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Is It Time To Redefine The Term “Beaten Path”?

We were in Mostar, Bosnia, certainly not a town you’d say was overrun with tourists. My wife and I were walking toward a historically significant site near the center of town (Mostar was torn apart by the Bosnian War in the early 90s) and I of course was looking around for a photo opportunity, camera […]

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The Great Traveling Money Bleed (and how to stop it before you’re broke)

If you’re not independently wealthy or a skilled freelancer you’ll likely be forced to sit and watch the slow obliteration of your savings account as you travel around the world. The only real way to combat it and be a successful traveler is to budget your money effectively while on the road. It seems easy […]

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Turning Lions to Lambs – Overcoming Your Travel Fears

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~ Marie Curie The world’s a big and crazy place, no doubt about it. And things happen from time to time that seep into your consciousness (media is, for the most part, everywhere) and if the event occurred in a place you’ll […]

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Iceland Volcano Delay – a Q&A with Insurance Specialist Jeffrey Fell

After 4 days of an almost surreal standstill of the European airport network, things haven’t gotten much better for travelers there. The ash cloud remains settled over much of northern and central Europe and doesn’t appear to be doing much in the way of dissipating. Twenty countries have now closed their airspace with specialists saying […]

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The World’s 10 Worst Cities to Make a Connection

Updated November 2, 2016 To get to remote destinations or sometimes simply to get the best prices, connecting is an unavoidable inconvenience. The time-consuming nature of landing an airplane, the de-boarding, re-boarding and making sure your bags follow can add up to a pretty unpleasant day. [bannertop] Some airports are better than others. Here are […]

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How to Apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa

Note: These instructions are for American citizens. For those not carrying a US passport please check with your local consulate or Chinese embassy for instructions. China is one of our “big three” visa destinations, that is, those countries we make sure to remind our travelers to start getting their visas as soon as possible. (The […]

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Is Travel Better in Hindsight?

You saved for it, bypassed countless social engagements to hoard that money away, made excuses, maybe alienated a few friends along the way. You also planned for it, spent countless hours, laptop on thighs, scouring travel sites and blogs, organizing, researching, building an itinerary you could feel good about. You worked up to it, buttressed […]

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A Guide to Trekking in Nepal

  If you prefer high mountain air to the stagnant city variety, a visit to Nepal to go a-trekking may be your undiscovered Nirvana. It’s a popular choice for activities around the world, so popular in fact, tourism stands as Nepal’s 3rd largest industry. To beef up that number an aggressive campaign is being launched […]

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How to Spend Money Abroad – Tips on Accessing and Using your Traveling Cash

It sounds like a country-western song, but you need money to make it on the road. Food, lodging, transportation, activities, each require you to pay and pay alike. Unfortunately, to best know how to spend your money practically requires a degree in economics. With fees, limits, percentages and acres of fine print it’s extremely difficult […]

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The 12 Best Free Activities Around the World

If you’re someone who thinks you can’t do anything fun for free, let me be the first to tell you otherwise. While the activities may not be as white-knuckle as zip-lining across a jungle canopy or tumbling down a hill inside a giant plastic ball, there are a host of different things you can do […]

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6 Common Around the World Trip Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Working with travelers over the years helping set up their trips-of-a-lifetime, I’ve managed to pinpoint some of the more problematic issues they subject themselves to before they come to us. Most of the time their research is spot on and the trip looks wonderful – they have realistic goals and are honest about their expectations. […]

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What Does Your Trip Say About You? – A few things to consider before venturing out

  There’s little doubt it’s a great time to be a traveler. With so much available to the modern nomad it’s amazing everyone’s not dumping their possessions and flagging down the next nonstop to Points Unknown. Because travel is currently so accessible and cost-effective, you may want to take advantage of this time. But being […]