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Tips on Learning a New Language

Tips on Learning a New Language

  The inability to communicate is definitely one of the more intimidating aspects of traveling. Whether you’re staying in a place for a few months or a few days, stumbling over the vowels and consonants of a foreign language can leave even the most composed individual retreating from a conversation [...]

Packing Tips For Surviving Unruly Regions of the World

Packing Tips For Surviving Unruly Regions of the World

  The zombie apocalypse we’ve all been so enamored by is never going to come, but that doesn’t mean our world doesn’t regularly resemble it anyways. Spontaneous protests sometimes turn violent, governments crack down on their citizens, and Mother Nature gets pissed off and brings the pain through earthquakes, tsunamis [...]

Traveling to Mexico: Is it Safe?

Traveling to Mexico: Is it Safe?

In the past six years, Mexico’s drug cartel wars have left nearly 50,000 people dead. In 2011 alone, 12,180 people were murdered. The killings aren’t always quick or painless either, and plenty of uninvolved bystanders have been caught in the crossfire, or, cross-beheadings, as the case may be. Yet, Mexico [...]

What Does Your Packing Style Say About Your Travel Personality?

What Does Your Packing Style Say About Your Travel Personality?

  When it comes to packing, love it or hate it, everyone has their own technique. Packing can be a definite art form, but even when you have it down to a science, there is always room for a little personal flair. Do you painstakingly organize every item or do [...]

The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

We went to Bern, Switzerland for one reason. We were traveling in Europe, doing the whole mid-college obligatory backpacking trip thing, when my good pal Dan the Man saw a wild photograph. It was of an ogre with a rotund, powerful belly; the ogre was adorned with a green and [...]

Pin It to Win It Contest from Pacsafe!!

Pin It to Win It Contest from Pacsafe!!

  I’m assuming that all the ladies and tech savvy fellas know how this works.  If you don’t it’s ok, because there’s only 2 rules and they are ridiculously simple.  So simple infact, that I will let the flyer on the left do the explaining. What board to pin from [...]

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

There’s a certain form of torture that us travelers can’t help but inflict on ourselves. It’s watching other people do amazing things and then moping around for weeks because of this simple fact: it’s not us out there in the great blistering nowhere, screaming into the mad winds or sailing [...]

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

    My copy of Rolf Potts’s first book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, is full of coffee stains and ripping at the seams. The cover is tattered, faded by the sun and may have the dirt of several continents ground into its pages. [...]

Steps To Skydive Certification

Steps To Skydive Certification

  I’m sick of being limited to a terrestrial existence. Could things be any blander? It’s time to take to the sky. Feel the harsh winds blistering across my face and see the ground advancing like the fist of Hades to crush my skull. But then I’ll pull the chute, [...]

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

  Aside from getting arrested or mauled by a polar bear, getting food poisoning while traveling is one of the best ways to ruin an otherwise fabulous trip. With a sensitive stomach and a penchant for making poor decisions where delicious but dubious food vendors are concerned, I speak from [...]