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Alex Vallis, Senior Digital Editor of Food & Wine Magazine, posted an article in the “Mouthing Off” column of the blog: 5 Signs You’ve Picked a Bad Restaurant is intended to prep diners of a slightly higher budget for choosing the right spot as the Fall high season for restaurant openings returns.

The list applies more specifically to upscale eateries but is practical enough for all diners to learn a thing or two. After all, if you’re going to splurge on a nice meal, you certainly want to get your money’s worth.

5. You’ve been ushered in off the street. 
“It’s unlikely that one restaurant on a touristy strip will be any different from the others just because an animated host told you how great it is. A similar phenomenon occurs with online deals: Ryan Sutton, a Bloomberg critic and the blogger behind The Bad Deal, compared buying these deals to ordering products from infomercials. If someone who you don’t know, whose opinions you aren’t familiar with, and who has a 100-percent bias is trying to convince you to eat at a particular restaurant, you might want to do a little more research before committing to a meal.”

If you don't quite parle français or sprechen die deutsche, then odds are, you've had an awkward moment abroad. Maybe a cabbie didn't quite understand your directions, or perhaps a waiter brought out the wrong dish. One time I accidentally told a foreign dignitary that his earmuffs smelled of chutney. Messy business.

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The point is, there’s a way to avoid that kind of embarrassment. Nyrius makes a few different global translators, but for my money, the 12-Language LT12 packs the most bang for your buck. It’s got over 8400 key phrases that’ll not only display on its screen, but it’ll actually speak them aloud for you. So if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t do well with foreign tongues, you’re covered.

Covering a wide range of discussion topics, from emergencies to shopping to immigration to street directions, at a mere $39.99, it’s hard to go wrong with the Nyrius LT12. Pick it up today at Amazon.

Who wants to deal with the groggy, foggy slow-motion sensation that is Jet Lag while traveling abroad? Unfortunately, the farther we explore the more likely we are to experience jet lag's symptoms and thus lose precious globe-trotting time recovering. It can take up to three or four days to overcome jet lag naturally. Here are some tips to neutralize some of jet lag's effects quickly and effectively.

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Begin to reset your internal clock several days before you leave. 
Make sure the days leading up to your trip you get a quality night’s sleep. If you’re traveling east, start to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier; if you’re headed west, go to bed later and try to wake up later. Flying east is trickier because as the human body cycle is actually slightly longer than 24 hours, it’s more difficult to shift your body clock earlier. Traveling west you can expect 30%-50% less recovery time.

Reset your watch to the time of your destination. 
As you board your plane, get on local destination time. If it will be nighttime when you arrive, stay awake on your flight. If you’re arriving during the day, try to get some sleep on the plane. Bring earplugs and an eye mask. Power through Day One of your trip.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. They will mess with your sleep cycle.

Instead, drink plenty of water. Water will keep you hydrated and healthy on long flights and help keep your head clear and free from headaches.

Also take vitamins like Vitamin C to boost your immune system and B vitamins for more energy.

Stretch. Keep your body limber to improve circulation and prevent muscles from stiffening. Stretching also offsets fatigue.

Get in the sun! The sun’s rays will wake you up and keep you alert.

If you’re going on a short trip - a business meeting or weekend vacation - don’t bother. You’re not going to catch up in time so just enjoy yourself.

When you arrive, avoid heavy meals and exercise before bed. Eat lightly for a few days.

Inflight sleeping pills. While there is no fool-proof cocktail for maintaining a quality sleep schedule on a plane, many swear by certain sleeping pills such as the hormoneMelatonin and the prescription medications Ambien and Nuvigil. Respectively, the prescriptions knock you out and keep you awake; they don’t cure jet lag but give you more function over your body as it adapts. Melatonin both induces sleep and improves its quality. Talk to your doctor about these options if you think you need them.

Give yourself a day to recover when you get home. If you’re flying back in on a Sunday, don’t make yourself go to work on Monday.

Stay positive! Everyone goes through this and having a good attitude will help you get over jet lag faster.

Essential. Affordable. Economical. You can use the Budapest Card throughout the city for more than 150 discounts at different sights, museums, spas, restaurants, transports, programs and more!

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Here is a list of discounts that come with the Card. It even comes with a Travel Accident Insurance.

Starting in April 2011 are the new Budapest Cards which you can purchases according to time increments: 24 hrs, 48hrs (6300 HUF, about $29UDS/$30CAD), 72hrs (7500 HUF, about $33USD/$35CAD), and a new 'Walking' 48hrs.

Check out the Free Walking Tours.

Here is information about where you can obtain a card - there are over 250 locations in the city.

You can also order it online for free.