Here are a list of practical travel tips.

Schengen visa from USA is automatic with a US passport

Travel in Europe: Schengen visa from the USA (& other long-term issues) . . . 2024 UPDATE

Before you plan an extended stay in Europe, be sure you know the visa restrictions. "Can I stay in Europe for a year (or more)?", "Do I need a Schengen visa from the USA?", "What IS a Schengen visa, anyway???" are all questions a US citizen…
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Dental tourism: we find affordable dental implants in Romania

His gums duly numbed with painkiller, Michael reclined in the cushioned chair as the dentist loomed overhead with a whirring drill in her hand. Michael was about to start dental implant surgery to replace a broken tooth, a fairly standard procedure,…
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How to avoid vacation rental scams on Airbnb, VRBO, Craiglist and more

We've written before about using Airbnb to book places on vacation, particularly for long-term stays. Then last week we were sitting at our Airbnb rental when there was a knock on the door. Outside was a young man on the porch with several pieces…
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Social media security risks on vacation

After the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl this year (a fact we still like to repeat) what got a bit less attention was the fact that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from his team’s loss to find out that his house…
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Should you pay in local currency while traveling?

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…
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Handling language barriers while traveling

One question that keeps cropping up in our global travels is, “How do you handle language barriers while traveling?” As full-time global nomads, we can't become fluent in the language of every country we visit, that’s just impossible.…
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10 tips for women to avoid pickpockets

Unlike strategies for men carrying wallets, here are my favorite tips for women to avoid pickpockets. I’ve seen all sorts of wacky gadgets for protecting valuables, including the mind-boggling “bra stash,” which must be uncomfortable (not…
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Avoiding scam artists on vacation

Even though we try not to look like tourists while traveling, there are still some places where visitors stand out and are approached by people trying to separate them from their money. To scam artists, tourists who are not familiar with…
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Tips for Using Mobile Phones Overseas

Several years ago I traveled to Israel on a business trip and ran up a $900 mobile phone bill in 3 days. The coverage was good and the connection so clear that when the phone rang I forgot I was 8,000 miles from home and in "roaming mode." BIG…
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12 tips for men to avoid pickpockets

Since travelers stick out in most places and are obvious targets, protecting your wallet and avoiding pickpockets is very important when you're on the road.   Once Larissa and I were posing with a group of elderly local women on Tiananmen Square…
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A better Paris Metro map: PDF for download!

We found an easier way to get around Paris. Download this Paris Metro map pdf and you'll always know where you are in the City of Light. This official city map is difficult to find (we're not sure why), so we've made it available for you below. Paris' public…
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Fending off pickpockets on the Buenos Aires subway

Locals warned us to be alert on the Buenos Aires subway, or  "subte," because the city is the pickpocketing capital of the world. Most major cities have petty crime so we were careful, as we are anywhere, but also wouldn't let it affect our…
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How to read TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews

Yelp and Trip Advisor are our go-to web sites for finding reviews of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. They are usually pretty accurate but it's important to weed out the reviewers whose opinion you shouldn't trust. Also be aware…

Farewell, my lovely shirt

I believe a garment should last at least a decade, sometimes even longer. It's a trait I inherited from my father who held onto his 1970s-era wide ties forever, predicting they'd make a comeback someday along with sideburns and powder-blue…
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How to travel: 14 travel myths debunked (Part 1)

There are many misconceptions out there about travel, so it's time to set the record straight. This week we debunk seven common travel myths. Next week we'll tackle seven travel myths about select destinations. Travel Myth #1: International…
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The Berlin WelcomeCard: An easy way to visit Berlin

Berlin's transit system is easy to navigate with the Berlin WelcomeCard. Because it is valid on all forms of transportation, the Berlin WelcomeCard is very convenient. Use it on the U-Bahn (underground trains), S-Bahn (surface…

How to travel for a year: Pre-trip medical planning

Pre-trip medical planning Consult a travel doctor Anyone considering how to travel for a year or long-term should address any medical issues before leaving. Before departure meet with a medical professional who also has training in travel medicine. Larissa’s…

How you can travel for a year: What does it cost?

How To Travel For A Year: What does it cost? It depends on what type of travel you're planning. Young, single backpackers can travel around the world for $15,000 while older couples may do it for $115,000. We’re not backpackers so we wouldn’t…