Learning to Live like a Local in France

Learning to Live like a Local in France

Earlier this year, I went to Paris, saw it though the lens of the 1920s, and wrote about how traveling with a theme can spice up and add focus to your trip. Narrowing your focus helps you go deeper. Last month I went back to France and again wanted to travel with a theme. But, instead of focusing on only Jazz Age attractions, eating French food, visiting modern art museums, drinking at bars that start…

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A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

Two years ago, I wrote about how privileged and lucky we are to be able to travel the world. No matter our circumstances, we are doing something most of the world will never get a chance to do. Most people never leave their own country, let alone their continent. Even if we’re barely scraping two pennies together as we couchsurf the world, we’re pretty fortunate. I wrote back then (and sorry for quoting myself): In…

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30 Epic Photos From My Trip to Madagascar

30 Epic Photos From My Trip to Madagascar

Madagascar. It has an exotic hold over the imagination, conjuring up a land of wild nature: plains of baobab trees, armies of lemurs, unique animals, and lush rainforests. Since so few people visit (roughly 350,000 per year), our imagination runs wild when we hear its name. It’s some otherworldly region, a lush rainforest teeming with wildlife and white sand beaches from end to end. It would be like Avatar. Most people I talked to thought…

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Experiential Travel: Just Another Way for People to Take Your Money

Experiential Travel: Just Another Way for People to Take Your Money

For about the last year or so, the term “experiential travel” has been batted around the industry like a ping-pong ball. The term has actually been around longer but it’s only recently that it’s become, like Hansel in Zoolander, “so hot right now.” The idea behind “experiential travel” is that it’s a way to get travelers closer to the local culture and population. As Wikipedia says, “The goal is to more deeply understand a travel…

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Is it Safe to Visit the United States?

Is it Safe to Visit the United States?

Last month, I wrote an article about why, despite what you see in the news, Europe is safe to visit. Someone asked (with a degree of snark) if I would I write a similar article about the U.S. too? Well, it’s a valid question. As an American writing for a mostly American audience, I tend to write mostly about what’s beyond our shores. But I have thought about this question before – especially since 45%…

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How to Visit Québec City on a Budget

How to Visit Québec City on a Budget

I’ve visited Canada many times but have always missed is Québec City. I’ve only heard great things from everyone who has ever been there. Luckily, my friend Pamela is an expert on the city. She runs walking tours there and even recently published a guidebook to the city. Given that fall is supposed to be one of the most beautiful times to visit, I thought now was a perfect time to have her share her expertise!…

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Win a Trip Around the World Contest (Updates)

Win a Trip Around the World Contest (Updates)

On October 30th, I released the third edition of my book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. If there’s one constant in travel, it’s that it is forever changing. And so the tips and prices I wrote in the last edition, which only came out two years ago, are out of date. So much has changed! In the latest edition of my New York Times best-selling book, I show you how to travel cheaper, longer,…

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Bargain hunters fuel post-holiday travel boom

Bargain hunters fuel post-holiday travel boom

Travel fever may have subsided with the end of the National Day holiday week, but for those who have saved up their paid vacation, the best is yet to come. Lin Limiao has booked a weeklong trip to Japan for the second week of November. “I didn’t go out during the holiday to avoid the crowds,” the Beijing resident says. “I save my traveling for after the holiday.” Lin paid a little more than 1,200…

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Arabian nights and days

Arabian nights and days

Marrakech and Essaouira boast some of Morocco’s most striking contrasts. Rebecca Lo explores the imperial city’s medina before enjoying a relaxed sojourn by the sea. As our train pulled into Marrakech’s station in the south end of the imperial city, I pinched myself. We were really here! Morocco has topped my bucket list for almost two decades, and we were finally about to explore its fascinating Red City. We were greeted with a warm smile…

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A nation of Earth’s most unearthly places

A nation of Earth’s most unearthly places

The United States is a country of otherworldly world wonders. Nearly as many people visit its national parks annually as live in the nation-for good reason. They host some of Earth’s most unearthly places, where ecology and geology embrace to forge fantastical spaces that seem unreal-but are, in many ways, more real than our cultivated existences in civilization’s settlements. China Daily examines the allure of the five US national parks most visited in 2015. Great…

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