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Why Being Broke is the Best Time to Travel


When you don’t have much money, travel seems only a nice fantasy. When you have debts, loans, or a crummy job; sleep on your friend’s couch; or can barely afford McDonalds, it seems that traveling is a pipe dream that will probably never come true, something you’re going to have to put off until you have money.

Searching for the Perfect Dram on Islay


Whisky and I got off to a rocky start. The first time I tried it was in college. It tasted like rocket fuel.

The Amazing Difference a Year Can Make


“The days are long but the years are short.” I’m not sure where I first heard that phrase, but over the past year, I’ve come to believe it.

Searching for the Perfect Dram on Islay


Whisky and I got off to a rocky start. The first time I tried it was in college. It tasted like rocket fuel.

Cyber Monday Sale: Save Money on Everything!


Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! Today’s the day where everyone old enough to remember chat rooms makes dirty jokes and snickers at the day’s name (a/s/l, anyone?

An Inside Look at Living and Working in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is a country of mystery: it’s not easy to visit as a tourist as tourist visas are rarely approved; non-Muslims can’t visit the holy sites like Mecca and Medina; and most workers live on special compounds.

10 Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers


Every month (most of the time), Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I obviously can’t talk expertly on the subject!

How to Start a Travel Blog


This is a post for people who are looking to build a travel blog and don’t know where to start. I blogged a few months ago on how to grow your travel blog but realized I put the cart before the horse so, after many emails, I wanted to share the simple steps for getting your blog up and running.

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play


Looking back, what I remember the most about my life in the cubicle was the utter boredom. Back before I started traveling, I worked in hospital administration: first in inpatient assistance (I was the guy that greeted patient families when they came onto the units) and then in the administration office of the surgery department.

The amazing difference a year can make


“The days are long but the years are short.” I’m not where I first heard that phrase, but over the past year, I’ve come to believe it.

10 Great Gay Hotspots Around the World


I’ve added an LGBT column for the website to make the site more inclusive and talk about issues that affect some members of our community.

My Favorite Travel Books of 2016


Travel books: I love reading them! They keep me inspired and educated, and help me pass the time on long flights, bus rides, and train rides.

How You Can Help Stop Animal Abuse in the Tourism Industry


Dear Travelers, While I was in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, eating kottu (a traditional spicy stir-fry of shredded roti bread with vegetables and chicken), I noticed a scene outside the restaurant that I’ve witnessed many times before: tourists riding an elephant.

Sri Lankans: Making a Stranger Feel Like Family


I didn’t know much about Sri Lanka before my visit. Most of what I knew was picked up via the news and a few blog posts written by friends.

My Ultimate Guide to Sri Lanka: Tips, Costs, Itineraries, and Favorites


Sri Lanka — a jewel–shaped country in the Indian Ocean — was an unexpected surprise. I loved every bit of it: the verdant landscape, the delicious food; the crumbling, overgrown ruins; the abundant wildlife; and (especially) the welcoming locals who took hospitality to the next level.

How to Save Money in Reykjavik


I’ve walked Reykjavik’s main shopping street many times before. There’s not a day that goes by when I visit the city that I don’t end up there somehow.

How You Can Help Stop Animal Abuse in the Tourism Industry


Dear Travelers, While I was in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, eating kottu (a traditional spicy stir-fry of shredded roti bread with vegetables and chicken), I noticed a scene outside the restaurant that I’ve witnessed many times before: tourists riding an elephant.

My Ultimate Guide to Sri Lanka: Tips, Costs, Itineraries, and Favorites


Sri Lanka — a jewel–shaped country in the Indian Ocean — was an unexpected surprise. I loved every bit of it: the verdant landscape, the delicious food; the crumbling, overgrown ruins; the abundant wildlife; and (especially) the welcoming locals who took hospitality to the next level.

Sri Lankans: Making a Stranger Feel Like Family


I didn’t know much about Sri Lanka before my visit. Most of what I knew was picked up via the news and a few blog posts written by friends.

How You Can Help Stop Animal Abuse in the Tourism Industry


Dear Travelers, While I was in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, eating kottu (a traditional spicy stir-fry of shredded roti bread with vegetables and chicken), I noticed a scene outside the restaurant that I’ve witnessed many times before: tourists riding an elephant.


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