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Noise-canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about travel, it’s that it is a noisy experience. Think about it – when you’re on a plane there’s the constant hum of the engine, the loud chatter of other passengers, and the piercing cries of a baby (if you’re really unlucky). You get to... read more
What's new 'round the web: week of 12/16/11

What’s new ’round the web: week of 12/16/11

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net: 1. I’ve noticed that whenever I have any kind of trip planned, it rarely hits me that I’m actually going on that trip until I’m on the plane, and sometimes not until I catch that first glimpse of my destination out of the airplane... read more
Squeezable travel-sized bottles for your liquids

Squeezable travel-sized bottles for your liquids

Most of you are probably pretty familiar with the liquid carry-on restrictions by now and know all about buying miniature versions of your cosmetics and toiletries or decanting your liquids into little travel-sized bottles. Filling up little containers yourself is obviously the cheaper way to go (and sometimes the only way, if your favorite shampoo... read more
Sauteed Loofah and other Chinese food that got lost in translation

Sauteed Loofah and other Chinese food that got lost in translation

Navigating restaurant menus in China is a bit of a daunting experience for Westerners, not least because the menus are typically written entirely in Chinese. In most countries, I’d get around this by simply pointing to whatever enticing food I see others eating, but in China – a country where “delicacies” seem to make up... read more
Photo of the week

Photo of the week

 {A woman sells bread at a market in Tajikistan} read more
How To Haggle Like A Pro

How To Haggle Like A Pro

Haggling, or negotiating for goods, is almost a requirement in many parts of the world. While it might seem a bit odd, uncomfortable or even off-putting to those of us who grew up in the West, for those selling these non-fixed price goods, bargaining is all a part of the fun. If you feel intimidated... read more
What's new 'round the web: week of 12/09/11

What’s new ’round the web: week of 12/09/11

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net: 1. Taking a vacation around Christmas-time (when you often get extra days off work for free) can seem like a great idea until you realize that while you’re sitting in a sterile hotel room by yourself, everyone else is off with their families, eating,... read more
Nail stickers for manicures on the go

Nail stickers for manicures on the go

Traveling with nail polish is always a risk, especially if there’s air travel involved. Since changes in air pressure cause liquids to go berserk, you could easily arrive at your destination and open your suitcase to find your bright red nail polish has leaked. Everywhere. And let’s face it, that stuff is not coming out... read more
Behold Vietnam's terrifying traffic

Behold Vietnam’s terrifying traffic

I know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but lately I’ve become obsessed with time-lapse videos of foreign cities. Filmed over a period of several hours, they really capture the hustle and bustle of a place in a way that photos rarely do and seem to put that fire in... read more
Tips For Stress-Free Travel During The Holiday Season

Tips For Stress-Free Travel During The Holiday Season

Flying can be a hassle at the best of times, but there are two factors that can really make an already annoying situation worse: the congestion that occurs during the holidays when everybody is trying to get home to their families, and the weather delays that are commonplace at this time of year. Those two... read more
Photo of the week

Photo of the week

Photo by Didier Baertschiger.  {Lac Blanc, Chamonix, France} read more
What's new 'round the web: week of 12/02/11

What’s new ’round the web: week of 12/02/11

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net: 1. If you ever wondered what happens to your baggage after you check it at the airport, you might be shocked to learn the truth. These confessions of an airport baggage handler will give you insight into the reason your bag comes back to... read more