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5 New Travel Startups to Watch This Week

This week’s roundup of travel startups want to get tourists outside and exploring faster and easier using digital guides, customized apps and easy …

Smart Traveler, Smartphone

If you want better customer service on your next trip — and who doesn’t? — then reach for your pocket.<p>But don’t bother pulling out your platinum card to impress a ticket agent, or a crisp bill to tip your bellhop. Whip out your wireless device instead.<p>Your smartphone is likely the most effective …

How to Be a Good Traveler

I just got back from almost two glorious weeks in Spain, and it made me realize even more that there are things we can do to be good travelers, which in turn gives us better travels.<p>1. Participate in the local economy. Spain is hurting right now. So is Italy. In fact, much of Europe is experiencing …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

15 Digital Travel Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends. We’re now highlighting the …

6 Countries You've Definitely Never Heard Of

We know that a concrete slab in the middle of the ocean looks cool, but it's not a real country. There are, however, places almost as obscure that can legally consider themselves legitimate nations.<p>Check out these destinations (some vacation-worthy, some not so much) that you've definitely probably …

12 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

"Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race."<p>So proclaimed Anthony Bourdain, passionate street food advocate and consumer, at the inaugural World Street Food Congress in Singapore.<p>Held in the Southeast Asian street food Mecca, the WSFC featured extensive panels and discussions about …

Metropolitan Museum Launches Travel Program

There’s really no better way to see and understand art than to be surrounded by the culture, people, and settings that inspired it. The Metropolitan …

5 Travel Startups to Watch This Week

This week’s roundup looks at startups that use data — both big and small — to make easier everything from hotel bookings to flight reservations to …

24 hours in Mumbai

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.<p>24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by …

Lessons learned from 200 hours teaching English abroad

“¿TRES ensaladas de frutas, por favor?”<p>I leave the tiny serving hatch, where three women wearing hair nets and harried expressions rush back and …

9 Tips to Becoming a Modern Day Explorer

<b>Written by explorer & author Mikael Strandberg</b><p>Exploration has never been more popular than today. It is alive and well. The simplistic claim that apart from the deepest oceans and outer space, there is nowhere left to explore, is wrong. The world isn't fully explored and never will be. Neither was …

How to set your freelance pay rate

We lucky freelancers are about the only people who get to decide what we make. It’s just too bad people who hire us usually do so because they can’t …

How to use your mobile device to create awesome travel images

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY has become a full-blown movement. From San Francisco to Shanghai, amateur and professional photographers alike have been …

10 Things You Should Pack (But Probably Won't)

Yes, your passport and wallet (and probably some clean underwear) deserve to be at the top of your packing list. But in the rush to remember the essentials, travelers sometimes underestimate the power of the nice-to-haves. Humble objects, ranging from an empty reusable water bottle to bandages, can …