Travel Tips

4 Tips To Better Backpacking

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lately, even stripping travel down to the bare minimum, i.e. backpacking, has gotten lost in the piles of gear and tech out there (see this article on flashpacking). Over at Vagabondish, they bring true “backpacking” ideals back to the forefront with four tips that will make you rethink that extra pair of underwear you stuffed […]

Don’t Commit These 7 Travel Sins

Friday, October 30, 2009

As a follow-up to Monday’s article about proper hostel etiquette — a must-read for first-time travelers — BootsnAll has this list of the “7 Deadly Sins of Travel,” which, I guarantee, even the most seasoned travelers have partaken in the past. (Given to any beggars during your trips?) Regarding #1, “Taking budget travel too seriously” […]

Top 13 Ways To Get Kicked Out Of A Hostel

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Looking for ways to avoid making enemies out of your fellow travelers? Here are 13 sure-fire ways to make your hostel hostile. Follow or risk deportation from your dorm. By Carrie Thompson 1) Adult Relations When people use the phrase “get a room” when you’re busy making out with the stranger you just met at […]

Dear Rolf: My Friends Are Lame And Won’t Travel Abroad. What Should I Do?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It’s been a while since we checked in with Rolf (it seems he’s been on his own extended travels lately), but he’s back and answering questions over at his column on WorldHum, like the one this week from a frustrated “Paul” (made-up name if I’ve ever heard one) who can’t get his friends to travel […]

How To Save 50% Off Skiing This Winter

Friday, September 25, 2009

Doesn’t the word “skiing” kind of look weird when it’s written, what with that double “i” and all. It looks like it should be Dutch or Swedish or something. But I digress . . . Looking for really cheap lift tix this winter for resorts in the U.S. and Canada? Check out the site Liftopia. […]

Don’t Let Your Guidebook Ruin Your Travels

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

If guidebooks had their own Facebook page, I’d be a fan. My shelves are a miniature library of guidebooks and language references. I’m a geek when it comes to knowing about where I’m headed (though my last post we found out I can surely improve) and I’ve thanked them for the bits of info helping me […]

Lost Cities You Can Still Visit

Monday, September 7, 2009

I have recently vowed to myself to do a bit more research on my future destinations before I arrive. Not of cafes or hostels, but of a place’s history.  That way, I can gain a better appreciation while I’m there. And not just what I slept through in high school history class, ancient history, too. We’ve all […]

Trying To Find The Perfect Pair Of Shoes For Traveling

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This topic has actually been on my mind recently as a result of my concern that my now going on two-and-a-half-year-old pair of New Balances (that I bought used, mind you) may not quite hack it in the bush of Southern Africa, where I will be (barring any unforeseen impediments) in less than two weeks […]

Top 10 Snorkeling Dives In The World

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It seems like every few months or so there’s a new “Top 10 Snorkeling” article published. This one from CNN seems to be a little Caribbean-heavy, and by heavy I mean 8 of the 10 from the list are located there, with only Catalina Island and Maui there to mix things up. Other locations including […]

10 Tips For Train Travel In India

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What’s the difference between 1st AC and Unreserved 2nd Class? What’s the Indrail Pass? What can a hundred rupees note get you with the Train Ticket Examiner? (Answers: Air conditioning and a bunk, unlimited train pass for a period of time, a seat on a full train). For a few more insights, including the best […]

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