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The Top 5 Rules For CouchSurfing

Monday, July 19, 2010

By Matt Stabile During a recent road trip to Montreal, it came up in conversation that one of the riders in the car was going to be CouchSurfing for the first time at an apartment in the city. This being her inaugural experience into the world of sleeping in a stranger’s apartments for no other […]

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Beating The Travel Blues When You Are Alone

Friday, July 16, 2010

Traveling solo can be daunting and, often times, exhausting. It pushes you mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only can you have a cerebral malfunction due to a cultural overload, but you have to learn to do things by yourself. However, it is through traveling alone that one can experience a personal shift, a new-found independence, […]

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Ask An Expert: How To Travel Cheap

Thursday, July 8, 2010

GoMad Nomad recently introduced a new “Ask GoMad Nomad” feature on their site (à la the seemingly defunct “Ask Rolf” series on World Hum). In its inaugural post, GoMad tackles a very familiar question that pretty much all travelers face at one time or another: How to travel without going broke? GoMad recommends exploring the […]

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What Are The Hidden Prices In Airline Tickets?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Transparency. It’s a buzz word that usually floats around issues involving politics and the economy. People demand to know whether their money is spent on frivolity or if it is going towards something appropriate. This hold especially true in the airline industry. I always wondered why certain flights were much pricier than others, how removing […]

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Avoid Becoming The Incredible Hulk This Tourist Season

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Seek and ye shall find, right? So we go to the far ends of the earth seeking the unique, the original, the personal. So what happens when, after you spend weeks ripping through travel sites finding your next off-the-beaten-track destination, you step out of the plane and into a mob of tourists, smack in the middle of […]

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Hotels Are So Passe, Alternative Lodging’s The Thing

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seven months ago, we had arrived in Buenos Aires, on schedule, from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. There were three-and-a-half of us — the half person was Benito, my friends’ cat — exhausted from the plane ride, but eager to meet Katrine, the lady who was supposed to pick us up and bring us to a […]

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Choquequirao: The Other Machu Picchu?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not for the weary traveler, the multi-day trek to Choquequirao tests even the most experienced hikers. But what about the result? How about unforgettable Inca ruins far from the crowds of tourists at that “other” site. The streets of the former Inca Capital, Cusco, Peru, are usually filled with tourists from around the world. They […]

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Some Rules For Tourists In New York City This Summer

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gawker has a few pet peeves they want to tell you about regarding the tourists that flock to New York City ever year (of course), and they have a few suggestions to help the visitors cohabitate better with the locals. Gawker suggests that if you’re walking down the street, keep it to two people abreast, […]

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Why You Need To Visit Soweto When In Jo-Burg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

No offense to the city of Johannesburg, but one thing you hear over and over when you’re traveling in South Africa is, “Fly in and leave, there’s nothing to do there.” Of course this is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is hard for the city to live up to the high expectations of […]

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Forget The Exchange Rate — Check The Big Mac Index

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

There’s been alot of talk lately about the drop of the euro against the dollar. On Monday, the euro dropped to a four-month low, ending the day at $1.23, and analysts are predicting it could go lower, perhaps even dipping below $1.20 in the next few weeks. So what does this mean for a Yank […]

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