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How to Travel With a Friend Without Driving Each Other Nuts

No matter how well you know someone, traveling together will probably teach you something new about them. Maybe they get up early and have tons of energy. Maybe they’re a terrible tipper. Sometimes these things are annoyances, and sometimes they can lead to a big falling out. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.…

Van Life: The Strangers I Met on the Road From Montana to Oregon


If the theme of my last Connected States column was about friends on the road, this one is about strangers. Those people who you never would have met if you hadn’t ventured from the nest. On the road through Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, I was lucky enough to meet some rather wonderful unfamiliars, some of whom really…

This delightful video of traveling to Japan is just so much fun to watch

Francisco Fuentes’ amazing visual diary of his trip to Japan is so awesomely captured and so well edited and so fun to watch that it makes me want to take a trip there immediately. It’s because every video in the series (there are 12 15-second videos) basically acts as a teaser for his time in that wonderful country.

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Get Out of Forced Rental Car Insurance When Traveling Abroad

When you rent a car, you can usually get free insurance coverage through your credit card issuer, which means you rarely need the extra insurance offered by the rental company. This can be tricky to do abroad, though, since insurance regulations are different in other countries. Bring a copy of your issuer’s policy to…