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Archive for August, 2013

The Pros and Cons of Taking a Group Tour - The Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

The Pros and Cons of Group Tours When Traveling

When planning international travel, many often consider taking a tour. Some think about taking large groups tours that last weeks and others plan short tours that might only last a few days or even a few hours. I’ve taken...
by Jim Cheney

Planning ahead can keep you from missing something awesome.

Discuss: What’s the Best Part of Travel Planning?

I’ve made it no secret on this site that I’m a big fan of travel planning (Shameless plug: I even offer a Travel Planning Service). For me, it’s one of my favorite parts of going on a trip. Currently, I’...
by Jim Cheney


Brightly painted colonial-era house in Malacca's Chinatown.

Malacca’s Beautiful Chinatown: A Photo Essay

While most westerners have heard of Singapore, Hong Kong, and maybe even Penang and Macau, very few have heard of Malacca (also spelled Melaka). However, that doesn’t mean that it was any less important to trade in Asia. ...
by Jim Cheney

The Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan. A great stop for dinner.

6 Haggling Tips for the Nervous Traveler

If you’re from a western country, it’s likely that haggling for prices isn’t something you do every day. Sure, you might negotiate a price every few years for a new car or a place to live, but it’s not s...
by Jim Cheney


Finding adventure at home can be as easy as finding the sites that'll interest you.

Discuss: How Do You Find Adventure at Home?

I don’t know about you, but I have a big problem when it comes to traveling at home: when I’m on the road, I tend to be much more adventurous. Staying in hostel dorm rooms? No problem. Taking public transportation e...
by Jim Cheney


The Definitive Guide to Nightlife in Buenos Aires, Argentina [Guest Post]

A bottle of Smirnoff sits in an ice bucket, surrounded by glasses and empty cans of Speed energy drinks. The table is cluttered with pizza, ashtrays, and packs of cigarettes, and the cool night air hits my skin. “So what do y...
by a Guest Contributor