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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 …

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?

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?

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 …

The Best Places Around the World to Take a Cooking Class

One of the best ways to experience another culture is to sample its food.
An even better way of developing an understanding with another culture is to learn how to cook their food for yourself …

4 Reasons to Travel in the Off-Season

Have you ever been traveling and quickly grown tired with overfilled hostels and hotels, restaurants that seem to be booked up for eternity and long queues for overpriced attractions?
If so, you’ve probably been doing most …

Going Away for Memorial Day – When Should You Hit the Road?

Everyone who’s ever driven a long distance will know how annoying it can be to get stuck in traffic.
With Memorial Day coming up (and the massive amounts of travelers it brings with it), anyone taking …

How to Travel Plastic-Free (and Why You Should Try Doing it)

As people become more and more aware of the damage we’re doing to the world through using (and not reusing) plastic items, the inevitable question that most environmentally aware travelers will ask is “what can …

How to Choose a Travel Agency

This guest post was written by Michelle Tomlin, who writes about travel and saving money at www.travelinsurance.org.
Finally taking that long awaited holiday you’ve needed in order to unwind and relax?
Doing all the research and booking by …

How to Rent a Summer Vacation Home

If you’re planning on going away this summer, renting a summer vacation home can be a great alternative to staying in hotels, motels and hostels.
Providing you’re staying in one place for a while, renting a …

How to Travel With Friends (And Return Home as Friends)

Although there are many benefits to traveling solo, for many people traveling with a group friends is the most enjoyable way of experiencing the world.
Traveling has the power to create lifelong bonds between you and …

How to Pack a Surfboard for Air Travel

In a recent post I outlined the best airlines for those traveling with a surfboard.
Let’s say you’ve found (and booked your flight with) and airline that’ll allow you to bring your surfboard on the plane …

How to Prevent Your House’s Pipes from Bursting in Cold Weather While You’re Away

Lately it seems that global warming has been digging its claws in deeper and deeper, as recent winters seem to have been colder than ever.
One of the best things about traveling is that you can …

Anti-Malarial Tablets: The Lowdown

As you may know, malaria is a potentially fatal disease that’s a massive problem in many parts of the world (particularly Africa, Asia and South America).
If you plan on traveling to a place where there …

Q&A: Worried About Traveling? Common Travel Concerns

So you’ve decided you want to go traveling. You’ve bought all your gear, planned your route and read the guide books.
Despite everything seemingly going to plan, you still have a few concerns/worries about traveling.
It’s …

What to Do With All Your Stuff When You Travel

Before you embark on a trip around the world (or some period of extended travel) it’s a good idea to consider what you’re going to do with all of your things while you’re away.
What will …

Worried About Your Teenager Traveling Solo? Advice for Parents

Every parent will tell you that their child is the most important thing in their life, and that they’d do anything to prevent them from harm.
How are parents supposed to act, then, when their teenage …

Should You Write a Blog When You Go Traveling?

Writing a travel blog of your adventures when you go traveling can be a great idea, and thanks to blogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress, starting writing your very own travel blog has never …

Question: What is the Best Foreign Language to Learn When Traveling the World?

Ideally, when choosing a new language to learn you’ll want to pick one that you’ll get a lot of use out of.
When traveling, you want to be able to communicate with as many people as …

Cruises for Singles – A Beginner’s Guide

For the solo traveler, singles cruise are the ultimate equalizer, as most people you’ll meet will be there on their own (just like you).
This takes a lot of the pressure off of meeting people as …

Airport Rules for Carry-on Bags

After 9/11 the airport rules for carry-on bags (and more specifically what you can and can’t take on a plane) were shaken up and changed dramatically.
While this was undoubtedly a good thing (as it should …

7 Reasons to Travel by Train

Before airplanes and motorcars were put into mass production and use, traveling by train was THE way to get around the country.
It seems, however, that with the recent economic slump train travel is making a …

How to Eat a Balanced Diet While Traveling

Sticking to a regular, balanced diet is relatively simple to do for the most part, despite requiring great willpower.
When you’re at home you’re in an environment that you can easily control.
You decide what goes in …

A Guide to Traveling with Children on the Road

People often talk about how they have a large list of things they want to do (such as traveling) before they settle down and have children, but what if you want to take your children …

Air Travel with Toddlers and Young Children – A Survival Guide

Going on a family vacation with your young children/toddlers can be one of the best things you’ll ever do, as you’ll create great memories that will last a lifetime.
Traveling with toddlers (and in particular air …

Do Kids Need ID to Fly?

I recently had a question emailed to me regarding whether children need ID to fly or not:
Q.
“Dear Nick, I am going on holiday with my toddler in a couple of months and we will need …

Air Travel for Unaccompanied Minors

In these times of cheap flights and high divorce rates, there are a great number of minors flying unaccompanied by their parents.
If you’re worried about your your children flying on their own, there are a …

How to Avoid Your Flight Being Cancelled

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to your gate at the airport only to find out your flight has been cancelled.
If this has never happened to you than you’re one of the lucky ones, but …

How to Explain Your Desire to Travel to Those Who Don’t Get It

Picture the scene: In the last three years you’ve gone traveling at least twice (to different parts of the world) and had a great time. With this in mind, you proudly announce to your family …

What Insurance Do I Need When Hiring a Car?

One of the most common questions asked in the travel industry is “What insurance do I need when hiring a rental car?”
Because car rental companies have been competing so fiercely in recent years, the relative …

What are the Packing Essentials for a RTW Trip? (VIDEO)

In this excellent 20 minute video Philip Cotsford (of Locomote.org) gives you a detailed tour of his packing essentials and what he likes to take with him when he travels around the world.
Philip starts off …

Wheelchair Travel Tips – How to Board a Plane for Wheelchair Users (VIDEO)

This excellent video (narrated by Mark from EasyStand.com) gives you a step-by-step guide to getting through an airport (and airport security) and onto a plane whilst in a wheelchair.
Mark talks about everything from checking your …

Booking a Family Cruise – The Beginner’s Guide

Cruises have become amazingly popular in the last ten years, and it seems that this popularity and interest is only going to increase.
It is estimated that in 2010 over 20 million people went on a …

How to Learn a New Language in 3 Months

Learning a new language is a great thing to do, as it opens up a whole new world to you and because you’ll be able to communicate with and understand other cultures in ways like …

How to Travel With a Laptop

Before going traveling there are always lots of big decisions to make.
Questions such as ‘How long will I be going for?’, ‘Who should I go with?‘ and ‘What kind of backpack should I buy/take?’ will …

Airline Legroom Comparison (for Economy Class)

Which airline is ‘best’ is often debated, but to lots of people the ‘best airline’ is simply one that is cheap, safe and reliable and that has decent amenities (such as TV screens in the …

Using GPS-Based Apps to Make USA Road Trips Easier

One of the great American traditions is the road trip, and it’s easy to see why given the vast amount of highways and beautiful scenery all across the USA.
Setting off into the relative unknown like …

The Top 10 Airlines in the World (Voted for By You)

When planning a trip it’s difficult to choose which airline you should fly with. Oftentimes the choice is made purely by price (i.e. the cheapest airline wins). But what if millions of people could vote …

Short Term Apartment Rentals – How to Live Like a Local

Short-term apartment rentals are something that most travelers never consider, but they they’re a great way to get the experience of living like a local, and if you’re sharing the cost of the apartment with …