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Amy Tara Koch is an author and journalist who has the unique pleasure of traveling the world for her job. She contributes to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, T Magazine, The Daily Beast, Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler and Chicago Tribune.

 

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Packing is a pain. To do it efficiently takes time and focus. With each extended trip I take with my family, I challenge myself to halve what I think we need.  Fashion decisions are the most difficult. I want to take all of my frocks...

HOW TO MAXIMIZE FUN FACTOR & MINIMIZE MISHAPS I had so much fun shooting a segment with Mark and Christina for Hallmark Channel's Home & Family last week. The topic? How to focus on family fun and minimize mishaps by preparing for every conceivable (in-transit) situation. WATCH VIDEO HERE! BEAUTY Flying...

A BUSY MOMS WORKOUT. NO GYM REQUIRED. Exercise is a big deal. It is that energizing force that makes you look good. It makes you feel good. It is that chunk of private time that allows you to turn off that twitter feed crashing through your...

It’s no secret. I have wanderlust. My grandparents ignited my passion with a quickie Paris/London tour when I was 15. The next year, I headed to Spain for a summer exchange program. After college, I Euro-railed through Europe for two months delighted to lodge at...

Overwhelmed by planning your family vacation this summer? Join me for a Twitter chat this Wednesday at 8pm EST to chat travel resources, budget friendly destinations and my strategies for nipping in-transit chaos in the bud #travelrewards   Twitter Party Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to enter....

STAY COOL AND LOOK HOT IN THESE SIX ALTERNATIVES TO SHORTS There are a lot of great things about summer: cocktails al fresco, sandals, gelato and, of course, the beach! One not-so-great thing? The pressure to wear shorts. Newsflash: you don't have to. There are plenty...

Sweet sundresses are cute. Peasant skirts too. But, to look haute this summer, it’s all about electrifying the soft, flowy silhouette with a harder edge. This means spikes, grommets, leather and a rocker-fab smoky eye. Here are some of my favorites: 1. Jeffrey Campbell Calavera Skull Stud...

ADD KICK TO YOUR LWD FOR UNDER $100 Adding zip to a basic summer silhouette is a snap. Take the little white dress. Simply layering some dramatic accessories-a floaty paisley scarf, a chunky gold spike  bracelet, a marigold African inspired bag-will transform your garment into a...

Summer is all about laid back luxe, easy sundresses, macramé bags and eye catching gold accents. For some added zip, I am loving kooky smoking slippers and a bold swipe of coral lip gloss. 1. Calypso St. Barth Rosario Linen Cascade Dress $175 2. Miraclesuit Pin...