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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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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 »


Is There a Magical Day To Book Your Plane Ticket?

The fact that people are obsessed with finding a magical day to book only proves buying airline tickets is a voodoo science. But here’s a number anyway. read more »


The Essentials of Every Toiletry Bag

I always keep one toiletry bag fully stocked because its one less thing I have to worry about when I’m packing. read more »

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The Vapur Eclipse Is the Best Collapsible Water Bottle

There’s a lot of collapsible water bottles on the market, but only one can be king. That’s why we decided to go ahead take a look at two fairly standard bottles to see how they held next to each other. read more »


This Is How You Visualize the World’s Time Zones

Some people are literal while some people are visual. Personally, I could stare at the following picture for hours. read more »


Simplify Trip Planning with Google Calendar

Google Calendar is one of those things, that if used correctly, can be an amazing tool for visualizing and keeping track of trips. read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Playing the Credit Card Game

I’ve been playing the travel game for a long time now, but for those who decide to do it by taking advantage of credit card sign-up bonuses, do so at your own risk. read more »


Got Summer Plans? Start Planning Those Trips

It’s that time of the year again. Think of this post as a complimentary PSA from your friendly neighbor. read more »


How To Pack So You Never Forget Anything

It still happens to the best of us, but it’s all about turning packing into an almost-foolproof process so absolutely nothing gets forgotten. read more »


The Best One-Way Car Rental Discount Codes

The thing about a one-way car rental is, is when you’ve got to do them, you’ve got to really do them. Here’s at least how to do it cheaply. read more »

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Repatriation and the Art of Coming Home

If you’ve ever wanted to gauge what Rip Van Winkle must have gone through, going abroad wouldn’t be a far stretch from replicating that experience. read more »


Quickly Convert Between Celsius and Fahrenheit

This is how you effortlessly do it the old school way. read more »


Tom Ayzenberg Demonstrates “Clown Style” Packing

I didn’t even know that a “clown style” of packing even existed. But hey, all the more power to it if it means I can cram in more than I could previously cram in before. read more »


Get Your Travel Book Featured on StoryBundle

It’s cold, which means it’s time to huddle up with a book. Preferably yours. Hand me a hot chocolate while you’re at it, won’t you? read more »

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