Reviews

How I Survived an 11-Hour Flight

April 23, 2014
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Before my January 2014 trip to Honolulu, I had never been on a long-haul flight before, unless you count the 8 hours it takes to get to some European countries. Eight hours is grueling enough, but the idea of being cooped up on a plane—in economy class—for 11 hours sent chills of dread up my […]

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Using a Mobile Router for Hotel Room Wifi

October 23, 2013
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Late last year, I started traveling with just a tablet and smartphone. Getting rid of the ball-and-chain weight of my netbook was liberating for my back. Unfortunately, there was a tradeoff: Lack of hotel options. Almost all of the hotel rooms I stay in have wired Internet in the rooms, but not all of them […]

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Book Review: Magic Carpet Seduction, Travel Tales Off the Beaten Path

August 28, 2013
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Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with Lisa Egle, otherwise known to her online followers as “Chickybus,” which is also the name of her blog. I’ve read hundreds of travel blogs over the past five years, and hers is one of my favorites. Lisa is a born storyteller, and […]

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Travel Gear Review: The Scottevest Women’s Travel Vest

February 20, 2013
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Let’s get this out of the way first: This is not a sponsored post. I wanted to review this vest in case anyone else is thinking about buying one. The Scottevest is an article of travel clothing that has been around for several years. The premise behind the vest is that it helps you save […]

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Travel Gear Review: The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

February 13, 2013
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I’ve come to accept that I’ll never be a carry-on only traveler. I’ve tried it three times now, and I don’t like it, for reasons I’ve outlined before. For me, checking my suitcase and just bringing my backpack on the plane as a carry-on makes for a much easier flying experience. Except it hasn’t been […]

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Book Review: The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel

November 7, 2012
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Heads up, boomers, there’s a new guide in town. If you’re a baby boomer (anyone born between 1946 and 1964), and you’re faced with the prospect of traveling solo for the first time in your life, this may be the guide for you. The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel was written by Leyla Giray, […]

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The Thrill is Gone: An Airport Rant

June 8, 2012
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As the old saying goes, there’s a thin line between love and hate. Congratulations, US airlines, TSA, and airports all across the US. You have pushed me over that line, you have turned my love for flying into hate. It’s been coming for awhile now, and mostly, I’ve blamed the airlines–what with costly flight cancellations […]

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Solo Travel and the Long-distance Train

August 31, 2011

Ever wondered what it would be like to go solo on a long-distance train trip? Wonder no more. Today’s guest blogger, Brooke Schoenman, outlines what train travel can be like for both the solitary–and the sociable–solo traveler.   Out of necessity, I started traveling solo, as many of us do. After several jaunts and jumps […]

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The Pros and Cons of the Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour Bus

July 5, 2011

You see them in almost every major city that is a tourist destination: The brightly-colored double-decker buses packed with tourists snapping photos of every building, every landmark, every dog they see whizzing on a fire hydrant. Maybe you’ve been on one. Maybe you’ve made fun of everyone on one. Maybe, just maybe, you’ve done both […]

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