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How to be respectful when you travel

When I was traveling in Parvati Valley and then on my Manali trip in the Indian Himalayas, I was surprised to see how many travelers, both local and foreigners, boasted that they were great explorers and were staying in the Himalayas for months. Note: This is a guest post by Priyanka Gupta. Disclosure: This article contains Amazon affiliate links….

Unique gifts for travelers: a short-but-sweet gift guide

I know I’m not the only one who misses travel. Lots of us do. And we’re still planning, at least hypothetically, our future travel. If you are looking for unique gifts for travelers in your life, look no further. This short-but-sweet list contains items I have or would like to have. Most of them are…

ExpressVPN review, by a digital immigrant

I am a digital immigrant. What I mean by that is that I didn’t grow up with computers like digital natives; the only computers I knew of as a child in Connecticut were the ones that filled whole rooms in banks and government offices. As far as I was concerned, they were equivalent to the…

10 Reasons People Get Addicted to Travel

“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer Note from Rachel: This is a guest post by Danny Newman (see…

Don’t tar all “influencers” with the same brush.

I hate the word “influencer.” It has taken on a bad connotation: young people, generally female and white, who claim “influence” through pretty poses on Instagram. Articles circulating on social media accuse them of all sorts of bad behavior: buying followers and demanding free rooms and meals from hotels in exchange for pictures, posing for…

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…