The idea of riding a bus halfway across the US would probably be abhorrent to most Americans. That could take days and be horrendously uncomfortable. The same is not the case with Europe. The continent across the pond is a lot smaller than North ...

 

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What It’s Like to Ride a Bus Halfway Across Europe

The idea of riding a bus halfway across the US would probably be abhorrent to most Americans. That could take days and be horrendously uncomfortable. The same is not the case with Europe. The continent across the pond is a lot smaller than North America, and riding a bus halfway across Europe is not as bad as you might imagine. I’ve crisscrossed Europe several times by bus in the three and a half years that I’ve been traveling. Most recently, I rode a RegioJet bus from Prague all the way to London. It was a ride which took nearly 20

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New York Icons: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

It is a must-do in the Big Apple: visiting those New York icons the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can do it the easy way, though, or you can do it the hard way. The hard way is not doing any planning, showing up to get tickets in the middle of the day, and standing in line forever. Bonus pain points if you do it with impatient small children. To enjoy the experience, don’t be in a huge rush. Plan on a full morning or a full afternoon, and reserve tickets ahead of time. My original “perfect” itinerary

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The Perfect Hotel Room: Is It Too Much to Ask For?

After hundreds of nights spent in all kinds of hotel rooms, I know how to design the perfect one. The Bathroom Let’s start with the bathroom since this is where hotels seem to screw it up the most. Did you know 82% of divorces were caused by hearing a lover defecate? It’s true. Many architects find it romantic to put a partial wall or matte-glass “peek-a-boo” divider in lieu of a solid door. These architects, obviously, have never had a partner of any kind – not a lover, friend, or sibling. They’ve been forever alone. Imported from another planet where

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Taxi Drivers: Friend or Foe?

Everyone seems to have a taxi cab story. One story that’s so outrageous, you might not have believed it if you didn’t already have a similar one of your own. I was naive to the world of metered rides until my late teens. The ‘burbs of San Diego are no place for taxis or public transportation. If you couldn’t bum a ride off your parents, your friend’s parents, or someone’s older sibling, you walked. As I’ve traveled in my 20s, taxis (or some form of them) have often been my main modes of transportation. Being carless and living in a

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Biking the Blueberry Trail by Lac Saint Jean

August is a great time to be in Quebec, especially if you love blueberries. If you also like biking, take a spin around the Blueberry Trail located in the Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon. Known locally as the Veloroute des Bluets, the whole blueberry trail is a 256-kilometer patchwork of trails and roads through multiple provinces. The best part for a one-day excursion though is a 45-kilometer loop on a peninsula jutting out into Lac St. Jean in Quebec. With this route you can rent a bike locally at the visitors center for C$28 for four hours. Then you can

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