Is China Airlines Overrated?

My experience in China Airlines business class did not start well—though to be fair, my day wasn’t going great as it was. After arriving to the airport on a Narita Express train that was nearly 30 minutes behind schedule, I managed to get through security at what I thought was the last minute, only to find that boarding had been significantly delayed. Once…

4 Reasons to Visit Seattle’s MoPOP Museum

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: Indie video game designers discussing their craft. Hundreds of guitars strung together to form a sort of musical tornado emerging from the floor. High school art from a singer who helped create the grunge movement. While I expected Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, would offer plenty of culture-defining finds, I was still surprised by the variety and thoughtfulness behind the exhibits. Yes…

Direwolves & Castles: My Game of Thrones Experience in Northern Ireland

When I was planning my return to Ireland with Tourism Ireland, there was one experience I knew that I didn’t want to miss, a day living out my Game of Thrones fantasies in Northern Ireland. I’d seen photos of the special tour for quite a while, but it wasn’t until I found…

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit the Baltics

My Baltics travel was still days away from ending, but all I could think about was flying back to Bangkok. I didn’t dare tell that to Annette, however—she’d been far too kind to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. “So help me god,” I laughed as she placed the rubber beaver onto the bread board. “Tallinn just keeps getting better.” Her smile was as warm as the sun that was apparently atypical for this time of year in the Baltics and Russia. “I thought you …

#VolunteerAbroadBecause It Will Shape You

Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: Note: This interview is part of a series from Learning Service. Catherine Cottam is a 29-year-old blogger, activist, and advocate who has lived in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina since she was 8. Catherine has her B.S. in Psychology and M.A.Ed. in School Counseling, both from Western Carolina University. She served in the United States Peace Corps for …

5 Seafood-Centric Destinations & How I Survived as a Non-Pescatarian

As a frequent traveler, one of the biggest issues I deal with is what I eat. I am a very picky eater; a confirmed carnivore, my love of vegetables is weak at best and most notably, I don’t eat any fish or seafood. My fellow Americans may wonder why I phrase it that way and the reason is simple. I was on a trip once and I had sent along my dietary requirement of No Seafood…

Why Fi? I Cut My International Wireless Bill in Half by Switching to Google Project Fi

The VerdictThe Bottom LineAlthough the phone selection is limited, the phenomenal global coverage, great customer support, and simple, affordable pricing structure make Project Fi the best, most convenient wireless carrier for international travelers.The GoodWorldwide coverage (170+ countries)Excellent customer + tech supportStraightforward, affordable pricingSeamless Wi-Fi-to-cellular switchingFree, unlimited…

30 Pictures of Oman That Will Make You Want to Visit

As I look back through the pictures of Oman I’ve curated for you I’m struck, superficially, by how many of them include people. I’ve focused primarily on landscape photography for many years, largely because of the negative impact asking someone’s permission to photograph them has on the final photo. But…

All You Need to Know: 15 Australia Travel Tips

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Australia—it’s on everyone’s bucket list…and for good reason! There’s an extraordinary amount of things to see, do, taste, and experience in this remarkable country.   Here are our best Australia Travel Tips…     Visas Yes, you will need a visa to enter the country. Luckily, it can be done from home! You can apply for Australia visa online right here. It’s fast, easy, and inexpensive. It attaches…

Fun Myrtle Beach Experiences Away From the Beach

Millions of people descend on Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand region every year to enjoy incredible weather and some fun in the sand. That’s fine, but that’s also not me. Don’t get me wrong, I like the beach but more in an “admiring from a distance” kind of way. My attention span is far too short to allow spending hours in a chair just …

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel [2018]

It’s that time of year: Halloween is fresh over. Time to throw out the candy corns (again) and, assuming you’re a lunatic, put up the holiday decorations. It also means you need to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. If you’re looking to buy a gift for that favorite traveler in your life, there’s only one thing they’re going to be happy with this year: Airbnb gift cards. OK, two things: I guarantee they’d also love a new pair of headphones — wireless headphones, in particular. Here are the…

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Taiwan

My latest trip to Taiwan began in a torrential downpour—and ended under the brightest sunshine you can imagine. This was pleasant for my mood, though it didn’t do the Taiwan photos I took that final day any favors. Not that I was pre-occupied with such details as I set up my tripod on the steps of Quanhua …

Ways to Give Back to Local Communities When Travelling

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Supporting the local communities of places we visit as tourists and travellers is a great way to give back, show your appreciation, and receive a warm welcome from the locals. After all, we’re visitors in their hometowns, so the least we can do is show respect and offer support in simple yet impactful ways. Wondering how you can give back on your travels and make yourself a…

The 5 Best Places To Teach Abroad For Fun!

Have you ever thought about living abroad? Have you ever wondered where are the best places to teach abroad? Experiencing something completely foreign and exotic? Maybe escaping from the predictability of Western society. If so, then you certainly wouldn’t be the first Westerner to do so. Of course, it is only feasible if you can financially support yourself. Some are fortunate enough to have saved a good amount of money or have highly specialized jobs in engineering or programming that pretty much make them employable anywhere in the world. If…