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Beauty of the Chai Stand

Beauty of the Chai Stand

[kshishtof]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Some people go to India for spiritual rejuvenation. They go there to meditate and do yoga and generally get all blissed out, viewing the country as a pure place to put the mind at ease and the soul at rest. This seems like an absurd idea to me. Unless [...]

Tour Group Considerations

Tour Group Considerations

[danchooalex]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Tour groups are the 2nd grade field trips of the adult world. Matching name tags, coach buses and pee-chees packed with carefully printed itineraries are the mark of the modern tour group. Many travelers avoid tour groups because they have a reputation of being restrictive and tame, but you [...]

Incredible Train Journeys

Incredible Train Journeys

[iSailorr]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There’s something about trains that inspires wanderlust in nearly every traveler. Perhaps it’s the antiquity, the gentle rocking, the slowly unfolding landscapes or the sound of the whistle. Whatever the cause, few things are as memorable as a long rail journey, especially on these trains. The Trans-Siberian The Trans-Siberian [...]

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5 Ways to Entertain Yourself in an Airport Overnight

5 Ways to Entertain Yourself in an Airport Overnight

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock We’ve all been there. Whether it’s getting stuck because of weather, absurdly early flight departures, or budgetary constraints, most travelers have spent a night or two trying to contort their bodies around the armrests of airport chairs in an effort to steal an hour or two of sleep. Inevitably, just [...]

The City of Adrenaline: What To Do In Queenstown, NZ

The City of Adrenaline: What To Do In Queenstown, NZ

[thegiffary]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Queenstown is full of ways to throw your money away. It’s a place to gamble, not only with your hard-earned cash, but also with your life. And while there’s always the likelihood of both financial and bodily ruin, the potential for personal glory in New Zealand’s premiere adrenaline junkie [...]

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 [...]