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Rita Anya Nara
Rita Anya Nara is the author of The Anxious Traveler: How to Overcome Your Fear to Travel the World. She personally overcame the limitations of chronic anxiety disorder to travel to over 40 countries around the world, and specializes in empowering prospective tourists and business travelers to trade their armchair for a suitcase. Her website is and she is on Twitter @RitaAnyaNara.

Entries by Rita Anya Nara

Driving in a Foreign Country: The 7 Worst Problems You Won't See Coming

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Hungry to take a summer road trip someplace exotic? Read up before you give Hertz or Avis a call, and remember, a drive around another continent can be a wonderful adventure as long as you're prepared. So, here's the run-down of things you need to understand before deciding to drive...

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Driving in a Foreign Country: What You Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Getting from Point A to Point B in a foreign land is a fundamental part of traveling -- and should be one of the more enjoyable aspects of exploring a new country. New and seasoned travelers alike take their choice of transportation -- whether on vacation or a business or...

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Russian Buildings Pretty Enough to Eat

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Are we supposed to love or hate Russia right now? Yeah, they hosted a fabulous Olympics; then, less than three weeks later, decided to slice off a piece of another country. One thing's for sure: While Russian borscht is nothing to write home about, some of the great cityscapes are...

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Tourist Scams, Part 3: What to Know Before You Go

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Here's the final segment on what to keep a wary eye out for during your travels. May you all have safe and scam-free journeys, wherever they may take you!

Driver or hotel claiming you damaged their property

I sat in the back of a taxi last fall in Morocco that...

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Tourist Scams, Part 2: What You Don't Know Could Cost You Big-Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 2:31 PM

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.

7. Forced Upgrade at a Hotel
You book and pay for your hotel...

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Tourist Scams: What You Need to Know

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Few things are going to cause you stress on a trip abroad, like getting cheated, duped, taken advantage of or just plain screwed over. When we travel, we often let our guard down, because we're curious about people in our host country, we want to be liked, and we want...

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How to Find a Quiet Place to Relax in a Crowded Foreign City

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Do you often come back from a trip and feel like you need a "vacation to recover from your vacation?" You're not alone.

Many people feel this way because they didn't let themselves decompress at any time while they were away. Given the greater emotional and physical energy exerted during...

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Fear Traveling? Go From "Headcase to Suitcase" With These 8 Steps

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Anxious about taking a trip? Worried you'll get overwhelmed so far from home and want to fly back within two days, devastating your confidence and upsetting your travel companion? You don't have to resign yourself to reading travel blogs and books while others are out actually seeing and experiencing the...

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How to Travel on a Special Diet

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Lactose intolerance. Gluten-free diets. Low-sodium diets. Any one of dozens of food allergies... and more. Plenty of us are on a special diet or have restrictions on what we can eat, often for medical reasons. Some people won't even go on long trips abroad because they're justifiably worried that a...

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Suomenlinna: The Ultimate Destination for Travel Loners

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 3:12 PM

The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own. Where else are you going to find ancient canons, thousands of birds, active military personnel,...

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You've Never Seen Casablanca Like This Before

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Casablanca isn't known for being gorgeous. It's frequently overshadowed by other, more aesthetic Moroccan cities -- Marrakech, Fez, Rabat -- and doesn't have that expensively beautiful feel of Dubai, Tehran or Doha. Most people have forgotten about the movie that made it pretty and chic. So what? I've come to...

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Are You a Dromomaniac? -- The 10 Most Common Manias That Affect Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Are you a dromomaniac (insatiable traveler)? Of course you are -- if you weren't a xenomaniac (inquisitive person obsessed with foreign things and places) you wouldn't be reading this. You've come to the right place to find out if you're a opsomaniac, sophomaniac, or...

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7 Ways to Avoid Post-Vacation Depression

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Here's a quick quiz. Which of the following do you do when you get back home from a spectacular trip abroad?

a) go to bed, even after you've recovered from jet lag
b) have a beer (or two or three) and ignore your pile of bills for a week

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21 Things to Pack for a Trip to a Developing Country

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Traveling to a place where creature comforts are as common as snow and ice? Don't let "roughing it" ruin your warm-weather escape this month. If you're destined for a place where it's easier to buy a goat than a bottle of Purell, or where the locals think that "Samsonite" is...

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Can Smartphone Applications Take the Stress Out of Touring Alone?

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Can smartphone applications take the stress out of touring alone? Or will it take out the fun? And the discovery?

Imagine standing in the street of a foreign country and holding your smartphone out at arm's length, and having the names and uses of each building in front of you...

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How to Prepare an Emergency Medical Contact Card Before You Go Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:16 AM

If you've ever had to visit an ER or doctor in another country, you know how critical it is to have an emergency medical card, and several supplemental documents, with you at all times (or at least in your hotel room). Some of this medical and personal information seems pointless...

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The Top 12 Travel Phobias You Probably Have and Don't Even Realize

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Sure, you may know you have aviatophobia (fear of flying), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), xenophobia (fear of strangers) and mysophobia (fear of germs); those are all pretty pedestrian. What about all those other angst-inducing scenarios and situations that crop up when you're living life on the road? They've probably...

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Touring in the Cold: What Travelers From Mild Climates Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Some of us, quite frankly, are sick of seeing flowers, hearing birds, and braving it through 65-degree afternoons where we call home. We may live in the Southwest, in Australia, in Southern Europe, or any number of other "lucky" places that escaped the recent rash of glacial gloom. For many...

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