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Cleveland New Mexico: Where Cars Go To Die

Cleveland New Mexico: Where Cars Go To Die Nov 21st, 2012 at 11:00AM: A shabby peach convertible hogged the front yard. It stretched out like a sunbathing teenage girl would – at a long diagonal, facing the street, just begging to get picked up. I walked right up to her, crouching down at the battered grill, where both headlights were missing, like gems pried out of a ring's bed. I'd forgotten how much headlights, when you're squarely in front of an...

South America Captured Beautifully In Video

Nov 18th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Watching this journey through South America will fill you with wanderlust unparalleled. The composition of this video is amazing. It captures the beauty of the region, from the people to the cities to the landscapes, and the score is subtle and moving. Cheers to Vimeo user Vincent Urban for a job well done. We're amazingly jealous....

In Bali With Baggage: Rince

In Bali With Baggage: Rince Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] As I wander Bali for the next few days, I can't stop thinking about the pink lotus incident, how bending down to pick up that flower inaugurated a flood of emotional introspection. On my last day here, I stop into a restaurant and have an iced coffee and, as I've been doing a lot of lately, pull out my notebook within which I've been...

Gore Vidal's Old House

Gore Vidal's Old House Nov 7th, 2012 at 11:00AM: In later years...President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Alice Longworth, congratulated me every time we saw each other: "You got out. So wise." "Reflections on Glory Reflected," -- Gore Vidal, in United States: Essays 1952-1992 The day Gore Vidal died rain fell hard on the roof of his old house alongside the ruins of Our Lady of Carmen in Antigua, Guatemala. Braids of thick plaster...

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower Nov 7th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Madai and I study the tourist map and decide our next stop will be a place marked as "The Monkey Temple." It is in Ubud, in the midst of a forest overrun with monkeys. As we make our way, I find myself growing giddy, like a kid. One thinks one has hung out with monkeys because one has seen so much of them on TV and in movies. Wearing...

Flew American Airlines, Nothing Happened

Flew American Airlines, Nothing Happened Nov 7th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Flight 371, Sunday night, hurricane Sandy lost in our contrails. I'm on the last flight out of LaGuardia and heading into Chicago, the last flight home before New York airports shut down and the city buttons up for the storm. This will be my fifth flight on American Airlines in four days, starting in Chicago, passing through St. Louis, turning around in Dallas, going back through Chicago...

In Bali With Baggage: Madai

In Bali With Baggage: Madai Nov 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Is it possible to avoid the snare of Bali's cheap drink, massages, great food and beaches to hit the countryside and visit temples? It seems like it'd take some will power. But as indicated in earlier installments, I come from educational film stock. Not amusement park ride stock so, not to brag or anything, but I think I can handle it. I...

In Bali With Baggage: A Night

In Bali With Baggage: A Night Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] I will give travel this: it gives us an excuse. It allows us to get away with things we never could back home. In Bali I can have beer with my breakfast. I can take three baths during the day. I can spend a great deal of mid afternoon time staring at a tree and thinking about trees without the risk of running into an old friend from high...

ExpertFlyer Launches Seat Alert App

ExpertFlyer Launches Seat Alert App Oct 8th, 2012 at 4:00PM: With airlines constantly reducing the number of free seats available at booking, more and more passengers are finding it impossible to guarantee seating when they purchase their tickets. Because of this, many travelers wait until they reach the airport to get a seat, resulting in parties being separated and less than ideal assignments near the back of the plane or in between other passengers. ...

Travel Troubles: What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad

Travel Troubles: What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad Sep 21st, 2012 at 11:00AM: Some people are accident-prone. Others attract bad relationships. Me, I get into travel trouble. I once broke a piece off a plane mid flight – luckily not one crucial for flying. I've been robbed and swindled – in Bolivia, both in the same morning. There are friends of mine who joke that the only sure thing when traveling with me is that our flight will be canceled. I confess to you...

How To Find The Best Food While On The Road For Business

How To Find The Best Food While On The Road For Business Sep 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Business travel tends to bring out the worst in a traveler's eating habits. It happens for a variety of reasons. Most business district restaurants are built around the lives of 8 to 5 employees, crescendoing at the busy lunch hour and then buttoning up service at 6 or 7 when workers have gone home to their families. At the Comcast Center, where I occasionally work in Philadelphia, the...

How To Vacation With Friends Without Killing Each Other

How To Vacation With Friends Without Killing Each Other Aug 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Every August I head to Long Beach Island for a week with girlfriends. (Yes, this is part of the Jersey Shore. No, I have never met Snooki.) This is our fourth year going and it's taken about that long to figure out how best to vacation together. One of my friends, for instance, likes to have breakfast at the exact same time each morning while reading the New York Times. Mess with this routine...

5 Secret Tech-Savvy Tips For Traveling Abroad

5 Secret Tech-Savvy Tips For Traveling Abroad Aug 7th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As a perpetual wanderer who spends roughly half the year outside the United States, I've learned a few savvy tricks for bettering my own travel experience. From making free phone calls to accessing the entire "Doctor Who" series, here are five tech tips for the modern traveler abroad. 1. You can watch Netflix out of the country. You can also watch HBO Go and Hulu, listen to Pandora Radio...

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival Jul 25th, 2012 at 10:00AM: A 6-hour bus ride with 40 intoxicated English teachers and a blowup dinosaur named Stanley is not where I wanted to be two days into my trip to South Korea. I was still jetlagged, and sleep was impossible with the back of the bus belting out 90s songs and discussing their favorite sex positions. I imagine no Koreans' journey to the Boryeong Mud Festival, where I would soon willingly cover...

A Night Aboard 'Ms. Nancy Boggs' At Far Rockaway's Boatel

A Night Aboard 'Ms. Nancy Boggs' At Far Rockaway's Boatel Jul 18th, 2012 at 9:00AM: It was like stepping onto the set of a horror film. An array of dusty knick-knacks lined the shelves, ranging from empty glass bottles to vintage photographs and eyeless doll heads. Torn pantyhose, some colored red, were strewn up as curtains. In the closet, there was a musty aroma and a pile of something furry. This would be our home for the evening. We were onboard "Ms. Nancy Boggs,"...

Vagabond Tales: The Drunken Art Of Nicaraguan Bull Riding

Vagabond Tales: The Drunken Art Of Nicaraguan Bull Riding Jun 22nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Nicaragua's Isla de Ometepe is an island of many things. It's the highest lake island in the entire world, and it has the most perfectly conical shaped mountain in all of Central America. Seeing as it's set in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, it's home to the world's only freshwater sharks. Isla de Ometepe is volcanic, home to two volcanoes – Volcán Concepción and...

12 Tips For Saving Money On Food While Traveling

12 Tips For Saving Money On Food While Traveling Jun 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: When traveling, one of the biggest strains on your wallet is the cost of food. The problem isn't that there aren't affordable food options, but more that many people are unsure of how to navigate the dining scene in foreign locations. Instead of asking your hotel for recommendations or going to restaurants that "look nice," use this guide to find budget-friendly meal options when traveling. ...

Iconic Road Trips: Weaving Through West Virginia And Maryland On Interstate 68

Iconic Road Trips: Weaving Through West Virginia And Maryland On Interstate 68 May 26th, 2012 at 2:00PM: I've driven Interstate 68 more times than I can count. It's one of the main roads I take any time I'm traveling from the east coast to my hometown (Marietta, Ohio) or the town where my family lives now (Morgantown, West Virginia). I am currently engaged in a longstanding love-hate relationship with this road. I love it because the scenery is outstanding. The rolling hills of Appalachia...

Iconic Road Trip: Route 66's Classic American Countryside

Iconic Road Trip: Route 66's Classic American Countryside May 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Most people have heard of Route 66. It's iconic. It's a classic American highway recognized in pop culture and its expanse covers many U.S. states. The route original passed through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Although officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, many portions of the original road are now National Scenic...

Iconic Road Trips: Around Michigan's Upper Peninsula With US Highway 2

Iconic Road Trips: Around Michigan's Upper Peninsula With US Highway 2 May 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: US Highway 2, through Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is pristine. This stretch of road is so relatively far out of the way that its untouched beauty is its main attraction. This trip is 290 miles. You'll want to stop off and take a dip every time you see the waters of Lake Michigan glistening beyond the birch trees, and so you should. That's what I did when I drove across this portion of Highway...

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