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Jan 15th 2010 1:30PM I agree completely. Online maps never show the kind of detail you get from a real one, especially when it comes to topography. I just reviewed a Yucatan map from National Geographic that shows every single Maya ruin open to the public and the roads to get to them and every cenote. I've never found anything close online but this one also shows beaches, snorkeling spots, and where the land turns from flat to hilly.
Feb 22nd 2007 12:26AM Robert's a talented writer who knows his stuff. Here's great Russia story he did recently for Perceptive Travel: http://www.perceptivetravel.com/issues/0107/reid.html
Feb 16th 2007 11:35PM Call me crazy, but couldn't you do this with any USB device? It seems like a gimmick unless they actually do all the scanning and uploading for you. Last time I got a physical they just handed me a mini CD, which could fit in a wallet if I really wanted to carry it I guess.
Jan 31st 2007 1:51PM Well, it depends on where you are traveling of course. Having dinner without wine in Argentina is close to criminal it's so cheap. And if you drink beer in Vietnam or Bulgaria it's certainly not going to make much of a dent in your budget. Turkey and Hungary are pretty cheap too. The key is knowing when going out won't wreck your budget and having the sense to hit the liquor store instead when it will.
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Jan 19th 2007 1:50PM Probably a good idea if you want to get away from the vodka swillers. For an unorthodox look at train travel in Russia, check out this story in Perceptive Travel, "Searching the BAM For Russia's Lost Moustache." http://www.perceptivetravel.com/issues/0107/reid.html
Dec 6th 2006 10:06AM You might also want to check out this "Guidebook Smackdown" article in Transitions Abroad:
A real comparison of a bunch of them for one country--planning stage and on the road.
Nov 11th 2006 5:11PM I agree that it's a good article and captures the whole experience well. But I hate the presumption that there are supposedly two or three tailors in town who can do a great job, when in reality there are hundreds. A suit I had made at a run-of-the-mill place on Kao San Road looks great after 10 years, the wool is high quality, and it fits better than anything I could ever buy off the rack. Would it have been "more better" if I had had it done at this place instead? The two tailors who will be swamped with even more business after this article are not the only game in town unless you want to say you bought your suit at the same place George Bush did (yikes).
Oct 24th 2006 11:36AM The worst part is, when us passengers get delayed, at least we can go sit at the bar and have a few drinks while we're killing time. No go on that option for the flight attendants. And they probably can't carry a laptop with them to surf the web since they have to travel very light. Bummer.
Sep 15th 2006 12:26PM Everyone, even grubby backpackers, should carry one decent outfit with them. There's no excuse. As others have said, there's not shortage of wrinkle-free clothing on the market and you can even buy things along the way in a thrift store. Show some respect. It's not just the theater either. What if a local invites you to their house for dinner, or to a nice restaurant? Or you have to go meet with an official to get your visa extended? Or you have a chance to interview for a short-term job or assignment? You've got more money than most people in the world, so don't be a non-stop bum! Pack some presentable clothing.
Aug 11th 2006 6:33PM Yes, blending in makes a lot of sense. Of course that won't work very well if you're a leggy blonde in Thailand or a 6-foot-six man in Mexico. The best bet is to have some common sense and put your b.s. radar on high alert. Keep the valuables locked away somewhere and keep what you have to carry under your clothes. Like most travelers, I've rarely been robbed abroad. Home is a different story...