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How to Tell Your Parents You Don’t Want a “Real People” Job

How to Tell Your Parents You Don’t Want a “Real People” Job

So you’ve graduated with a four year degree but your major in conflict studies or communications is leaving you high and dry. It’s time to end the charade and pursue that “pie-in-the-sky”

Everything You Need to Know About Ice Hotels

Everything You Need to Know About Ice Hotels

Where are they? Not Jamaica, for starters. Since ice hotels require constant subzero temperatures — and their proprietors like a steady stream of clientele — there are few places in the world where they can be built. In addition to the aptly-named ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The World’s Best Hostels by Continent

The World’s Best Hostels by Continent

Every year, Hostelworld.com presents ‘Hoscar’ awards to the finest communal lodging establishments in the world. This year’s winners (by continent) are:

Top 6 Locations to Study Spanish Abroad

Top 6 Locations to Study Spanish Abroad

Spanish is a useful and fun language to learn, but who likes sitting in a classroom back home? These 6 locations allow you to immerse yourself in a new part of the world and practice the language you are learning!

The 2012 International Museum Awards

The 2012 International Museum Awards

From artifacts and antiquities to timeless works of art, museums offer visitors an unparalleled view of human history. Here is our list of some of the world’s finest museums – and what makes them so wonderful.

The Easiest and Hardest Languages for English Speakers to Master

The Easiest and Hardest Languages for English Speakers to Master

Becoming fluent in a second language requires commitment and patience, regardless of which language you’ve chosen to learn. However, English learners tend to excel at some more than others due to a number of factors,

Cheers in 10 Different Languages

Cheers in 10 Different Languages

If your wandering the globe in random countries where you cannot speak the language, there is one essential word that you must learn in order to make local friends. This secret code word is not

Choosing the Anti-Malarial Medication That’s Right for You

Choosing the Anti-Malarial Medication That’s Right for You

With more than half a million deaths and 216 million new cases reported every year, malaria is considered the deadliest disease in the world. And because the mosquito-borne illness is endemic throughout Asia, Africa

7 Best Shoes for Long-Term Backpacking

7 Best Shoes for Long-Term Backpacking

Whether you are planning on gallivanting through European cities or scaling mountains in the Himalayas, the right footwear is an absolutely essential part of any journey. With the copious amounts of time you will be

How to Tell Your Mom You’re Traveling Somewhere Dangerous

How to Tell Your Mom You’re Traveling Somewhere Dangerous

“Don’t tell my mom.” The default response any time you know you’re about to do something stupid and/or life threatening. It also seems to be something travelers frequently utter….right after they finish telling