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7 Secrets to Traveling Like an Expert

Stacia Pierce | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Stacia Pierce

As a frequent traveler, I have spent countless hours in airports and hotels, living out of suitcases or trading one packed bag for another. In my experience, traveling becomes effortless when you're ready in advance.

Is "Voluntourism" Itself Being Exploited?

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Daniela Papi

I'd love to see the image of volunteer travel shift away from people jumping off a plane saying "I'm here to help you!" to saying "I'm here to learn from you how I can be of help, now, or in the future."

Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Earle McLeod

I made a big deal about getting their passport. I treated it like a right of passage. They were graduating from the fifth grade, and they were about to become citizens of the world. I told each of them, "You are an ambassador for your country."

The Pros and Cons of TSA PreCheck

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Few things cause more frustration for air travelers than a seemingly endless line at airport security. Fortunately, resigning to an extra long wait (and the cumbersome task of unpacking nearly all of the contents of your carry-on) is slowly becoming a trend of the past.

6 Shockingly Childish Abuses Of Power By Airport Employees

Cracked | Posted 04.23.2014 | Weird News

Anyone who's danced the airport waltz is probably familiar with random delays, overpriced everything, and security precautions that flirt with idiotic...

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Alaska

David Landsel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
David Landsel

Whether a cheap cruise or an expensive fishing trip, if you want to have your hand held -- or if you just feel like blowing a bunch of cash -- operators are standing by. It doesn't have to be like that, though.

Lions, Zebras and African Children: Voluntourism in the Age of Social Media

Pippa Biddle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

The truth is, I have some of those photos. Photos of me with three or more young children on my lap smiling for the camera. When you don't even know the other subjects' names, the shared stage of your Facebook profile picture becomes and altar to the commodification of poverty.

Living History: Rome's Pantheon

Darius Arya | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Darius Arya

The nearly 2,000-year-old monumental temple is in the middle of the busiest neighborhood in the Eternal City, the historic center, and no matter what you are doing, you're always going to walk past the Pantheon.

Dining Out in Dallas By John Mariani

John Mariani | Posted 06.22.2014 | Home
John Mariani

As the Dallas economy booms, flush with oil money and new development, the arts and restaurant landscapes have flowered like never before. And the new places are packed. Here are some of the exciting entries right now.

The Best New Beach Hotels

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Originally posted on CNTraveler.com Our favorite beach hotels are as different as the beaches they sit on, from a stylish tropical hideaway in Th...

10 Multiuse Travel Products You Need to Pack

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

Save space in your suitcase with these travel products that serve two or more purposes at once. Think a flashlight that doubles as a battery pack, a suitcase that serves as a chair, and a travel pillow that supports more than your neck.

10 Truly Unique City Tours Around the World

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

See a completely different side of a city when you break away from the mob of tourists following the guide with the red umbrella.

9 Gorgeous Hotel Villas In The Caribbean

Oyster | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Owning a private vacation home sure sounds nice, but people fantasizing about their own beachside property often forget that owning also means cleaning, maintaining, fixing, the list goes on... and it can end up being less of a vacation and more of a job!

Tourist Scams: What You Don't Know Could Cost You Big-Time

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

Calling all travelers, explorers, vacationers, and wanderlusts who don't want to be taken advantage of abroad: here's the continuation of last week's series on scams you need to be aware of in cities around the world.

Downsizing in Italy

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

A woman who has been living in Florence for many, many years told me that 'Americans must learn to down-size in order to be happy here.'

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Sonia Gil | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

The last thing you want to be doing on your relaxing vacation is to be on the hunt for bugs! So I am here to tell you how to, not only how to prevent them from disturbing your trip, but most importantly, how to prevent them from coming home with you!

Unplugged: No Time for Technology

Christine Hannon | Posted 06.21.2014 | Technology
Christine Hannon

It is more convenient to write without a ticking clock and battery life displayed in the corner of the screen, but rather lose all sense of time in the connection of thoughts and feelings with other people.

Gulag-Themed Holidays Are All the Rage in Sunny Siberia

Roadtrippers | Posted 06.20.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

The Siberian Times reports that the latest travel fad is 'Gulag Tourism.' Gulags if you remember from 12th grade history, were Soviet-era forced labor camps. They were in existence from the 1930s until 1960.

5 Must-Try International Takes On Macaroni & Cheese

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.20.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Of course, not all macaroni and cheese is made alike.

5 Ways the World Cleans Its Dirty Conscience

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When too much of a good thing starts to feel like a bad thing, it may be time to unclog the spiritual sewage pipe. Photo by: Edison Walker We've se...

What the F*ck Is Coober Pedy?

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Find out how the sandy mole-people of Australia get deep down. Photo by: Whale05 Australia's anti-oasis between Adelaide and Alice Springs, this lo...

Eight Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Overseas Retirement Destination

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 06.19.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

If you're thinking about moving overseas and you want to find the place that's right for you, we'd recommend you have a list of your wants and needs. Don't settle for any place that doesn't match up.

The Biggest Travel Bummer Might Just Be...

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.19.2014 | Travel

If you've ever traveled far and long to see a famous monument, you know it's an exciting experience. But what happens when you arrive at that renowned...

Planting Roots in the Homes of Others: Couch-Surfing in LA

Michele Bigley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Michele Bigley

As a traveler, I am calling this an adventure -- a truth because being without a home with two young children is nothing short of an adventure.

A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez: How Magical Realism Changed My Life

K. Ford K. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

The world of magical realism was an epiphany and I suddenly realized that life was not the black and white, cut and dried reality I had learned in hometown America. A whole new world opened up for me in which the supernatural, the spiritual and the physical coexisted in a exotic mélange that changed my view of life forever.