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This Is My Favorite Way to Get Around European Cities — Travel Intelligence

Imagine this sweet little street scene: There are bustling markets, sidewalk cafes where stylish patrons linger over coffee, shops spilling flowers out the front, fragrant bakeries with tempting pastries, and a glorious frommagerie. The Amelia theme song is the soundtrack, and you — you're pedaling along, sporting a cute little navy striped top, while treasures from your stop at the market peek out of your basket.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About European Airbnbs — Travel Intelligence

As an Airbnb host, I am fully in the Airbnb camp. It's my favorite way to travel and a fantastic way to immerse myself in a neighborhood, learn about local culture, and get insider tips on favorite spots. (My last host steered me to some of the best places I've eaten in Paris; even cooler, we've stayed in touch and had lunch together when I had a stopover there last spring.)

That said, I know not to expect the Airbnb European edition to be just like my own, or like others in the U.S. Yes, all the details that make Europe so different from home are part of the allure, but as they say, "forewarned is forearmed."

So before you book that amazing rental in Paris, Pisa, or Prague, take note of these 10 things you should know.

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The Cheap & Easy Dinner Tradition I Brought Home from Portugal — Europe on a Bite-Sized Budget

We've written before about the ingenious practice of Abendbrot — it's German for "evening bread" and is the very simple but lovely idea of having bread with butter, sliced meat, cheese, and vegetables for dinner. I was recently reminded of this tradition on my recent trip — not to Germany but to Portugal.

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The Secret to Brewing Good Coffee Outside — Travel Intelligence

I love having my daily cup of coffee — for the caffeine, but also for the ritual involved. That's why, when I set off on a two-week bike trip at the end of summer, I brought along a pretty serious coffee setup. Taking a normal ritual and doing it somewhere entirely different is special, which is why I'm such an advocate of making coffee outside.

So what do you need to make good coffee outside? Well, there's one secret you should definitely know — plus a few more tips and tricks of the trade.

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Book Your Flight to Scandinavia Today & Kids Fly (Almost) Free — Europe on a Bite-Sized Budget

You already know that October is a really, really good time to go to Europe, partly because no one else is doing it, but also because fall food is the best food —roasted chestnuts, truffles, and cider cakes! — and you can walk around without immediately sweating because it's not 90°F. Also, it's affordable, especially if you are a family with pre-teen kids, and you're considering Scandinavia (which you should because Fika and toast and hygge and IKEA!).

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Book Your Flight to Scandinavia Today & Kids Fly (Almost) Free — Europe on a Bite-Sized Budget

You already know that October is a really, really good time to go to Europe, partly because no one else is doing it, but also because fall food is the best food —roasted chestnuts, truffles, and cider cakes! — and you can walk around without immediately sweating because it's not 90°F. Also, it's affordable, especially if you are a family with pre-teen kids, and you're considering Scandinavia (which you should because Fika and toast and hygge and IKEA!).

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