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Discuss: How Much Travel Planning is Too Much?

Nothing divides travelers quite like the issue of planning. Some like to wing everything, barely even knowing where they’ll be tomorrow night. On the other end of the extreme are people who like to plan out every second o...
by Jim Cheney
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Discuss: Are Cell Phones a Necessity When Traveling?

One big trend that I’ve noticed recently is that more and more travelers are taking cell phones with them when they take a trip. And, with the ease of getting a local sim card in most countries and the proliferation of tr...
by Jim Cheney
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Me eating lunch near the Teotihuacan Pyramids in 2003.

Discuss: What’s Your Biggest Travel Regret?

Every traveler has a regret, something that they wish they had done, or something they wish they hadn’t done, while they were on the road. So, for this week’s discussion, I want to know, what is your biggest travel ...
by Jim Cheney
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The monks of Luang Prabang complete their morning alm ritual.

Discuss: Is UNESCO Ruining Our World Heritage?

This week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO, is meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to debate and vote on the next batch of World Heritage Sites. Over the course of the ...
by Jim Cheney
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What country has the best food? In my opinion, it's Thailand.

Discuss: What Country Has the Best Food?

There are very few ways to better discover a culture than through its food. In fact, some travelers base their entire travel plans around what countries have the best culinary tradition. However, ask 10 travelers what country h...
by Jim Cheney
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Me eating lunch near the Teotihuacan Pyramids in 2003.

Discuss: Where Did You Catch the Travel Bug?

As a travel writer, I’m connected to a large group of writers, readers, and travelers who all have one thing in common: we love to travel the world. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years to tra...
by Jim Cheney
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