11 Ways To Get More Pleasure Out Of Your Travels

11 Ways To Get More Pleasure Out Of Your Travels

If you’re reading this website, chances are you already agree that travel is a pleasurable experience. It’s something you look forward to and enjoy and probably want to do more of. But since few people can travel all the time, getting the most pleasure possible out of the time we... read more
Should I Go On The Cruise Line’s Shore Excursions?

Should I Go On The Cruise Line’s Shore Excursions?

When cruising, your ship will stop at several destinations along the way. While you’re docked, you can choose to go on a ship-sponsored tour of the city, explore on your own, or stay on the ship during these “port days”. Which option is best for you is something to consider... read more
Hotel Germ Hotspots And The 7 Things You Should Sanitize

Hotel Germ Hotspots And The 7 Things You Should Sanitize

When you stay at a hotel – particularly a high end one – the expectation is that it’ll be clean. But no matter how fancy the establishment or how high the price tag, study after study shows that many hotel rooms are seething with germs. While hotel rooms do get... read more
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How To Travel With Friends And Family Without Killing Them

How To Travel With Friends And Family Without Killing Them

Even if you’re the kind of person that enjoys traveling on your own, it’s pretty much inevitable that at some point you’ll end up taking a vacation with friends or family members. That’s the kind of thing that can seem like a great idea when you’re back at home, the office, or at school, excitedly... read more
Finally, There's Something Cool To Do With All Those Travel Photos

Finally, There’s Something Cool To Do With All Those Travel Photos

Ever since digital cameras became the norm, I’ve noticed that I rarely print photos anymore. I literally take thousands of pictures whenever I travel but just a handful of them end up shared with friends and family via facebook and almost none find their way into a physical photo album. Mostly, my photos remain somewhere... read more
What's new 'round the web: week of 12/23/11

What’s new ’round the web: week of 12/23/11

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net: 1. Getting a little tired of eating candy canes, seeing Christmas trees and hearing those same carols over and over? Take a break by reading about some unique ways of celebrating the holidays – from smashing plates to carving giant radishes, here are six... read more
Photo of the week

Photo of the week

 {A reindeer sleigh ride in Kuusamo, Lapland, located in the north-eastern part of Finland} This kind of takes you back to those magical Christmas fantasies you had as a child, right? read more
Chile's Magic Mountain

Chile’s Magic Mountain

One look at the Magic Mountain Lodge in Huilo Huilo, Chile, and the first thing that jumps to mind is the Lord of the Rings. This volcano-shaped hotel really looks like something Tolkien would have dreamed up – from the conical walls built out of local wood and stone, to the trees that threaten to... read more
The Ultimate Guide To Avoiding Pesky Airline Fees

The Ultimate Guide To Avoiding Pesky Airline Fees

Airlines, which struggled for years to stay afloat, have finally come up with a formula for success – but it comes at a price and you’re the one that’s footing the bill. Over the past couple of years, carriers have been adding fees left, right and center for everything from checked baggage to food and... read more
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