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Top 5 Skydiving Destinations

Top 5 Skydiving Destinations

[Digital Vision.]/[Digital Vision]/Thinkstock It’s about six seconds of screaming gut-drop and mind-scrambling hell from the moment you move to dangle your legs outside the airplane to when you finally regain the feeling of your stomach in its appropriate place. But then, when you can coherently appreciate what you’re doing, it’s [...]

What the Hell Is WWOOFing???

What the Hell Is WWOOFing???

[gpointstudio]/[iStock]/Thinkstock WWOOF, or, “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms,” is what happens when you mix soil-loving and broke vagabonds with farm-owning, overworked stay-putters. You love the homestead experience (but only for a little while) and they love free labor (even if only for brief periods of time). It works out [...]

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 [...]

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

[mathess]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Overland border crossings are superb locations for scams, threats and disasters. They’re nearly always confusing. You may have to take two different busses, cross half of a river via ferry and then walk a long bridge (read: rickety plank) with a bunch of “officials,” some of which will undoubtedly [...]

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 [...]

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

[Marek Slusarczyk]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You’ll find the world’s most authentic cuisine in streets. It won’t be in five-star restaurants or four-course meals that drain your wallet and screw up the flavors of the country to appease your delicate Western taste buds. Denying street food means forfeiting an essential element of international travel. [...]

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

[Antonio_Diaz]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Not all national sports on the Asian continent are violent in nature. Take Indonesia, for example, where the primary pastimes revolve around fun loving racket sports like Badminton. If Badminton doesn’t strike your bizarre button, however, don’t worry, traveling throughout Asia affords many opportunities to both witness and participate [...]

Turning Vacations Into Journeys

Turning Vacations Into Journeys

[nevereverro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock The desire to travel is often fueled by the urge to do something different and unique with our lives. The daily grind becomes dull, we eat the same meals, we get up at the same time every day, we relax on the weekends (if we let ourselves), we have [...]