Monday, April 21st, 2014

Ask Kate: What’s the Best Way to Travel Around Europe?

With trains, planes, and buses, what’s the best way to travel around Europe?  This week’s Ask Kate examines different forms of public transportation. Hi Kate, I have a couple of questions that no one seems to be able to answer me properly that are doing my head in in the lead up to my European [...]

The Blue Train: Crossing South Africa in Luxury

Of all overland journeys, I’m not sure anything can top my experience in South Africa: riding from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Blue Train. The Blue Train, you see, is a FANCY TRAIN.  The kind of train that requires men to wear jackets and ties and ladies to don elegant eveningwear.  The kind of [...]

How to Travel the UK on the Cheap

The UK is one of the most expensive countries in Europe — and if you’re planning a trip, you might be daunted by the cost of transportation within the UK. But it is very possible to travel the UK for cheap! Since settling in Chester, I’ve found a host of ways to save money on [...]

Would You Name Your Kid After a Subway Station?

I’m in London and riding the tube from one end of the city to the other with my friend Chris, as we’ve done each day that I’ve been here.  And each time, I find myself drawn into the map of the London Underground, reading the name of each station. And so I ask Chris the [...]

A Night on a Thai Party Train

Following our New Year’s Eve in Bangkok, my plan had been to go from Bangkok to Koh Chang and chill out on the beach before heading south for the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. As usual, that totally didn’t happen. Chris and Jon had missed New Year’s in Vang Vieng, but they were still determined [...]

Trouble at the Laos-Cambodia Border

I had been warned about the difficulties of crossing into Cambodia. Corruption is rampant, particularly at the Aranya Prathet-Poipet border, lying halfway between Bangkok and Siem Reap.  Many people there are routed to a fake embassy and charged extra before being taken to the actual border. Thankfully, coming from Laos, we were at a different [...]

Travelers’ Night In — Budget Travel!

On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, we focused on budget travel!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for this week: Q1. How do [...]

Travelers’ Night In: The WORST of Travel!

On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on the WORST travel experiences we’ve ever had!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for this [...]

Lady Clipping Toenails on the Subway

I’ve seen a lot of strange things on various subways around the world. My favorite subway incident happened on the Metro in Paris in 2004.  This guy had an old-school boom box held over his shoulder, was holding a  microphone in the other, and was rapping to 50 Cent’s “In da Club”!  And yes, he [...]

Travelers’ Night In — The Best of City Travel!

On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on city travel!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for the week: Q1. What is your [...]