Tips on how to embrace a slow travel philosophy, as well as great slow travel destinations

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Visiting Yellowstone in September and October

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…
Athenaeum Bucharest Romania

A surprising week in Bucharest

We recently enjoyed a week in Bucharest, a city that pleasantly surprised us. While the Romanian capital is not among the first cities people think of when visiting Europe, we found it quite charming and extremely affordable. Initially we looked…
Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia Afterdeck

Queen for a Day on the Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia, the private yacht of the British royal family, is open to visitors just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.  No longer in active service, HMY (Her Majesty's Yacht) Britannia served the royal family for almost 45 years. The…
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No car required: Walking around downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the focus of a sprawling metropolitan area with widespread places like Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Pasadena, all connected by the infamous freeways. But walking around downtown Los Angeles, no car required, is a fun way to spend…
highland cow (shaggy with big horns) in Devon, England

Our encounter with killer cows in England

We were staying for two weeks in the bucolic Devon countryside, nestled in a remote cottage perched on the edge of Dartmoor. This legendary, perhaps haunted, bog was made famous in works such as The Hound of the Baskervilles. Our visions of…

How Airbnb will change the way you travel

Michael and I have been on the road for over three years now with no fixed address, yet people still ask us where we call home. We finally have a good answer: we live at Airbnb. We thought it would be useful to explain how Airbnb works. We…
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Your Independence Day: How to live a nomadic life

We’ve been on the road since 2011 with no home and no fixed address. Whenever we meet people they are surprised that we are true nomads. The first question we often get is, “How do you live a nomadic life?” Here are some tips for wandering…
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Exploring off the beaten path sights in Paris

Attracting millions of tourists a year, Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But there are still plenty of off the beaten path sights in Paris where a visitor can roam freely. Explore the hidden gardens of the Eiffel…
Picpus cemetery Paris

5 less crowded sights in Paris: Michael’s list

On a first trip to Paris most visitors go through the checklist of "must-see" attractions: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame are usually the most popular. But there are many less crowded sights in Paris. Imagine strolling…
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5 less crowded sights in Paris: Larissa’s List

Last week Michael wrote about some of his less crowded sights in Paris. We both love the nooks and crannies of the City of Light, and fortunately there are plenty of them. My suggestions are a little less grim than his—I prefer…
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Road trip in Africa: How to take a self-drive safari

Is it possible to travel on your own in Africa?  I really wanted to go on a safari, but Michael's not too big on nature stuff and neither of us like group tours.  The challenge was on: I needed to find a way for us to take a road trip,…
elephants and zebras at waterhole Etosha

How to travel for a year: Picking destinations

The second most popular question we get about how to travel for a year has been: How do you decide where to go? (We’ll tell you the most common question later.) Trip planning is different for everybody but here’s how we did it. We knew…

How to travel for a year: Beyond Backpacks and Hostels

Earlier this year we attended the Travel Bloggers Unite conference where we met many people who were going to travel for a year. Most of them were lugging huge backpacks, while we had wheeled suitcases. One girl looked longingly at…
Mothers Day Travel

Traveling with Mom in Italy

As a schoolteacher, my mother Marian has always had a natural curiosity about the world and a love of travel which she instilled in her two sons. When I was nine years old she took us on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Grand Canyon. For…
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Visiting Angkor Wat without crowds

Siem Reap, Cambodia ~ We bounced along the road in a tuk-tuk—picture a rickshaw attached to a moped—anxious for our first glimpse through the trees of the temple of Angkor Wat. Our imaginations flared with visions of hacking our way…

A calm haven in frenzied Beijing

Published on Sun, Oct. 9, 2011 in The Philadelphia Inquirer     By Larissa and Michael Milne For The Inquirer BEIJING - It was a late-summer day, and the air was thick with the combination of humidity and smog particular to this capital…
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Are you happier than a rickshaw driver?

In Sydney last night we had the opportunity to attend a worldwide movie phenomenon known as the "Happy movie", directed by American filmmaker Roko Belic. He was previously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film, Genghis…
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Guide to vacation apartment rentals: Skip the hotel and rent a place

Part of planning a long trip is considering where to stay. For long-term travel, hotels can be too expensive or impractical while finding a vacation apartment rental by owner is often a better choice. A vacation apartment rental is usually cheaper…