Travel

How to Survive the Longest Flight in the World

Coping strategies from some of the world’s most frequent travelers.

The Most Desirable Passports On Earth Don’t Include America’s

Visa-free travel, tax avoidance, and international reputation are key.

Airlines Phasing Out Screens Because You Are All on Your Devices

Those seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, experts say, and will gradually be replaced by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.

The Logic of Our Fear of Flying

Why are we so afraid of getting in an airplane when, statistically, flying is so safe? A mathematical explanation.

Why America’s Airports Suck

America’s airports feel like bus stations because, broadly speaking, they are funded like bus stations.

How to Get Past Customs Without Giving Up Your Digital Privacy

WIRED has assembled the following advice from legal and security experts to preserve your digital privacy while crossing American borders.

Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast

Guided by a lusty appetite for indigenous culture and cuisine, the swaggering chef has become a travelling statesman.

The Supertraveler Manifesto

What supertravelers want from the travel industry.

The whimsical joy of traveling without technology

But here’s the truth: Most of the time, travel isn’t Instagrammable. It’s messy, frustrating and, sometimes, downright hard. Those moments might not be pretty, but they do help us grow, and that’s what makes travel so valuable.

Cheap Atlantic crossing may no longer be flight of fancy

Norwegian is hoping to break a decades-long pattern and make a success of cheap transcontinental flights.

What are some things that I can do to optimize travelling by plane?

What are some things that I can do to make travelling easier, and perhaps save some money in the process?

If you could live and work somewhere, where would it be?

If you could pick one place or city in the world where you’d live and work (software dev) for the next 10 years. Where would it be? And why would you pick that place?

Instabridge

Instabridge gives you free access to WiFi all over the world.

Traveling abroad? Here’s how to avoid cell phone bill shock.

Revenue from global roaming services is expected to reach $90 billion a year by 2018, according to a recent estimate by Juniper Research, a research and analytical services company based in Britain.

How to Live Out of Your Car

Professional vehicle dwellers share their tips for making the most out of life on the road.

Cheap living and fast internet and cold climate?

I’m looking for somewhere in the world to live to work on a web project for an extended time. Fast/reliable internet + cheap living + cold climate preferably :)

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

I know this a stupid question but how do you manage to travel if you can’t see? Do you always have someone with you? Like, what are the mechanics of it?

Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern Explains How Travel Helps Rewire His Brain

Vacations have a much bigger impact on your daily life than you may realize, says the Travel Channel star.

What are your favorite long term (1 month +) destinations?

What are your favorite long term (1 month +) destinations?

Why is airline food so bad?

The answer lies in how aeroplanes are designed.

Airplane Etiquette

Comedian Jim Jefferies gives a hilarious breakdown of the etiquette protocol for air travel from his stand up comedy special Fully Functional.

The Basetrip

All the information you need while travelling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.

I Wore an Expensive Watch While Traveling, and People Treated Me Wayyy Differently

For the traveler whose time is spent making snap-judgment impressions all day, every day, an expensive watch can be a shortcut to a kind of acceptance, however cheap it might be.

Seating secrets: How airlines decide what fare you pay

Anyone who’s lost an evening researching flight deals knows that airfare pricing can seem pretty random – high one week, low the next and long-distance often cheaper than short-haul. There’s a method behind the madness, though.

On Crossing Borders

While a truly great journey will leave you feeling three years younger, and two years wiser, a difficult border crossing will reveal your true character.

We’re So Addicted to Our Gadgets That ‘Unplugged’ Tourism Is Booming

Unplugged tourism is like rehab for the traveler whose thumb flicks upward at the first sign of boredom. And digital breaks can have actual health benefits. Studies show that heavy users of technology suffer more mental illness and have trouble sleeping.

Hi, I cycled around the world! 36000 miles and 6 years on the road... Ask me anything!

Hi, my name is Thomas Andersen. On the 2nd of October 2010 I left Denmark by bicycle. Six years and six days later I returned after more than 36000 miles (or 58000 km) through 58 countries on 6 continents.

Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets.

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back. I love it when people say “I can” instead of “I can’t.” Cory embodies the ongoing theme on this blog that where there is a will, there is a way. Cory is a guy who wouldn’t let a disability define or confine him. His is an inspirational story and I was hooked on his blog, so I invited Cory to share his story and advice for others who might be in a similar situation and wondering how to make travel happen.

Tips, secrets, and our favorite sites for finding the cheapest plane tickets

Everybody loves a good deal, and air travel is expensive, which is why there are plenty of travel websites designed to help you do just that: finding the cheapest flights available.

What elements of a solo-trip can be transforming, when it comes to life?

Everyone always says they go traveling or on a trip to “find themselves,” yet most people I know (myself included) have found that you never find anything of the sort on a trip, and come back home with the same questions. What elements do you guys think are necessary to “find yourself” on a solo trip?

Rolf Potts on Travel Tactics, Creating Time Wealth, and Lateral Thinking

World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel tactics, creating time wealth, “managing success,” and much more. It’s a fun romp through every imaginable topic, from business to poetry, and from Wall Street to psychedelics.

EU plans to give free Interrail pass to every 18-year-old in Europe on their birthday

Under the initiative all EU citizens or legally residing individuals would receive a pass as soon as they turned 18, which they can use to travel the vast railway network connecting most major cities throughout the continent.

On Air Travel: Pat-Downs, Pissing, and Passport Stamps

Three short essays from the anthology Airplane reading.

McDonald’s Is The Only Restaurant That Should Be In Airports

What are you thinking, eating sushi at an airport? What are you thinking, eating a caprese salad at an airport? You’re about to fly for several hours in a dirty sky bus, but you need a crepe first?

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?

Americans travel to Machu Picchu, Petra, Troy, and Angkor Wat. So why do so few visit America’s own ruins?

Trading your excess airline luggage-allowance

There are still a few kinks to work out, but it makes sense to create a way to rent excess luggage space, particularly when it has become such a valuable commodity.

As More Devices Board Planes, Travelers Are Playing With Fire

The Federal Aviation Administration, citing fire hazards, has warned against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft. Three Australian airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have outright banned their use onboard. But the threat of airliner fires is not limited to Samsung devices, which the company has offered to replace. And the hazard is far more than theoretical.

Teleport Zen

Teleport Zen is a personalized to-do list and moving guide.

Worldpackers

Find unique places around the world where you can exchange your skills for accommodation.

Packing Tips from an Airport Baggage Handler

The best ways to keep your bag from being destroyed are surprisingly simple.

The secret language of flight attendants

The airline world has its own shoptalk and jargon, and listening passengers can discover an entirely new language. We’ll let you in on some of the obscure terminology heard before and during a flight.

Against the Cult of Travel, or What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Hobbit

Modern culture is in the throes of a real love affair with travel. It’s become a central element of our zeitgeist, a main tenet in living a fulfilled, non-pedestrian life. Everywhere you turn, and no matter the dilemma, travel is offered as the cure… But is our faith in travel justified? Or have we forced it to bear the weight of far heavier expectations than it should be made to carry?

The Biggest Mistake Most (In)Frequent Flyers Make

We’ve put together a Q&A of everything to do with frequent flyer miles – how to collect them, why to collect them, and what to do with them.

My 100 Best Travel Tips From Five Years of Travel

To celebrate five years since I stumbled my way out of the U.K., I’ve compiled an enormous list of my biggest and best travel tips. These are all things that I wish someone had told me before I started traveling, so I hope you’ll find them useful/inspiring/educational.

Why your eastward jet lag is worse, according to math

A math model developed by a group of researchers at the University of Maryland explains why it takes you days to establish a new sleep-wake cycle when you travel east, but you may barely feel anything when going west.

The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but that language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn, then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown then you did in the most foreign place you visited.

Ranked: The 10 best cheap airlines in the world

Here are the 10 best low-cost airlines in the world, according to the results of the Skytrax survey.

Passport Index 2016

Explore. Compare. Rank. Discover the world’s passports.

61 Glimpses of the Future

In the last five weeks I’ve travelled 7,000km overland through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan’s GBAO region and China’s western provinces. After a year of working flat out the journey was part vacation, a desire to fill in few gaps of my knowledge of the region and a Studio D assignment.

Two Types of Travelers

There are two types of travelers in the world, which one are you?

Securing a travel iPhone

These are dry notes I took in the process of setting up a burner iPhone SE as a secure travel device. They are roughly in setup order.

I am Werner Herzog, the filmmaker. AMA.

Well, I would say, reading is some kind of essential prerequisite to everything you do. Whether you are a scientist or a filmmaker, or just a normal human being working in a more “normal” profession. I cannot argue much about it. Read, read, read, read, read. The other side, traveling on foot, nobody does it and what I said will disappear into thin air any moment from now. Traveling on foot has actually given me insight into the world itself. The world reveals itself to one who travel on foot. I can give you one example, you start to understand the heart of men. I was, for a film, at the Johnson Space Center and had to take to five astronauts who had done a space mission in a space shuttle. I wanted to persuade them to be extras in the film in a very strange way. They were sitting in a semi circle when I was taken in and my heart sank that I didn’t know “what should I say? what should I do?” I looked around and looked into their faces and all of a sudden I had the feeling, I understand these people. I understand the heart of these men and these women. I said “since I was a child, when I learned how to milk a cow with my own hands, I can tell that since I’ve traveled on foot and in the meadow first you milk a cow to have something to drink. I know by looking at faces, who is able to milk a cow.” I looked at the pilot and said “you sir!” and he burst out in smiles and says “yes, I can milk a cow.” Somehow when you make films, you understand the heart of men. In a way you cannot learn it, the world has to teach you. The world does it in it’s most intense and deepest way when you when you encounter it by traveling on foot.

I’d like to add that when I travel by foot, I don’t do it as a backpacker where you take all your household items with you, your tent, your sleeping bag, your cooking utensils. I travel without any luggage and I do not travel, let’s say, the specific trail 2000 miles which is marked. I do traveling for very intense quests in my life. I do that on foot.

Your Obsession With Travel Sure Feels Classist To Me

No one dares to mention that travel is essentially a consumable good under capitalism and, as such, simply isn’t available to many of us.

Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer

Patrick Smith, the author of Cockpit Confidential, answers every question we can throw at him about what really happens up in the air.

Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Place

The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?

Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods and the Power of Travel

On today’s show, Andrew talks about the transformative power of travel, a life-changing trip to Madagascar, and the decision he made to be himself, rather than a character of himself, on Bizarre Foods.

A Traveler’s Guide to Taking a Smartphone Abroad

There are two ways to take your cellphone abroad and get data — the frugal way and the pay-full-price way. The inexpensive method involves some tinkering and planning ahead, while the full-price way is easy but requires paying even more money to your carrier.

An in-flight kit you can pack at home to make any seat feel like first class

Here, we’ve created a takeoff-to-landing guide to spoiling yourself with the smartest, scientifically-proven, packable, multi-tasking, globally-sourced products you’ll need to land feeling, smelling, and looking fresh—or at least, not like you’ve been drinking red wine at altitude. Get ready to spritz your face while wearing compression socks and a padded turban from the future.

How do you communicate when you don't speak the language?

Can some of you that live or have lived in a country where you don’t speak the language tell me about your experiences. I mean essentially you have to figure out some way to communicate. How do you communicate with people who are providing you accommodations. Or how do you figure out what you want and communicate that to a waiter at a restaurant. Just really curious how you make it day to day.

The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport

Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.

6 European Countries, 9 Days, 0 Planes

We traveled more than 3,000 miles from the Arctic Circle to the Atlantic Ocean in nine days, visiting six countries. We saw nine museums, sang on a live television show, went on three walking tours and lingered over glasses of red wine while hurtling past grassy hills in the moonlight.

Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World

On paper, my life seemed great. I had a dream job, a swanky apartment, and a loving girlfriend. But something was off. I couldn’t bear being chained to my desk in a stuffy office any longer. So I decided to quit and travel the world, bringing only my passport, a small backpack, and my enormous trust fund.

Waiting in Line for the Illusion of Security

Fundamentally, the problem isn’t about politics. It’s economics.

This 1916 Guide Shows What the First Road Trips Were Like

A cross-country road trip is a quintessentially American experience. From Jack Kerouac to the Griswold family, millions have loaded up the car and hit the open road. It’s always an adventure, but in modern times it’s a relatively tame one: The roads are paved, signs point the way, and Siri always has your back.

Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security

Security lines at airports are getting longer — much longer — and wait times could reach epidemic levels when air travel peaks this summer, according to airlines, airports and federal officials.

Traveling while gluten free: a survival guide

Awareness of celiac disease is on the rise, but many places have never heard of it, so patience is required – both in explaining the issue and handling mistakes.

The Culture Shock of Coming Home

To me, the biggest shock of coming home wasn’t cultural — it was simply the shock of being home. After my first trip, I found it hard to adjust to driving everywhere, the cost of things, the quick pace of life, and not having people to interact with 24⁄7.

Which Countries Are the Most/Least Overrun by Tourists?

We discovered that Bangladesh is easily the country where you are least likely to be surrounded by fellow travelers, with over 1,000 people in the population per every tourist visit. In contrast, for many of the island nations in the Caribbean and small European countries, more tourists visit annually than those countries have people.

How to Travel the Earth And Protect It, Too

To give you guidance, we have bypassed the thicket of greenwashing prevalent in travel marketing, and instead asked experts at leading environmental groups how they approach travel. Based on their advice, we’ve put together a guide to traveling while keeping your footprint light.

Flying to More Than One City Just Got More Expensive

New pricing rules from American, Delta and United make multicity itineraries more complicated.

The Limits of Long-Term Travel: It Doesn’t Fix Everything

Some qualities, no matter how much you work at changing them, will lessen but they won’t go away. And in the spirit of disclosure and admission, here are the limitations of long-term travel, the things that many months of wandering didn’t fix.

Instagram Is Ruining Vacation

Eating, praying and loving may be a stated goal of travel. In reality, we seem more obsessed with nabbing the perfect photo.

What happens when you don’t put your phone on airplane mode on an airplane?

In conclusion: it’s not really dangerous to forget to put your phone into airplane mode and you’re not going to get fined by the FAA as long as you don’t argue about it. But it can be quite annoying to the pilots and it’s going to drain your batteries. So please turn your airplane mode on, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.

Airbus thinks it has found a way to alleviate jet lag

These days, every element of flying feels like a financial calculation. Is shelling out $80 for an extra six inches of legroom in premium economy good value? Is it worth paying $50 to check a bag into the hold? How about $12 for a mediocre sandwich? Or $4 for a bottle of water? Many frugal travellers would answer “no” to all of the above. But there is one perk that might be worth paying a considerable sum for: wiping out jet lag.

Come fly with me

Which airlines should you travel with – and which should you avoid? We sift through the data so you don’t have to.

11 Airline Secrets From an Airline Insider

Ever wonder why your seats have to be in the “upright and locked position”? Why your windows have to be open during take-off and landing? What the flight attendants real job is?

Why flying is awful, explained using your sad, lonely apartment

One of the reasons flying can be so terrible is that airlines are cramming passengers into ever smaller spaces to wring the most profit out of each flight. And given the airlines’ current research into unorthodox seating arrangements, the trend is likely to continue.

A Kielbasa Too Far

When we travel, we think we don’t want to get sick, but maybe, less consciously, we’re not so sure. If nothing of note happens on a journey, was it one?

After earning a fortune in airline miles, I’ve figured out the economics of exactly how to spend them

How to spend your miles is a hard question. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to spend as quickly as possible or save them. But I’ve settled that the best strategy is to use my miles strategically so I get the best, most comfortable mile for the buck: I pay out of pocket when I fly domestic, and I use miles to pay for expensive overseas flights in business class, and for upgrades.

Don’t be a target: Travel Smart

When traveling to unfamiliar areas, whether it be a new city within the United States or traveling abroad, it’s important to travel smart in order to not present yourself as an easy target. The main topic to keep in mind when traveling: Blend in.

Don’t Stop Traveling Because of Fear

The attacks in Brussels, Ankara, Istanbul, Paris, and other places in the last year were horrific. Each of these attacks and the many more that barely make the North American media are tragedies. My heart goes out to those who are affected by the blast and their families. But I do not think that we ought to stop traveling because of them.

Travelers who have been scammed abroad, what's the worst story of yours?

Travelers who have been scammed abroad, what’s the worst story of yours?

The Runway Calculator: How to Travel for 6 Months and Come Back Richer

Many people fantasize about traveling the world and working on their book, starting a business, or doing freelance work… but there’s no good way to figure out how financially feasible it is. Well, there wasn’t. Until I built one.

Is It Cheaper To Stay In An Airbnb Rental Or Hotel?

One common belief by travellers is that an Airbnb rental is usually cheaper than staying at a hotel… In 26 of the 88 cities I analysed hotels were cheaper, compared to 60 cities where Airbnb’s were cheaper. 2 cities had no price difference, Riga and Warsaw.

Magpie

The world’s first female travelers club. Meet cool women like you when you travel.

I dare you to read this and still feel good about tipping

Studies have shown that tipping is not an effective incentive for performance in servers. It also creates an environment in which people of color, young people, old people, women, and foreigners tend to get worse service than white males. In a tip-based system, nonwhite servers make less than their white peers for equal work. Consider also the power imbalance between tippers, who are typically male, and servers, 70 percent of whom are female, and consider that the restaurant industry generates five times the average number of sexual harassment claims per worker. And that in many instances employers have allegedly misused tip credits, which let owners pay servers less than minimum wage if tipping makes up the difference.

Life is not like Instagram: I’m a Tortoise

The pros and cons of carrying your home on your back and creating a living out of travel.

The Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Internationally

Because tipping rules vary by country, region, and place of business, it’s important to research your destination’s customs prior to any trip. Start by consulting this guide, which outlines tipping customs in 20 countries around the world, for restaurants, hotels, and beyond!

The Madness of Airline Élite Status

Frequent fliers sometimes go to great lengths to keep their airline élite status, and those efforts are often completely out of proportion to the perks.

Flystein

Flystein is an online platform where customers receive consulting services about the best and cheapest flights and other travel services from the best experts.

Atlas Obscura

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world.

Classe Touriste

Join Classe Touriste around the world and explore places, cities and countries in a refreshing and new style.

Along Dusty Roads

Along Dusty Roads brings you the beauty of Latin American travel.

Don't Give in to Fear (or How to Travel to a Place You Know Nothing About)

Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel.

Go to the Fun Countries

Some countries let you sleep. Others wake you up.

Why do you wander?

It’s a bit of a cliche to suggest that all travellers are running from something, and that’s not what I want to get at. But after some honest reflection, I did begin to see the darker side of my travel motivations. Or at least, I lost the innocent sense of being some sort of modern freedom fighter and began to see myself as indulging in what is often just another form of conspicuous consumption.

Best places in Europe to leave city life and work on your projects?

I’m in UK at the moment. I just want to quit and go somewhere to nature, seeing mountains and stuff, and work on a few projects. What are the best places? Thinking Switzerland, but it’s really expensive, any other options?

Party with a Local

Party with a Local is a free app that connects travelers and locals that want to party.

Why I travel solo

I’m 27 and female. Since I was 21, I’ve been away at least once a year, for anything from 3 nights to 9 months, alone. I also go on trips with friends, but I make a point of regularly going solo.

What city is the "Chiang Mai of Europe?"

Just spent a few months in Chiang Mai. Loved it! Now going to be in Europe for a few months. What city is the equivalent in Europe, Balkans, Baltics, etc.

The State of Frequent Flyer Miles in 2016

Whether the frequent flyer miles game seems to be historically rewarding, or in dire straits, depends on your perspective and time horizon. The game is different than it was 2 years ago, very different than it was 5 years ago, and orders of magnitude different than it was fifteen years ago.

Tips on how to travel light without sacrificing comfort and style

Chose your travel wardrobe wisely, with versatile pieces and footwear based on weather and activities.

Exploring the World on Foot

Readers frequently ask what strolling across continents is really like — as if they’re secretly hoping to hear that plodding from horizon to horizon (I’ve clocked about 5,000 miles so far) is mind-numbingly dull. As if commuting by car or subway to a desk job wasn’t boring. As if gorging on the ersatz stimuli gushing from our hand-held devices wasn’t ultimately, at the end of each digitally bloated day, somehow tedious. From the global walking trail, my answer is an astonished, “No.”

Out of Eden Walk

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego. This site houses our experimental journalism, cartography and educational initiatives.

How to NOT take a photo

Next time you encounter something truly breath-taking, stop yourself from grabbing the closest image-capturing-machine. Instead go through all of your senses — one by one.

Travel discoveries and disappointments of 2015

From rock art in the outback to the perfect beach in Portugal.

World of wanderlust

World of Wanderlust is an established travel + lifestyle blog with a mission to inspire, intrigue and inform readers to travel to more places, more often.

Specialist Carry :: War Journalist

Robert Young Pelton has journeyed to more dangerous places than any man on the planet. A former marketing exec, turned adventurer, inventor, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling books, The World’s Most Dangerous Places; Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror and Come Back Alive, he’s covered 14 wars and visited 130 countries, by last count. An intrepid traveler and gnarly human being by anyone’s measure, RYP’s wealth of experience in life, travel and survival is unmatched. So, we asked the great man to be our next subject in this month’s Specialist Carry…

What do you do during your commute?

What do you do during your commute by public transport to keep yourself busy or the commute pleasant? Do you use any specific mobile phone apps? Preparing reading material for later reading?

The Secret Airline Passenger Rights You Don't Know About

Know your rights and you can actually make money from holiday travel chaos.

Why do so many people hate US airports?

Exasperated Americans have dedicated entire blogs to a whole array of airport gripes, cataloguing everything from crowded terminals and immigration halls to inefficient transport links and endless security checks.

Why Isn't It Faster To Fly West?

If the earth is spinning to the east at 1000 miles per hour… why can’t we fly west more easily?

Why Airline Baggage Fees Are Too Low

You’re almost always getting the better end of the deal when you pay $25 for baggage on a domestic flight. When it comes to international flights, your free checked bag is an absolute steal. We’ll take you through their economics in this post.

Leaky Ships: Ocean Carriers in the Age of Profitless Shipping

It costs $300 to move a 40-foot container from Rotterdam to Shanghai, which is barely enough to cover the cost of fuel, handling, and Suez Canal fees. Here’s some more context. Let’s say that you want to travel for a year; it’s cheaper to put your personal belongings in a shipping container as it sails around the world than to keep it at a local mini-storage facility.

The Digital Nomads Guide to Living and Working in México: Part 1

Safety Concerns, Visas, and Getting Connected in the Land of Aztecs, Coca-Cola, and Mezcal.

10 reasons I would never go back to regular life

Traveling long-term for the last three years has changed me in many ways. When I take a minute and reflect on who I was before I started traveling, I can only see faint glimmers of that person. As I have wandered the world, experienced other cultures, and tested my limits I have become an independent, free, and well-rounded person.

I Quit My Job To Be A Travel Writer, And Now I'm Broke And Unemployed

Like a carefully placed billboard aimed at covering the slums behind it, my online presence had become a shiny advertisement for a life that looked like a dream, but in reality was speckled with stress and anxiety.

The Flight Attendant’s Guide to Packing Light

When it comes to packing light and efficiently, flight attendants know best—here are 11 of their best tips and tricks.

Sailing the seas of global trade: From China to Europe on a cargo ship

Most of the world’s goods travel around the world on the same routes traced by ships for centuries. Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff is making this journey aboard the 1,100-foot cargo ship “Christophe Colomb.” Follow her trip in photos and dispatches as she sails from Hong Kong to Southampton, England.

41 Percent Of Fliers Think You’re Rude If You Recline Your Seat

To find out what people actually consider rude, we ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll Aug. 29 and 30, and asked air passengers what’s cool and what isn’t. We had 1,040 respondents, 874 of whom had flown.

How Does In-Flight Wi-Fi Really Work?

Prior to the integration of in-flight Wi-Fi, most airline passengers passed their time at 30,000 feet completely disconnected from the world below them — but these days, that’s a highly uncommon occurrence. For instance, while writing this article on a short-haul United flight with broken Wi-Fi, I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been rendered email-less for even a couple of hours. Since this service has become so important in our lives — everywhere we go — I’d like to offer a closer look at in-flight Wi-Fi and how it actually works.

Why I Made a List of Memorable Life Experiences This Morning

I wrote the above list because I genuinely wanted to see if the experiences I’ve been through have been sufficiently fulfilling, if the decisions I’ve made over the years have been worth it overall. Travel itself does not equal automatic happiness. It’s what those experiences mean to each of us, how they match with what we hoped to gain from life.

A Complete Guide to Health Insurance for Digital Nomads

When you live in your home country, you have traditional health insurance. When you travel abroad for a few weeks or a few months, you get travel insurance. If you move to another country, you get health insurance in that country. But what if you’re a digital nomad, and you can’t commit to being in any one country for very long at all?

How do you stay healthy on the road?

Constantly traveling the world for conferences and in the last 6 months especially have started gaining way too much weight. If you travel a lot - say 1 new city every week or two - how are you staying in shape? Assume no kitchen in these hotel rooms.

AllTrails

Your guide to the outdoors. Search over 50,000 trails with reviews and photos curated by 3 million hikers, campers and mountain bikers like you.

Hipcamp

Hipcamp is everywhere you want to camp. Search, discover and book ranches, farms, vineyards, nature preserves & public sites for camping across the U.S. From public parks to private land, we’re the most comprehensive guide to camping in the nation.

Has Travel Become Another Exercise in Narcissism?

By shrinking the world, the tyranny of the web has stifled our capacity for independent discovery, catering to an appetite for foreknowledge that inevitably demystifies foreign places. Instead of taking time to absorb and consider, many people seem more inclined to travel quickly, tick off the ‘don’t miss’ highlights and form broad-brush assumptions based on the bare minimum of immersion. Yet the axiom that all ‘travel’ (as opposed to tourism) is by definition enriching and transformative persists. Except it’s not. Not always.

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.

For those of you who have been to Thailand, what was your cost of living and what would you have done differently?

I will be in Thailand this February. This is my first “long-term” travel (three months)… Here’s a super simple breakdown of my budget.

Will be starting my journey as a DN this February, I'm looking for some guidance

I haven’t been much of anywhere in my lifetime and don’t have much experience with travel. I’m looking for something short and sweet for my first destination, around three months. Although I can’t decide where to go, I have a few places in mind but I’d love to hear more suggestions.

Why does the idea of going to S. America scare me?

This makes no sense. I came thisclose to booking my ticket to S. America, but fear got the best of me. I cannot explain it… Perhaps it’s the idea of going there as a DN as opposed to a tourist or backpacker. Maybe I don’t like the idea of taking my laptop and other equipment to S. America. Maybe I’ve read too many horror stories in travel forums about people getting mugged or having their possessions stolen. At least those are the stories you always seem to remember even though they’re just a tiny fraction. Anyone else go through moments like this?

Far Away From Here

In travel photography, as in writing, there’s no shortcut to finding your own voice.

A Little Choice... or a Big One? Reflections on Seven Years of Travel

Seven years ago today I boarded a flight that forever changed the direction of my life. The flight would take me from Los Angeles, my home for the previous two years, to Sydney, Australia. Sydney was my first stop on a largely unplanned year of traveling back home from Australia by way of Asia and Europe. I was scared.

How to Live Like a Foreign Ambassador on Less Than $30,000 a Year [The Secret of Geoarbitrage]

What I want to focus on here is the “very nice home” aspect of living like a foreign ambassador — and how you can do that too, even if you have a modest income. The secret to making this happen is found in one word: geoarbitrage. And it’s far more interesting than it sounds…

Pack List - Eight Days Bikepacking Through Washington and Oregon Dirt

Washington and Oregon challenged me in many ways, but never in my gear choices, so now as I’m planning for the next adventure it’s time to share with y’all what I brought and how it did.

Fareness

Fareness set out to organize the world’s airfares, enabling consumers to simultaneously browse the lowest priced round trip fares for 190+ departure dates to global destinations, with a single sub-second search, paired with an ideal hotel in just the right place.

FlyerTalk Forums

FlyerTalk features discussions and chat boards that covers the most up-to-date traveler information. An interactive community dedicated to your favorite topic: travel! That’s right: all travel, all the time. Just choose a forum and you can get to the business at hand: conversing about programs, how to make the most of your miles and points, general travel, airports, destination and dining information.

Travel Hacking Cartel

Travel can be free or low-cost, but you have to know how. That’s where we come in—telling you exactly what you need to do to accumulate Frequent Flyer Miles, and what you need to do to redeem them for fantastic trips.

Sidetracked Magazine

Sidetracked Magazine is an online and printed journal featuring a limited collection of personal stories of adventure travel, journeys and expeditions. The concept is simple: to capture the emotion and experience of adventures and expeditions throughout the world… and to inspire.

Jungles in Paris

The planet has been charted and documented, and yet there are still discoveries to be made. Unfamiliar ways of living and extreme natural environments help us gain perspective; the seeds of enlightenment lie in the world’s mountains and seas, deserts, and swamps, and city sidewalks. Focusing on culture, craft, geography, and wildlife, Jungles in Paris attempts to tell edifying, inspiring stories that celebrate the multi-colored variety of the world around us.

How to Travel Stress-Free While Freelancing

I share the major changes I made to my client communication and project management that made my epic travels possible. I then dive into the mechanics of actually going away and keeping your freelance business or agency running…

This guy used a frequent-flyer loophole to take a $60,000 trip in a first-class suite on Emirates — here's what it was like

If you’re looking to fly in style, it doesn’t get much better than a first-class suite aboard the iconic Emirates airline. Travel blogger Sam Huang recently cashed in his Alaska Airlines frequent-flyer miles for a $60,000 trip around the world, and luckily he took plenty of pictures documenting what it was like.

3 Lessons about Disconnecting from Sailing across the Atlantic for 1 Month

I met an 8-year old who said that going offline for weeks was more extreme than the sailing adventure itself; it made me think a little more about disconnecting.

Hacking happiness into the daily commute

Commuting, for those of us who must do it every day, is generally not an experience to be relished. The hours lost in a useless limbo travelling to the workplace and back, day in, day out, are not generally ones that are well-spent or enjoyable.

7 reasons why every woman should travel solo to become a better leader

If you want to start your own company, run a business or lead a team — traveling solo can teach you a lot! Here are 7 reasons why you should venture out on your own and come back a much stronger and capable female leader.

Why This Entrepreneur Packed Up His Family And Embarked On A Year-Long Road Trip

Many people dream of living a lifestyle that allows them to create their own schedule and work from anywhere in the world. Yet, most entrepreneurs who achieve this dream don’t seem to reap the potential benefits.

Traveling Around The Globe With a Budget of $1000/Month

What happened when I packed my life into a backpack and left home with a one-way ticket? Since then, I’ve lived in 3 continents, been to 14 countries, flew all around the globe, met hundreds of fascinating and inspiring people, burned thousands of calories lifting weights in gyms, ate amazing foods on the streets, cafes, restaurants and hotels, I’ve snorkelled, rode a boat, drove hundreds of kilometres on a scooter, chilled out on a paradise island, been in a relationship, seen dozens of temples, slept in a bungalow in a jungle, done numerous of interviews, grew my business but most important, I started to love the world and life more than ever before.

Become A World Class Designer By Making The Globe Your Office

Travel helps us unravel that complexity by giving fresh perspective to ideas, as well as helping us experience issues that affect the world on a global scale - or even those tiny details which we might miss out on while sitting in a regular office. A delayed flight or how your cocoa is sprinkled on your coffee in that new city reveals a lot about great user experience and how to design emotion. Travel helps the understanding of whole ecosystems, and gives a comprehensive overview of how these often overlooked touches can completely change a mood, create a smile, and build a brand.

Airports Create Hotel Complexes, Aiming to Become Destinations

As airports become more competitive, vying for tourists and business travelers, they are getting into the hotel business.

FairFly

The fairest price for your flight. We track your trip & rebook you at the best price. No more search engines, simply book & relax. You’ll pay the fairest price every time.

How to clean an airliner

Airliners need to spend a lot of time in the air to pay their way. So how do airlines make sure they aren’t swimming with germs?

I Lived Like a Baller for a Month in Venezuela on Just £75

What I do want to do here, however, is help my country’s tourism industry by demonstrating that, in Venezuela, because of these strange and confusing economic controls, you can live like a king for an entire month with just one €100 bank note (about £75 for anyone currently planning a trip to the Post Office’s currency exchange window). If you’re a local earning local money, life is tough; very basic supplies like toilet paper are in extraordinarily short supply and you’ll have to queue for hours just to get your hands on them. If you’re a tourist bringing over foreign currency, the country is your oyster.

What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot

The next time you’re thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead. Two-dimensional barcodes and QR codes can hold a great deal of information, and the codes printed on airline boarding passes may allow someone to discover more about you, your future travel plans, and your frequent flyer account.

Travel Philosophy from a Toptal Digital Nomad

Roman Urbanovski, a senior core team member at the completely distributed tech company Toptal, expounds on his relationship with working while traveling during our Skype interview, and I’m slowly learning that Roman is talking about more than a schedule, a mentality, or the lifestyle of the “digital nomad.” What Roman is articulating is a philosophy of life.

36 great tips for keeping travel as simple as possible and two poems

When you travel, do you want to be as light as possible? A light bag, and a light itinerary? Many of us have had the nightmare experience of lugging around too much luggage, waiting in the baggage claims area, trying to cram too many activities into each day, and generally being so stressed that we need a vacation when we get home. Instead, simplify your travel.

Fuck the Banks, I'll Build My Own Damn House or How I Learned To Stop Worrying, and Build a Custom Camper Van

My name is Sean, and I’m a 32 year old software developer. Most of my career has been in web development, but ever since I was a young lad slinging code in upstate New York, I’ve dreamed of making games. In order to realize this dream – and, honestly, just to have some fun too – I’ve decided to sell all my shit, buy a van, build it out, and travel around the United States.

The Hardest Places in the World to Visit

I traveled to every country on earth. In some cases, the adventure started before I could get there.

Why a Tech Entrepreneur Got Rid of All Her Possessions and Lived as a Nomad for a Year

What had happened? We never used to fight. In trying to understand what was making us so unhappy, we found ourselves reminiscing about a trip we’d taken when we were still living in Atlanta to a sleepy surf town in Costa Rica. We’d met people who traveled from place to place, staying for weeks or months at a time, moving on a whim, whenever fancy would strike. The idea seemed irresistibly appealing: a life driven by experience and adventure, not by a desire for more things.

More time is better than more money

Money is an attempt to buy time, but it rarely is able to buy any of the above. When we don’t have time we use money to try to get us to the secret door on time, or we use it avoid needing to know the real prices, or we use money to have someone explain to us what is really going on. Money can get us close, but not all the way.

29 Life Lessons Learned In Travelling The World For 8 Years Straight

Eight years. That’s 416 weeks, or almost 3,000 days. This is the amount of time that I have not had a fixed home; moving to a new country, culture and language every few months and taking absolutely everything I own with me. It has been a significant percentage of my life, and it’s still long from over.

“My Car Is My Home, the Planet Is My Backyard” - On the Road with Bruno Caumette

For almost two decades, Bruno Caumette has made his home in a Toyota Land Cruiser. He’s been around the world once and is currently working on his second voyage. His stories are touching—and his photos are incredible.

Why we quit our jobs in advertising to scrub toilets

After being gone exactly 6 months, I feel it necessary we share the uglier side of our trip. Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives. And don’t get me wrong – we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes. Noooooo. So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished.

How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne

As the names implies, situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained assassins, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Jet Lag ‘Cures’ Aplenty, but None That Work for All

Although science is closer to understanding the basic biological mechanisms that make many travelers feel so miserable when crossing time zones, research has revealed that, at least for now, there is no one-size fits-all recommendation for preventing or dealing with the angst of jet lag.

How to Stay in Shape on the Road with Bodyweight Fitness

If you are a digital nomad or living location independently in one way or another; it can be especially difficult keep up with your workout routine… So how do you stay in shape on the road, or in a foreign country, when you are finding so many excuses not too?

My new attitude to travel is to skip the iconic – and I thank my father for that

A lot of travel can be about pretending to like monuments and sights that you don’t really enjoy, but my father, the reluctant traveller, has shown me that what matters is only doing the things you are genuinely interested in.

Agoda

Agoda is one of the fastest-growing online hotel platforms worldwide, listing hundreds of thousands of hotels and providing services in 38 different languages.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner compares millions of flights to find you the cheapest deal, fast. We also compare and find the cheapest hotels and car rental for your next trip.

Momondo

Momondo is a global travel search site that makes it easy for you to compare the prices on flights and travel deals. With one click you search across the leading providers and travel sites and find the best flight prices.

Expert Vagabond

Hi! My name is Matt, and I’ve been constantly traveling the world for the past 4 years. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. This travel blog is where I share entertaining stories, useful tips, & captivating images with you from my adventures around the world.

Those Who Quit Their Jobs To Travel The World, How Did It Go?

I seem to read so many comments on discussion threads in which individuals encourage others to “Quit your job! Travel the world!”, which often comes across as shallow and even flippant to me, given that the advice is so easy to extend but the action itself can quite be difficult for one to do, whether due to concrete reasons or any personal reservations. So, my question: those who have traveled for an extended period of time, either instead of working or by finding a new way to work, what was the experience like?

Where Is Home?

More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

How To Travel By Cargo Ship Around The World

Our introduction to freighter travel was a relatively short 5-day sailing between Australia and New Zealand. We joined the French ship CMA-CGM Utrillo in the busy port of Melbourne, where our mounds of luggage including two bicycles and 11 bags were quickly hauled on board and into a spacious cabin by a host of cheery Filipino deckhands.

Why We’re Traveling

It’s no coincidence that so many successful tech companies were (and will be) born in the Bay Area. But for Phileas & Fogg, we’re packing up and spending October through December in Costa Rica. Here’s why.

How To Travel The World Without Jet Lag

The focus of this article is on describing in detail how melatonin, bright light and sleep schedules can be used in conjunction with currently available flight times to reduce or eliminate jet lag. Our aim is to educate circadian rhythm researchers and sleep clinicians about the principles involved, so that they can make similar jet travel schedules customized for individuals traveling in any direction across multiple time zones.

How To Stay In Shape While Traveling

However, things always got completely screwed up whenever I traveled (which was a lot) – hotel gyms were always crappy, I was always “too busy” to exercise, I could never find a good set of weights, and I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted “because I was traveling.” Not surprisingly, my fitness progress would either stall completely or backpedal during these trips, and I’d have to spend two weeks after coming home trying to get back into a rhythm.

The Way We Board Airplanes Makes Absolutely No Sense

Most US airlines follow the same procedure for allowing non-first-class passengers to board a plane. They let people who are sitting in the back board first, then people in the next few rows, gradually working their way toward the front. This procedure makes absolutely no sense.

20 Things I've Learned From Traveling Around The World For Three Years

Gary Arndt is the man behind Everything Everywhere, one of the most popular travel blogs in the world, and one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Blogs of 2010.” Since March 2007, Gary has been traveling around the globe, having visited more than 70 countries and territories, and gaining worldly wisdom in the process. Today, I’ve asked him to share some of that wisdom.

Why Bother Leaving The House?

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Ultimate Guide To Being A Lady Nomad

In the past 2.5 years I have been to 47 cities across 3 continents. Some of these tricks apply specifically to women, but a lot are just helpful for anyone who likes to travel. Here’s a massive brain-dump, so let’s do this!

For A More Creative Brain, Travel

In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun examining more closely what many people have already learned anecdotally: that spending time abroad may have the potential to affect mental change. In general, creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is wired. Neural pathways are influenced by environment and habit, meaning they’re also sensitive to change: New sounds, smells, language, tastes, sensations, and sights spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to revitalize the mind.

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe For 7 months

After 5 years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a 7 month sabbatical. Yes, in that order. It’s common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most? These are a few of the things that traveling taught me — about the universe, about the world, and about myself.

SeatGuru

SeatGuru.com was created to help travelers choose the best airline seats and in-flight amenities.

Hotels By Day

Find amazing hotels to book a Morning, Mid-day or Afternoon stay. Discover new properties through our curated catalogue of exceptional hotels, with the best day stay deals, from value to luxury.

Why Do You Travel? A Chat With The World’s Top Travelers

You’ve read about how you can travel more, better, and cheaper on all the top travel blogs. But before you explore how to do anything, it’s important to know why. I had the privilege of chatting with some of the top travelers in the world and explored the question: “Why do you travel?” Here’s what they told me.

World Venture Project

My goal is to better understand the world by traveling and experiencing countries and cultures first hand. I am especially fascinated by how technology – particularly the spread of internet connectivity and mobile – is changing the world at unprecedented speeds. I plan to visit every country in the world and this blog is a collection of my observations on select countries and how technology is impacting the world, as well as a few travel tips that may help others experience the world more.

Hitlist

At Hitlist we have one mission: to help you travel more for less. Our intelligent filters help you find trips that suit your time, destination preferences and budget. We want to help people connect face to face and in doing so hope to build a friendlier world.

Loneliness

Loneliness is overrated, and I try not to worry too much about it. My thinking is, if I never experience it, I’m probably living a safe, comfortable life. If I do experience it from time to time, I can fight back by being productive or just let it come my way.

Tokyo Is Not Expensive

You probably have this idea that Tokyo is a super expensive place to live or visit. Having lived here for most of the last 10 years, I beg to differ. I’m the co-founder of Tokyo Cheapo, so as you’d expect I’m a fan boy for minimalism, living within one’s means and the Mr Money Mustache way. However Tokyo is not expensive, at least not like London, Paris or San Francisco. I’m living the good life without even trying that hard to scrimp and save.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Traveling With A Dog

Looking for dog travel, Emotional Support Animal, or therapy training info? Here’s the skinny on my world-traveling, therapy-trained ESA, Luna, and the 11 countries we’ve hit so far.

The Travel Lifestyle - Not Always Selfies & Sunsets

Nope, there’s a whole other aspect to this life that doesn’t usually get posted to our Facebook page, or talked about when we blog. Obviously the positives far outweigh the negatives, or we wouldn’t be here to be posting this, but to ignore the cons altogether would be to grossly disillusion you about exactly what our lifestyle involves.

Travelindicator

Travelindicator is an interactive data-driven travel guide that helps you find travel ideas and destinations.

Numbeo

Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution.

Couchsurfing

With Couchsurfing, you can stay with locals in every country on earth. Travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy.

Airbnb

Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Teleport For Startup Cities

Explore the best cities where you could live and work with the mobile app.

Just One Way Ticket

I’m Sab, nice to meet you! I’m just another random girl from Berlin, almost non-stop traveling since 2008. This travel blog is a summary of my experiences, my disasters and escapades, plus tons of travel photos and tips for memorable traveling around the globe.

Nomad List

Nomad List finds you the best places in the world to live and work remotely. It collects over 50,000 data points about 500+ cities around the world, from cost of living, temperature to safety. With that data I try to make a good estimate of where you, as a digital nomad, should go next.

Nomad Destination

Nomad Destination features comprehensive information on places for digital nomads, location independent entrepreneurs and people working remotely otherwise. Here you will find everything you need to make a decision on where to live and work from remotely.

Why You Should Quit Your Job And Travel Around The World

It happens to me every time I travel overseas. I talk with people who hear about where I’m going, and they always say the same thing: “That sounds amazing! I wish I could do that.” My reply is always the same: “What’s keeping you from it?”

Wandering Earl

On December 25th, 1999, I left the USA for a three-month, post-graduation trip to Southeast Asia. It’s now been over fourteen years and that trip has yet to finish.

Location 180

In 2009 my life sucked. So I quit my job, moved to Thailand, built a business, and started living life the way I’d always wanted. Location 180 documents the journey and teaches you how to do the same thing.

Nomadic Notes

My name is James Clark and Nomadic Notes chronicles my travels and life as a digital nomad. Nomadic Notes is a travel blog from the perspective of a long term traveller. The site features travel guides, travel tips, and notes on places I have visited around the world.

Nomadic Matt

My name is Nomadic Matt and I’ve been traveling the world since 2006. I’m here to show you that it’s possible to travel without a lot of money. This website will provide you with experience tested tips and advice on need you can travel anywhere you want without spending a lot of money.