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Flight Shaming: Is Flying Bad for the Environment?

Posted: 1/21/2020 | January 20th, 2020 As people become more conscious of their environmental impact on the world, there’s been an increased focus on air travel — and, over the past year, a corresponding increase in “flight shaming”. The term is coined from the Swedish flygskam, which means “flight shame” i.e. you personally feel shame […]

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My 4 Favorite Hostels in Seattle

Posted: 1/18/2020 | January 18th, 2020 Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks and grunge music and home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world. But it’s also surrounded by stunning landscapes, with both the ocean and the mountains within easy reach. It’s known for being a […]

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The 7 Best Hostels in Montreal

Posted: 1/18/2020 | January 18th, 2020 Montreal is one of the world’s best cities (at least in my opinion). From its lovely parks and historic downtown to its incredible music, art, and foodie scenes, Montreal is amazing. It also has robust hostel offerings, with dozens to choose from. In my visits to the city, I’ve […]

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My 6 Favorite Hostels in Boston

Posted: 1/18/2020 | January 18th, 2020 With its historic colonial buildings, die-hard sports fans, and lively nightlife, Boston is one of my favorite cities in the US (and I’m not just saying that because it’s where I grew up!). Boston has been a commercial hub since the 17th century and holds an important place in […]

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Travel is a Privilege

Updated: 1/16/2020 | January 16, 2020 Let’s face it: not everyone is going to able to travel. Whether it’s money, family obligations, or circumstance, travel is out of reach for a large percentage of the world’s population. In the “quit your job to travel the world” cheerleading that happens so often on travel websites (including […]

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Important Superstar Blogging Update!

Posted: 1/15/2020 | January 15th, 2020 Hey everyone, Some community news today: As you know, we have a media school called Superstar Blogging, with courses on travel blogging, vlogging, writing, and photography. We started this program over four years ago to help people learn and master the skills needed to succeed in the online travel […]

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Is Chile Safe to Visit?

Posted: 1/6/2020 | January 6th, 2020 Chile is one of the most popular destinations (and one of my favorites) in South America. I was blown away by the beauty of the country, the delicious and inexpensive, the plethora of different eco-systems, and how hospitable the locals were. (And, as someone who works online, how much […]

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24 Things to See and Do in Budapest

Posted: 1/13/2020 | January 13th, 2020 I’ve always had a love affair Budapest (though the city may not know it). Growing up, Budapest seemed like this historic yet mysterious place closed off by the Soviets but filled with historic grandeur. When I first visited, the gritty, rundown streets charmed me. Budapest felt edgy in sharp […]

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A Traveler’s Manifesto: 30 Travel Rules to Live By

Posted: 1/9/20202 | January 9th, 2020 As travelers of the world, we have a unique opportunity to break down barriers, foster cultural exchange, and create a positive impact on communities around the world. We can banish stereotypes of our own cultures, stimulate the local economy, and bring fresh ideas and perspective to places. Travel can […]

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Ethics in Writing: The Case of Saudi Arabia

Posted: 1/8/2020 | January 8th, 2020 As I scrolled through my social feeds recently, I noticed, set against desert backgrounds, a number travel “influencers” extolling the beauty and virtue of Saudi Arabia.1 But the majority weren’t there to take advantage of the new tourist visa and explore on their own. No, they weren’t there to […]

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