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5 travel gifts for your Christmas Wish List

26 Nov

I hope, for your sake, that you’re reading this from halfway across the world. Because as I type, millions of Americans are descending on Wal-Mart and Best Buy in the pre-Christmas ritual known as Black Friday. Holiday shopping has officially begun. And apparently, I’m not exempt from the madness. I am, after all, posting a wish list!

Anyway, here’s the travel stuff I would be dreaming of this Christmas, if I didn’t already have most of it: Continue reading


Travel Insurance: 4 questions to ask before you buy

10 Nov

After my escapades in Nicaragua, I’m a huge fan of travel insurance. I used to think nothing bad could happen to me, but now I realize that if you travel enough, it’s only a matter of time before lose your bag, end up in the hospital, or have your flight canceled by an erupting volcano.

However, insurance polices are never as straightforward as they seem, and before buying one for your trip, it’s a good idea to read through the fine print and ask yourself the following four questions: Continue reading

Travel alert? Stick to small cities

7 Oct

I’m a few days late in posting on the new US travel alerts for Europe, but I think the safety tips in this article are worth pointing out. Some are no-brainers (“Don’t look American”) and other might be a bit over the top (“Contract a security firm”), but even in the absence of a travel advisory, I would definitely think twice before staying in high profile hotel or using public transportation during rush hour. Continue reading

The best souvenirs

16 Sep

“Nice sandals.”
“Where did you get your shoes?”

Every time I wear these beauties, I brace myself for a slew of compliments and more than a little envy. I bought my sandals in Verona, Italy for 40 Euros back in 2006, and I haven’t seen anything like them in the U.S. for less than $200. When I tell this to admirers, they look a little deflated. Continue reading

Travel underwear on the cheap

24 Aug

Travel underwear. Once on, the right pair should hardly merit a second thought. But as I found out the hard way (again and again), the wrong pair can totally dampen a trip. Continue reading

Double check hotel “glamour shots”

9 Aug

What is true in social networking is also true for hotels — looks can be deceiving. Just as you pick the most flattering snapshot for your facebook profile, so hotels want their websites to showcase their amenities in the best possible light. And with a professional photographer, that’s not hard to do. Continue reading