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If You’re American, You’re Crazy to Stay Home This Year

If you’re earning U.S. dollars and you don’t have a big vacation or journey or a move abroad in your plans this year, what’s wrong with you? If you’re reading a travel blog I’m assuming you don’t hate traveling. So why else would you not take advantage of this golden opportunity? Your

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My Favorite Travel Gear Brands: ExOfficio

When I ran Practical Travel Gear for six years (and a few years before that alone on Blogspot), one of the brands I kept coming back to again and again was ExOfficio. They almost never disappointed me and despite me packing half my bag with their items when I travel, not a

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A Tasty Walk on the Asian Side of Istanbul

I shouldn’t have still been hungry at this point, but when the Turkish kebab plate with spicy bulgur wheat and oven-roasted bread landed in front of me, with a fresh-baked lama├žun, on the side, I had to dive in like a glutton. Most visitors to Turkey spend all their time on the

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Time to Revisit the Onward Ticket Requirement

In the past when readers have asked about the official requirement to have an onward ticket when landing in a new country, I’ve blown it off and scoffed. In 22 years of travel, I’ve been asked for proof of this exactly one time, and that was in England. That was 1995 if

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Travel Prices in Istanbul (on a Strong U.S. Dollar)

Back in the spring of 2013 I wrote this post on prices in Turkey for travelers and noted that the booming economic times seemed to be leading to higher and higher prices. Overall it felt to me like only a slightly better deal then western Europe and a worse value than Portugal.