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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 »


Explaining CLEAR’s Benefits

Things really are looking up when it comes to airport security these days. Not only is it possible to jump the line but there is more than one way it can be done. 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.


I’m Nomadic Matt and This Is How I Travel

Matthew Kepnes, best known by his nom de plume Nomadic Matt, is one of the OGs of travel blogging. read more »


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 »


Why You Should Put Effort Into Your Traveling Outfit

Slate recently made the case for dressing nicely for a plane, train or bus ride. It encouraged the tracksuit travelers of the world to put a little effort into their outfits. read more »

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The Case For Taking a Tour

I’m going to make a generalization here and say that our DIY-travel generation, with countless apps and reviews at our fingertips, is largely anti-tour. We like to think we can travel better and cheaper by calling the shots ourselves. 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 »

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