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10 Tips to Help Make Train Travel Memorable, Fun and Safe

One of those most vivid and unforgettable memories of my life involved a ride I endured over three days on a clumsy ancient diesel-powered train from Marrakesh to Tangier by way of Fez, Morocco. At times, my experience mimicked scenes straight out The Sheltering Sky, a novel of post-colonial alienation [...]

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Defeating Homesickness

Any traveler has had that one singular moment. Maybe it comes when they check their social media feeds, maybe it’s when they’re sick and longing for comfort, or maybe it’s when they eat something that’s close to but just not close enough for home. Homesickness is the longing feeling for [...]

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Halloween in Countries Around the World

Halloween has many cultural roots tied into the traditions we see today, from Celtic-inspired celebrations to Americanized aesthetics, Halloween in modern times represents many different things to different sets of people. Whether it is a day to dress up, eat candy, or celebrate the loss of loved ones, where you [...]

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 [...]