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, […]

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. Learning more about each place is part of the reason I like to travel slow. A month in England taught me that: The English will sit in their assigned seats. If a […]

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 […]