10 (or so) Words That Will Get You By In Japan

Here’s a wacky fun fact about Japan – it’s full of Japanese people! This is great news for you if you’re travelling there. Japanese people are exceptionally friendly and hospitable to foreigners. You’ll find no shortage of folks who are happy to help you, chat with you, drink with you,...

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Cemetery Tourism: The One Destination We'll All End up Seeing.

Bring Out Your Dead! I’ve always been fascinated by cemeteries and all the rituals around death throughout the world. Don’t ask me why. It wasn’t like I was raised in a family that discussed death. In fact when my maternal great grandmother died when I was 4, my family continued...

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8 Cool Things To 'Go' Do In Bogota

Though many travelers only give Colombia's chilly capital a couple of days, those willing to invest a bit more time will uncover a wealth of treasures. If you want to dig a little further than the average tourist, check out these cool things to do in Bogotá.

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Language and Travel - What You Need to Know

It's important to learn some basic vocabulary when you travel to a country where you don't speak the language. Even just a few phrases will make things a lot easier for you, and the locals always like to hear you making an effort.

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5 Strict Countries and Their Visa Requirements

Travel can make you feel liberated, but one thing often squashes that sense of freedom the minute you land at your destination: visa requirements. It’s a breeze getting into countries like Thailand, where you don’t need a visa, but Vietnam is another story.

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Kalibo, a Hidden Gem of the Philippines

I would venture to say most people have never heard of Kalibo. It seems the majority of travellers who visit the Philippines (RP) focus on Manila and its large island or Cebu. If you’ve visited the beach resort of Boracay, it’s possible you at least passed through Kalibo; however, newer...

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5 Things You Don't Need On Your RTW Trip

Packing for a big round-the-world trip is exciting. A hundred posts have been written on what to pack and why, guiding antsy backpackers in this most important step of their travel experience. However, there's a lot of misinformation out there.

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4 Tips on Preparing for a Long Trip

Deciding to leave everything behind and head off on an epic journey is one of the best decisions you can make. You'll learn about yourself and about the world and you'll have an amazing experience. I'm sure I don't need to convince you! If you've decided to take the plunge,...

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Borders, Bribes and Bloody Hurricanes!

It’s been a proper season for getting caught in storms, mudslides closing the only road to my destination and border guards getting right up my nose! Let me dial it back a few days to a calm trip down from Cancun to the Cayes is Belize.

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Beer Milkshakes - Taking a Drink in Cusco, Peru

Cusco is one of the most-visited towns in Peru, mostly because it's the jumping-off point for tours to Machu Picchu. There are also a lot of other ruins nearby, and there's a picturesque town square which hosts procession nearly every week.

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