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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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Learn Languages Like a Diplomat With this FSI Site

The Foreign Service trains U.S. diplomats all around the world. It’s a good thing then that a good chunk of their language lessons are just sitting there online for free. read more »


Getting Into Contact With Airline Customer Service

Part of running a travel blog is that I always seem to have all the airlines on speed dial, for better or for worse. Here’s the cheat sheet. read more »


Who Has the Best Internet in the Entire World?

Oh good lord, this made me wish I still lived in Hong Kong. I guess I can settle for being number 26. read more »


What Airlines Don’t Tell You About That Free Bag

It has nothing to do with the credit cards. This actually has more to do with the checked bags after you’ve exceeded your free bag limit. read more »

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Case Studies: HotelTonight Is for Last-Minute Splurges

The HotelTonight premise is simple. Mobile users can book empty hotels rooms at the very last minute for awesome savings, which to me is either profoundly brilliant or insane. But how much do you actually save? read more »


How Much Do Travelers Actually Get It On?

The stats will surprise you. If it’s been a while, turns out there’s no better way to get back in the swing of things than by literally getting around. read more »


The Poor Man’s Solution to Beach-Proofing Phones

This weekend, I was on the beach sipping a margarita when a volleyball knocked my drink down. I watched in horror as the liquid pooled around my $700 phone. read more »


When It Makes Sense To Upgrade to First Class

Domestic first class isn’t all that great but there is one scenario that upgrading might actually be worth it. read more »

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Splitwise Is the Best Group Travel Expense Calculator

Heading to Colorado and renting out a house with a group of your friends is awesome. But figuring out who owes who what at the end is like entering the seventh circle of hell. read more »


Lyft Only Has 10 Drivers On the Road in NYC

Lyft launched this past weekend in NYC but it’s impossible to get a ride. That’s because there are probably ten drivers on the road max, said one driver. read more »


Mod Your Browser To Get Cheaper In-Flight Wi-Fi

Some people call this trick devious, but I just think all’s fair in love and Wi-Fi. read more »


Skip the Flash for Better Vacation Photos

No flash. If it’s anything I’ve learned from hanging out with professional photographers, that’s the main thing I’ve picked up. read more »

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.


Keep a Hotel Reservation From Getting Ditched

Don’t bother booking the hotel with Expedia or another site — they’re the first reservations to get dropped if the hotel is overbooked. read more »


The Stats on Your Average Honeymoon

I guess I’m on the same page as everyone when it comes to my honeymoon. Meaning Fiiiiijiiii. read more »

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