Travel Tips

Customize your own bike with Bike Republic

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On my last day in San Francisco I headed over to Urban Outfitters for some final shopping. I checked mostly for the sales on furniture and frames when suddenly my heart dropped and my breath needed catching. Why? Because I saw this beauty: The bike of my dreams. Im in love with the white tires and the brown saddle and the fact that baskets can be place[...]

Four Favorite Event Finding Links for the US

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I personally have a problem with hearing about cool stuff after I've already left a place. A great band playing the day after I'm booked to leave on a night bus? The best vegan restaurant which I somehow never found? Here are some of my favorite tools for finding food, events, cool stores and such, in the US. They're p[...]

Getting Around In the USA: the Craigslist Rideshare

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Back in March and April I traveled around Germany for a month and half, using rideshares from Mitfahrgalegenheit. Back in the US, car-less and anxious to visit different folks where Oakland public transit doesn't go, I was determined to find a similar alternative. If you've ever tried to travel around the States, you know that domestic flights are not cheap [...]

Couchsurfing: Getting along with guests and hosts

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I've already written a bit about couchsurfing as a whole and a few safety tips. But practicalities aside, let's get down to the grittier stuff. The next question I want to address being, how in the hell do you know how to properly behave around these people? One of my favorite things about couch surfing is that every interaction is different and each host[...]

Couchsurfing: Safety

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This is the second installment in my mini-series about couch surfing. Last time I mentioned some of the basics, but here I wanted to address what is usually the first thing someone asks me about when they hear that I’ve been sleeping on strangers’ couches…safety. Didn’t our parents spend our entire childhoods telling us not to speak to strangers, never mind [...]

To tip or not to tip?

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One of the aspects of travelling I repeatedly get wayyy too excited about is food. I like to justify this by claiming that the best way to get to know a foreign country or culture is by exploring the culinary delights it has to offer. However, apart from the loss of money and gain in weight that usually threaten to follow my holiday food fests, I have encoun[...]

Couchsurfing: The Basics

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Hey ladies, In a lot of my recent posts I’ve been name-dropping a little website called couchsurfing. Couchsurfing has become extremely popular, but I realized there probably are some readers out there who don’t know about it or would like a little more insider information before getting started. I’ve got almost too much to say about the CS project and al[...]

My key to a good night out in Europe: Balkan Parties

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While traveling, I often have trouble finding my perfect fit in terms of partying. I usually enjoy good nights of beer, chats, and maybe the occasional karaoke for a laugh, but inevitably I want to go out dancing.  Herein I encounter problems. It seems like I’m always just missing some amazing underground bruhaha. “Too bad you weren’t here last weekend for _[...]

Travel mishaps - what to do when things go wrong

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Meet my right foot. This is what it looked like in summer 2004, which I spent in India. Pretty gross, right? What happed, you're asking? On the night train I slipped off the iron stairs to the upper bed and fell. My foot was broken in various places, a few muscles torn, the whole shebang. My India experience was put on hold for 3 weeks which I was [...]

Tips on getting the cheapest flight

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If you are a follower of this website, then maybe you will already have started thinking about where to spend your summer holiday. Traveling can be expensive so it is important to have both eyes open to make sure you can get your hands on good flight deals. There are a few tricks with which can help getting the best possible deal. 1. Avoid flying Friday t[...]

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