Keeping Your Money Safe While Traveling

I’m a little ashamed to admit this: in the 13 years I’ve been regularly traveling abroad, I’ve never used a money belt of any kind. Never. Once, I flew home from Korea with $5,000 US in cash, just laying in my carry-on bag. I was so afraid of something happening to it that I never …

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Travelers-Please Stop Taking Photos!

One of my most vivid memories from all of my years of traveling is from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. During our safari in the crater, we watched a wildebeest give birth. We saw the calf lying on the ground, still connected to its mother by the umbilical cord. Then, as the mother was passing …

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2 Weeks in Kenya and Tanzania with G Adventures

For the first time ever, I took a group tour. I did a 10 day overland safari through Kenya and Tanzania with G Adventures that took us from Nairobi to the Masai Mara, through the heart of the Serengeti, and down into the incredible Ngorongoro Crater. If you’re wondering what approximately 2 weeks in Kenya and Tanzania looks …

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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa (For US Citizens)

China is not an easy country to travel. From the time you arrive to the time you depart, you will struggle. But the struggle starts early. China requires travelers from most countries to apply for a visa before you even arrive. This is not as easy as filling out a form and mailing it in. …

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My 15 Best Travel Photos of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been looking back at my travels and my photos I took over the past 52 weeks. I didn’t travel as much as usual this year, mostly due to the massively expensive trip to southern Africa we took in May. We went to St. Lucia in November, which I haven’t …

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Wishing on Stars: A Dream Behind-the-Scenes Tour with NASA Social

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I also wanted to be a veterinarian, a teacher, the editor of a magazine and a singer. I was a very ambitious child. But man, an astronaut! Getting to float! Getting to see Earth from above! Walking on the moon! That was the job …

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