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The Annapurna Circuit Ain’t What it Used to Be – Here’s an Alternative

One of my fondest memories in the three years I spent backpacking around the world was the three weeks I hiked along some of the world’s highest mountains on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It was the perfect long-term trek: gorgeous scenery, places to stay in every village, and no roads, just

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What $7.50 Gets You in a Guatemalan Supermarket

Often when I visit a country I take a stroll through a typical supermarket looking for the screaming bargains. What’s a deal here? I’m in Guatemala right now, which is certainly one of the cheapest places to travel and one of the cheapest places to live. Here’s what I picked up yesterday

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For USA Travels, Pick Your Cluster

Now that my home country has a national tourism campaign with a budget instead of relying on the 50 individual states to do all the work, the USA is actually acting like it gives a s%#t whether people come visit or not. Last year we eased up the daunting visa process for

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Use Temporary Downturns to Your Travel Advantage

When a place is getting bad press, do you follow the sheep who run away? Or do you act like a contrarian traveler and take advantage of the temporary opportunity? Like an investor who shuns the hot stock at its peak and buys the out-of-favor values for bigger returns, the biggest payoff

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Some Tried and True Vacation Savings Advice

We just passed the time of year when seemingly every media outlet is publishing predictions, “what’s hot,” “where to go this year,” and other round-ups that are generally useless and silly. That’s because though most editors hate to admit it, things don’t change that much in travel in the space of one