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The Quick Lowdown to Vietnam

There’s something to be said about visiting the country where your parents were born and raised for the first time. And sometimes there’s that glimpse of understanding into who they are. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to England

Chuck Thompson once wrote, “I love England because it’s like a grown-up America, a fact I’m reminded of as soon as I get on a British Airways flight or hop into a London cab and people stop treating me as though I’d just learned to finger paint.” read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Cuba Travel

For decades it’s been Americans’ forbidden fruit, a place where only devil-may-care travelers would slip past international borders, taking care not to have their passport stamped. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Morocco Travel

l doubt I’m alone in saying that Casablanca put visions of visiting Morocco a long time ago. Intoxicating souks, winding through the streets, taking in the scents and smells and amicably haggling with merchant wearing a fez (language barriers don’t exist in travel daydreams, obviously). read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Colombia Travel

Colombia used to be considered too dangerous for the average tourist to touch. But then something happened: Things calmed down and the country started popping up on every top destinations list a few years ago.  read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Hong Kong

I used to watch the boats sail back and forth in the harbor from my cubicle and this junk (or boat) was always a distinctive blot on the waterfront. When I moved to Hong Kong, I didn’t believe there could be a city crazier than New York. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Portugal Travel

Spain unfailingly gets rounded up into all cool and considered about Europe but its Iberian neighbor Portugal is almost always overlooked. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Australia Travel

There used to be a point in time where I used to joke around that if I had to fly to Australia one more time, I would just finally move there. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown to Turkey Travel

Dive into Turkey, with everything you need to know in a quick glance. This is only a taster of the hot mess of West and East you’re about to encounter. read more »


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The Quick Lowdown on Argentina Travel

Our brand new Snapshot series that covers the most important, quick-hit info about a destination so you can dive in as quickly as possible. First up is Argentina, that beguiling South American country where I set my post-collegiate sights. read more »


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To Mongolia and Back for 80 Dollars (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love George W.)

A couple of funny things happen when the temperature gets down to minus 40° degrees. The first is that the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales intersect. The second is that all your nose hairs instantly freeze solid. read more »


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Taking a Brief Glimpse Inside Guatemala’s Forests

It doesn’t happen often, but as I was admiring the natural beauty that surrounded me, I also contemplated how close I was to imminent death. read more »


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