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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. Now I travel over 100,000 miles a year on what my family still is convinced is a four-year-plus "vacation." I also like to eat Mexican food and unfriendly kangaroos for dinner, but never together because that's kinda weird.

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Introducing Our New Forums and Discussion System

The seasons are changing, and so is the site. Starting now, we’re going to be closing commenting for good and will be moving everyone toward our new discussion boards. read more »

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The Presidential Approach to Jet Lag

How has each leader of the free world approached the hazards of jet lag? Each personal technique seems just as different as how they liked their eggs for breakfast. read more »


Saying It Right: The Number “Thousand”

Knowing the the place value of a number is good. read more »


Why Most Plane-Ticket Buying Advice is Bogus

Airline ticket buying advice is mostly all stupid. That is except, of course, mine. read more »

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The atmosphere in the airplane cabin is literally as dry as the Gobi Desert.


Is It Possible To Hitchhike Safely?

It’s crazy to believe there are still places out there that practice it and that I won’t chance across a mass murderer by accident. read more »


Put Your Face on Your Luggage To Never Lose It

It’s certainly one way to make sure your luggage never ends up in the wrong hands. Not literally your face, but a picture of your face would probably suffice. read more »

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This Scratch Map Details All the Places You’ve Been

For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect map to adorn my walls. But I think I’ve finally found The One. This scratch-off map comes alive on the walls, revealing a kaleidoscope of colors once you’ve marked the places you’ve visited. read more »


Credit Cards: Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred the Best?

If you follow any travel blog, you probably know that the Chase Sapphire Preferred gets peddled around the most like a cheap whore. read more »


Why Travel Notebooks Won’t Be Extinct Anytime Soon

It’s just not about having paper and pen handy when your phone dies on you. Though that certainly helps. read more »

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How To Survive a Long-Haul Flight With Finesse

I think it’s safe to say that no one enjoys long-haul flights. No one. But here’s how to safely survive a couple of days trapped in an aluminum cannister with your sanity intact. read more »


The Essential Numbers You Need To Know

Not all numbers are created equal. The truth is you’ll need to know some more than others. read more »


How To Make Cheap Airline Wine Taste Better

There’s actually a really easy way to make the swill on board taste a little bit better. read more »

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Is Airbnb Really Better Than Staying at a Hostel?

In the six years since Airbnb launched, the company has pretty much managed to redefine budget traveling. Since then, I’ve played the role as both host and guest in several countries and cities, with, more often than not, mixed feelings. read more »


The Pop-Up Brush Is a Crucial Tool in Every Suitcase

Sometimes when I’m on the road, and I see young, poor dreadlocked backpackers, the only thing I want to do is comb their hair. read more »

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