In Response to Fear & Travel Warnings

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In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali, and elsewhere, there’s plenty of fear to go around, but should you change your travel plans?
Invisible Cities

Traveler Reads: Invisible Cities

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A review of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities from a travel perspective.

Good Advice from Taipei

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Sometimes the signs around cities are simple. Other times they're confusing. This one at the Lin An Tai Ancestral House (林安泰古厝) near the Expo...
saigon vietnam

Facing Reality While Traveling

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While traveling through some less developed countries, we're bound to encounter poverty and lifestyles that are unfamiliar to us.
Yangon Region Court

When the Travel Plan Doesn’t Pan Out

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Travel doesn't always go as planned. But sometimes, it works out for the best as it did for me when I had to quickly re-plan my trip in Myanmar.
seoul view

Long Way Traveled

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As I overlooked the sprawling city before the rain arrived, N Seoul Tower atop Namsan provided a reminder of just how far from home...
seoul money museum

The Road to Avoiding Foreign Currency Exchange Fees

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Dealing with foreign transactions can be a headache for some travelers, but with a little preparation and research, it shouldn't be a problem.

Another Birthday Abroad

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"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams." -H.G. Wells,...
shinjuku tokyo

Celebrating Abroad

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I've been working on the theory that birthdays abroad don't count. I like this theory because I've now celebrated six birthdays abroad (one in...
heavenly lake temple

Literary Travel Inspiration

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"What is true peace, I cannot know. A hundred wars have come and gone as I’ve grown old. I bear their burdens in my bones. Mine’s the...
Laguna Beach

Is It Really a Holiday?

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Lonely Planet recently posted a statement for discussion: "Traveling to visit your family is not a holiday." This statement made me think about trips I've...
tianchi xinjiang

How Many Steps to Travel?

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I walk a lot when I travel. It's a great way to get to know a city. But I don't walk as much as Jean Béliveau who spent 11 years walking across the earth.
vietnam traffic

Authenticity and Travel Photography

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Travel photography is an art form, and we take more photos than we need. We then over-edit those photos. Can we have authenticity in travel photography?
packing

The Art of Packing for Travel

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It's not always easy packing for a trip, especially if it's a long one. Here are some of the essentials I pack to ensure I have what I need.
yokohama japan

Returning to Familiar Tokyo

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What has happened makes the world. Live on the edge, looking. -Robert Creeley, "Here" I started my current journey in Tokyo--I had wanted to visit Japan for a long time, and it...