Smart Travel Tips

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

We’ve all seen it. The lady with the Chihuahua purse. As in, the lady who brings her Chihuahua everywhere, packing the dog inside of her purse. Whether or not this is you, humans have a unique relationship with their pets. A loyalty and trust is often built between the two, [...]

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

I am a travel agent. I don’t have a license, a certificate or even a secret decoder ring but I do have a computer with internet access. Of course, that means I’m also a doctor, realtor, lawyer and all around expert–in-everything, but that’s fodder for another column. Right now I’m [...]

Traveling Off-Season

Traveling Off-Season

Ah, the off-season. Time to re-cooperate, repair and plan. Or is it? The height of tourist season has its advantages, but also its drawbacks.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Ah hostels, the hit-or-miss dormitory/prison/horror film setting enjoyed by countless youth every year in Europe and beyond. Hostels are defined as group accommodations, where strangers occupy the same multi-bed rooms and share community bathrooms and kitchens. Every backpacker has a good hostel memory and a bad hostel memory. It’s part [...]

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel insurance is usually the first thing to get dropped by the budget conscious traveler. As someone who has spent the night in multiple train stations, airports, and once in the middle of a roundabout in Haifa (long story) in order to save money, I’m definitely wary of purchasing anything [...]

Making Friends with Benefits While Traveling

Making Friends with Benefits While Traveling

Making friends with locals when traveling can create lifelong friendships that you will forever cherish. More importantly, friendships with natives can score you free lodging, food and the best tour guide money can’t buy. If your intentions are good, you can encourage these sorts of friendships everywhere you go, as [...]

Biting the Bullet: The Joys of Passport Renewal

Biting the Bullet: The Joys of Passport Renewal

With less than six months before my passport expires and only one page left for visas, I decide it’s time to bite the bullet and make an appointment to renew my passport. Incidentally, the phrase “bite the bullet” comes from war medicine (or lack thereof) when surgeons operating on soldiers [...]

Space Tourism Companies You Need to Know About

Space Tourism Companies You Need to Know About

We’re sending you to a place far away, to a place without TripAdvisor ratings, without souvenirs, and without happy hours. In this place, you don’t have to worry about rain, because rain doesn’t exist there, because clouds don’t exist. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you can tan, because going outside, even [...]

6 Tips for Traveling With Food Allergies

6 Tips for Traveling With Food Allergies

Easily one of the best parts of traveling the globe is getting to taste all of the foods the globe has to offer. When in Rome, eat traditional Italian pizza. When in Paris, maybe try some escargot, but absolutely head to a local bakery and try a couple (or five) [...]

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

Ok, so you’re traveling, right? Maybe you’re in Uganda or Mexico or Vietnam. It’s beautiful, but it’s hot and after hours of traipsing around in the sun, you’re ready for a comfortable chair and a cold drink. You walk into a restaurant with your Anti theft handbag, collapse into a [...]