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Abigail Wunderlich

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Member since October 12, 2013


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    From Myanmar to Vietnam, Southeast Asia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for experienced travelers and those looking for a more adventurous experience. No matter your reason for wanting to explore these culturally significant destinations, here are a few key tips worth keeping in mind.

    1. Learn how to layer

    It can get very hot in Southeast Asia. Steamy daytime temps mean you'll want a fresh change of clothes quite often, but nights can be much cooler. Lots of light layers help with the transition between hot days and cool nights, and luckily, clothing tends to be inexpensive if you need to pick up a few more things along the way. Don't forget: sizing tends to be much smaller than in the U.S.

    2. Pay attention to local customs

    Etiquette in Southeast Asia is extremely important. For example, shoes must be removed when entering a temple and arms and legs need to be covered. Look to the locals for outfit inspiration; in Myanmar, a traditional longyi can be a great way to keep cool (and covered) as you explore various temples. Night markets in any of the major cities or towns are a great place to find this traditional garb, as well as food, handicrafts and other inexpensive goods. It's also worth taking advantage of the local transportation: Tuk-tuks are a quick and inexpensive way to get around at the end of a long day of sightseeing -- just make sure to have your hotel's name on hand!

    3. Practice your bartering skills

    Don't be afraid of bargaining with loca...

  • You've spent months scouring the Internet for the perfect washer and dryer combo to complement your newly renovated laundry room. Finally, you've located what appears to be the perfect match at the right price.

    Suddenly the deal is off. Your credit card won't go through, and you have no other immediate form of payment to use before the sale ends.

    It's happened to many of us: You go to close the sale or pay for a meal and are told: "This card's been denied. Do you have another form of payment?"

    Don't think that this is always a result of sheer financial irresponsibility.

    Here are factors that could trigger a credit card rejection, along with tips to remedy the problem.

    1. Your card is maxed out

    Going over the limit can have negative consequences, both in the form of fees and denials. And it can also damage your credit because of the utilization factor, which accounts for 30 percent of your FICO score.

    2. Fraudulent purchases

    Whether suspected or reported, they both prompt freezes. They could also result in the closure of the current account, followed by the issuance of a new card. To get to the bottom of it, promptly contact your credit card issuer to validate the purchases.

    3. Authorized user dropped from the account

    If you are an authorized user on a credit card account, and the person whose name is on the card revokes your rights or completely pulls the plug, you'll be cut off. You can also lose temporary access if the card has been reported as lost or s...

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    It's no fun getting scammed on vacation. Here's how to reduce your risk.

    Remove everything from your wallet that you won't need on your travels. Only take the ID, credit cards and debit cards you’ll need.

    The fraud fighters at the Federal Trade Commission advise leaving your Social Security card at home. If you have a Medicare card, make a copy and carry that and blot out all but the last four digits on it.

    When you're on the go, you'll probably use public Wi-Fi. That can be risky.

    "It may be free, but it may not be secure,” warns Adam Levin, chairman of IDentity Theft 911. “You run the risk that something is sitting somewhere near you and intercepting what you're sending."

    It’s important to make sure you’re on the authorized network before you connect. Scammers love to bait their victims with free connections.

    "Hackers and thieves will set up hot-spots to look exactly like the one you think you're at, but they'll be spelled slightly differently or they'll be an additional word in the name,” Levin explained.

    By the way, if you travel with a laptop, keep a close eye on it. That’s especially important as you make your way through airport security.

    For more update, just follow us on Twitter.

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  • The Corliss Group Review: Madrid, Spain

    Community, Industrial Design

    BARCELONA may have the glamour as far as Spanish cities go but there's more to Madrid than meets the eye, discovers WILL METCALFE

    THERE is an expectation among many that a capital city will be the most invigorating, most exciting part of a country with the biggest, brashest attractions – but that is not always the case.

    For London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam this could be said to ring true but in Spain all eyes are on Catalonia, leaving the capital Madrid, in the heart of the desert, often overlooked.

    That’s a shame, because with its gentle hills and meandering streets it makes a great location for a chilled break.

    Best known for its football teams, Madrid is as much a city of food and drink as it is sport.

    Visually it is a stunning city, the Gran Via – the cities main artery – is lined with multi-story architecture that points to a different Europe.

    Where it’s southern European counterparts are packed with hustlers and tourist traps there is something about Madrid, stranded in the middle of the Spanish peninsula, that remains hassle free.

    Even in its busiest squares, and in the packed shopping streets, you can wander worry free.

    In terms of sights, sport vies with culture for centre stage.

    North of the city sits the stunning Bernabeu – home to Real Madrid, the most successful football team in European club history – while their rivals and Spanish league champions Athletico Madrid play across the city at the Vicente Calderon with a somewhat more chequered ...

  • “BREAKFAST is nasty, the rooms are nasty.” So complained a reviewer of an Oregon guesthouse earlier this year. There is nothing unusual in that: all hotels must deal with the odd disgruntled guest. This critique, though, appeared on TripAdvisor, a travel-review website. When the correspondent went on to document drunken housekeepers and licentious receptionists, the owners sued him. It was more than a point of pride. What customers say on TripAdvisor can make or break hotels. Around 260m people visit the site each month to read some of the 125m reviews.

    The firm makes money by displaying prices from online travel-agents (OTAs) alongside its reviews, and then charging those agents each time a customer clicks through. It is such a good example of a network effect that it is the subject of a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study. The more users post reviews, the more useful the site is to those about to book a holiday. This makes it more important to hotels and travel agents, who offer better deals. This results in more traffic—and more reviews—closing the virtuous circle. Last year TripAdvisor reported revenue of $944.7m. Because users post reviews free of charge, in 2012, Jeffrey Bussgang, an HBS lecturer, calculated that its gross margin was an astounding 98%.

    For these reasons, some think TripAdvisor may be able to take on the “big two” OTAs, Expedia (from which TripAdvisor was spun off in 2011) and Priceline, which on August 6th bought up to 10% of Ctrip, a lar...

  • Weekend Escapes of The Corliss Group review

    Community, Communication Design

    Image_177_ Taste of Travel: 5 weekend escapes 1 - Kennebunkport, Maine Aside from President George H.W. Bush leaping from the sky in celebration of his 90th birthday, Kennebunkport is a fun summer destination filled with picturesque outdoor activities and endless people-watching opportunities. Whether you opt to sit on a bench in the downtown area and absorb the views that include quaint inns, shops and the river, or participate in kayaking, a whale-watch or sunset cruise, you’ll be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery in the process. STAY: The newest inn on the block is The Boathouse, located right on the river for the best views. Relax on your balcony, open a bottle of wine and watch the boating action before heading out to join in the fun. EAT: At The Boathouse for oysters and fried clams. Wash it down with a few specialty cocktails. For breakfast, it’s best to head out for a walk to Mornings in Paris, where you’ll get an authentic French experience; the staff and many of the customers practice the language of love. *DO*: Kayak along the river, and spend some time strolling along the shops downtown. 2 - Tybee Island, Georgia Also referred to as “Savannah Beach,” Tybee Island is a quintessential beach town offering constant ocean breezes and a salty ocean aroma to lure Savants from their steamy streets in summertime. A mere 18 miles away from Savannah, the best days on this easily accessible barrier island are spent doing nothing but rocking on a porch swing, looking out...
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    The Corliss Group review – The trick with London is to spend as little as possible on the journey so that you can splash out a bit more on accommodation.

    An open return in standard class from Manchester Piccadilly to London is now an eye-watering £321. But book ahead for a Friday afternoon trip, returning home the following evening, and the price plummets to £54.50.

    Travel with a loved one and you can bring this down to £36 per head if you invest in the new Two Together railcard.

    On arrival make your way by bus – more on this later – down to Theatreland and envelop yourselves in the delights of the sumptuous Waldorf Hilton hotel.

    This, as they say, is a bit posh. It dates back to 1908 and retains all its Edwardian grandeur while incorporating the comforts of today.

    Our recently refurbished room referred to another era, the art deco style of the 20s, complete with black and white photos from the first golden age of Hollywood.

    The hotel is in Aldwych and if your aim is to take in a show then this is the perfect base with Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Avenue close by.

    But the theme for our trip was fine art and fine beer.

    Take a short stroll down to the bank of the Thames then along to the Millennium Bridge and over to Tate Modern where the magnificent Matisse – The Cut-Outs is running until September 7.

    This is a fantastic insight into his delicate later works when Matisse, too ill to paint, found a way to create stunning works of art with coloured paper and sc...

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    Food + Mouth = Survival. Simple math...you'd think.

    But the task of feeding yourself can seem like Mission: Impossible once you step off the continent. Language, culture and availability make finding animal-free nosh a massive ordeal that can swallow up a whole afternoon of your hard-earned vacation/travel time. And when your blood sugar starts to dip, after a long bus ride or a day traipsing around some ruins, the difficulty and frustration involved in finding vegetarian food can wreck your day.

    Maintaining an alternative food lifestyle while traveling in countries that do not understand or recognize vegetarianism as the moral/ethical/healthful imperative that it is to you, will always be a challenge. But there are ways to make it easier.

    After globe-trotting across every continent, 30+ countries, I've developed a few strategies to help keep my lean, mean, vegetarian machine meat-free on the hoof.

    Research

    Going to Egypt? Friggin' Google "vegetarian Egyptian food!" Of course you could probably eat pizza and french fries for every meal and have a (very dull) vegetarian holiday but the whole point is to sample the local flavour. A little research will go a long way and you won't miss culinary gems like kosheri (Egypt's delicious, and vegetarian, ode to carbohydrates).

    Pack your own seasoning

    The sad truth is that to stay veggie in certain countries and regions you may end up eating some boring, bland and tasteless food. On a three month trip to South America m...

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    Regular exercise and good eating habits will help you stay lean and toned during your busy summer. You can easily put on 20 pounds of fat during a 2-week summer vacation! Have fun on your vacation and do fun exercises and workouts.

    Clothing usually is looser in the summer to keep us cooler in the summer heat, so keeping up with exercise and eating right is a huge challenge. Since you will wear less clothing in the summer, you want to look good, right? Well, you may need to pay more attention to your diet and level of activity to stay in shape!

    While traveling, vacations and summer plans may keep you busy, don’t neglect your workout schedule. You can still exercise and do everything you need to do – including enjoying your summer! You just have to be a little creative.

    So, here are my 6 exercise and eating tips for this summer:

    1. Never skip both your Friday and Monday workouts. If you do this, you will probably go 4 full days (Fri, Sat, Sun, Monday) without working out. Four missed workout days could turn into weeks, months, summers and years!

    2. Get a stability ball, medicine balls, resistance bands and dumbbells to do exercises anywhere, anytime.

    3. Walk 30 minutes every day whether you workout or not. This keeps your fat-burning enzymes working for you. For better overall health and fitness, it is critical to be as active as possible every day.

    4. Exercise at your hotel while on vacation. Most hotels will have a pool and small gym. Some even have obstacle courses.

    5. Don’t for...

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    What’s the world’s most expensive city for a pint of beer? How about a pair of jeans? Or a date?

    Sadly for French beer quaffers, Swiss fashionistas, and romantically-inclined Brits—the answers are Paris, Zurich, and London.

    Deutsche Bank has compared the price of everything, everywhere (OK, not quite), so you don’t have to. And for a third year in a row, the priciest country in the world is Australia (that’s of the 19 countries included in the survey). If you’re looking for the lowest prices overall, head to India. A weaker rupee has helped it remain the least expensive major economy despite persistently high inflation. Among developed countries, the U.S. is easiest on the wallet. Brazil is costly by emerging-world standards.

    But the overall rankings mask some sharp differences for individual products. A day’s car rental in China costs $31.90, a mere 26% of the price in the U.S. But Levi’s jeans, Adidas trainers, or an iPhone 5 are all cheaper in the States.

    Moscow’s five-star hotel rooms are ruinous—at $905.60 a night, more than double the New York equivalent—and it’s the costliest city for a weekend getaway. But public transport in the Russian capital is a snip.

    The survey also tracks the cost of living in major cities. Tokyo, by far the most expensive back in 2001, is now cheaper than a number of cities including Melbourne, Geneva, Oslo and Caracas.

    Zurich deserves another mention for the eye-watering cost of its hairdressers—at $60.47, a hair...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design