Category: Tips

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Travel Ninja Pockets

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, in the city or countryside, at a restaurant or museum, you are not immune to the inevitable encounter with pick-pocket or petty theft. What’s ironic to me is the lack of awareness when one is distracted by...

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A Traveler’s Sense of Duty

We travelers will often see variations of this common phrase at popular sites — “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.” It’s a good reminder not to litter and protect the environment for future visitors to enjoy. After many different encounters throughout my travels, it appears there are...

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Find the Hidden Gems – 5 Useful Travel Planning Tools

While planning for our next trip to Portugal and Spain, I wondered how everyone else figure out what they want to see? Discover places beyond the usual tourist spots? Of course there’s the popular TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet review sites, but I want places that are off the beaten path, up...

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Germans and Their Strange Habits

When I say strange, I mean it in the most intriguing and educational ways possible to an American. Having had the chance to experience local living, wander through small towns and be a passenger on the autobahn, here’s what I’ve learned about the Germans… On...

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10 Must Have Travel Apps and Web Shortcuts

Sometimes I forget those days before smartphones were a necessity. Here is a list of my all time favorite apps and web tools to make travel easier even without Wi-Fi. Separated into 3 phases; before, during, and after travel. Before you arrive to your destination…the research phase...

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Top 5 Packing Essentials for Any Length of Travel

Whether it’s backpacking or luggage wheeling, these are some of the essentials that I find extremely helpful and necessary for any travelers. Packing cubes At first I thought it seemed redundant to have a bag within a bag. But it’s proven time and time again...

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Why Travel Long-Term? Or Solo?

How it all began After college (almost a decade ago *gasp*), thanks to the support of my parents and also some of my own savings, I was fortunate to have the chance to travel to Asia for four months (though mainly China). That was the...

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Keep poo under control

A friend told me he learned how to wipe with his hand after staying in South East Asia for eight months, I had nothing but respect. In a grossed out way but still, respect. Then this came along to give me a fighting chance during my...

The 'pashminas' in the fabric market in Shanghai.

How to Pick a Good Tailor in Shanghai, or Anywhere

The fabric markets in Shanghai can house hundreds of mom and pop booths, this translates to hundreds of potential tailors for you. Which one should you choose? How do you spot a good tailor? I spent two days interviewing tailors from booth to booth, here...