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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Playing the Dumb Tourist Card Like a Symphony Harp

Tweet “Welcome to Singapore,” smiled the customs officer, ripping apart my luggage. “Do you have anything to declare?” “Nope.” “Are you sure?” he frowned. “Cigarettes, food products, firearms…” “Nope,” I grinned. I alread...
 
 
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Poodles & Noodles: A Gastronome’s Guide to Vietnamese Food

Tweet Going to a Vietnamese restaurant and ordering Pho is like going to a French restaurant and ordering a baguette. Sure, it’s a tasty meal, but you can do much better. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the finest in the world, bu...
 
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“Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?”

Tweet “I’m just glad to be off that fookin’ island!” shouted Jon in his Irish brogue, slamming down his beer. “But you were only there for a day,” I smirked. “I don’t get it. Everyone else loves Cat Ba.” “That’s because they’re...

 
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Rape-Whistle Adventures: The Art of Finding Free Accommodation

Tweet It was July, 2008. I had barely choked down my seventh shot of Israeli arak—or perhaps eighth, or ninth, I’m not sure—when I heard Joe’s inebriated screams from across the bar. “STEEEVVEEE,” he was slurring, “ OH NOOOO!” ...
 
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A Wok to Remember: A Foodie’s Guide to Thailand on a Budget

Tweet One of the most impressive works of fiction in the English language is your local Thai take-out menu. It’s as prickly and deceptive as a durian—much of it is Orientalist fantasy, much of the rest is culinary plagiar...
 
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Airfare Secrets (Vol. 1): I’m Going to Smash My F#%$*& Laptop

Tweet GET READY, because in this week’s thrilling revelation of Backpackology 101, I’m taking a break from the usual topics of dangerous countries, hitchhiking, and things that are interesting, to instead talk a lot about buyin...

 
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My Guidebook Says You’re a Twit (But Good For You)

Tweet It was in my Kyoto hostel’s kitchen, whilst I finished my breakfast, innocently leafing through my guidebook, that the instigator first addressed me. “So you’re one of those, huh?” I glanced up to find a befreckeled, pear...
 
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Travel Tip #3: Saving Money on Food Costs & The Tupperware Gamble

Tweet OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: This week I’m going to bestow you with a controversial travel tip that will allow you to eat better while spending less, however it might also potentially kill you, maybe sort of a little. Why would...
 
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Guest Blogger Emily Chappell: Woman On The Road

Tweet Today I’m going to introduce you to one of the most fearless adventurers I have ever met, but first I need to give you an exciting post-Kickstarter update! NOW THAT I’VE TAKEN EVERYONE’S MONEY, I HAVE FLOWN HOME TO ...

 
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Club Rat: A Penny-Pincher’s Deplorable Guide to Partying Big While Spending Little

Tweet I once read in the book of life that if you sleuce enough alcohol at a problem, it will go away. I’ve recently tested this theory with trials because I am a strong advocate of the scientific method, and also an alcoholic....