Tips for Traveling Paris

Paris is an amazing city. I fell in love with it the first moment I was there. Recently, American ex-pat Tanya from Parisian Spring gave us some tips for beating the summer crowds in Paris. They are wonderful tips, as Paris can be really crowded during the summer, especially during August. Parisians evacuate the city and head to the countryside or the beach. The vacuum caused by their departure is filled with tourists who crowd all the sights, streets, and […]

Paris: The City of Love

Paris. Poets, artists, playwrights, writers, journalists, statesmen and more have all written about it. All came to Paris and walked away in love. It’s hard not to fall in love with Paris. It’s a magical place, and I can see why so many flock here. Paris exudes culture, sophistication, and style. And, like the millions before me, I too fell in love with the city. I remember the exact moment. It was about midnight, and I had only been in […]

The Saturday City: Places I Don’t Like

Each Saturday for the last three months, I’ve been highlighting different cities from around the world. Each time, I have nothing but praise for all these places. But I’m constantly asked if I like every place I visit, because it sure seems that way. Well, I don’t. Generally, I try to find something good about every city, but I have come across some places I just don’t like: Atlanta Hotlanta? More like Craplanta! I didn’t enjoy this place one bit, […]

Another Travel Skill You Need

A few months ago, I responded to an email about what I thought was the most important skill a traveler needed. I said adaptability. Without the ability to adapt to the constantly changing conditions of the road, a traveler is not going make it. There are so many highs and lows on the road that without being adaptable and flexible, you are going to end up being frustrated all the time. You’re going to get aggravated, angry, upset. It’s going […]

Interview with Thomas Kohnstamm

A few months ago, a book came out came out that swept the travel writing world. Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? caused a lot of controversy with its depiction of guidebook writing. Lonely Planet had to issue special statements to reassure users that its books were accurate. Now, with the issue having died down, writer Thomas Kohnstamm reflects on the controversy, guidebooks, and writing. Nomadic Matt: Your book created a lot of controversy when it came out this year. […]

Observations Made While in England

A month spent traveling England, and I certainly learned a lot about the country. A month in any country will teach you something. Cultures only really open up to you when you spend a long time in one. There’s only so much to notice in a few days. It’s part of the reason I like to travel slow – you learn more about each place. A month in England taught me that: The English will sit in their assigned seats. […]

Five Ways to Beat the Summer Crowds in Paris

Traveling Paris in August. Thousands of Parisians flee the city for their annual summer vacations. Thousands of tourists flood in to take their place. If you happen to be one of them, It’s a great time to be here: the weather is nice, the parks and gardens are green, and the streets are a little quieter. But you’ll soon tire of waiting in lines, fighting to get a good picture of a monument, and eating your lunch surrounded only by […]

Hanging Out in Oxford

Oxford, founded sometime during the 9th century, expanded during the Middle Ages as a center for learning – first theology, then medicine, and then law. Over the centuries, more departments have been added to the university, and now you can study with the best and brightest in any field. The small city of Oxford is basically one giant school. Every few feet, a new college springs up on you. The spires, ancient buildings, and courtyards make Oxford a beautiful place […]

The Best Travel Books

Part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. While traveling, I always enjoy reading books about travel, exotic locations, and living your dreams. It makes me feel good about what I’m doing, and keeps me dreaming of different places. Even if you aren’t traveling, a good […]