Tips for Surviving Oktoberfest

I accidentally stumbled upon Oktoberfest during my first trip to Europe. Yes, it was an accident. And, yes, I was such a clueless American that I didn’t realize Oktoberfest begins around September 20. Inadvertently ending up in the world’s largest funfair is one of...

How to Save Money in Europe

Something different — and useful for a change — this week, as I have friends getting ready to head off for Spain on last minute holiday deals, and many others are planning trips to Europe for the summer. I was lucky enough to finally return to Europe at...

Vagabonding: How to Meet People

People often inaccurately associate vagabonding with vacation-style travel, where the objective is to accumulate 2,000 photos of forgettable landmarks and beach horizons on disk, never to be looked at again. With the average, hard-working American being entitled to...

Travel Lesson Learned: Kanchanaburi

Travel Lesson : Go with the flow In a belch of black smoke, my first local bus rattled out of the busy station. And to tell the truth, I had no idea where I was going… I had arrived in Bangkok only three days before Chinese New Year in 2006. The city was mad...

Backpackers and Lonely Planet Hospitality

No matter where you go in the world, Egypt, South America, the most remote Pacific island imaginable – one thing is for certain: Where there are backpackers, a majority of them will be carrying a Lonely Planet Guidebook. It is pretty much a cliche – hordes...