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Archive for February, 2013

The port of Sochi, Russia, as seen from the top deck of the ferry at sunset.

Sochi, Russia: Beaches, Bikinis, and…the Winter Olympics?

In less than a year, the 2014 Winter Olympics will put the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia, on the map. Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations for Russians, Sochi barely registers on the international...
by Jim Cheney

Visiting the Korean DMZ and standing in North Korea is impossible without taking a group tour. The Pros and Cons of taking a group tour.

5 Countries That Are Ridiculously Hard for Americans to Visit

If there is one thing that infuriates the traveler in me more than anything, it’s countries that require visas for tourism. There is really no good reason to require a visa from someone wanting to come into your country t...
by Jim Cheney


by Jim Cheney

Downtown Seoul, South Korea at Gwanghwamun Plaza

Reader Mailbag: What to do with 5 Days in Seoul, South Korea

One of the reasons that I started was because I love helping others plan their travels. Recently, I was asked the following question on Twitter: “Hi! Can you suggest a five day itinerary in Seoul? Thanks.&...
by Jim Cheney


Aya Sofia, where Christian frescoes stand alongside Muslim Icons in Istanbul, Turkey.

5 Reasons You Should Visit Turkey on Your Next Trip

Without a doubt, Turkey is one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. Ranking as the 6th most visited country in the world in 2011, the total number of international tourists nearly doubled between 2004 and 2011. Du...
by Jim Cheney