Four Ways to Avoid Being a Tourist

No one wants to be a “tourist.” Bermuda shorts, fanny pack, huge camera, giant map – you know the type. The target for thieves, scammers, and ridicule. Yet by the very nature of travel, we are all tourists. We are all strangers in a strange land. But I believe there is a “slight” difference between a tourist and traveler. A traveler immerses themselves in the local culture and spends longer in a destination; a tourist is just there quickly. As an avid […]

Interview with Chuck Thompson

Writer Chuck Thompson highlighted his troubles with the travel industry in his recent book, Smile When You’re Lying. I read the book while traveling Europe and loved its sharp commentary and funny anecdotes. Some people felt the same. Others did not. Intrigued by his opinions, I recently spoke with him about them in more detail: Nomadic Matt: As someone so critical of the travel writing industry, why have you stayed in it for so long? Chuck Thompson: I’ve been critical […]

Airline Review: Ryanair

A lot has been written about the European discount airline Ryanair. Based out of Dublin, this airline offers dirt-cheap fares across Europe. People either love or hate them. People love the cheap fares but hate the lack of service. However, the airline only offers you one thing: space. Expecting more is foolish. At the prices they’re charging, they can’t offer you anything else. If you’re looking for amenities, do not fly Ryanair. If you want cheap tickets, do. Ryanair is […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photos

Some of us can remember sitting through travel photo slideshows as kids: carousel after carousel of Uncle Herb’s bad photographs from his Mexico vacation. Don’t turn into Uncle Herb. You’re an avid and knowledgeable traveler, so don’t let yourself become that dreaded relative. The flip-flops you bought at the Chiang Mai night market will eventually break, the tee shirts you bought in Ibiza will fade, but your digital images and photographs, properly persevered, will stand the test of time. Slide […]

The Saturday City: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is located on Costa Rica’s west coast and draws in tourists with its beaches, bars, and monkey-filled national park. Though just a little beach resort, Manuel Antonio has grown steadily more touristy over the years. Much of the reason for this is because the city sits next to Manual Antonio National Park. This national park, which helps keep development down because of zoning laws, is also the real reason to come here. The town just south of the […]

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’re 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 cafes. […]

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 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 Paris […]

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, […]