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First Bedbugs, Now Germs

Recently we have seen a spate of stories online and in travel publications about bedbugs in hotel rooms and filthy conditions in most airplanes. Some folks religiously clean their airline seats, arm rests, tray tables, and entertainment systems with anti-bacterial … Continue reading

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Sign Language

Sometimes verbal communication fails us on our travels. A semi-disastrous trip through the Vietnamese countryside inspired three friend to create the Iconspeak clothing line. With 40 universal icons, their t-shirts, along some emphatic body language, should get you what you … Continue reading

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Just Twenty Six Letters

Lauren Hom is a Brooklyn-based illustrator with a dream—she’s planning to sell all of her belongings, grab her backpack, and set off on a year-long, round the world trip. Her goal is to set foot on every continent while visiting … Continue reading

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A Card With A History

Most people think of American Express as a credit card company, but the firm—which is celebrating its centennial this month—began as a full service travel provider. Along with organizing trips, tours and cruises, American Express sold all sorts of travel … Continue reading

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Attention Visitors to New York City

Coming from a family that called New York City home for more than a century, I am constitutionally required to complain about the way tourists walk the sidewalks and comport themselves when visiting the city. There’s nothing like gawping tourists blocking … Continue reading

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Travel Hacks

I’m a sucker for blog posts and websites that dangle the clickbait title of “travel hacks”, but usually it’s the same old common sense stuff any traveler should know. How many times do we have to see so called hacks … Continue reading

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Viewed Through The Monocle

If you’re a fan of Monocle magazine and media, then the newly launched Monocle Travel Guide Series is for you. Published by Berlin-based Gestalen, the slim travel guides will be priced at $15 retail. As you might expect, the full … Continue reading

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How are tourists like fish ?

Guide book author/travel show host/tourism consultant Doug Lansky gave a thought provoking TED Talk in Stockholm on the sad state of travel today. Much of his critique was spot on—though a tad elitist. As a former guide book writer, I really liked his … Continue reading

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Bucharest for Booklovers

The former Chrissoleveni bank building in the heart of Bucharest, Romania, has been transformed into a bibliophile’s dream bookstore. Carturesti Carusel , or carousel of light, covers six floors of the grand 19th century building, with more than 10,000 titles, … Continue reading

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Don’t Be An Easy Mark

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