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What to Wear When Traveling in South America

South America is a vast continent with one of the most diverse landscapes on the planet. Whether you’re trekking through Patagonia or just spending a week along the Chilean coastline, it’s important to pack clothes that’ll protect you no matter what the weather may bring. If that weren’t enough, you’ll […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Traveling With Family

Here’s the thing about traveling as a family unit: it can be wonderful or it can be a little bit of a nightmare – and oftentimes it can be both within a matter of minutes. If you’re planning a family trip, here are some things to keep in mind to […]

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Traveling and the Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

The ongoing concern about the spread of the Zika virus has made some travelers weary of heading to areas where the risk of infection is high. Though news reports indicate that the virus is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their babies, Zika is not a pleasant experience for anyone. […]

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Cuba Travel Tips: 8 More Things to Know Before You Go

Planning a trip to Cuba? For the first time in 50 years, Americans who meet certain exceptions can now travel to the once forbidden island. It’s an exciting new frontier for Americans, but because Cuba is a communist country, it can present some travel challenges. Here are 8 things to […]

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How I Plan to be More Spontaneous

Planning to be more spontaneous may seem oxymoronic but I’ve been called worse. Heck, take away the “Oxy” part and that’s a name I’m more used to hearing. Anyway, The Wife says I’m too uptight with our vacation planning so, in the vein of loosening up a bit, here are […]

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Horror Travel Stories: This is What Adventures Are Made Of

In the past 20 years, I’ve lived in six different countries. I’ve done a lot of sleeping on airports, a lot of riding on trains that are slower than walking, a lot of visiting places where everything goes wrong the minute you get there. Like the time I got stuck […]

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Common Tourist Scams Around the World

From faulty taxi meters to closed attractions that really aren’t closed to group photo offers, travel scams exist all over the world. Some are more common than others but all can trick the savviest of travelers if you let your guard down. Shady Taxi Drivers There are a number of […]

6 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

6 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

If you have some vacation time coming up, consider traveling to a new place. Of course, it’s good to use at least some of that time to just relax and de-stress. Still, traveling can give you experiences that foster your happiness and personal growth in the long run. When you […]

Bostwana Travel Tips

Bostwana Travel Tips

Bostwana is well-known for its game reserves and luxury safaris. More affordable than other African destinations (including Tanzania and Kenya), Bostwana also has additional things to offer: diamond-rich deserts, rides on mokoro (traditional canoes), hot air balloon experiences and interactions with bushman tribes. Organizing a trip to Bostwana might take […]

7 Best Beers in Thailand

7 Best Beers in Thailand

If there’s one thing backpackers love above all else, it’s cheap beer. Thailand has it in spades, though it might not always taste as wonderful as the wide array of choices here in the States. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test the waters, though. Here are some of the best and […]