Travel Tips, Tricks, and Reviews

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Day Trip to Teotihuacan: History and Mystery

Teotihuacan: ancient pyramids discovered by the Aztecs and turned into the largest metropolis in pre-Columbian America, and largely forgotten by history until the twentieth century. This archaeological site is shrouded in mystery, full of architectural splendors, and...

Intro to Public Transportation: Not just for locals!

When I was 19 I moved to Washington, DC for the summer to work an internship. My dad flew out with me to help get me settled, and the first day we wanted to do some sight-seeing. Walking to the nearest Metro station, I looked at the map, bought our fare cards, and...

Travel Fail: Bogotá Haircut Edition

No hablo Español. I want to, but I don't (yet). As much as I had hoped that the small amount of self studying and careful listening to Juan Pablo and his friends and family would allow me to suddenly speak perfect Spanish when we visited Colombia... no such miracle...

7 Tips for overcoming language barriers

Learn some key phrases. Before (or while) traveling in an area with a significant language barrier, take the time to research the language spoken in the region, and specifically some polite phrases. The effort will be appreciated if you are able to express thanks,...

5 Tips for Getting Around Bogotá

  First thing to keep in mind is the physical layout of the city. Bogotá sits at high altitude on a large plain in the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1538 at the foot of the mountains that form a natural barrier...

5 Great Novel-Travel Guides

Literature and travel have intertwined histories. The great epics of antiquity were chronicles of war (The Iliad) and of travel (The Odyssey). Don Quijote is about the adventures of a madman and his squire and their adventures away from home. Some of the standard...

Red Rock Canyon: Review & Tips

Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. I have now visited Red Rock twice, and I anticipate going many, many more times in the coming years. It is the perfect escape when you need a break from the lights...