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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

Travelers and House Sitting: A Perfect Match

Travelers and House Sitting: A Perfect Match

Imagine staying in a beautiful home in another country for free. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. If you have a flexible schedule,

Tips for an (Un)Successful WWOOFing Experience

Tips for an (Un)Successful WWOOFing Experience

After my first winter in the Pacific Northwest, I had already decided it was time to spend my summer somewhere sunny and warm. I had

5 Best Ways to Sleep on a Plane

5 Best Ways to Sleep on a Plane

All travelers aspire to be able to sleep anywhere, at any time, in any conditions. Yet, for many, sleeping on airplanes remains the most difficult