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don't fly the legacy USA airlines

For a Better Flight Experience, Avoid the Deceptive U.S. Legacy Airlines

If you fly to Panama on American Airlines, you will not pay to check a bag on your economy class international flight. If you fly to Costa Rica you will. Flying to South America with a checked bag does not incur
Beer prices in Panama

Cheap Place to Booze it Up: Panama

Panama is not one of the world’s cheapest places to travel. It’s right in the middle in terms of tourism costs in Central America. It is noticeably cheaper than Costa Rica, but far more than Guatemala or Nicaragua. With its economy
Oboz hiking boots in Kyrgyzstan

The Travel Gear That Hasn’t Let Me Down

When I went on my Nepal trek last year, there was a lot of travel gear carnage on the trail. Someone’s backpack strap broke. My hiking boots literally fell apart and had to be super-glued to make it through until the
travel currency exchange rates make a big difference

How Dollar Strength or Weakness Impacts Your Travels

Back when Obama first took over from George W. Bush, we were all crying the blues about a weak dollar and a crappy economy. It wasn’t a very good time to travel abroad with American currency. Steadily things got better though
Tanah Torajah Sulawesi travel story

Sweet Sicily, a Slaughter in Sulawesi, and Meditating with Monks in Thailand

A new month, a new issue of Perceptive Travel, home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors. As always, we try to dig a little deeper, travel a little wider, and write a little longer about in-depth traveler experiences.