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The 10 Best Travel Books Of The Last Two Decades

Monday, July 21, 2014

The joy of curling up with a good travel book is damn hard to beat. Part fiction, part memoir, the best travel books tell weird and wonderful stories and describe the intricate things that make a journey, or place, memorable. The initial excitement of a vessel leaving port or the joy of waking up to a […]

Which Country Allows You To Travel The Most Without A Visa

Which Country Allows You To Travel The Most Without A Visa?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Every wonder which country is the best to live in if you wanted to travel the world without ever having to get a visa? Well, turns out, if you’re from Finland, Sweden or the U.K., you can travel to exactly 173 other countries without having to spend the time or money obtaining a visa. Not […]

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This Is Why I’d Gladly Trade In My U.S. Passport For One From Finland

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It’s true, my American passport may be slightly more useful to me, but the Finnish passport is officially my favorite one in the world. Why, might you ask? Simple, when’s the last time my U.S. passport did anything even slightly entertaining for me? (And no, including historical quotes from the nation’s founders does not count.) […]

What Country Do Americans Travel To The Most?

Which Countries Do Americans Travel To The Most?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Which countries do Americans travel to the most? Is it our friendly neighbors to the north and south? Our English-speaking counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic? Maybe the land of baguettes and tourists from basically every other country in the world? The answer is “yes” to all of the above, but Mexico more […]

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India Is Home To The World’s Biggest Outdoor Laundromat

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lest you think all records in The Guinness Book of World Records are inane, useless markers of time-poorly-spent by various humans around the world, consider this one: Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat was noted as the record holder for the “most people hand-washing clothes simultaneously at a single location” in March 2011. Take that guy who attached […]

What is the Big Five?

What Is The Big Five?

Monday, March 25, 2013

What animals make up the Big Five? Outside of bar trivia night, this classification may not be as important today since travelers going on safari tend to be shooting the animals they see with a camera rather than with a hunting rifle. However, the Big Five is still an important classification for safari-goers interested in […]

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What Is The Longest Nonstop Flight In The World?

Friday, November 2, 2012

One of the first questions people asked me ahead of my past trip from New York to Africa was how long the flight was going to be, to which I would answer, “I don’t know, a few hours.” Well, it was actually 14 hours, 55 minutes, by far the longest flight I had ever taken […]

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Is Flying More Fuel Efficient Than Driving?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Are all those miles spent cruising thousands of miles above the ground actually better for the environment than if you were making the same trip by car? Turns out, the answer is yes — kind of. Smithsonian.com busted out their abacuses (or abaci — no really, that’s the plural) to calculate just how much fuel […]

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How Much Do You Know About The 787 Dreamliner?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How much do you know about Boeing’s latest jet, the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner, which is making the tongues wag of airplane nerds, and which is poised to be the biggest competition to Airbus’s A380 (which ditches fuel efficiency for in-flight showers and a boozy cocktail lounge)? The Chicago Tribune has this handy quiz highlighting some […]

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What Island Was Tom Hanks Stuck On In “Cast Away”?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Did you find yourself watching Cast Away and think to yourself, I wouldn’t mind being stuck on that island for a few years myself, sans the tooth ache and anthropomorphic sporting goods. Which begs the question: Where exactly was the Cast Away island anyway? (You know, just in case you get a few years off […]

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