Pay in local currency while traveling ATM machine

Should you pay in local currency while traveling?

by Michael on October 17, 2016

Field-Tested Travel Tips: Should you pay in local currency while traveling? We were using a credit card to buy a camera in Germany when when the sales clerk asked us, “Do you want that charged in euros or U. S. dollars?” Huh? We hadn’t been asked that question before and really had no idea of […]

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1948 Tucker at Swigart Car Museum Pennsylvania

Classic Car Museums in Pennsylvania

by Michael on October 6, 2016

During the two years I spent driving around the country visiting car museums for my new book, the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions, I was pleased to see the high number of car museums in Pennsylvania, my home state. Here’s a review of a handful of these car museums in Pennsylvania, including the […]


world's heaviest building Bucharest

The world’s heaviest building is in Bucharest

by Michael on September 29, 2016

Sometime I select destinations just to see very tall buildings, which has gotten us to places as far flung as Dubai, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur. But in Bucharest, Romania we met up with a unique one: the world’s heaviest building. You read that right. It’s not the world’s largest or tallest but the world’s heaviest building. […]


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Traveling in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

by Michael on September 15, 2016

After spending a few weeks on the Indonesian island of Bali, we were excited to explore nearby Java and the bustling city of Yogyakarta. Anyone who likes coffee knows the term “java,” the nickname of which is derived from early coffee plantations on the tropical island that provided large amounts of coffee for export. Java […]

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I’ve spent a major chunk of the last two years dragging Larissa around the country visiting car museums and auto attractions.  During that time, I’ve branched out from my travel writing about road trips for the Philadelphia Inquirer to writing articles about car museums for Hemmings Motor News, 


Driving Norway's fjords Saebo

Driving Norway’s Fjords

by Michael on August 27, 2016

We were driving Norway’s fjords when we came across an impossibly bucolic scene: farmer Petter Melchior feeding his baby goats. There were so many scurrying around him that he was barely visible. He had just summoned the kids (that’s what baby goats are called) for breakfast and they had scrambled down the craggy mountainside to […]


Travelpro Maxflite spinner review

Luggage tips: Travelpro Maxlite Spinner review

by Larissa on August 27, 2016

After 5 years of full-time travel, it was time for a suitcase upgrade. After an exhaustive search with specific criteria, we both chose the same model (which is a first!). Following is our Travelpro Maxlite Spinner review. Because we are permanent nomads, reliable suitcases are a requirement for us. Continuous transit from place to place […]


The old quarter of Como Italy

Staying in Lake Como

by Michael on August 18, 2016

Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the most gorgeous places in the world; which helps explain why celebrities like actor George Clooney live in villas overlooking its aquamarine waters with the Alps forming a snow-capped backdrop. The lake itself is shaped like an upside-down “Y” with its namesake town of Como located at […]


Free things to do in Phnom Penh palace grounds

7 free things to do in Phnom Penh

by Guest on August 17, 2016

From guest writer Pete Vrouvas ~ Phnom Penh is a wild city in Southeast Asia in which to wander around and get lost. At first, walking the streets can be overwhelming with the tuk tuks swirling around; but once you settle in, it is an amazing city to explore. As a budget traveler, I always […]


Yellowstone Park buffalo closeup

Visiting Yellowstone in the Fall

by Michael on August 11, 2016

It was the summer of 1969 and, as Old Faithful was about to send its regular timed flume of scalding hot water about 140 feet into the air for a spectacular sunset performance, the crowds gathered in hushed anticipation. The geyser had been doing so like clockwork for eons and was one of the main […]

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