Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful?

Voluntourism has been a very controversial topic in the travel world for the past couple of years. On the one hand, giving back to local people and communities in the places you visit is a very appealing concept. On the other hand, some voluntourism efforts can actually impact destinations in a negative way, and sometimes […]

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Tipping Travel

The Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Internationally

Here is something that can immediately create an awkward situation for you while abroad: screwing up your tips. If you would like to see a waiter visibly embarassed, or on the other side of things, spitting into your food, go ahead and tip at your own risk. Don’t you encounter enough awkward and culturally inappropriate situations on the […]

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travel accessories

11 Travel Accessories Every Adventurer Needs

This article from Hipmunk gives great tips on what any backpacker and adventurere needs on the road. Especially the USB Utility Charge Tool and waterproof travel backpack (take it from someone who has managed to somehow put her backpack down in a puddle of water in Death Valley).  As for #4, I’m going to order new […]

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How to Pack Light For Any Trip, Anywhere

One of the best pieces of advice I could give travelers heading on a long-term trip is to watch what they pack. I thought I did an admirable job on my six-week solo trip, only to feel that I wanted to throw out 30% of my suitcase on days when I was lugging my 20kg […]

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Film in Europe

Europe for Film Buffs

Check out Hipmunk’s suggestions to find great film locations in major European cities, whether you’re touring”Amelie”‘s Paris or the romantic streets of Vienna in “Before Sunrise”. If you’re a film buff and you love to travel, Europe has it all. Not only do the cities on this list have great restaurants, museums and hotels, they […]

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