Smart Travel Tips

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

[gpointstudio]/[iStock]/Thinkstock It’s not that I don’t like lounging around on the beach with nothing to do but leisurely sip my margarita and occasionally cool off in crystal blue waters. It’s just that I can only handle it in small doses. Sipping a margarita on a beach in Mexico is pretty [...]

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

[Creatas]/[Creatas]/Thinkstock There’s a very good reason that if you want to test a relationship, you should take a trip together. Even the best friend can turn into the worst traveling partner and some relationships just can’t take the stress of two vastly different traveling styles. While it’s easy to come [...]

Traveling as a Vegetarian: How to Cope

Traveling as a Vegetarian: How to Cope

[Hemera Technologies]/[AbleStock.com]/Thinkstock I’m a vegetarian. Well, sort of. Yeah, I know that’s generally a yes or no question, but in light of the fact that I travel so much, adhering to a strictly vegetarian diet can get complicated. That and there’s this thing called bacon. Don’t judge me. Despite my [...]

5 Best Airports to Get Stuck In

5 Best Airports to Get Stuck In

[mthaler]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Stretched out on the floor of the Entebbe airport in Uganda, we’re waiting word on how soon our cancelled flight will be rescheduled. With snowstorms pounding most of Europe and stranding travelers around the world, we’re not overly optimistic about our prospects of getting out of Uganda anytime soon. [...]

Follow the Snow with OpenSnow

Follow the Snow with OpenSnow

[Comstock Images]/[Stockbyte]/Thinkstock There’s nothing worse than a ski or snowboarding trip ruined by lack of snow. Stumps and rocks and unforeseen obstacles can bite into snowplanks’ edges, sending the winter sports enthusiast off-balance and off to the ski shop for some expensive patchwork. Enter the Meteorologist Ski Bum Joel Gratz, [...]

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 [...]