Long-term travel Archive

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Finding Authentic Food When You Travel

This week I got quoted in a USA Today article on how to find authentic local food when you travel. What we eat is important always, but it takes on a whole other level of importance when you’re traveling, especially internationally. Food is a window into a culture and as outsiders, it’s

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Argentina Drops Its Reciprocity Visa Fee

Argentina took another big step forward last month in attracting more American travelers. I’ve complained on multiple occasions about how Argentina was shooting itself in the gaucho-booted foot by charging Americans $160 each to enter the country. Then on March 6 the longtime author of Moon Handbooks for the region published this

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It’s a Little Easier to Live in India Legally Now

I wrote in A Better Life for Half the Price that the cost of living in most parts of India was one of the cheapest in the world, but that staying there long-term was really difficult because of their visa policy. That changed for the better last year and you can now

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You’re Free to Leave the Asylum

An American passport can get you into 174 countries around the world. In many of those countries it’s possible to become a legal resident—or just keep renewing a tourist visa. There’s no rule saying you have to stay in the country of your birth year after year. Imagine you woke up after

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14 Useful Travel Gear Items for $20 or Less

I have spent more than a decade reviewing travel gear in some form or another, six of those as editor of the popular Practical Travel Gear Blog that I sold last summer. I originally started that to highlight the inexpensive but essential gear backpackers were carrying but that no magazine was writing