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The ultimate USA road trip: the good, the bad and the numbers

To be honest: I was nervous about taking this road trip. Sure, I was stoked to see more of the USA, and after driving across the whole of Australia, I knew via land would be the best way to do it. But I don't like driving or being stuck in a car, my...
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The coolest places to stay in Croatia

In Croatia, I spent most of my nights on a boat. The few that I spent on land, however, impressed me. I spent time in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik: the main tourist destinations in Croatia. The hostels and guesthouse I stayed in were clean, modern,...
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Sailing Croatia with Busabout

Kelsey and I first discussed a trip to Croatia right after finishing college: I'm not sure why we were so obsessed with it, but it definitely stuck. We finally decided to make it happen in 2012, committing on a Christmas catch-up phone call. However,...
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Renting an apartment in Paris: a Roomorama review

Growing up in a family that favored apartment rentals and timeshares, I’ve long realized the benefits of non-hotel accommodation while traveling. Having a kitchen, a washing machine, an area to lounge and relax saves money, time,...
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Rock Long, Rock Hard: cruising Halong Bay

Eating a steaming plate of noodles while perched on a plastic chair built for a 5-year-old, I faced a dilemma. I had four days in Hanoi, a city that was a grey and chilly as Saigon was colorful and warm—in weather, in buildings, in people. Hanoi’s...
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Highlights of Hue

I've learned that when a city is proclaimed as a country's cultural capital, it usually means it's cold. True to form, Hue (pronounced h-way) features gray-hued skies, a chilly wind drafting over the river and squat buildings crowding the winding...
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The ups and downs of Phong Nha Farmstay

Every once in a while, I surprise myself and willingly break away from beaches for a chilly, cloudy destination. Exploring Ke Bang National Park was one such adventure: renowned for having some of the oldest, largest caves in the world, the region...
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Riding buses in Vietnam: it’s always a daylong adventure

In Southeast Asia, I accepted that any overland journey would take a full day. Two hours, four hours, six hours: no matter what the travel agent promised you as to the length of the bus ride, you can kiss your day goodbye. I never had a bus leave on...
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Jungle Beach: the backpacker all-inclusive resort

Imagine a beach you only had to share with fellow backpackers: no screaming children or overzealous hawkers. I've been there, and let me tell you--it's awesome. At $25 a day, Jungle Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive for the...
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Where to stay in Phuket: Bodega

If I could pick Bodega up and carry it with me around Southeast Asia, I would. In a heartbeat. It’s a shame that it’s located in Phuket, because while I hated the sleazy vibe of Patong, I loved the bohemian hospitality and modern conveniences...
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