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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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Don’t Pay in U.S. Dollars Abroad

Though I’ve pointed this out before, this is a reminder to decline to pay in dollars when you’re outside country borders. read more »

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MY AUNT’S sage advice for vacationers: “Decide on all the clothes and all the money you will need; then take half the clothes and twice as much money, and you will have a wonderful holiday.”

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Why Manufactured Spending Is Irresponsible

Nothing says obsession like creating spreadsheets of the credit cards you’re churning so you can get a chance to fly in Singapore’s suites. read more »

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The Key Factors That Affect Jet Lag

It would be great if there was some catch-all but perhaps the best way to beating jet lag is to know all the different elements that affect it. read more »

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Should I Travel With a Suitcase or Backpack?

The differences between traveling with a suitcase and backpack are vast. What you should reach for when it’s time to pack up the belongings can differ depending on the trip and what you’re looking for in a bag. read more »


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In Defense of the Aisle Seat

According to Quartz, rich Americans like the aisle seat the best. Now that’s just classist. read more »

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The Platypus PlusBottle Doesn’t Eclipse the Vapur Eclipse

When my Vapur Eclipse broke earlier this year, I was devastated. It was time to look for a collapsible water bottle alternative. Though the Platypus PlusBottle is fine, I still think there are better products out there on the market. read more »


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How To Pack Light as a Girl (and Stay Stylish)

Being a girl can work to your assets or against you when it comes to traveling light. Fortunately I’ve had 28 years to deal with my baggage. read more »

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When Mileage Runs Are (and Aren’t) Worth It

When I hear about people mileage running, I want to wince. Who wants to spend six days in the air just to gain status? read more »

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Apps That Work Without Paying for In-Flight Wi-Fi

Maybe I’m a sucker because I pay for in-flight Wi-Fi. Turns out there’s a bunch of services on your phone that work without needing to pay up. read more »

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How To Pick Between a Bulkhead or Exit-Row Seat

Ask anyone about what they think the best seat is on the plane and they’re bound to tell you it’s the bulkhead or an exit-row seat. However, each type of seat comes with their own advantages and disadvantages. read more »


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Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Black Suitcase

Do you actually enjoy spending time at the luggage carousel waiting for your bag? Then, by all means, please buy a black suitcase. read more »

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Use the Rule of Thirds To Compose Your Travel Photos

Kickass travel photos with learning the basic elements of a photo and how to compose one. If you’ve been centering the main objects in each photo, STOP. read more »

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Reviewing the Light, “Indestructible” Crumpled City Maps

I am merciless with my maps. Sometimes after going through a three-day beating with me, a map will be completely unrecognizable. (“What did you DOOOO?” is something I hear a lot.) read more »


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Here’s Advice About the Advice We Give

The problem with advice is that most people don’t know what to do with it. We dish out lots of travel advice here and now we’re going to dish some about our own advice. read more »

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