Smart Travel Tips

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How to Deal with Culture Shock after Traveling

Travel is medicine. It is indeed a high unlike any in the world. A single dose will spread throughout, detoxing your body and soul, making you dream, desire, appreciate and simply smile more. But, there’s always an end to every high. There’s the end of an incredible journey, the long […]

How to Take Better Travel Photographs: 7 Easy Tips

How to Take Better Travel Photographs: 7 Easy Tips

The perfect set of photos from the trip of a lifetime is the best souvenir. Sure, it can be a bit of a pain lugging around more than just a smart phone for photos, and planning around the perfect times to shoot does require some flexibility, but photos are one […]

Safety Tips for Traveling in Cities

Safety Tips for Traveling in Cities

Whether you’re touching down in Bangkok or Barcelona, Sydney or San Francisco, chances are you’ll be spending time in a major city for at least part of your trip. With their vibrance and culture, cities are incredibly fun for independent travel, but they also come with their own concerns. Here […]

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

Sometimes failing at something is the best way of learning. And sometimes it helps to know that other people have made the same mistakes and that other people feel the same way about things. These are the six things I would love to tell my younger self before she’d set […]

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6 Tips for Health-Wise Travel

Up until recently, I perpetually made poor health choices while on vacation, starting with a McDonalds breakfast at the airport. Once travel became a huge part of my life I realized I needed to retrain my brain and fix this splurge. I consulted with ER nurse, fitness competitor, and fellow […]

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Who to Tip, When to Tip and How to Tip

Some say it stands for, “To insure promptness” but the internet says that’s incorrect and if the internet says its wrong well, who knows? It has become an expected expense when traveling or stepping out on the town so you may as well figure out who, when and how to […]

5 Tips for an Affordable Summer Vacation

5 Tips for an Affordable Summer Vacation

It’s summer! A time for running through sprinklers, juice pops in the warm sun, and family trips to remember for a lifetime—all of which, unfortunately, cost money. Luckily, it’s not too hard to have your fun in the sun and save on the price of said fun at the same […]

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6 Tips for Making Friends Abroad

Think about your favorite travel memory from a past vacation. Got it? Perfect. Now think about what made it memorable. Chances are that it was at least as much about the person or people you were with as it was about the physical place itself. The best sites in the […]

One Size Travel Does Not Fit All

One Size Travel Does Not Fit All

There are many misunderstandings in the travel community. “Hard-core” backpackers are often “cruise-haters.” They raise their nose and discredit their travel experience as nothing more than superficial. Cruisers sometimes hear about taking buses, packing up their stuff every couple days, staying in hostels, and sharing bathrooms and think that’s a […]

The 10 Most Dangerous Destinations on Earth

The 10 Most Dangerous Destinations on Earth

Adventurous travelers pride themselves on visiting destinations that are often the beaten path. Places so remote and challenge that few others travelers are willing to venture there. They spend their vacation time wandering the Mongol Steppe, backpacking deep into the Himalaya, or exploring Chile’s Atacama Desert for instance. They love places […]