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Update: I finally received my points! See bottom of post for details. When I signed up for the CitiBank Aadvantage credit card, I looked forward to writing a glowing report of how I earned a free flight across the world via an amazing promotion. Instead, I’m writing about a credit card company taking advantage of its…

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Have you heard of canyoning? It’s more than just a way to embarrass yourself in a wetsuit. Though that is one aspect. Officially — and by officially I am obviously referring to the word’s Wikipedia definition — canyoning is “traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking…

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I couldn’t have asked for a better place to wind down my Latin American adventures than here in Bocas del Toro, Panama. But while we originally planned to stay here until the bitter end, we couldn’t resist popping up to Costa Rica for a peek at the beaches our fellow backpackers have been raving about. We…

Happy Valentines Day from Meihoukai in Wanderland and Rebtel! thumbnail

Back in September, Rebtel asked me to try out their international calling service, and I became a quick convert. I described it to friends as Skype without the need for a wifi connection — though for the full lowdown you should check out my original review. While I loved almost everything about Rebtel, I noted that there…

Bringing in the New Year Baños Style thumbnail

New Year’s Eve is so hit or miss. You can’t just have an pretty good New Year’s Eve, can you? You’re either in your own personal sequel to The Hangover, sipping liquid silver and snorting pure gold in a stretch limo chartered by Kanye, or sobbing in the fetal position alone in a corner, confident in…

Travel Porn: Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World thumbnail

“In the modern era, the banana — literally — has destroyed nations and ruined lives.” I am often mocked by my traveling companions for my love of all things banana. Banana smoothies, banana pancakes, banana milk, banana yogurt, banana cake, banana bread, banana candies, and oh yes, plain old bananas. Yet before reading this book, I…

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