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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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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 »


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 »


How To Cope With a Travel Hangover Post-Trip

So after I wrapped my latest two-week excursion in New York and Portland, I may have been dealing with a few different types of hangover. read more »

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Are Airport Lounges Worth It?

It’s easy to fall in the trap to think because most North American lounges suck, all lounges are like that. But when I’m gunning for status, I’m not gunning for free upgrades or checked baggage. I’m gunning for lounge access. read more »


Look for This Green Tag During Gate Check

If you see this little green tag when you get gate checked, look alive. Chances are, you’ll run into this on short flights serving express routes. read more »

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Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.


Fast Track Toward Hilton HHonors Status

Hilton HHonors seems to be running a promotion where they’re making it easy peasy to gain status. Do I need to dangle the free Wi-Fi carrot again? read more »


This Diagram Shows Where It’s Safe To Drink the Water

This infographic gets down and dirty about where the water is drinkable, lest Montezuma’s Revenge make a visit upon you. read more »


Google Voice Trick Gets Updated Solution

Google Voice is a great little hack for staying connected abroad. It’s never been a perfect fix but one of our readers finally ironed out all the kinks. read more »


Lay Carry-On Suitcases Headfirst on the X-Ray Belt

Little did I know most airport security procedures prefer you lay your suitcase lengthwise—handle going in headfirst—along the scanner belt. read more »


Why Red-Eye Flights Are Never Worth It

It can be tempting to incorporate a red-eye flight into your itinerary but there are so, so many reasons why you should avoid them altogether. read more »


The Crucial Elements of Capturing a Great Photo

It’s time to amp up the Facebook envy some. But that’s only achieved by knowing what elements come together to make an awesome vacation photo. read more »


Load Up on Dramamine for Those Boat Rides

I don’t know why we’re still talking about this. If you’re prone to seasickness, carry some around. read more »


Most Hotels Will Accept Your Packages

If you need a package stat, you can often have it sent to your temporary place of abode where they will hold it for you. Mail comes to hotels, too. read more »

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