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Surviving 18 Months Traveling With My Wife

Kip Patrick | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Was surviving our sojourn an achievement worth noting on a resume? And more importantly, am I so terrible a travel partner as to note mere survival as a successful outcome? This would require serious thought.

OTP's Guide to Swagger on the Road

Off Track Planet | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Make like the hippies, beatniks, rastas, and punks and pioneer your own street style.

The Top 5 of Florence

Andy Steves | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

As many people around the world know, Florence, Italy is the European capital of renaissance history and art. Before you go across the pond, make sure these five activities are set in stone as you plan to walk the same streets as Michelangelo.

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in: Florence

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.18.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When you've had it up to here with ancient fine art, stumble around on the cobblestone to discover the party side of Florence. Photo by: gigi galiazz...

In Transit. In Angkor Wat.

Zack Simon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
Zack Simon

Our arrival at Angkor Wat was something majestic. The temples of the complex were silhouetted against the groan, which had by then risen to a chorus of orange and red that hurried through the paper-thin clouds pasted high in the indigo sky above.

Hostel Behavior

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

As a cultural institution, they have enabled generations of travelers to travel affordably, freely and comfortably all around the world. They're becoming safer, more common and even more affordable.

Does Travel Make You More Employable?

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

Taking an extended journey around the world changes one's life for the better. Travel forces you to become social and adaptable. One has no choice but to walk up to strangers, talk to people and make new friends while on the road.

How To Get On Italy's Sh*t List

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

The proud people of the Boot are passionate about life, and can get passionately pissed off if you break any of the unwritten rules that define their world-celebrated, and oft-imitated, culture.

Guide to Adventure Sports in Veracruz, Mexico

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.30.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Veracruz isn't the Mexico you are used to, and you'll thank us for that. Let your adrenaline loose for less, and get a taste of the real Mexico while you're at it.

You Down with Koh Phi Phi? Yeah You Know Me

Zack Simon | Posted 05.13.2014 | Travel
Zack Simon

A few large Chang beers, and another night watching the fire show on the beach was all we needed in order to feel that we were enjoying our lives. Indeed, even amongst the muddled talk of graduate school and economic malaise, we were enjoying our lives.

The 7 Most Annoying Travelers In The World

Thrillist | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Credit: Flickr user John Fowler Ever checked into a resort and found the hot tub brimming with a family of six? Congratulations: you've just met ...

Seven Spots in Southeast Asia You Absolutely Have to See to Believe

Lina Eroh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Lina Eroh

Budget travel in Southeast Asia is some of the most luxurious out there, which means just a little bit of money gets you very far on the road to awesome.

Why the F*ck Aren't You in Bratislava?

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Slovakia is the country that used to be married to the Czech Republic before the end of the Cold War and is like the Kansas of Europe. Bratislava is situated on the far western end along the Danube river.

The Minimalist Traveler's Makeup Bag

Courtney and H.J. Derr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Style
Courtney and H.J. Derr

Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer for dark circles as well as the occasional blemish.

5 Movies You Must See Before Going to Australia

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Can koalas be kept as pets? Films poke fun at these false stereotypes of Australian living, and they also paint more realistic pictures of life on the world's largest island. We chewed through the best Australian flicks and picked five to watch before you hop down to the Sunburnt Country.

Who Ruins the World? Travelers? A Chat With Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail (Part 2 of 2)

Adedana Ashebir | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Adedana Ashebir

I think traveling is among the best ways we can all get to know one another around the world and be more aware of, respect, and enjoy both our similarities and differences.

How to Survive That Massive Overnight Layover

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.03.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

How can someone possibly kill eight... ten... twelve hours without succumbing to the physical and emotional pain involved in such an ordeal? The answer is preparation.

How to Get on Russia's Sh*t List

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

If a stampede of angry drunk Russians is your idea of adventure, get on the Soviet sh*t list and unleash the beast. Photo by: Kyle Taylor If there ...

Crimea in Sunnier Times

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

It's never easy when a nation is divided by ethnic identity, something difficult to understand as an American. I can only empathize after a few weeks spent in Eastern Europe, having merely scratched the surface of identity conflicts in the region.

Who Ruins the World? Travelers? A Chat with "Gringo Trails" Director Pegi Vail (Part 1 of 2)

Adedana Ashebir | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Adedana Ashebir

"Perhaps the time has come that guidebooks highlight newer destinations in favor of one that's overrun to allow them some breathing space."

27 Travel Tips to Help You Become a Master Traveler

Matt Kepnes | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Below are my 27 golden rules for travel. If you follow them, you'll be a master traveler, able to travel the world with swashbuckling zeal and expert ninja-like knowledge... all without breaking the bank so you can keep cutting a path forward through the world for longer

Alcohol Etiquette: A Guide to Getting Drunk Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Getting drunk is easy. Being a worldly, respectable drunk takes practice.

9 Places You Must Have Sex Around the World in 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Now that Obamacare is keeping an eye on your pulse, you're free to spike your heartbeat by any means you please. Start breathing hard; we've pinned down nine new places for you to plant your pervy seed in 2014.

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in Prague

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.03.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Prague's party scene is more beer and jazz, less ecstasy and techno. Although not as cheap as it once was, Prague's beer-brewing skills are amongst the best on the planet and you can still party like a king on a peasant's budget.

Underrated: Krakow, Leave Your Inhibitions at Home

Andy Steves | Posted 04.28.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

As one of the few places still left in Europe that is untouched by English-speaking tourists, Starbucks chains and menus in 10 languages, I'd say Krakow is a destination worth checking out.