When your budget approaches the big "O" halfway across the world, everything becomes less peaches and sunshine and more hunger pangs and angry fits. Luckily, you don't need a trunk of Portuguese gold to turn the situation around.
While in Nha Trang, I met an English teacher who had been in Vietnam for many years. He said the Vietnamese are taught that their problems are caused by the West, especially by the French and Americans.
Never thought of Canada, did you? Well this sleeping giant knows how to have a good time. When Amsterdam stops burning, hop past Washington, blaze through to Vancouver and make Holland beg for forgiveness.
Oslo is only expensive for the uninformed and there's always a way to sneak your way to cheap. Whether you're showing off your own crown jewels or stealing the Royals', there's no need for your wallet to ever leave your backpack.
Travel is delightfully (and frustratingly) unpredictable. Foreign correspondents and international aid workers often get special survival training. The next best thing is this back-pocket travel survival instruction manual.
Today a growing number of older travelers are realizing that they are at the perfect stage of life to hit the road and see the world. Here are just a few reasons why older travelers might have a better experience than their younger counterparts.
To be honest, I'm a bit of a "bourgeois hippie," which basically means that while I can sleep in tents, crash in squats and otherwise rough it, I maintain my inviolable right to pack personal style alongside my sleeping bag.
Backpacking through a foreign country can be the thrill of a lifetime: immersing oneself in a new culture, skipping the obvious destinations for the more down-to-earth experience, savoring all that a new land has to offer.
Clearly, the "city that Gaudi built," Barcelona, is heavily influenced by his style of organic, surreal architecture. At the same time, the Mediterranean supplies the city with some of the best seafood in the world.