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Archive for July, 2013

The area around Yangshuo, China, is perfect for a bike ride.

Discuss: How Do You Get to Know a Destination?

It seems that more and more travelers are looking beyond the glimmering tourist attractions of their destinations and are trying to uncover the heart of where they’re visiting. So, for this week’s discussion questio...
by Jim Cheney

Cars and people move past Largo de Senado, a great starting point for any day trip to Macau.

5 Fantastic Things to Do in Macau

While many travelers visit Hong Kong every year, few make it over to the sister city of Macau. An easy day trip from Hong Kong thanks to ferries that run 24-hours a day, the Macau Peninsula offers visitors a fantastic array of ...
by Jim Cheney


The beautiful Alps near Meiringen, Switzerland.

Photo of the Week: High in the Swiss Alps

Back in 2006, I went to Europe on my first backpacking trip. My wife and I spent 6.5 weeks touring through the continent at what can only be described as a blistering pace. However, we did slow things down a bit to visit some f...
by Jim Cheney

People play on Bondi Beach in Australia while taking a break from working in Australia.

An Insider’s Guide to Working in Australia [Guest Post]

Intended for individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, the Australian “working holiday” scheme is popular amongst backpackers and other travelers since it allows them to travel to the far end of the earth and legally work ...
by a Guest Contributor


The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Travel Discussion: Do you ever return to a destination?

Discuss: Do You Ever Return to a Destination?

There are a ton of fantastic destinations all over the world, and you could easily spend your life exploring just one continent and still not see everything there is to see. However, most travelers like a bit of variety and try...
by Jim Cheney

Water crashing over the edge of Niagara Falls near the Visitors Center in Canada.

5 Amazing Ways to Experience Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the world. The three waterfalls that make up Niagara, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, have a combined flow of 150,000 gallons (567,811 liters) of w...
by Jim Cheney