Planning a Trip Around the World? Start Here!

Planning a round the world (RTW) trip can be a difficult, stressful, overwhelming process (especially for first-timers) as there’s so much to consider and so much that can potentially go wrong.
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4 Great Photography Podcasts

Traveling and taking photographs seems to go together like salt and pepper, and many travelers these days seem to enjoy the challenge of taking great pictures of the places they’re exploring.
One of the best ways …

How to Experience ‘Slow Travel’ (Even on Short Trips)
August 6, 2012 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
How to Experience ‘Slow Travel’ (Even on Short Trips)

Once they’re on the road, many travelers find it difficult to slow down and experience ‘slow travel’, and instead seem to dart around from place to place, obsessively checking off landmarks from their ‘to-do list’ …

5 Great Smartphone Apps for Hikers
August 3, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment
5 Great Smartphone Apps for Hikers

For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking is one of life’s great pleasures.
Fortunately, there’s now a whole series of apps out there, each aiming to make hiking just a little bit easier or more accessible.
Whether you want to …

How to Give Your Laptop Battery the Kiss of Life
August 2, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

The problem with batteries is that they tend to deteriorate the more they’re used.
For example, my last laptop battery was 5 years old and would last barely 20 minutes. Not great for traveling, then.
I decided …

How to Fly With Musical Instruments
August 2, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment
How to Fly With Musical Instruments

Flying with musical instruments, as with many other expensive, delicate items, is something that should not be taken lightly.
There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination only to find that your instrument has been damaged/broken …

A Guide to Airline Fees
August 2, 2012 – 11:26 am | No Comment
A Guide to Airline Fees

Airlines typically don’t like raising the prices of their flights, as this is what most people judge them on, and is often the deciding factor as to which airline a person flies with.
Because of this, …

8 Common Gestures That Can Cause Offense Abroad
July 31, 2012 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
8 Common Gestures That Can Cause Offense Abroad

In pretty much every country around the world, there are certain hand gestures that are seen as offensive.
The worst part is, gestures that are commonplace (and not seen as offensive) in America can be extremely …

Ever Wanted to Photograph the Northern Lights? Here’s How!
July 31, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Ever Wanted to Photograph the Northern Lights? Here’s How!

The Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) are one of our planet’s greatest natural wonders.
I’ve already written a guide to seeing the Northern Lights, but what if you want to photograph this amazing phenomenon? …

How to be a Good CouchSurfing Host
July 30, 2012 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
How to be a Good CouchSurfing Host

CouchSurfing is amazing. For travelers, it’s a great way to get free accommodation, and for hosts it’s a fun and exciting way of meeting people and breaking away from the boring routines of everyday life.
If …

‘Life in a Day’ Available for Free on YouTube [VIDEO]
July 30, 2012 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

On the 24th of July 2010, thousands of people all around the world filmed their day and uploaded the video to YouTube.
These videos provided them with the chance to take part in film/experiment known as …

7 Great Travel Channels to Follow on YouTube
July 30, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

YouTube is packed with different channels offering travel-related videos.
After checking out a great number of them, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 travel channels to follow (or the ‘subscribe to’) on YouTube:
1. Lonely …

What Are the Most Used iPhone Travel Apps?
July 27, 2012 – 11:11 am | No Comment
What Are the Most Used iPhone Travel Apps?

There are tons of different iPhone-based travel apps available these days, and every tech-savvy traveler you meet seems to have their favorites.
When you ask why people like certain apps, it’s usually because they’re easy to …

5 Awesome iPhone Photography Apps (That Aren’t InstaGram)
July 26, 2012 – 5:23 pm | No Comment
5 Awesome iPhone Photography Apps (That Aren’t InstaGram)

There’s a lot of great photography apps out there for the iPhone at the moment.
Here’s 5 of the best, each of which should allow you to add a unique effect to your photos.
Camera+
Named in …

Man Documents Travel Experiences on His Shoes [VIDEO]
July 26, 2012 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

Since Matt from Where the Hell is Matt? started dancing his way around the world, travel bloggers/filmmakers have been coming up with more and more original ways of documenting their experiences as they travel the …

6 Websites That Allow You to Hire (or Become) an Independent Tour Guide
July 25, 2012 – 6:22 pm | One Comment
6 Websites That Allow You to Hire (or Become) an Independent Tour Guide

One of the best ways to quickly explore a new city is to go on a guided tour.
Traditionally, if you wanted to take a tour of a city, you’d book one through a big-name company …

The Definition of Culture Shock: Two Brits Explore Walmart [VIDEO]
July 25, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

When Alex and Liam — two young, enthusiastic Brits — booked their trip to the California it seems that they would have expected to encounter a lot of things.
Sun-drenched beaches, oversized cheeseburgers and beautiful, tanned …

How Keyboard Layouts Differ Across the World
July 25, 2012 – 11:18 am | No Comment
How Keyboard Layouts Differ Across the World

Anyone who’s ever traveled to a foreign (non-English speaking) country and gone into an internet café will have no doubt experienced the confusion of trying to use a different country’s keyboard.
Moving just a few of …

Double Amputee Climbs 19,000 ft-high Kilimanjaro by Crawling on his Hands for Seven Days
July 25, 2012 – 10:52 am | No Comment
Double Amputee Climbs 19,000 ft-high Kilimanjaro by Crawling on his Hands for Seven Days

For most able able-bodied people, scaling the 19,341 ft-high Mt. Kilimanjaro is a formidable task, yet double amputee Spencer West managed to do it just be using his hands.
Spencer, 31, from Toronto, Canada, lost his …

Apple Users: How to Maximize the Battery Life of Your Gadgets
July 24, 2012 – 3:08 pm | One Comment
Apple Users: How to Maximize the Battery Life of Your Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are handy items to bring traveling, as they can provide you with entertainment along the way (by playing games and watching movies), then help you research/navigate your way around a new …

How to Breeze Through Airport Security
July 24, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
How to Breeze Through Airport Security

Ever seen that scene in the film ‘Up in the Air’ where Ryan Bingham (George Clooney’s character) is explaining to his co-worker how he manages to breeze through airport security with such ease?
If you haven’t, …

19 London Clichés in Less Than Four Hours [VIDEO]
July 24, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment
19 London Clichés in Less Than Four Hours [VIDEO]

If you’ve been keeping up with Rolf Potts’ No Baggage Challenge, in which he attempted to travel around the world in 6 weeks without taking a single bag with him (all of his ‘luggage’ was …

121-Megapixel Photo of Earth That Will Make Your Eyes Boggle
July 24, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment
121-Megapixel Photo of Earth That Will Make Your Eyes Boggle

Eclipsing NASA’s infamous ‘Blue Marble‘ shot (which was made up for several small images), this image is one single shot taken from 22,369 miles away by a Russian weather satellite (named Elektro-L No.1) floating above …

Get Free Airport Wi-Fi with This Simple Trick
July 24, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment
Get Free Airport Wi-Fi with This Simple Trick

Sick of paying those hefty $7 charges for 30 minutes of airport Wi-Fi?
While some airports these days are kind enough to offer free Wi-Fi to their passengers, it seems that most airports have been slow …

5 Great Alternatives to the Peace Corps
July 23, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
5 Great Alternatives to the Peace Corps

Many people dream of volunteering in the Peace Corps, making a difference in the world and getting all the benefits that come along with service.
Unfortunately for some, joining the Peace Corps requires a 27-month commitment …

Vacation Rentals: An Alternative to Hotels
July 23, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Vacation Rentals: An Alternative to Hotels

While I’m often preaching the benefits of staying in hostels on this site (as opposed to staying in hotels), vacation rentals are an often overlooked form of accommodation, as they can offer real luxury for …

Forgotten Your Charger? Charge Your USB Gadgets Through the Hotel Room TV Instead
July 23, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment
Forgotten Your Charger? Charge Your USB Gadgets Through the Hotel Room TV Instead

When packing for a long trip, it’s easily to overlook or forget to bring certain items.
One of the most commonly forgotten items is often your phone/mp3 player/tablet charger.
Forgetting your charger usually means you’ll have to …

Are Eurail Passes Worth the Money?
July 20, 2012 – 11:24 pm | No Comment
Are Eurail Passes Worth the Money?

One of the more popular ways of traveling around Europe these days is to buy a Eurail pass (which allows rail access to up to 23 countries) and travel by train.
This often involves paying a …

How Technology Has Changed Travel – What if Jack Keroac Had an iPhone & SatNav?
July 20, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
How Technology Has Changed Travel – What if Jack Keroac Had an iPhone & SatNav?

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is often heralded as one of the most important novels of the 20th century and one of the most inspirational travel books of all time.
Because Kerouac wrote ‘On the Road‘ …

Is Traveling Cheaper Than Living at Home?
July 20, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
Is Traveling Cheaper Than Living at Home?

Something I often hear is “I’d love to go traveling, but I just can’t afford it right now.”
When I ask how much money they think it costs to go traveling, the answer is usually a …

How to Avoid Corporate Chains While Traveling Across the USA
July 20, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
How to Avoid Corporate Chains While Traveling Across the USA

Anyone who watched Dave Gorman’s ‘America Unchained’ documentary (in which Dave attempted to drive from coast-to-coast across the USA without ever being a patron of any corporate chain-style businesses (such as restaurants, hotels and gas …

How to Listen to Your Favorite Radio Stations From Anywhere in the World
July 19, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
How to Listen to Your Favorite Radio Stations From Anywhere in the World

Although radio is considered to be a fairly old style of broadcasting/entertainment, there’s still a massive amount of people all around the world who regularly tune in to their favourite radio stations.
Despite the fact that …

Retracing the Steps of History’s Most Famous Voyages
July 19, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment
Retracing the Steps of History’s Most Famous Voyages

Ever wanted to retrace the steps of Jack Kerouac’s adventure across America, David Livingstone’s travels through Africa, the 13th century voyages of Marco Polo or Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage as he attempted to determine the …

CouchSurfing Launches Smartphone App
July 19, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment
CouchSurfing Launches Smartphone App

CouchSurfing.org, a website that allows users to connect with and stay on the couches of others (for free) recently release a mobile app for iPhone and Android.
With the app explosion of the past few years, …

Is ‘Culture Shock’ Such a Bad Thing?
July 19, 2012 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
Is ‘Culture Shock’ Such a Bad Thing?

According to Wikipedia, ‘Culture shock’ is “the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, or to a move between …

How to Stay Stress-Free While Traveling on Business [VIDEO]
July 18, 2012 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

Ever felt like the joys of traveling are being outweighed by the massive stresses that come with it?
Luckily, Lonely Planet TV presenter Asha Gill is here to help, as she’s created a video giving several …

How to Be a Tech Savvy Traveler [VIDEO]
July 18, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

Ever felt like traveling with technology (i.e. your cell phone, laptop or tablet) could be a bit of a chore?
Ellie Rountree of RocketBoom.com has created a helpful video in which she talks about how to …

Best Airline of 2012 Announced
July 18, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
Best Airline of 2012 Announced

The SKYTRAX World Airline Awards are held every year, airlines on a variety of criteria (such as ‘best low cost airline’, ‘best catering’ and ‘best overall airline).
The SKYTRAX Airline Awards are among the most prestigious …

Examples of Jobs That Allow You to Travel
July 18, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
Examples of Jobs That Allow You to Travel

There are many ways of making money on the road, and many great jobs that can allow you to do so.
In this modern age, there are more jobs than ever that a person can do …

9 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Joining the Peace Corps
July 17, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
9 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Joining the Peace Corps

The U.S. Peace Corps is (in their own words) the “toughest job you’ll ever love.”
As many Peace Corps veterans will tell you, there’s usually an unpleasant or startling moment when you truly realize what it …

Timelapse: 24 Hours of the World’s Air Traffic [VIDEO]
July 16, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

Ever wondered what 24 hours of the entire world’s air traffic looks like when condensed into 1 minute and 12 second period?
Me neither!
However, the following (rather spectacular) video goes to show just how many …