Smart Travel Tips

Traveler’s First Aid Kit: What to Pack

Traveler’s First Aid Kit: What to Pack

  Ok, be honest, how many of you embark on an adventure without a First Aid Kit in your bag? Don’t worry, I won’t tell your mom if you don’t tell mine. However, I’ve spent enough time wandering around new places in search of Band-Aids and Tylenol to learn that [...]

How to be a Good Dinner Guest

How to be a Good Dinner Guest

  While living in the Middle East, I was often invited to have dinner with friends, neighbors, or random people I saw on the street. “Please, you are most welcome. Come share dinner with me and my family,” was a phrase I heard on an hourly basis. My first dinner [...]

5 Rules Not to Break in Germany

5 Rules Not to Break in Germany

  Germany was my adopted country for one year while I was studying in college. Why I went to Germany instead of say, Costa Rica, is beyond me. Apparently I felt the need to experience snow and sauerkraut and lots of it. Whatever my reasons for going, I had an [...]

Traveling Safe

Traveling Safe

So you’ve got your Ultimatesafe, your laptop protection, your RFID blocking wallet, and your anti-theft bag protector. Your luggage is all set, your passport is safely stowed, and your data is secure. Now what about you? Whether you’re traveling solo or as part of a tour group, traveling increases your vulnerability. It’s [...]

Etiquette for Visiting Places of Worship

Etiquette for Visiting Places of Worship

  Some of the world’s most amazing structures also happen to be churches, mosques, and synagogues. Whether you’re religious or not, there are a few things you probably want to keep in mind while visiting sites that are considered sacred. If covering up in a mosque or standing up when [...]

Surviving the Middle Seat

Surviving the Middle Seat

The worst seat on the plane, without question, is the middle seat of the middle row. If you’re stuck in this seat in the last row on the plane, you have my eternal sympathy. Airlines should just institute a “free alcohol for anyone in these seats” policy. For some reason, [...]

Running While Traveling

Running While Traveling

[Ramonespelt]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Though traveling can be exhausting and physically demanding in and of itself, there are always those select few who feel the need to push the envelope and maintain their exercise regime while meandering across the globe. Runners generally fit into this category. Partly because there is nothing simpler than [...]

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

[Antonio Balaguer soler]/[Hemera]/Thinkstock Traveling is one of the best opportunities to meet new people. Wandering from place to place, constantly relying on those around you for directions, advice, or a helping hand, there is ample opportunity to strike a friendship with everyone you encounter. (By the way, thank you to [...]

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

[gpointstudio]/[iStock]/Thinkstock It’s not that I don’t like lounging around on the beach with nothing to do but leisurely sip my margarita and occasionally cool off in crystal blue waters. It’s just that I can only handle it in small doses. Sipping a margarita on a beach in Mexico is pretty [...]

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

[Creatas]/[Creatas]/Thinkstock There’s a very good reason that if you want to test a relationship, you should take a trip together. Even the best friend can turn into the worst traveling partner and some relationships just can’t take the stress of two vastly different traveling styles. While it’s easy to come [...]