Smart Travel Tips

The Airport Olympics

The Airport Olympics

Watching the Olympics inspires a certain degree of pride in and appreciation of the superhuman athletic endeavors of our fellow human beings. We’re proud when the athletes from our home country do well, but we’re also in awe of the strength, grace, and agility of all of our Olympians regardless [...]

European Beach Etiquette

European Beach Etiquette

  Europeans have a slightly different approach to a day out on the beach. This approach generally involves a fair amount of nudity and a more laissez-faire attitude toward public display of speedos, thongs, and other scraps of shiny fabric wound tightly around the body. There is nothing wrong with [...]

How to Annoy Your Flight Attendant

How to Annoy Your Flight Attendant

As a flight attendant, you are the only thing standing between those mini bottles of vodka and hundreds of exhausted, stressed out, and sleep-deprived travelers. Half the time they don’t even see you. They look right through you to whatever it is they need to get through the flight and [...]

Traveling on a Round the World Ticket: Conditions and Rules

Traveling on a Round the World Ticket: Conditions and Rules

There are plenty of ways to get yourself around the world and it’s never been easier than right now. For as long as anyone can remember, humans have been walking, riding, sailing, rafting, and hitchhiking just to get around the world. If you have plenty of money, but no time, [...]

5 Hand Gestures to Avoid While Traveling

5 Hand Gestures to Avoid While Traveling

Pantomiming and gesturing becomes an integral part of traveling when you don’t speak the language.You begin relying on your hands to communicate the things that your mouth is unable to pronounce. For the most part, this real life game of charades is heartwarming, hilarious, and entertaining. Unfortunately, the lack of [...]

How to be an Obnoxious Tourist

How to be an Obnoxious Tourist

  Once while on my way to class in Germany, I watched a group of young travelers board a bus and rush to the back, where they proceeded to lounge back with their feet up on the seats and provide offhand commentary about everyone near them very loudly in their [...]

How to Find the Best Restaurants

How to Find the Best Restaurants

  When I travel, I am concerned with one thing and one thing only: food. Sure, the museums are great and the architecture is fabulous. The villages are quaint and the people charming, but what I really want to know is….when do we get to eat? Every waking moment, I’m [...]

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

  We’ve all been there. Sitting on a beautiful beach, waves lapping at the shore, cool water beckoning relief from the blazing sun. You look at the water, you look at your stuff, you look at the water again. You know you shouldn’t leave your valuables just sitting on the [...]

How to Show Travelers Your City

How to Show Travelers Your City

  Any traveler knows the delight of being invited to see a place through a local’s eyes whether it’s through a friend, a tour guide, or a benevolent stranger. So why not do the same for other travelers and open your home or offer your time to someone visiting your [...]

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

  Adventure travel is the genius combination that satisfies the wanderlust’s desire for new places and the outdoorsman’s thirst for adrenaline and adventure. As gratifying as it can be to run to the top of North Africa’s highest peak or to kayak around the island of Corsica, planning and executing [...]