How Fast Can You Get Fluent in Spanish?

We’ve all been there. After touching down and getting acclimated to your new country, it hits you: while you can say things like, “Where's the airport?” or “How much is this?," you have no clue how to order your favorite...

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Ladies Love London

The idea of traveling to a foreign country by yourself can be pretty scary, especially if you don’t speak the language or you’ve never traveled alone before. That’s why it’s a good idea to cut your travel teeth on a city...

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Operation Bikini Wax

The mission: You have less than 24 hours to a find salon or an individual to give you a bikini wax (preferably with hard wax, because we all know what a disaster crappy Sally Hansen wax can be). “It’s too easy!” you say....

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Driveby Banana-ing in Bucharest

This kid will not take no for an answer. I’ve been trying to shake him for blocks now, but in his thuggish persistence he’s latched onto me like a burr and won’t let go – not until I cough up “uno leu.” He’s small,...

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Don’t F*$! With Mother India

I was 22 years old and on my way to sit in the Vipassana meditation course in Jaipur, India. It was spring of 1997. I had been traveling in India mostly alone for a few months by this time. I was feeling resistance to the impending...

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Gratitude in 365 Days of Travel

It's amazing how the idea of gratitude can change so drastically. Last Thanksgiving,  I was grateful to be embarking on an adventure to Nepal that I thought would last a few months, tops. This Thanksgiving, I'm celebrating 365...

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I Dream of Cyprus…

For the past few years I've been slightly obsessed with the idea of traveling to Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece.  And by obsessed, I mean I've been pinning white-washed bungalows and electric-blue harbors on Pinterest like it's going...

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Superman Sprains His Wrist

A few weeks ago, after a particularly interesting night in Pai Thailand, I received the following email. Dear Michael, This is ____ the girl you helped a lot last night in Pai. my friend ____ now is transferring to Chiangmai lam...

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7 Ways to Get Hotel Discounts in Asia

Do you know how to get hotel discounts and guest house deals in Asia? I know, saving money on places where you’d like to stay doesn’t sound that sexy - but the more money you save = the more you can travel, and that’s not...

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Monkey Mountain in Photos

So I didn't see any monkeys on Monkey Mountain, but I did encounter the largest Buddha statue in Vietnam, a thousand year-old tree with roots that grew up, not down, and views of the entirety of Central Vietnam. Not to be confused...

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5 Easy Ways to Make Money Traveling

If you make money traveling, it means that you can travel indefinitely. Making money while you travel means you don't have to stick to a strict budget because money is always flowing in. It also means you’re free to roam the...

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