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Cheap Destinations News & Oddities, Late June

Sometimes I like to take a break from blabbing on and acting like a travel know-it-all, so here are some news stories and blog posts that have caught my eye recently. Random notes from cheap destinations and a few travel tips,
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Travel Trouble Spots and Altering Your Plans

As we’ve seen in Turkey this week, a place that’s relatively calm, peaceful, and stable one week can see all hell break loose the next. So how do you decide if you should change your travel plans or just adjust them

The World is Getting Safer to Travel

There’s a lot of trouble in the world. But an expert on handling danger says almost every region is getting tamer for travelers.   If you watch Fox News every day, you’re liable to think the world out there is a

Are Your Assumptions Based in Facts?

More people died in the U.S. last year from “accidental discharge of a firearm” than died in the whole world from airplane crashes. Guatemala’s crime rate is higher than Mexico’s by a wide margin. Eight of the top-10 worst cities for

But…is it safe there?

Ask anyone who travels to foreign countries regularly and they’ve likely heard this question more times than they can count. Sometimes it’s asked by a close relative or friend, just as often by complete strangers. Other times it’s not stated, just