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Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

[Lucy Claxton]/Thinkstock Choosing souvenirs is one of the most challenging parts of traveling. It’s difficult to find simple objects that can capture the mood, emotion and adventure of a trip abroad. Printed art is one of the best ways to remember your trip and it packs well, but it is [...]

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

[Maxim Kostenko]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Having a phone while traveling can be a huge asset. You can call ahead to hostels, make reservations for trains and busses while rushing between stops and keep in touch with people back home. The problem for most travelers is understanding how international calls will affect their own [...]

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. [...]