Smart Travel Tips

Europe’s Most Affordable and Most Expensive Cities

Europe’s Most Affordable and Most Expensive Cities

A common misconception is that Europe is an expensive continent to travel. Many top European destinations cost a pretty penny, but Europe also provides some of the most affordable cities in the world. The “Europe Backpacker Index for 2015” showcases the top 56 cities according to affordability. The index is [...]

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Travel Souvenirs

Some people collect snow globes, some folks bring back refrigerator magnets and some collect “Do not disturb,” signs. Wait, am I the only one who collects “Do not disturb” signs? We All Collect Something When we travel we like to bring home more than just good memories. We want something [...]

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8 Tips for Sleeping at the Airport

Nobody likes sleeping at the airport—but sometimes, it’s inevitable. Long layovers, unexpected delays, or—the worst—surprise flight cancellations where your rescheduled flight isn’t until the next day. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Catching some sleep at the airport can make all the difference in your travels—it’s the difference between arriving [...]

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Planning the Your Big Adventure

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James is a (depending on your route) 800km walk that begins in the French Pyreness and ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain. Although its origins predate Christianity, the Camino, as it is often called, was popularized [...]

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How To Make the Most of a Short Trip

Most people would agree that going on a short trip is better than going on no trip at all. Whether you have a limited number of vacation days or your travel budget is on the low side of things, shorter trips can still be a ton of fun—you just need [...]

How to Take Great Travel Photos (Even If You Travel Solo)

How to Take Great Travel Photos (Even If You Travel Solo)

If you’re like me, you do most of your traveling by yourself and that means you have a lot of beautiful photographs, but are mysteriously missing from the bulk of them. I used to think that I didn’t like myself in photos, but in time, I came to wish I [...]

7 Times It’s Better to Check Your Luggage

7 Times It’s Better to Check Your Luggage

You’ve surely read the words of wise travelers advising you that it is always better to carry on your luggage rather than check it. Often times, this is true—but sometimes, that’s simply not the case. Paying the extra fees to check your baggage can seem like a pain, but on [...]

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Tips for City Photography On The Go

Taking great photographs while you’re on the go in a foreign city is challenging. Cities are cluttered, constantly moving, and people often don’t want their photo taken. Equipment needs to be both capable and light. Here are some tips for making great images of daily life in foreign lands. What’s [...]

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6 Ways To Avoid Expensive Travel Mistakes

No one likes unexpected travel expenses. Replacing luggage, getting walloped by roaming fees, and finding out you overpaid for a hotel room are just some of the unfortunate things that can ruin your budget, not to mention vacation experience. While there are no guarantees in life (or in travel), there [...]

Safety Tips for Hostel Stays Abroad

Safety Tips for Hostel Stays Abroad

First things first: staying in a hostel abroad is nothing like the horror movie of the same name. That doesn’t mean that when staying in hostels you shouldn’t keep your personal safety in mind. Even the nicest hostels can still offer exposure to illness, damage, and theft if you don’t [...]