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Turning Vacations Into Journeys

Turning Vacations Into Journeys

[nevereverro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock The desire to travel is often fueled by the urge to do something different and unique with our lives. The daily grind becomes dull, we eat the same meals, we get up at the same time every day, we relax on the weekends (if we let ourselves), we have [...]

Best Apps for Backpackers in Europe

Best Apps for Backpackers in Europe

[PaulGrecaud]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Backpacking in Europe has become a rite of passage. Few self-respecting college graduates have gone without some trip to the old-country; to see where history was born and to find out about the world. Unfortunately, few backpackers go with enough foresight to prepare for a world that is wholly [...]

Travel Blogging 101

Travel Blogging 101

[jgaunion]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Keeping friends and family updated about your travels can quickly become a real chore, both for you and those you are trying to stay connected with. Contacting people individually takes time and money. Mass e-mails are a solution, but they color and variety. One of the best ways to [...]

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

[gawriloff]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You don’t want to get to the Laos/Thai border only to find that your passport lacks the requisite number of pages for a re-entry visa. What happens is your friends go on ahead of you to have a fine time on some white sand beach while you wander around [...]

Learning Spanish In Latin America

Learning Spanish In Latin America

[Anson_iStock]/[iStock]/Thinkstock  I once accidentally told an elderly Peruvian gentlemen that his llama, despite being unusually short, was astonishingly sexy – an error that prompted quite a bit of confusion and resulted in my rather immediate departure. That was before I took Spanish lessons. I’d intended to mention the animal’s impressive [...]

How to Survive an Overnight Bus Trip

How to Survive an Overnight Bus Trip

 [Fuse]/Thinkstock You’re one hour into the journey and the group in the back is screaming and giggling and tossing back shots of cobra whiskey and trying not to hurl. You look out the window and see that you’re at the cliff’s edge, a monstrous drop that if taken would certainly [...]

Road Trips Worth Replicating

Road Trips Worth Replicating

[Fuse]/Thinkstock For many travelers, it all starts with a road trip. It probably started in high school, piling into whatever beat-up piece of crap you and your friends managed to buy, pooling funds from your various customer service jobs. Those first experiences inspired the traveler in you and now you’re [...]

Playlist for the heartbroken/heartbreaking traveler

Playlist for the heartbroken/heartbreaking traveler

[blyjack]/[iStock]/Thinkstock  1. The Complete Soundtrack to Into the Wild The best remedy for a broken heart is to get a change of scenery. Eddie Vedder’s soul-straining voice cracking over austere lyrics is just the anthem for when you’re freshly love lost and headed for the train station. “Have no fear, [...]

Beverage Meccas of the World

Beverage Meccas of the World

[MarkWagonerProductions]/[iStock]/Thinkstock One of the great joys of traveling is exploring the foods of a foreign place. What does a bowl of pasta taste like in Italy? How much better are tacos in Mexico? But just as important as the food is the drinks that you wash it down with. Experience [...]

5 Bizarre Festivals That Should Top Your Bucket List

5 Bizarre Festivals That Should Top Your Bucket List

[mark higgins]/[iStock]/Thinkstock   Nothing says spiritual purity like wrapping barbed wire around your body and then jogging in procession through five miles of firecrackers and smoke bombs. Indeed. After all, that’s what the holidays are all about. A time for expressing thanks, giving in to selfless devotion, throwing goats off [...]