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Wife Vs. GPS

This is one man who's happy to ask for directions. But should he trust his wife… or his new GPS? "For the last nine years, my wife has been my shining directional beacon, a kind of sit-next-to-me Northern Star. When we lived in New York City, she would send me on the subway with yellow post-it notes that detailed the stops and transfers. Without these handwritten guides, I'd likely be penning this story as an emissary of the mole people. But this year, I was given a Garmin global positioning system (GPS) as a birthday gift—a robot whose sole responsibility was to offer me the best route to take."

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6 Never-Been-Done Destination Weddings

Italian soccer player Luca Ceccarelli and his fiancée, Irene Lanforti, made history when they were married under the very same balcony where legend has it the woman who served as inspiration for Shakespeare's Juliet revealed her love for her real-life Romeo so many centuries ago. The wedding marks the first to take place in this historic location.

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Poll: Which Romantic Getaway Is Your Style?

Poll: Which Romantic Getaway Is Your Style?: Exotic (The Sahara, Amazon Rainforest) Fun (Disneyland, Universal Studios) Sexy (South Beach, Cancun) Traditionally romantic (Paris, Rome, New York) Somewhere else

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Fun And Free: House Swap

Going on vacation is a serious luxury in this down economy. Instead of complaining about it, you could take a staycation. Or you could get a free hotel stay by house-swapping with a friend. Here are tips on how to make your house-swap a successful and stress-free vacation (plus fun and free).

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Girlfriends of Ex-Wall Street Bankers Unite!

You know you might be a candidate for Dating A Banker Anonymous if you've suffered any of the following: a. Your Bergdorf's allowance has been halved. b. Bottle service has all but disappeared from your life. c. You depend on your boyfriend for the above indulgences. Such is the premise of the support group and blog that two ex-girlfriends of Wall Street types started after the market—and then their relationships—plunged. When they noticed other women complaining about the enhanced thriftiness, neediness and emotional instability of their banker boyfriends, they decided the girlfriends (dare we call them gold diggers?) needed some newfound support of their own. At informal meetings over cocktails, groups of twentysomething women gather to lament their downtrodden or unemployed I-banking men.

Kissing Capital Of The World
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Kissing Capital Of The World

YES WE CAN kiss in Guanajuato, Mexico! In fact, public smooching in this city is now encouraged. The city's mayor, Eduardo Romero, has declared Guanajuato the kissing capital of the world to underscore a local legend and negate rumors of a kissing ban. Last week, conservative authorities of this Mexican city were criticized for passing a new anti-obscenity law that would summon fines of up to $115 for "obscene acts" or "obscene language that offends or bothers third parties." If this seems a little broad, well, it is. Many interpreted the "obscene acts" clause as a ban on public displays of affection–from sex (we'll take it) to smooching (not okay!).

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Handling Honeymoon Disappointments

It all began right after our tour of Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands: gray skies, drizzle, word of a "tropical storm warning," and then the news that we'd be in the path of a possible category three hurricane. That meant the various activities included in our honeymoon package—the drive to the top of the island to watch the sunset, the excursion to the Virgin Gorda to go snorkeling, the trip to the private beach—were promptly nixed. "It's fine," said Steve, as I started to whine. "I'd rather be here in the middle of a hurricane than anywhere else. At least we're together." Whatever. Nice words, but they weren't clearing the skies—or getting us a refund. I'm usually a real Girl Scout about stuff like this, able to buck up in the direst of circumstances, but my honeymoon was my turf, and it was being peed on by God.

Flying Solo: Top Single Girl Getaways
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Flying Solo: Top Single Girl Getaways

Escape #1: Cowboys Are My Weakness Who: Cowgirls at heart What: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch’s Wild West Women Adventure Where: Paradise Valley, Montana Why: Grab your Wranglers and ten gallon hat—and get ready for your own version of The Simple Life (hot cowboys included!). At the ranch, spend your days riding and hiking on 6,000+ acres of mountain land and bonding with other women.

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The Travel Test: Would Our First Trip Be A Disaster Or A Delight?

Taking a trip with a significant other can be either disastrous or delightful. This trip started out as the latter, became the former, and then may have gone back to the latter by the time all was said and done. Taking a long, overseas vacation with a boyfriend of 5 months was a dicey proposition to start with. Here, the author, Kendall Morgan, lets us know the ins and outs of her first vacation with a new boyfriend and what it taught her about him; he may be a keeper.

A Vacation From My Wedding Ring
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A Vacation From My Wedding Ring

What's the significance of your wedding ring? And what does it mean if you take it off? One woman found that taking off her wedding band allowed her a freedom she didn't feel in her troubled marriage. "I'm back from a girlfriend getaway in paradise. Traveling with a best friend off the beaten path awakened joy in me and soothed my soul, but it also left me wondering: Why can't I capture that sense of fun and wonder in everyday life? Why do I feel so stuck here in Boston, yet I was free as a bird in Mexico? One idea: I took off my wedding ring while traveling. I think my naked ring finger gave rise to more open responses and deeper interactions than I would have otherwise experienced."

Best Hotels for an Affair
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Best Hotels for an Affair

Quick hit for the day: Even if you're not going to cheat on your man, why don't you set up a "private" rendezvous with him and make like you are? Check out these five-star spots courtesy of concierge.com, perfect for discreet check-ins and dirty little secrets.

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Just Us Girls

I just had a much-needed "girl" weekend with my good friend Blane at my parents' lake house in Savannah. We drank way too much wine, cooked good food, went skinny dipping late at night and stopped just short of giving each other mud masks during the Bachelorette (not because it was too cliche, just because we had too much to drink and forgot). At one point she said to me, "You know this is the last weekend we're going to have like this in a long time." With me getting married and possibly moving and she and her live-in boyfriend building a house together, we realized that life is about to get pretty hectic and it will be tough to plan "just girl" weekends together. That kind of sucks.