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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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I’m Ben Schlappig and This Is How I Travel

It’s not often that I meet someone crazier than me. Ben Schlappig has been running the One Mile at a Time blog since early 2008, so I caught up with this veteran to see if he’s had any tips he’s picked up along the way. read more »


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Say It Right: “What Is the Wi-Fi Password?”

It doesn’t matter how tired I am; I’ve asked this at 6 am after rolling off a 12-hour red-eye trip. I need my Facebook fix, goddamnit. read more »

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What Do You Carry in Your Wallet When You Travel?

So just about the only thing I’ve learned from this is that figuring out what to carry in your wallet is more art than science. read more »

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Book Report: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I saw the movie once a couple of years ago and all I can remember thinking was how much Zooey Deschanel annoyed me. Thank god that even she couldn’t ruin the spirit of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for me. read more »


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There’s a Misspelled Name on the Plane Ticket

I was skimming an email confirmation I got from British Airways when something made my eyes pop. They had spelled my little sister’s name wrong. read more »

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How To Cross the Street (Almost Anywhere)

Do not follow the crowd, especially if the crowd is just a bunch of tourists. It’s the blind leading the blind. read more »

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Why British Airways Is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Free Flights in the U.S.

If you’ve got to book a domestic award ticket within the continental U.S., British Airways is probably the best program to use. It’s downright fascinating that, in this case, you’d probably want to use an airline that isn’t even based here. read more »


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Learn Languages Like a Diplomat From the FSI

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »


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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 »

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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 »

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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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