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My Trackimo, safely returned from our trip to Scotland. Christmas presents for travellers.

Christmas presents for travellers

The holiday season is nearing; you’d have to live under a rock not to be aware of the traditional shopping frenzy that takes place every year at this time. It’s often hard, though, to find the right gifts for all the people on your list. If you’re looking for Christmas presents for travellers, though, it…

A motorcycle navigating a busy street in Kathmandu, Nepal.

10 Travel Risks NOT Worth Taking

The following is a sponsored guest post by Globelink travel insurance. I’ve added an extra bit of advice at the end as well. While travelling is an experience that opens you up to the world and challenges your entire world view, there are certain things that are just not worth the risk when you are…

a market vendor in Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Anita Breland of Anita's Feast.

25 Real Tips for Women Traveling Alone

A recent article from The New York Times has been making the rounds in Facebook travel groups. Written by Shivani Vora, it’s called “Tips for Women Traveling Solo, From Dining Out to Hotel Safety.” The title is misleading. Rather than a collection of tips, the article is an interview with Suzanne Randolph, founder of Alix…

a bag of candy ready to hand to a flight attendant

Gifts for flight attendants: an experiment

Despite all the uproar over United Airlines’ treatment of a man who resisted being bumped from a flight, I think it’s safe to say almost every flight attendant acts in a professional way, and they show remarkable patience. In praise of flight attendants Passengers misbehave: the internet abounds with examples. (See this article, or this…

Coron, Palawan, the Philippines

Trip of a Lifetime: Bloggers Pick their Must-See Destinations

For this collaborative post, I asked fellow travel bloggers about their idea of a trip of a lifetime: If a person who’s never traveled far from home asked you to name the one place they should visit on their one and only trip ever, what would you say? I got so many different answers! I’ll start…

pretty sky view from a plane

Choosing a Travel Destination: LOTS of Recommendations

Sometimes choosing a travel destination is hard. Let’s say you have only two weeks’ vacation, and you want to get the most out of it that you can. At the same time, if you’re like me, you want to see pretty much the whole world. You know that in just one lifetime, and in just…

This snapshot shows our son suffering the indignity of being transported in a camel's sidesaddle because he wasn't big enough to ride the camel like the rest of us.

Choosing a destination in a time of terrorism

The attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week got me thinking about how terrorism affects travel and tourism. Often, after an act of terrorism, the tourism industry in that location collapses. In the days and weeks following the attack, trips get cancelled. Sometimes individuals cancel out of fear. Sometimes airlines cancel, out of security…

Here is how my Eagle Creek backpack looks with all the straps assembled and clipped into place. It all packs away into a zippered pocket when youre using it as a wheeled bag, but adds significant bulk.

Eagle Creek Backpack Review

For the two solo trips I took this year—one to Guadeloupe, Martinique, New York and Spain, and one to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea—I needed a very specific kind of luggage. The problem Since I was traveling solo, I needed to travel as light as possible. I also needed luggage I could manage…

Planes at boarding gates in Paris.

5 Tips for Helping a Fearful Flyer

You’ve boarded a plane and found your seat, stowed your things and buckled up. The plane makes its way onto the runway and, after a short wait, the acceleration for take-off begins. You’re reading the book you brought along and don’t pay any attention to what the plane is doing, but, as it speeds up, something…

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