wish I could have a travel agent do everything for me but alas I do not. So I find myself constantly on Skyscanner, Kayak, Trip Advisor, Expedia, etc searching for the best deals. I can spend days doing this. The hard work usually pays off but there’s nothing more frustrating than finding a hotel, going to book it the next day, and seeing a higher price! Naturally, the closer you get to your travel date the higher the price rises, however, I couldn’t accept this seemingly random pattern of fluctuating prices on travel websites. I then took to the internet and did some research. I read some rumors that these websites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Delta conduct studies and use cookies to view your browsing history and can determine if you’re about to purchase a ticket and raise prices. Of course, corporate americana isn’t going to fess up to any of these claims. There’s no indefinite proof but it’s certainly something to take seriously. So how do you beat the system? There are many tips and tricks out there but the most effective and simplest, in my opinion, is to go incognito! Just click on file, for apple computers, and then “New Incognito Window.” It certainly seemed to decrease the price fluctuation, in my opinion, and it only took a small effort. How about you guys? Any tips or trips you’ve found affective? Let me know, in the comments below.

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Style Hack


This past week, I have been traveling around visiting the beautiful mosque’s of Islam! Now, some mosque’s have strict dress codes. You must be completely covered. You can borrow scarves from most mosques to cover your head but I couldn’t wait to buy my own! I must say I was certainly inspired by the fashion. While exploring, I had to carry the scarf everywhere because wearing a scarf in 90 degree heat was not ideal. So I got a little crafty. From headbands to bag accessories I tried it all! It also came in useful at the airport when I got cold. I usually always bring a scarf with me to the airport for extra warmth during a flight and then I usually throw it in my suitcase once I arrive at my destination. This time I tied it around my bag and my scarf matched my luggage perfectly. Win.  Here’s some inspiration for your next trip!

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Travel Hack

This weeks tip involves one of the most useful FREE travel apps! I personally have used this app on several journeys and it never disappoints. The app is called Ulmon and you can find travel guides for every major city. One of the best features is the offline maps. With current location GPS it makes navigating a big city effortless. In addition, you can pin major landmarks, museums, attractions, restaurants, your hotel and more! In London, the pins made it easy to organize our trip by neighborhoods so we we’re able to take the tube sparingly, save money, and make the most out of our weekend. The app also provides recommendations on places to eat and drink. I download it before I leave for my vacation and I always use it! Another tip when looking for apps is to type in your city of choice and explore through the options! Sometimes cities offer their own apps especially designed for tourism.

I’m always looking for travel apps so if you have any favorites drop a comment below! I’d love to hear them!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Packing Hack

As I’ve mentioned in some of my other blog posts, I’m a big advocate for traveling with a carry-on. It’s easy to transport, no fee, and it’s always guaranteed to arrive at your destination (if you put it in the overhead compartment.) Packing everything in a carry-on can prove to be a pretty big challenge. In my other posts like What to pack for a summer vacation / Spring Vacation I talk about how I’m able to fit so many clothes in said carry-on! One of my biggest challenges however has always been packing active wear! Adventures are one of the best parts of traveling. Trying new things is a thrill and anything involving nature is magical. That’s right, I’m 24 years old and I said the word magical. NO SHAME. With that being said, I find it hard to pack active wear because it’s not very versatile! I have cute workout outfits but they tend to look out-of-place if you’re not being active. Always stopping back at your hotel can be a hassle too so I’d rather just wear one outfit the whole day. My solution to this problem is Lulu Lemon, a company created for Yoga athletic gear! They make a tank top with a cute built-in sports bra! It’s still a bit on the workout looking side but it saves me the trouble of having to pack a sports bra which takes up room in my carry-on! Plus, the patterns are gorgeous. You can also get it in full black which makes it more functional. In addition they also have some great bottoms that don’t scream I just got back from the gym. Definitely more on the high side end in terms of price but with the tank tops you’re getting a shirt and a sports bra! It’s certainly a favorite by the dance community! Can’t walk into a NYC dancer call without seeing the Lulu’s.

Happy Traveling,

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Travel Hack

The most important tip I can give to anyone traveling is to STAY HYDRATED when traveling! Sometimes it’s easier said than done. You get caught  up in what you’re doing and then next you’re feeling light-headed. If you’re traveling outside of the US you will find that in many places tap water is not free! Typically this is because the tap water isn’t the safest to drink so instead you buy a bottle of still water. Not the biggest bump in your day but buying water at restaurants and then buying a bottle of water every time you go to the beach or go on a tour can add up in money and plastic! What I like to do is go to a convenience store or a supermarket and buy a big gallon of water or two and bring my own water bottle (BPA free of course) and save myself the trouble! I drink water before dinner and enjoy a nice glass of wine instead! This way I’m saving a few dollars and I’m staying hydrated. Can’t recommend this tip enough!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

I would first like to apologize for being MIA these past few weeks! I have been running errands for work like a mad woman. I will post about my trip to Portugal next week…promise! Tomorrow I will be traveling to the western part of southern Germany to visit some cousins of mine. We’re going camping! I will be sure to post about that as well so stay tuned.

Now on to the important stuff…like this great traveling hack! Now many of you may have already heard of this great website but if you haven’t be sure to check it out! Like NOW! Airbnb is a website designed to allow you, the traveler, to rent a native’s apartment, the host. It’s the absolute best way to travel if you want to feel like a local. Prices vary depending on how fancy or simple you’d like you’re temporary humble abode but rest assured there’s something for everyone. In addition, you can choose what rental you’d like from full apartments to a single room. If you are somewhere in between a luxury traveler and a budget traveler, as I often find myself, then this is a great option for you because depending on the type of flat you pick there may be an option for a kitchen! Which is great for me because I like to carry snacks, cook, and keep leftovers. I find it saves me money and the headache of always looking for a restaurant. I encourage you to step outside the realms of hostels and hotels and try Airbnb on for size!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss