Smart Travel Tips

Trip Tips for Spain from Ben Hicks

Trip Tips for Spain from Ben Hicks

Don’t exchange all your money at once. When you do, keep some in a few different places, in case something gets stolen. Even in airplane mode with cell service off but Wifi on your iPhone can be a digital map to guide you through the day. Use Google maps and [...]

Why The Ebola Outbreak Shouldn’t Keep You From Traveling in Africa

Why The Ebola Outbreak Shouldn’t Keep You From Traveling in Africa

Without a doubt, one of the biggest news stories of the year thus far has been the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The virus has spread across Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, with a few cases being reported in Senegal and Nigeria too. To date, more than 7200 people [...]

This is Calcio: Football Culture in Italy

This is Calcio: Football Culture in Italy

It’s 3 pm on Sunday, and across the peninsula, the streets are empty. Banners and flags hang from doorways, brightly lit in shades of blue, white, red, black, pink, purple, and yellow. Bars crowd to the brim, while everybody intensely gazes towards the television, clutching their scarves, murmuring in hushed [...]

I Have to Pay for What? – A Guide to Airline Fees

I Have to Pay for What? – A Guide to Airline Fees

Air travel has sure changed. Unless you’re flying first class, not only do you not get to pick between the chicken or the beef dinner, you don’t get either anymore. Here’s some info on what else we’re paying for if we get it at all these days. Oh, and unlike [...]

6 Things to Know About Travel Alerts and Warnings

6 Things to Know About Travel Alerts and Warnings

When the government issues a travel alert or warning for a destination you’ve got your eye on, you’ll want to pay attention—but don’t go cancelling your plane tickets just yet. Travel advisories aren’t always a be all end all. If there is one in place that could affect your travel [...]

How to Work Airlines Miles to Their Fullest

How to Work Airlines Miles to Their Fullest

There’s a lot to consider when deciding on a frequent flier program and a rewards credit card. I’m here to teach you how the top programs perform and how to exploit their rewards. You can compare tables and reviews yourself, I’ve flown for free using these programs and can tell [...]

6 Ways the 21st Century has Forever Changed Travel

6 Ways the 21st Century has Forever Changed Travel

Traveling today looks very different than it did just twenty years ago. E-tickets, airline and hotel reservation bidding, TripAdvisor, and navigation devices are just a few examples of how the industry has changed. I can leave my house in Jaco, Costa Rica headed across the country to Manzanillo along the [...]

7 Ways to Deal With the Post-Travel Blues

7 Ways to Deal With the Post-Travel Blues

All good things must come to an end. You’ve heard it a million times. You know that it’s true. Still, the clichés do little to help cure a case of the post-travel blues. Returning home from a life-changing trip is never easy. You might feel a little silly feeling so down [...]

How to Travel with Pets

How to Travel with Pets

Put the dog in the carrier—check. Put the passport in the bag—check. Traveling with pets being this easy? Uncheck! Traveling with pets sounds simple, but in reality it is an arduous process, especially when moving abroad. Follow these guidelines to ensure you and your pet travel safely around the world. [...]

7 Ideas for Creative Travel Photos

7 Ideas for Creative Travel Photos

Coming back from a trip can feel strange: it’s nice to be home, but you’ll surely miss the weird sort of routine you’d established in unfamiliar lands, where each day meant exploring new places, meeting new people, and creating new memories. Reliving your trip by scrolling through your travel photos can [...]