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Traveling with friends without killing each other

Traveling with friends is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences in life. Finding adventures, creating stories you will tell for years, and deepening bonds with people who are important to you. It’s also one of the most trying experiences you can go through, and quickly

Write Endlessly In Metal

One of the biggest annoyances about constantly being on the go is never having a pen. You go through most of your life not needing one, then suddenly you need one right now, and it’s a deserted wasteland of penlessness for miles around. Sure, you could carry

The secret weapon for comfortable flights

Of all the secret travel gadgets in my arsenal, this little guy is one of my favorites. It’s tiny, cheap, and constantly useful during international travel. It has a permanent fixture in my travel jacket, and has made more international flights fun that I could even count.

3 simple ways to never run out of power

We live in the future. Electronic gadgets let us slide right through the slow parts of life, and that goes triple for travel. Cameras, computers, phones, trimmers… they can add up quickly, and they each have their own charger taking up space in your bag, making you

A Volcano Stranded me in Shanghai: How to survive the unexpected

When the unpronounceable volcano in Iceland exploded, Europe was left coughing in a plume of smoke that grounded every flight for days. I was in India on that day. Coincidentally on the way to the airport to finally haul this exhausted carcass back to America. By way

How to share information like Jason Bourne

While traveling the world, you are going to encounter a lot of people with a wide range of computers. From huge towers stashed away in back rooms to microscopic laptops on the streets of Tokyo, you will have a lot of friends that you want to share

A professional photographer’s trick for always getting the best photos

When you are out having an adventure and you want to get a photo of you and your friends to remember the moment forever, how do you do it? Do you ask a stranger walking by to take your photo? Someone who doesn’t know how to use

The ultimate guide to finding a travel bag

Saying that there are a variety of bags to choose from for a travel bag is like saying World War II was a minor disagreement. It’s completely overwhelming how many options there are. When a single bag holds all of your earthly possessions, that bag suddenly becomes

How to save huge amounts of time and frustration while traveling

Hopping from place to place around the world means constantly being caught in situations unprepared. You will forget whether it’s bad manners to clean your plate or to leave some food behind. Flights will be delayed, and horrible weather will sweep all of your plans away. One

The most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have

“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded