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Are Americans Afraid of Losing Their Jobs if They Take Time Off to Travel?

Do Americans just not care about global exploration? I like to think not. Even though a paltry 36% of Americans have passports, I believe that Americans would travel more if they were not nerve wrenched with the anxiety of losing their jobs.

Many of our 320 plus million inhabitants claim they have no time to travel. “Nick, how do you travel the world? I would lose my job if I took time off to travel,” …

Are We There Yet? Family Travel

Are we there yet? That familiar refrain is part of the cultural lexicon of the art and science of traveling with children. Being a good traveler is something best learned early in life, and parents can help ensure that children enjoy their family trips to the utmost with a little planning. Along the way, parents also make their own time spent in the airplane or in the car more enjoyable and less stressful. If you …

London’s Skyline – 5 Ways to See London’s Top Landmarks, in Just 48-hours.

Despite jokes about accents and what, exactly, a chip is, London remains a popular destination for American travellers, which has no shortage of tourist staples: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, but London’s appeal doesn’t lie only in its architectural and cultural treasures. It’s the jaw-dropping views across the city, taking in most of the Big Five landmarks, which are most memorable.

It’s only a credit to the capital that …

A Historical Tour of East Berlin

From August 13, 1961 until November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall divided East and West Berlin. Since the wall came down, East Berlin has been renovated and revitalized into a world-renowned historical center for artistic and cultural expression.

The Jewish Quarter

Touring the Berlin Wall

Scattered throughout the city, tourists can explore traces of the wall’s remains and memorial sites commemorating the history behind this wall. A range of self-guided and guided tours provide ample …

12 Destinations to Photograph Fall Foliage

Although technically it is still summer, and most of the country remains in heatwave mode, gradually temperatures will drop, and the vibrant colors of fall will grace America’s treasured National Parks and open spaces.

Autumn is less than a month away and for photography buffs, some of the most colorful scenery of the year is about to get underway.…

Turkey – Tea with the Locals

Yes, the British and the Japanese have their tea customs and rituals, and I wouldn’t want to take away from the special nature of either of those cultures. But if I had to choose where I would most like to have a cup of tea with the locals, it would be Turkey. Tea shops are a focal point for street level Turkish culture and most good things happen in the presence of a cup of …

The Spiritual Traveler, Or How to Make It Through Your Trip Without Killing Someone

Have you ever noticed that despite being a spiritual person—or a good person—it all goes out the window when you hit that airport security line? Perhaps that’s what airports were designed for; to test your spiritual mettle.

I travel. A lot. So on my overseas trip of nearly 30 hours in the air, I created these quick tips to keep your sanity, and maybe a little bit of your spiritual practice, intact:…

Is Travel Insurance Really Worth It?

Dear Travel IQ: When is travel insurance absolutely necessary? I hate the additional expense tacked onto every trip and never, ever, have I had to use the policies I buy. I am thinking about not buying it next time and trusting to the gods of travel to get me there and back without a problem. My boyfriend says I am wrong and the one trip we don’t insure will be the one we will …

24 Hours in Edinburgh: The Eccentric Jewel in Scotland’s Crown

Not only is Edinburgh a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also Scotland’s capital city and home to phenomenal festivals, which have the city buzzing with a sense of excitement all year round.

Packed with medieval tenements, narrow streets through the Old Town and a sweeping elegance which swathes the Georgian New Town, there’s no question that Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the most stunning and enthralling cities in the world.

Sightseeing in Edinburgh …

Summer in Seattle

It’s summertime in Seattle, Washington. Hit the water now that the rain subsided and the gray clouds turned into white cotton. Raise a glass of craft beer, cider, wine, or spirits. Check out the city’s varied outdoor festivals.

Pike Place Market Expands

This summer marks a major expansion for Pike Brewing Company. This  Seattle landmark based in Pike Market led the way for the Seattle craft brewing scene. They will be opening Tankard & Tun, …

How to Haggle Without Being a Jerk

Dear Travel IQ: I will be going to Turkey soon and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bargain hunt for a really nice rug.  However, I don’t want to be a jerk when negotiating with the shop owners in the marketplace. What is the best way to haggle without being a jerk?

Signed: Too Nice?


Dear Too Nice: It’s surprising how many travellers can’t come to grips with the art of haggling.

Even …

Tips for the Solo Woman Traveler: Keeping Safe on the Road

There’s no excuse for a woman traveler not to hit the road solo. Solo travel can be extremely rewarding, as well as liberating. This is a great time for introspection and reconnecting with yourself. When you’re traveling on your own, there’s no need to make compromises on travel schedules and itineraries or even restaurant choices, as you get to make all the decisions. It’s also easier to make new friends, as a solo traveler is …

Tanzania – The Camp Elephant

My teenage son and I arrived at the Tarangire Treetops Safari Camp in the late afternoon. A day of safari through the Tarangire National Park had put us face to face with lions, elephants, baboons and a number of gazellelike creatures of varying types. It had been a terrific first day of exploring Tanzania’s Northern Circuit, and we were eager to see firsthand the camp we had heard so much about. As the Range Rover …

The Best Dining in South Africa

The Western Cape’s reputation for wine is undiminished – but now its cooking has caught up, with young chefs savouring exotic homegrown ingredients and looking to their own traditions rather than to Europe.

When it comes to eating opportunities, you don’t get much hotter than Bree Street’s central reaches. It’s overtaken Camps Bay, Long Street and even Kloof Street as Cape Town’s coolest strip. Taking a walk along Bree St, now the hippest place to find …