Smart Travel Tips

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

  We’ve all been there. Sitting on a beautiful beach, waves lapping at the shore, cool water beckoning relief from the blazing sun. You look at the water, you look at your stuff, you look at the water again. You know you shouldn’t leave your valuables just sitting on the [...]

How to Show Travelers Your City

How to Show Travelers Your City

  Any traveler knows the delight of being invited to see a place through a local’s eyes whether it’s through a friend, a tour guide, or a benevolent stranger. So why not do the same for other travelers and open your home or offer your time to someone visiting your [...]

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

  Adventure travel is the genius combination that satisfies the wanderlust’s desire for new places and the outdoorsman’s thirst for adrenaline and adventure. As gratifying as it can be to run to the top of North Africa’s highest peak or to kayak around the island of Corsica, planning and executing [...]

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

  It’s hot, dry, and dusty. You’ve been wandering for hours through the medina of Marrakech. Your feet are tired, you’re covered in the dusty sand of the desert, and if one more vendor jumps out at you to come and look at the wares in his shop, you’re going [...]

Ice Cream Around the World

Ice Cream Around the World

  Ice cream, in all its glorious forms, is the best part of summer. Is there anything more fabulous than strolling down the street enjoying a waffle cone packed with your favorite flavor of gelato? No, there’s not. Unless you’re lactose intolerant. Then it’s probably not so fabulous. Not to [...]

How to Travel Alone

How to Travel Alone

  Traveling alone can be as liberating as it is intimidating. While it’s great to hit the road with an awesome travel buddy or two, sometimes that’s not always an option. You might find a great last-minute travel deal, maybe your vacation time doesn’t match up with everyone else’s, or [...]

What To Do If You’re Arrested Overseas

What To Do If You’re Arrested Overseas

In Thailand, it’s illegal to throw your used gum on the sidewalk. In Zimbabwe, it’s illegal to make an offensive gesture to a presidential motorcade. In Italy, punching someone is technically considered a felony. The point? Sometimes you can get in trouble for things you hadn’t even considered in your [...]

How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

  Although there are plenty of travelers who blur the line between appropriate risk and absolute insanity, my line between adventure and suicide is actually pretty distinct. So when a friend suggested that we explore the pockmarked roads of Mbale, Uganda on the back of a rickety motorbike, I made [...]

How to Survive a Camel Ride

How to Survive a Camel Ride

At some point in your traveling career you will be lead to believe that riding a plodding ungulate through the desert is something that must be crossed off your travel bucket list. I was like this once. My more experienced camel-riding veteran travelers tried to warn me, but I wouldn’t [...]

Travel Photography Etiquette

Travel Photography Etiquette

  Taking a photo is one of the best ways to capture a trip and serves as an inexpensive and unique souvenir of some of our best (and worst) travels. Unfortunately some abuse the power of the photographer and use it as an excuse to be inconsiderate of both locals [...]