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When Traveling Abroad, What’s Your Backup Plan?

This week Google announced that on July 1 it is shutting down the most popular RSS stream blog reader in the world, Google Reader. A whole bunch of you probably get to this blog from there. I’m sure most people who

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

Should I stay or should I go now?

“Today is free seating!” the perky Garuda ticket agent said as she handed us our blank boarding pass for the flight from Bangkok to Jakarta. It was easy to see why. As the plane taxied down the runway, it looked to