Smart Travel Tips

Around the World: Food Poisoning Edition

Around the World: Food Poisoning Edition

Nothing gives a traveler more confidence than partaking in street food: you finally fit in,  you’re not just some foreign tourist. Unfortunately, your cultural triumph may turn into tribulation if you choose the wrong local cuisine.

How to Handle a Nervous Flyer

How to Handle a Nervous Flyer

Raise your hand if you love traveling and hate flying. If your hand is in the air, I’m right there with you. Unfortunately, I inevitably find myself traveling with someone who finds my fear amusing or randomly seated next to someone who, in trying to make things better, usually makes [...]

5 Tricks to Avoid Getting Robbed During Your Travels

5 Tricks to Avoid Getting Robbed During Your Travels

Sometimes, getting your goodies stolen is out of your control, but for all the other times, there are tricks and tips that can prevent, frustrate and ultimately, outsmart thieves. Here are 5 of our favorite tips to consider

Around the World: Cat-Call Edition

Around the World: Cat-Call Edition

“Hey baby, you want marriage with me?” Many women have heard this, or worse, while traveling abroad or walking through their own neighborhoods. And while these stories often make for interesting, and sometimes even funny

5 Countries with Travel Advisory Warnings (You Should Totally Visit Anyway)

5 Countries with Travel Advisory Warnings (You Should Totally Visit Anyway)

For the record, we are not encouraging you to visit places where your health and safety are at risk. But ‘travel advisory warnings’ can be misleading. While some apply to an entire country (i.e. Syria

10 Useful Websites For The Traveler

10 Useful Websites For The Traveler

The whole idea behind traveling is to get away, but even travelers can’t get away from the all-encompassing  reach of the internet. Instead of trying to escape it, maybe it’s time to take advantage of it. Here are 10 websites that’ll help you save, stay, find, and ultimately, make your [...]

9 Things They Don’t Tell You about Joining the Peace Corps

9 Things They Don’t Tell You about Joining the Peace Corps

I had the great fortune to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2006 to 2008 in the Republic of Zambia. The experience was highly gratifying, but to say I went into my service fully prepared for the challenges that lay ahead is complete and utter nonsense.

Top 5 Inspirational Travel Movies

Top 5 Inspirational Travel Movies

The Beach Based on an excellent book by Alex Garland, this movie is essential viewing material for anyone adventurous. It’s about a young American named Richard, who flies to Southeast Asia in search of an exotic journey. 

Around the World: The Toilet Edition

Around the World: The Toilet Edition

Everybody poops. Or so they say. For those that find themselves pooping in exotic and remote locations there are a variety of toilets that can be found or created depending on where you are.

5 Countries With Shockingly Severe Drug Laws

5 Countries With Shockingly Severe Drug Laws

For the record, using illegal drugs in any foreign country poses potential risks. However, narcotics offenders in certain countries face steep fines, lengthy prison stays