Minimalist Packing List: How to Travel the Globe for Decades with Only a Carry-On

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Backpacking & Hostels Make for Awful, Boring Travel — And Aren’t Always Cheapest Either

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The Essential Travel Trade-Off: Less Luggage = More & Greater Adventures

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Cheap Eurostar Alternatives: Low Cost Tricks for London-Paris & More

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The Most Durable Rolling Backpacks for High School — and Which to Avoid

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The Experience Onboard Renfe AVE Trains

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Today we’ll learn to count in Serbian / Bosnian / Croatian. But this South Slavic linguistic shitshow is crazy, so all we’re really going to understand is the number one. If we get really masochistic, we may cover the numbers two, three, maybe even four and more in some other article. This is a grammar …

We spent weeks examining rolling laptop bags, and here are all of the top options designed for women — generally with the look and style of a purse, but big enough to carry a laptop, and with the lovely extra design feature that they can roll on wheels. These are solidly built pieces that hit …

If you are blocked by error messages on OUI.sncf or Ouigo.com, you’re not alone. The websites have lots of redirects and undergo constant updates that can render them in some cases nearly unusable. For example: Fortunately, there are easy solutions as well: options for buying French train tickets from private portals. You can get the same …

We spent a few weeks evaluating the best rolling laptop bags from the most reliable manufacturers of luggage and tech gear. The wheeled cases that we’ve chosen are excellent for short trips as well as for daily use. People who carry heavier laptops and electronics will love them, as will those who just want to …

The French train operator’s websites OUI.sncf and Ouigo are notorious for rejecting bank and credit cards from outside of France. Those from Brazil, Eastern Europe, the United States, Australia, and Canada in particular report problems with payments not going through or getting rejected. We’ve been carefully researching the best alternatives for foreigners looking to purchase French …

Over the decades, we’ve made countless visits to the United States and bought electronics, luggage, clothes, perfumes, and more. Often we’re doing so for the cheaper prices, but sometimes it’s also to snag gadgets or brands only available in the United States. And we’re not the only ones; shopping is the top activity for international visitors …

At this point we’ve spent decades on the road — as well as decades uncorking wine.  It was finally time to take a good hard look at our road uncorking options. All too often we have wound up in some cheap tourist apartment, hostel, or campsite sans that most basic of basic necessities: the corkscrew. …

Sometimes we need to hop our luggage up on our backs, but when we can we prefer to roll it around. So what’s better?A dedicated wheeled backpack, or a backpacker’s pack accompanied by a separate, foldable cart? We ran a full analysis of the options. We’ve previously run comparisons on some top wheeled carry-on backpacks …

We analyzed Osprey’s three full-size convertible (backpack/wheeled combo) luggage options to uncover the key functional differences and find out which pack is best for whom. Osprey’s own descriptions tend to be enthusiastic and vague, so it can be tricky to tease out which will serve you best, depending on how you travel. We’re here to clarify that. We highly recommend …

We’ve compared every popular luggage cart in terms of price, weight, size, features, and carrying capacity; we’ve also considered reactions from online reviewers (eliminating the fakes!) and luggage brand reliability as reported by America’s Consumer Reports and European consumer organizations. While for travel purposes we tend to prefer both large or carry-on wheeled travel packs, there are …