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Man vs Wild

Bear Gryllls’ show, Man vs. Wild (Born Survivor in the UK) – Man vs. Wild – Season 1 – is a rare TV hit. What I...

Top Ten Travel Websites

So its 2010 and to celebrate we’re looking for the top ten amateur travel sites on the internet. Help us find them! We’re...

The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort

Also known as the Bretton Woods Resort, the Mount Washington Hotel is the one of the last remaining “Grand Hotels” of New Hampshire’s...

Amtrak: An Open Plea to the US Government

Dear President Obama, In response to your recent town hall meeting, I have a question I’d like to pose to you as a concerned citizen....

China versus America: a Conversational Comparison

Many folks in very important acronym-named think tanks spend their days thinking about the China versus America issue. I wish they would...

Caucasus and Turkey Newsletter Released

After a lot of hard work, Lauren has released our next newsletter.  This issue covers the Azerbaijan, The Republic of Georgia, and...

Feeling Insecure: A Celebrity Call to Arms

Last weekend I saw an episode of Conan on Late Night where Ben Stiller wore the stillerstrong.org headband. It made me realize our targets...

On Seeing Old Friends Again

There is something special about seeing an old friend after a two year absence. Returning to Illinois and Minnesota for the first time...

How to Get Rid of Everything

Two years ago I packed up almost everything I owned and moved to China. One month ago I returned to America with three boxes of items...

The Easiest Countries to Travel

After reading through some of our polls people have participated in throughout the site, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of...

Mongol Rally News Update

Planing for the 2010 Mongol Rally is in full swing at Abandon the Cube. We’ve set up a page on our website: Mongol Rally to enlighten...

The East Coast Survival Kit

Our ship docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA and we hightailed it to the closest Amtrak station. From there we bought tickets on the...

3 Things I didn’t Miss About the USA…. And A few I did

Transportation — Nothing says welcome home like finding yourself stranded at the port with no public transportation option and a long...

Smoking in Old San Juan

Having spent several days crossing the Ocean and the previous day exploring Saint Thomas, we were excited for our day in Puerto Rico. We...

Saint Thomas

Saint Thomas, of the US Virgin Islands, must have been a beautiful island….once. Or perhaps we were unfortunate in that the area we...

MSC Cruises Review

We took a 17-day cruise from Venice to Ft. Lauderdale on the MSC Poesia, which had stops in Italy, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Virgin...

Top 5 Mediterranean Locations

Olympos – Olympos is a relatively concealed and close-knit community of hostels and beach-style tree-house cabanas. Very few tourists...

Malaga Spain

We stopped in Malaga, Spain, for a day to check out the town after hearing from other travelers that it was a “not-to-be-missed”...

Tunisian Sun

Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of going to Africa. When we arrived I could not stop repeating in my head, “I can’t believe...

On the Southern Italian Coast

We arrived in Bari, on Italy’s southern coast, early in the morning and decided to just walk around the city and absorb as much as...

Soaking in Venice

Not at all impressed with Euro-rail as it was the most expensive train, without private cabins, and the lights remained on all night, the...

Slovenia and the Creepiest Castle

We arrived in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, three hours after departing Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The train was a lovely design...

Croatia for Breakfast

Lauren really wanted to go ahead with our plan of 6 capitals in 6 days. Therefore, after our few enjoyable days in Sarajevo, we booked a...

Sarajevo Flourishes

Our bus ride was somewhat of a highlight as far as nigh transportation goes. We were on the top floor of a double-decker bus, in the very...

In Belgrade’s Rain

We took the night train from Sofia, Bulgaria, to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. We arrived before the city had fully awakened at 6am and...