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Our Favorite Packing Tips from Pinterest

Our Favorite Packing Tips from Pinterest

Pinterest: a social media obsession useful for planning weddings, keeping track of the 800 various cheesecake recipes you might make one day, and wasting time drooling over photos of destinations which–unless you work on a beach in Costa Rica–look far more attractive than the one out your office window. (Incidentally, [...]

Tips for Sleeping in Small Cars

Tips for Sleeping in Small Cars

There are plenty of circumstances which may land you sleeping in the car: a full campground, fear of large, powerful animals or a forgotten tent. Or, perhaps you remembered the tent but your friend, who is inside, is suffering from terrible gas resulting from some well intended but poorly executed [...]

HDR Photography Basics

HDR Photography Basics

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to a specific type of photography which combines several exposures of a single image, blended together to make one final picture. HDR is primarily used in situations where the camera is unable to capture the full range of light present in the [...]

Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me Before I Studied Abroad

Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me Before I Studied Abroad

As August quietly draws to a close, another school year is upon us. Some students are setting off for university for the first time, others are returning to old friends and new classes, while others are apprehensively waiting to board a plane that will take them abroad for a semester [...]

Five Tips For Visitors to the UK

Five Tips For Visitors to the UK

  If you are fortunate enough to have earned a front seat at this year’s Olympic games, you are in the midst of a wonderful British cultural experience that Danny Boyle very creatively represented during the opening ceremony. Sure, London can be a little overwhelming at times and it does [...]

The Disappearance of Cyclist Frank G. Lenz

The Disappearance of Cyclist Frank G. Lenz

  In May of 1892, 27-year old Frank G. Lenz quit his day job as abookkeeper and announced his plan to cycle around the world. With the sport in its infancy and an American public thirsty for vicarious adventure, Lenz became an instant national hero. He packed his things, landed [...]

Traveling During Ramadan

Traveling During Ramadan

  Traveling in a predominately Muslim country during Ramadan can be a wonderful, but challenging experience. Particularly for those of us who are not very good at abstaining from food and drink for more than 15 minutes at a time (guilty). Life moves at a much slower pace during Ramadan [...]

The Airport Olympics

The Airport Olympics

Watching the Olympics inspires a certain degree of pride in and appreciation of the superhuman athletic endeavors of our fellow human beings. We’re proud when the athletes from our home country do well, but we’re also in awe of the strength, grace, and agility of all of our Olympians regardless [...]

European Beach Etiquette

European Beach Etiquette

  Europeans have a slightly different approach to a day out on the beach. This approach generally involves a fair amount of nudity and a more laissez-faire attitude toward public display of speedos, thongs, and other scraps of shiny fabric wound tightly around the body. There is nothing wrong with [...]

Guide to Train Hopping Like a Hobo

Guide to Train Hopping Like a Hobo

Though the train hopping days have long been considered over with, there are still those who exist on the fringes of society, living out of their bundles and riding the rails. Some are vagabonds and some are travelers who let their minds and bodies wander, they feel the terrible winds [...]