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Erica Ho
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I guess you want to know who Erica Ho is.

I travel first and write second, even though I started the other way around. I used to be a reporter for TIME in Hong Kong and, before that, a closet geek over at Gizmodo and Lifehacker. I also like to eat Mexican food and unfriendly kangaroos for dinner.

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Pass Your Driver’s License Off as a Student ID

In my early 20s, I would have probably done anything to save a buck. Now, I don’t care so much. read more »

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How to Travel During a Snowpocalypse

Unfortunately, Arctic dogsledding is not an option for most travelers this week. Here’s what to do if Winter Storm Juno has you trapped under her cold, icy thumb. read more »


Extend Your Whatsapp Subscription for Free

If you’re a big Whatsapp user, I’ll let you in on a secret. You probably don’t need to pay for the service. read more »


It’s Not Worth It To Check In Just for Liquids

You’re really going to shell out $25 for a bag when it costs $3-4 max for a shampoo bottle at your destination? Think about it.

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Your Personal Guide To Moving Abroad

Between Karina and me living abroad for almost nine years collectively—and Sydney jetting off for New Zealand soon—we’ve cornered the market on this. read more »

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The Quick Lowdown to Hong Kong

I used to watch the boats sail back and forth in the harbor from my cubicle and this junk (or boat) was always a distinctive blot on the waterfront. When I moved to Hong Kong, I didn’t believe there could be a city crazier than New York. read more »


Marriott Rewards Members Now Get Free Wi-Fi

Who would have thunk Marriott would give away free Wi-Fi? You don’t even need status because all you need to do is to sign up as a Marriott Rewards member. read more »

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Bringing the Comforts of Home Along on a Trip

The most common complaint I ever hear from people traveling is that they miss the comforts of home. I have solved this problem for you because I am just as lazy at home as when I’m traveling. read more »


Debunking the Cookie Browser “Hack” for Good

Finally, it looks like people are catching on to what I’ve known for years: clearing your cookie browsers won’t help you get a cheaper ticket. read more »


Map Happy Is Looking for a Spring Intern

Sydney can’t stay forever so Map Happy is looking for a part-time intern (~20 hours) for a minimum of two months starting in February 2015. read more »

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This Theory May Explain Malaysia’s Bad Luck With Plane Accidents in 2014

Is it a strange coincidence that all major fatal commercial crashes last year involved a Malaysian airline carrier? The answer could be rooted in an old cultural theory that looks at how pilots and first officers operate in emergency situations. read more »


Now Is the Best Season to Travel for Savings

It’s that time of year again. The holiday travel season is winding down which actually means it’s time to do all the serious traveling. read more »


Get the Good Seat on the Plane Without Paying Up

Just because it looks hopeless doesn’t mean you should give up hope for scoring a seat up front. Even if it looks like you’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell. read more »


How Status Drops Affect Existing Reservations

By now, you know whether you’ve managed to keep airline status for the upcoming year or it’s time to join the normal ranks. By that metric, I’ve failed horribly. read more »

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The Travel Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don’t)

Travel hacking is often synonymous with credit card churn and gaming points and miles. I’m no stranger to those tactics but I’ve always been more interested in the nifty, devious ways to get what you want while on the road. Here’s the best of the best, tried true and tested. read more »

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