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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 »


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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