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Ode to Istanbul

For Western travelers, Istanbul is truly exotic. The dictionary defines exotic as “intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange” and that’s a great way to think about Istanbul. The sights, the sounds, the food, the music, the culture — it’s all excitingly strange, intriguingly unusual. I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to the small […]

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November 26, 2012 by | 10 Comments

Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam

Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave […]

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October 20, 2012 by | 208 Comments

Things to Do in Tulum & Quintana Roo

I’ve been to Mexico a dozen times. Maybe more. But in April I took my first ‘family’ trip to Mexico – my wife and I and our two sons, Emmett (4) and Hollis (not quite 1 at the time). We spent one week in and around Tulum, which is about 90 minutes (125km / 78 […]

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July 23, 2010 by | Comments Off on Things to Do in Tulum & Quintana Roo

New York’s 9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop

While few people chose to travel in pursuit of tragedies, occasionally a tragedy helps put a destination into meaningful context. No where is that more true than New York City. The attacks of September 11, 2001 are easy to overlook nowadays; New York is healing, moving on, looking forward not back. And yet 9/11 was […]

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June 1, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

I’m used to being a tourist. Perhaps this was why I decided to play tourist in my own city. Back in July, before leaving New York for a two-month stint, I signed up for Viator’s Best of Brooklyn Sightseeing, Food and Culture Tour. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last 10 years yet I wanted […]

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December 18, 2009 by | Comments Off on Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

Q&A with

Back in September we noticed the launch of a new travel site called Why did we notice it? Well, it’s hard NOT to notice a person sitting in a busy square holding a sign that says: “Help! I’m Experienceless.” We got in touch with Jokin Bereciartu, one of the founders of, and asked […]

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December 14, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Travel Gifts: The Holiday’s 5 Best Travel Gifts

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about gifts for the people in your life who love to travel. These people won’t be satisfied with average gifts. No, they’ve seen too much of the world to be impressed with a fruitcake or pair of socks. If you want to impress the travelers in […]

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December 4, 2009 by | 6 Comments

Madrid on the Cheap

Before the arrival of the euro, Madrid was well known as one of Europe’s cheaper destinations. These days, as on the rest of the continent, you can go through money like water if you don’t come prepared. You need to plan ahead, and go with the local flow, to make Madrid achievable on a budget.

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November 11, 2009 by | Comments Off on Madrid on the Cheap

Google & The Infinite SEO-PPC Loop

A while back, we had a meltdown about some really awful Google Local and Google Map results. We were clearly not the only ones complaining – in fact, here’s a good article from Danny Sullivan speaking to Sergey Brin about the problems with Google maps and local. Can you tell I’m about to complain about […]

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October 15, 2009 by | 12 Comments

Q&A with Lonely Planet’s Tony Wheeler

If Tony Wheeler didn’t exist, we’d need to invent him. You’ll know Tony if you’ve ever hauled a backpack around the globe with only a fuzzy itinerary (Asia?? why not!) and a money belt stuffed full with everything except money. Along with shoes and toothbrush, the only other required piece of gear was the guidebook. […]

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October 2, 2009 by | 2 Comments