By Colin McFadden

Getting Around Cities

The smartphone and the rise of “micromobility” have dramatically changed the landscape for getting around cities while traveling. When traveling internationally, the options compound further, with local and regional champions and city-specific modalities. Having a good grasp of the mobility options can make travel faster, cheaper, and more authentic, so it’s worth doing your homework….

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By Colin McFadden

Credit Card Miles

“Earn miles when you spend! 2X miles when you get your hair cut by someone with a monosyllabic first name!” Pitches for “miles earning” credit cards are everywhere. Some of them come with all kinds of travel perks, some of them have very high fees, and some of them are essentially junk. Sometimes you earn…

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By Colin McFadden

Miles Miles Miles

If you’ve spent time in any online travel communities, you’ve probably been exposed to the “mile obsessives” who frequent forums like FlyerTalk. I’ve certainly heard the siren call of the mile game, where things like “mileage runs” (flights with no purpose aside from accruing miles) sound like rational life decisions. It’s a topic worth exploring a…

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By Colin McFadden

SIM cards when Traveling

With the rise of smartphones in the latter naughts, it became common wisdom among savvy travelers that the best way to stay connected while traveling abroad was to have an unlocked phone and buy a local SIM card on arrival. Nearly everywhere else in the world pays far less for cellphone service, so getting a…

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Vilnius?

You should visit Vilnius because it’s a charming, quaint, and very European city without all of the slick, over-touristed Disneyfication that comes with many European destinations. Vilnius is the heart of small and dynamic Lithuania, a country that’s still working to figure out its identity after a tumultuous 20th century. A visit to Vilnius lets…

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By Colin McFadden

Italians do it best

This post is part of a series called Lithuania 2022 Our last day in Vilnius! I’ll do a followup “Why Should I Visit Vilnius” article at some point, summarizing the reasons to come here. Safe to say, we’ve had a great time and I’d highly recommend Vilnius as a European vacation destination. We started our…

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By Colin McFadden

Dino DNA!

This post is part of a series called Lithuania 2022 Woke up to another gorgeous morning in Vilnius. We’re quickly learning that you should just ignore the weather forecasts, and the dire predictions of locals. Every day, the weather apps predict rain, and the locals talk about the terrible weather. And every day is brilliantly…

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By Colin McFadden

Dog days of winter

This post is part of a series called Mexico City 2022 After all our tacos yesterday, we really felt like today was a day to focus on salads and personal fitness. But then we checked the news and decided “screw it, more tacos.” After lounging around a bit (we were out until almost midnight after…

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By Colin McFadden

Stendhal syndrome, but for Bugattis

This post is part of a series called Europe 2021 I started the morning with a gorgeous breakfast at the hotel. In addition to the normal assortment of amazing pastries, they had (very) fresh honey, cheese, meats and all sorts of other delicious items. Then I went for a quick walk around Mulhouse, just to…

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