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Why We Need ‘Travel Experts’

Pity the poor “travel expert.” Just about everyone wants to be one—or at least drink cocktails on a beach for a living (and do let me know if you find that job description out there). Yet which “title” gets air-quoted more often?<p>This probably happens because, unlike a field like neuroparasitology, …

Seven Lessons From The Edge: The Future of Student Travel

<i>Recently, Skift launched a new free Trends Report, “The State of Student Travel” in partnership with Student Universe. Below is an extract from it, a</i> …

The Changing Relationship Between Travel Brands and Instagram Influencers

Social media has turned destinations’ marketing strategies on their head and introduced a new player — the social media influencer — into the …

The Only App Travelers Truly Need on Their Smartphones

Finding directions is – unsurprisingly – the number one reason travelers reach for their smartphone in a new destination.<p>More than half of U.S. …

This May Just Be the Best Travel Video of 2014

We have been pretty bullish on drone videos for travel lately, and this video below will show you why.<p>Shot by Philip Bloom, an accomplished British …

How I quit my job to travel: The Washington DC lawyer

Gina Dowd explains how she left her high-paying, high-pressure job to island hop around the world – using her legal skills to pay her way.<p>Gina Dowd was standing on Washington DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue, near the White House, when an idea that had been swirling around in her head crystallised into a …

Washington D.C.

U.S. Travelers Are Using Their Mobile Phones A Lot More Than We Think

Despite roaming and data charges, an astounding 90% of U.S. travelers say they use their mobile phones when vacationing domestically or abroad.<p>That’s …

19 epic road trips through Scotland

<i>Note: Place names located above the central belt of Scotland have been translated into Scottish Gaelic to help with navigation.</i><p>From Selkirk, cruise …

Then + Now in Myanmar

I first visited Burma, now Myanmar, in the spring of 1966, when I was 18. It was a few years after the coup d’état; most foreigners had been kicked out of the country, and the government was not welcoming visitors.<p>At the time, Union of Burma Airways offered flights between Calcutta and Bangkok with …

How I quit my job to travel: The corporate lawyer

Travel and food blogger Jodi Ettenberg explains why she left a successful career behind – and no, it wasn’t to “find herself” or “pursue her passion”.<p>When people hear how I quit my job as a lawyer after six years of corporate work, they assume I burned out and fled the nine-to-five (or, more …

How to explain long-term travel in a job interview

Traveling the world was probably a lot harder than you’d imagined, and now that you’re back, you find yourself in need of a job. You may be …

Employment

27 Travel Tips to Help You Become a Master Traveler

Every industry has its own "best practices" -- proven rules and standards that guide the industry. Travel is no different. There are many rules to live by that help us navigate the unknown world with fewer costly mistakes and help quicken the pace in which we melt into the local culture. They make …

How to Blog Like an Expert: Tips from the 10 Best Travel Blogs (Pt. 1)

I'm going to pull a Slim Shady here, and point out my weaknesses. Having lived in Sydney, Barcelona and Rio, I might have an understanding of expat life and travel, but I'm still new to the travel blogging community.<p>I'm a rookie, and I want to pitch with the All-Stars. How better to learn the …

New Skift Report: The Rise of Location Data in Travel

Today is the launch of the next report in our <b>twice-monthly Global Trends Report</b> series that focuses on global trends across various sectors of travel.<p>…

The Future of Location Information in Travel Planning and Discovery

<i>Yesterday we launched a new edition in our Skift Trends Reports series. “The Rise of Location Data in Travel” looks closely at location data, which</i> …

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still …

On the creeping commoditization of Tibet

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS LINE UP on the horizon, about 15 of them: head to toe Gore-Tex, cigarettes dangling, black cameras at the ready.<p>It’s late afternoon …

Effective habits of great travel writers

When I was writing the first edition of <i>Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing</i>, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that readers would profit from hearing a spectrum of experiences and opinions.<p>We’ve continued this …

Travel Writing

Transform your travel writing, pt. 3: Emotional associations

WE LOOKED EARLIER at how narrators describe (or fail to describe) other characters in their stories. To review, the most skilled writers “introduce” …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Transform your travel writing, pt. 2: You’re not in a vacuum

SO OFTEN IN TRAVEL WRITING — particularly in travel blogs — there’s a total absence of character interaction, as if the narrator operated inside a …

7 ways to not end up in an editor’s trash

“We soaked up the warm sunlight.” Who? Where? Your reader is immediately irritated and bored.<p><b>Do be precise.</b><br>“The late morning sunlight melted across …

Electric Vehicles

The little car that can: Driving from Argentina to Alaska in a Fiat 600

Walking down 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I spotted a small red Fiat 600 on one of the side streets. It had stickers all over it and …

Riviera Maya

7 ways to become a spontaneous explorer of the world

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally …

Los Angeles

Fidelity to place: When the traveler finally settles down

Wade Davis is describing the Sacred Headwaters, his words rolling like the wave trains of the Stikine. “Fidelity to place,” he says and I feel that …

Go Somewhere That's NOT On Your Bucket List

For the second time in as many years, I booked a ticket to a land that never made an appearance on my bucket list and now I'm going to try and convince you to do the same.<p>In May of 2012 I spent 12 days in Bali, Indonesia soaking in the sights and sounds of a world I'd only ever seen in pictures. I …

Travel Writing That Matters: Part II

Last summer, in the middle of an epic five-week Grand Tour which took me the equivalent of 1.7 times around the globe, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the TBEX blogger gathering in Dublin, Ireland.<p>Dublin was just as charming as the hype would have it be–every taxi driver seemed to have a …

5 New Travel Startups to Watch This Week

Each of this week’s startups reimagine travel necessities from tracking business expenses and getting flight refunds to touring cities and museums …

Travel Bucket List: Where to Go in 2014 (PHOTOS)

Bucket List<p>A new year, a new set of vacations to plan. What about Scotland? Cape Town? Or a cruise down the rivers of Europe? We’ve rounded up the …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …