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5 Rules to Follow in Italy

5 Rules to Follow in Italy

  I love Italy, but sometimes being there makes me feel like I just transferred to a new middle school where I don’t know that I’m not supposed to sit in the front row of the classroom or that ordering chocolate milk at the cafeteria is only acceptable for first [...]

Getting to Cuba: By Whatever Means Necessary

Getting to Cuba: By Whatever Means Necessary

Cuba isn’t just another island in the Caribbean with fine, white sand beaches. It’s one of the most electric and visceral of all Latin American nations. A history wrought by swashbucklers, revolutionaries, crooks and plenty of soul, it’s a place with mildewed streets where vintage American cars run on Russian [...]

How to Do Laundry in a Hotel Sink

How to Do Laundry in a Hotel Sink

    You’ve been traveling for 2 weeks and though you only packed enough outfits for 3 days, you have somehow gotten away with not doing laundry. At some point you thought you smelled bad, but now you don’t notice. It’s not because your clothes are magically clean. It’s because [...]

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Fat While Abroad

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Fat While Abroad

[iulianvalentin]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Traveling can really screw up a fitness routine. There’s new cuisine to first sample, fall in love with, and then pack into your gut. Booze is a’ plenty. Rabid bastard dogs try and kill you on morning runs. And how the hell do you say “fitness center” in Chitumbuka, [...]

Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

[KalypsoWorldPhotography]/[iStock}/Thinkstock Some would consider it dangerous to trip out on an all-night hallucinogen primarily found deep in the Amazonian jungle that makes LSD and mushrooms look like a sip of alcohol. It goes beyond visions of jagged geometric color portraits to reach states of brain-swilling delirium deep in both the [...]

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

[khwanchais]/[iStock]/Thinkstock On the beaten-to-death backpacker’s circuit in Laos, there is a small riverside town named Vangvieng. It straddles the crystal waters of the Nam Song River and is surrounded by stunning karst monoliths that are home to numerous deep – and widely ignored – caves accessible via short hikes into [...]

Training for Long-Term Travel

Training for Long-Term Travel

[Boarding1Now]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Even the most seasoned of traveler can’t get everything right. They’ll come home from long trips abroad and have laundry lists of things they’d do differently. But the difference between a seasoned traveler and a rookie, is that their list is developed over time. Rookies find all their mistakes [...]

Tipping Around the World

Tipping Around the World

[mpalis]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There you are, seated around a table after enjoying a leisurely and delicious meal at a romantic spot. Perhaps meze at a nondescript restaurant folded alluringly into one of Istanbul’s many dark corners, or a weisswurst and beer at a solid slab of table in one of Munich’s beer [...]

Bussing It in Argentina

Bussing It in Argentina

[MBPROJEKT_Maciej_Bledowski]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. Trains are more or less non-existent, car rentals are fairly expensive and domestic airfare is severely taxed for non-residents, which raises the question. How does one get around on the cheap? The answer is buses. Facts First, dispel any immediate [...]

Ann Karen Diaz-Nebres in the Dubai Miracle Garden

Ann Karen Diaz-Nebres in the Dubai Miracle Garden

Me and my Pacsafe bag visited the most beautiful and biggest natural flower garden in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden”.. Travelling with Citysafe 100 GII is like a home away from home.