Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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How do you avoid looking like a tourist when you travel? Find out in our Local Experts Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 2nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice! How does it work? 1. Log in...

How Real Women Should Use Runway Trends I love fashion shows. And celeb gawking.  But, these directional, dramatic looks can be sported by the rarefied few that do not dabble in real life scenarios often. Runways shows are designed to inspire. They are barometers, not checklists. Stylists...

I hadn’t been to Amsterdam since my post college graduation Euro-railing days. I remember flea markets, cheese, canals and a youth hostel. But, I had to pick a European destination on the Air Iceland route and the flight dates and times worked seamlessly with my...

I have just returned from a family trip to Marrakech and my head is exploding with color, print, flavor and ideas. Visiting the souk in the old medina is a visual experience like none other. We watched leather being tanned, fabrics being woven, herbal elixirs...

I am knee-deep in an extended project for Travel + Leisure magazine, spotlighting all that is fabulous in my hometown of Chicago. The best part? I get to explore the nooks and crannies of my city to cull the best experiences for locals and tourists...

Since I travel so much with my family, I field a ton of questions from fellow parents on how to navigate the travel process. Here are some answers to common challenges of travelling on an extended trip with kids. Q: What are your travel must haves?...

Home rentals are an attractive option for a traveling family. That is, when the property matches the images on the internet. Having had a recent bait and switch in Provence where a dilapidated farm house had been substituted for the “villa” I had rented, the...

Sometimes the best trips are the most laid back; the leisurely afternoons where random wandering yields the stuff of scrapbooks (or, Pinterest boards).Having hustled my kids to every landmark last year, I decided to ditch the psychotic sightseeing and spend our week in London exploring...

Have Kids, Will Travel. Just Not To Disney World. I am one of those parents who consider a trip to Disney pure punishment. Instead, Our family trips (I have 2 daughters) are culture & foodie fueled getaways designed for parents and kids to get inspired and have...

I am a beauty warrior. From anti-aging serums to avante-garde sunscreen potions, I have an unquenchable thirst to hunt and gather products to make women look and feel their best. As every woman knows, the beauty industry is vast encompassing hair care, makeup, skincare, body cleaners/moisturizers and...