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Processing the London Bridge Terror Attacks

Processing the London Bridge Terror Attack

We almost walked right into the London Bridge terror attack. Thankfully, a friend of a friend’s warning text message arrived just in time to stop us from heading into the...

Spirit Airlines

Should You Book a Flight with Spirit Airlines?

Spirit Airlines, headquartered in Florida, offers seriously cheap flights. But with mixed online reviews and possible add on fees – are plane tickets with Spirit Airlines even worth booking? I...

London Terror Attacks

Reflections on the London Terror Attacks

A friend’s Facebook post alerted me to the London terror attacks less than 20 minutes after they were reported. But after working next to a tube (metro) station where a...

Up&AtEm Travel on She Roams Solo

Up&AtEm Travel Interview on She Roams Solo

On International Women’s Day, She Roams Solo published an interview with freelance travel writer and Up&AtEm Travel founder, Alison Roberts-Tse, about solo female travel. The new website and online community,...

Liebster Award. Nominations

Up&AtEm Travel Liebster Award & Nominees

Thank you to Eva of Travel The Whole Wide World Receiving the Liebster Award nomination from Eva, blogger at Travel The Whole Wide World, was a wonderful honor during my...

Santorini

Top 10 Travel Highlights of 2016

I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J...

Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour

In August 2016, Up&AtEm Travel won the Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour. The competition entry,  “Travelling in South Korea: An Experience with the Korean Police Force,” came out on...

Tea

The Power of a Hot Tea in England

When threatened with a knife during a store robbery, the British employee requested to finish her tea. Although taken back, the burglar denied her the pleasure of finishing her hot...

Bonjour Paris: Pre-Departure Pondering

Ahh, Paris… Sweet paihr-ee conjures such romantic images. And in less than 24 hours, I will meet this beautiful city because last week’s pity party about the downside of London...

Christmas Season Discoveries in the UK

Though the days are short and often overcast, the holiday spirit makes London living much more pleasant. Here are a few traditions that I learned about this year.

5 Ways National Rail Almost Stole Christmas Eve

Trotting out of work at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve (not a big concession from my employer, but I’ll take what I can get), I avidly hoped to avoid the...

3 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Make Friends in London

Truth: It is hard to make friends in London. Although finding friends in any new city can be daunting, making acquaintances in London is especially challenging. With the list below,...

World Travel Market: London

A visit to the World Travel Market was the perfect remedy to the dismal daily global news that erupts into incendiary internet headlines and spews out of the TV.

London ←→ Dublin: Train & Ferry vs. Flight

I purchased two one-way tickets between London and Dublin because I couldn’t decide which mode of transport was better: a romantic train and ferry journey to span the day or...

An American Acclimating in London (Settling into the UK)

I never had an inclination to live in London, but I fell in love with a British gentleman and arrived as a “trailing spouse,” which explains my move perfectly. I...

How Travel Gifted Me My Fiancé [Now, Husband]

You could say that we both traveled halfway around the world to meet each other. (Okay, I traveled 1293 miles more, but he still had to endure 6076 miles buckled...

Coral Island, Thailand: Don’t Bother.

Tommy, our AirBNB host, tricked us into another day trip planned by his “travel agent” friend.  The first outing, though not entirely dedicated to sea-kayaking as shown on the travel...