Smart Travel Tips

CouchSurfing and Other Lodging Alternatives

CouchSurfing and Other Lodging Alternatives

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Finding a place to sleep while traveling can be tricky for the budget conscious traveler. Finding that line between clean and cheap has inspired some pretty interesting sleeping arrangements over my years of wandering aimlessly from country to country. After crashing everywhere from subways in Germany, abandoned school buses [...]

Travel Partner Drama? Tips to Ease the Tension

Travel Partner Drama? Tips to Ease the Tension

[Anna Bizoń]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There we were, stuck in Africa, glowering at each other over a plate of pineapple and two glasses of passion fruit juice. Despite a solid friendship, our trip together was not going well. After months of eager anticipation, I experienced my first sense of unease when we arrived [...]

Uganda: What Should Be in Your Bag?

Uganda: What Should Be in Your Bag?

[Pal Teravagimov]/[iStock]/Thinkstock I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board a flight that will take me from Los Angeles to Istanbul and then onto Entebbe, Uganda. Though I’m still down to one bag, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve overpacked yet again. Aside from my passport and wallet, here [...]

Jordan: What Should Be in Your Bag?

Jordan: What Should Be in Your Bag?

[Laser143]/[iStock]/Thinkstock So you’re going to Jordan? That’s cool. I like Jordan. Mostly I like to run around Petra pretending to be Indiana Jones, but who doesn’t? If you go to Petra and don’t pretend to be Indiana Jones, you’re missing the point. You’re also missing out if you go to [...]

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

[gawriloff]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You don’t want to get to the Laos/Thai border only to find that your passport lacks the requisite number of pages for a re-entry visa. What happens is your friends go on ahead of you to have a fine time on some white sand beach while you wander around [...]

5 Tips For A Romantic Getaway In China

5 Tips For A Romantic Getaway In China

[Tao55]/[iStock]/Thinkstock They say in China “where’s there love, there is a way.” What better way to spend a romantic outing than in some of the more beautiful places in that country? There are a number of things to keep in mind while traveling in China, the first being that China [...]

What Does Your Flying Personality Say About You?

What Does Your Flying Personality Say About You?

[Pablo Demetrio Scapinachis Armstrong]/[iStock]/Thinkstock They say the best way to get to know somebody is to travel with them, and nowhere is this more obvious than when confined with someone thousands of feet above ground. What does your flying personality say about you? Read on to find out. Pilot’s Pet [...]

The Skinny on Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny on Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know

[Jeffrey Hamilton]/[Digital Vision]/Thinkstock I’m leaving for Uganda in less than two weeks, which can only mean one thing. It’s vaccine time. I hate vaccines because I hate getting shots. I know, I know. It doesn’t hurt and it’s good for me and blah blah blah. But if you can look [...]

Long Plane Ride Ahead? Here’s What to Wear

Long Plane Ride Ahead? Here’s What to Wear

[Digital Vision.]/[Photodisc]/Thinkstock Sitting on a plane for 10 hours in skinny jeans, high heels, and an anti theft handbag with my hair perfectly styled sounds like a horrendously uncomfortable experience. On the other hand, it’s hard to get away with wearing a bathrobe in public. Finding the perfect ensemble for a [...]

How to Get Through Airport Security Quickly

How to Get Through Airport Security Quickly

[Rrrainbow]/[iStock]/Thinkstock The only thing worse than having to strip down in the airport is having to do it knowing there is a line of people waiting behind you heaving impatient sighs and wondering why it’s taking you so long to get your Anti theft handbag and your laptop out of [...]