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Backpacking Europe with Pets

Backpacking Europe with Pets

[Carmelka]/[iStock]/Thinkstock One of the biggest reasons many travelers are not also pet owners is the responsibility of having your animals watched after while you are off seeing the world. But, some pet loving travelers can’t resist the loyal companionship or the wanderlust and manage to merge the two together. Accommodation [...]

Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

[Lucy Claxton]/Thinkstock Choosing souvenirs is one of the most challenging parts of traveling. It’s difficult to find simple objects that can capture the mood, emotion and adventure of a trip abroad. Printed art is one of the best ways to remember your trip and it packs well, but it is [...]

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

[Maxim Kostenko]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Having a phone while traveling can be a huge asset. You can call ahead to hostels, make reservations for trains and busses while rushing between stops and keep in touch with people back home. The problem for most travelers is understanding how international calls will affect their own [...]

Top 5 Skydiving Destinations

Top 5 Skydiving Destinations

[Digital Vision.]/[Digital Vision]/Thinkstock It’s about six seconds of screaming gut-drop and mind-scrambling hell from the moment you move to dangle your legs outside the airplane to when you finally regain the feeling of your stomach in its appropriate place. But then, when you can coherently appreciate what you’re doing, it’s [...]

What the Hell Is WWOOFing???

What the Hell Is WWOOFing???

[gpointstudio]/[iStock]/Thinkstock WWOOF, or, “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms,” is what happens when you mix soil-loving and broke vagabonds with farm-owning, overworked stay-putters. You love the homestead experience (but only for a little while) and they love free labor (even if only for brief periods of time). It works out [...]

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

[mathess]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Overland border crossings are superb locations for scams, threats and disasters. They’re nearly always confusing. You may have to take two different busses, cross half of a river via ferry and then walk a long bridge (read: rickety plank) with a bunch of “officials,” some of which will undoubtedly [...]

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

[Marek Slusarczyk]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You’ll find the world’s most authentic cuisine in streets. It won’t be in five-star restaurants or four-course meals that drain your wallet and screw up the flavors of the country to appease your delicate Western taste buds. Denying street food means forfeiting an essential element of international travel. [...]

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

[Antonio_Diaz]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Not all national sports on the Asian continent are violent in nature. Take Indonesia, for example, where the primary pastimes revolve around fun loving racket sports like Badminton. If Badminton doesn’t strike your bizarre button, however, don’t worry, traveling throughout Asia affords many opportunities to both witness and participate [...]

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 [...]