Smart Travel Tips

Surviving the Middle Seat

Surviving the Middle Seat

The worst seat on the plane, without question, is the middle seat of the middle row. If you’re stuck in this seat in the last row on the plane, you have my eternal sympathy. Airlines should just institute a “free alcohol for anyone in these seats” policy. For some reason, [...]

Running While Traveling

Running While Traveling

[Ramonespelt]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Though traveling can be exhausting and physically demanding in and of itself, there are always those select few who feel the need to push the envelope and maintain their exercise regime while meandering across the globe. Runners generally fit into this category. Partly because there is nothing simpler than [...]

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

[Antonio Balaguer soler]/[Hemera]/Thinkstock Traveling is one of the best opportunities to meet new people. Wandering from place to place, constantly relying on those around you for directions, advice, or a helping hand, there is ample opportunity to strike a friendship with everyone you encounter. (By the way, thank you to [...]

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 [...]