Travel Gear Review: Nomad, Bazaart, Tom Chalky Designs

For many of us travelholics, the past few months have been pure torture with dusty suitcases, unopened bottles of suntan lotion, and dog-eared passports waiting to see the light of day. In between binging The Blacklist and making enemies out of friends geeking out on Catan, I’ve managed to use some of that unexpected downtime

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4 of Ho Chi Minh City’s Best Bites and Where to Find Them

It’s hard to go hungry in Ho Chi Minh City. You can find food on practically every street corner and narrow alleyway, from makeshift eateries around a single street stall to old shophouses that have been making the same dishes for generations. You even have the option of dining in high-end restaurants that reimagine classic

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Beyond Temples and Tombs

Cycling to Hue’s lesser-known sights Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993 for its gorgeous temples, imperial buildings and royal tombs, Hue’s beguiling charms and laid- back vibe are often lost on the millions of tourists who come through on a one-day whirlwind tour of the Citadel in the morning followed by the

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All aboard!

Why your next vacation should be a river cruise I never thought Id be a cruiser. Stuck on a ship with people I didn’t know with nothing to do between ports sounded like a recipe for a miserable vacation. That is, until I took the leap with my first ocean cruise and ended up having

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The Armchair Traveler

How reading can inspire a love for travel I was a completely unabashed bookworm as a kid. Nothing brought me greater happiness than a trip to the library where I could load up with a stack of books to devour. Long before my first international trip, my curiosity about the world around me was piqued

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Fly Cheaply

Tips to getting the best airfare possible Who doesn’t love getting a great deal on airfare? With increased competition, lower energy costs and more discerning travelers, cheap fares are there to be had. That said, there are tools and tips that guarantee you’ll be the person on the flight who paid the least for their

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Flyers Behaving Badly

I can’t begin to put into words how travel has enriched my life over the years. I’ve learned to see the world from a more educated viewpoint. I’ve eaten marvelous foods that I couldn’t even pronounce. I’ve been heartbroken to see those less fortunate than me, wondering if I could last a day in their

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Mastering Travel Photography

I used to be afraid of DSLR cameras. There were too many buttons, dials and confusing terms. I was perfectly content with my dinky CyberShot DSC-U20, an ultracompact 2 megapixel point-and-shoot that came with an 8MB memory stick. Not gigabyte. Megabyte. It was cute. It was non-threatening. It fit into my shirt pocket. As I

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Travel Blogging 101: Want to travel the world for free?

With the advent of the internet, now anyone can be a published writer with a few clicks of the mouse. Even though blogging didn’t really take off until the late 1990s, it feels like every other person I meet has a blog of some kind and the stats seem to back that up. I’ve seen

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