Planning your first big trip? Advice and humor to get you through the process.
How to Safe Eating There is one thing that international travelers fear more than plane crashes, pickpockets, or bathrooms without toilet paper and that's food poisoning. Though our legal advisors prevent us from issuing health advice, here are our best practices for eating abroad. more
Top Packing Tips
Our experts answer key questions that face any long-term traveler: How to stay organized and how to turn your bag into a carry-on; plus a great use for garbage bags. more
I approach a booth offering Chinese food and look through a smeary, Plexiglas window. Today's special is a vegetable and meat dish drowning in a dark goo that resembles brake fluid. more
Cholera, typhus, yellow fever, dengue fever, diphtheria, dysentery. Those are a few of diseases I could encounter on a four-month trip to less developed countries. Still, there was one thing I dreaded more than any ghastly Third-World disease: the pre-trip visit to a vaccine clinic.more
Only have two days in the ancient city? We identify the highlights, including: the Omonia train station (a good spot to view police beating on foreigners), the U.S. Embassy (site of a grenade attack); plus ferries that sink, wildfires that rage, earthquakes that rumble, volleyball fans with knives and more!
On a recent visit to Athens, one reader suffered a case of the invisible creepy crawlies. What causes such a thing? Our tropical disease expert, Dr. Kvit Kvetchin, discusses Morgellons syndrome, macuna pruriens, and delusional parasitosis. more
Too Much Info
We visit a local store specializing in outdoor gear and receive a little too much information from the salesman -- namely his favorite activity on a recent trip to Thailand. more
Video: "Bad Dates Around the World."
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Use these sites to develop a ballpark figure for your multi-stop international flight. Then contact your travel agent and negotiate with confidence. - airtreks - oneworld
Around the World Blog
Four Months, Eight Countries
On a recent solo trip around the world, the author visited at least one country on every continent. The plane tickets alone cost $5600. Was it worth it? more
These videos show our beloved editor jumping in New Zealand. In the first video, he plummets from a cable car that is suspended 478 feet over a gorge. In the second video, he tests the latest fad -- the 360-foot Canyon Swing. The companies claim you fall at speeds of up to 90 mph.