Remembering Why We Travel

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We travel to better understand the reality of the world. Avoid “easy travel” with this reminder.

Should You Add “Unsafe” Destinations to Your RTW Trip?

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Jo Fitzsimons shares her tips for making an informed decision on whether to visit or steer clear from problem areas.

An India Survival Guide for Female Travelers

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India can show you its best and worst sides in the same breath. From stunning scenery to smelly streets, it’s not difficult to form a love/hate relationship with this amazing country. And things can be even more challenging and rewarding for solo female travelers. If you’re planning to visit, Jo Fitzsimons provides a Girl’s Guide to India.

“I’m Taking Off to See the World!” How to Tell Your Parents

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Breaking the news that you’re going traveling can cause a parental freak out of epic proportions. By preparing answers to the most common questions you can downgrade your parents’ concern from panic to everyday worry. Jo Fitzsimons shows you how.

15 Things You Won’t Miss About Long-Term Travel

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Returning home after a big trip can be tough. Jo Fitzsimons reminds us of the things we won’t miss about travel and offers her best tips on handling the downsides of life on the road while you’re away.

Caribbean Without the Cost: 5 Great Beach Spots in Latin America

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The Caribbean has all the trappings of an exotic travel destination, but if you want to avoid the crowds and costs, Jo Fitzsimons recommends you approach the Caribbean from another side – Central America.

8 Simple Steps for Making the Most of Europe’s Low Cost Airlines

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Have you booked a bargain flight with one of Europe’s low cost airlines only to be stung by one extra charge after another? Flying can be one of the cheapest ways to get around Europe, but only if you know how to make the most of the airlines’ rules and avoid the tricks that bump up the cost. Jo Fitzsimons shows you seven simple steps for making the most of Europe’s low cost airlines.

Around the World
in 80 Days

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Jo Fitzsimons shows you how to replicate the route of fictional Phileas Fogg, the character created by Jules Verne in 1873 in his classic adventure “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Do You Want to Open Your Own Hostel?

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Opening a hostel is not an uncommon dream among travelers who return from a trip around the world, but is the dream the same as the reality? After turning a parking lot into a 132 bed hostel in Kyoto, Japan, Nobu Tabata speaks to Jo Fitzsimons about the highs and lows of the hostel business.

Should You Add Israel to Your Trip Itinerary?

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Despite the number of Israeli travelers making their way around the world, there are comparatively few who put this small nation on their travel itinerary. And yet, the country is thick with history, culture, and contemporary places to party. Jo Fitzsimons explains why Israel and the Palestinian Territories should be on the backpacking trail.