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The Best of Laos: My Favorite Experiences

Every year, there's a country or two that captures my interest more than the others I've visited.  I thought Switzerland would be the "winner" by a landslide in 2014 but I was wrong.  After spending 10 days in Laos, my reaction is that I simply want to explore even more of this small nation.  I only had time to visit three cities, but I had one fascinating experience after … [Read More]

Overlooking a town and the Atlas Mountains from my "private" kasbah

How to Avoid Tourist Traps

For the longest time, I thought the best way to have an authentically local experience was to avoid touristy cities.  I've gone out of my way to visit places like … [Read More]

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World Cup of Travel

World Cup fever is highly contagious.  For me, it all started in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where my host family was literally counting down the days to the start of the World Cup.  Excitement picked up when I landed in Amsterdam and the Netherlands beat Spain … [Read More]

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Weekend Giveaway: eBags Packing Cubes

I did a horrible job at scheduling my vacations in 2013.  I had some great short trips in the first part of the year but now that we're in the final six weeks of the year, I'm in the midst of four separate trips covering two states and two other countries. … [Read More]


Broke 20-Somethings in Baden-Baden

If I were filthy rich, my next vacation would be at an Aman resort.  If I simply had a relatively high amount of discretionary money, I'd return to Baden-Baden. This is a tourist town that is entirely successful at separating tourists from their cash. … [Read More]


My Take on TripIt Pro

About a month ago, I mentioned that I was playing around with TripIt Pro.  TripIt is a free service that basically organizes all your flight, hotel, and car rental reservations into a single plan.  You can set it up to automatically scan your inbox for email … [Read More]