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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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Are Luxury Hotels Worth Splurging On?

I was trying to play it cool, looking at the countless number of buttons inside the Rolls Royce, when I shot a glance across at my friend. “I just want to play with them,” I whispered to her. read more »


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Entire Row on the Plane? You’ll Need a Wingman

There was once a man, a woman and a middle seat. This is the story of how they landed an entire row on the plane by themselves. read more »

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How To Avoid Car Rental Frequent Flyer Fees

Renting a car is a great opportunity to earn miles with your airline’s frequent flyer program. The only bad thing is the surcharge for it. read more »

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The Best Snacks for Traveling

“You have hollandaise sauce on your performance fleece,” my eating companion muttered to me last week. And this was just at a stationary dining table. Throw in travel and we now have a recipe for disaster. read more »


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Follow Us on Instagram To Win Travel Gear

Do you have this thing called Instagram? Because if you do, you should follow us and jealously ogle at our tantalizing Fiji pictures. read more »

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Postpone Bookings To Kill Hotel Cancellation Fees

Now here’s an ingenious way to pretty much get out of any last-minute hotel reservation without being penalized. read more »

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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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