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Cell Phones in France

Whether you’re on vacation or making the move to France, getting set up with a cell phone, or “mobile” (as it’s called there), poses challenges for Luddites and techno-wizards alike. Aurelia d’Andrea breaks down the different types of services and options for those who want to stay connected abroad.

At the waterfront, a hand-lettered painted sign advertising the Harraseeket Lobster Co. and the food they serve.

Locations in Maine: A Pronunciation Guide

Countless names for Maine cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, and streams have Native American origins; some are variations on French; and a few have German derivations. This quick reference guide will give you a leg up when requesting directions along the Maine coast.

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Budget Tips for Visiting Maine

At first glance, Maine might seem pricey, but take another look and you’ll find that it’s possible to keep a vacation within a reasonable budget. Here are a few tips from author Hilary Nangle for a thrifty trip through Maine.

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Housing in Italy: Renting vs. Buying

Renting or buying property, like a house or a condo, is the essence of living abroad—it’s what separates you from the tourists who are just visiting. Italy expert John Moretti covers the upsides and downsides of long-term housing options in Italy.

Taking the train is a New York experience all its own. Photo © Derek Key, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

How to Feel Like a New Yorker in Two Days

Visiting New York City for the weekend? There are a few details that distinguish a New Yorker’s lifestyle from what you find in other cities around the globe. From eating bagels with lox to shopping at indie boutiques, Julie Doherty Meade shares the best ways to experience the city like a local, not a tourist.

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Driving in Brazil: Pros and Cons

Whether you’re moving abroad or simply visiting, driving in Brazil is not for the faint of heart. Author Michael Sommers covers the advantages and disadvantages of being behind the wheel in Brazil.

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How to Move to Japan with Pets

When deciding to move to Japan, you may want to bring your favorite cat, dog, or other pet with you. Author Ruthy Kanagy goes over the basics of what it takes to move to Japan with pets.