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Golden Temple in Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rising From the Rubble: Patan, Nepal

Patan was once an independent city state in Nepal, one of three kingdoms run by three princes that were the offspring of a single king. The three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu sprung up in these places centuries ago: in Kathmandu proper,
No sidewalks for a wheelie suitcase

Why You Don’t “Backpack” With a Wheelie Suitcase

  She looked like she was about to cry as she scraped her shiny four-wheel suitcase over the broken pavement and up another set of stairs. Since there was nobody else around and I was going to have to walk past
cost of living in Portugal

What It Costs to Live in Portugal

  I’ve sung the praises of traveling for cheap in Portugal before after being impressed by how reasonably priced it was when I visited for a couple weeks. But what does it cost to actually live there as an expat? Here
Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca City Mexico

One of Mexico’s Greatest Festivals: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca in Mexico is a treasure known for terrific food, a gorgeous colonial center, and the best handicrafts selection. In a country like Mexico where all three are abundant, that’s really saying something. It’s the capital of a
Trishuli River whitewater rafting Nepal from Kathmandu

Whitewater Rafting on the Trishuli River in Nepal

Nepal is one of the world’s greatest whitewater rafting destinations. It has steep mountain rivers you can ride for days, at a variety of skill levels. The problem for a casual traveler, however, is that all but the Trishuli River take