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A collection of travel guides to places not covered in the guide books ― because all good travelers know that once you ditch the guide book, the real adventures begins!

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  • Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Carlsbad, California
     
    Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Carlsbad, California On the surface Carlsbad appears as little more than a typical family resort town, perfect for an ideal summer vacation or as a pit-stop on the next family road trip. After all, it's the home of Legoland, California, one of the coolest amusement parks for kids in the world, and K1 Speed, a racetrack designed for the kid in all of us. However, beneath the surface sights are some amazing hidden gems and awesome activities…
    in United States
  • Japanese Toilets: Impressive, Futuristic...And Daunting To First-Timers
     
    Japanese Toilets: Impressive, Futuristic...And Daunting To First-Timers There is nothing more gratifying than a top notch toilet. And when it comes to fancy toilets it is fairly common knowledge that Japan leads the pack. Their toilets have features most Westerners have never dreamed of, including background noise to cover any sounds that the user may make, a warm cleansing spray, self-warming seat, built-in water-saving sink, and other innovative features. Their proper name are bidets, although many locals refer to them as washlets.…
    in Japan
  • Auckland in 48 Hours
     
    Auckland in 48 Hours Beautiful natural scenery and sights, fun water-based activities, top-notch shopping, addictive nightlife, amazing food, and so much more: Just because you only have a short time in New Zealand's most impressive city doesn't mean that you should miss out on some of the best things the city has to offer. Hike a Nearby Volcano Auckland is home to a whopping four dozen volcanoes! That means no matter where in town you are staying, there is…
    in New Zealand
  • The children of Chitwan, Nepal
     
    The children of Chitwan, Nepal Having overstayed the expected three days in sleepy Sahura village, the locals had begun to suss our familiar faces. Word had gone round that we were long termers. Shopkeepers smiled. Stray dogs wagged their tails. Even persistent tour guides had given up trying to entice us with jungle trek packages. For rather than resting at one of the tourist lodges and getting up at sunrise to spy tigers and rhinos, our mornings were spent playing…
    in Nepal
  • The Filipino Greeting Is Not Hello…
     
    The Filipino Greeting Is Not Hello… ...it's "Have you eaten already?" When you travel somewhere, you get to know the culture of the country you're visiting, and its language(s) is a big part of the culture. There are so many more languages and dialects on this world than there are countries, so one shouldn't substitute a country with a culture. A few steps down the road, you may encounter something utterly different. But every culture and every language has its particularities.…
    in Philippines
  • Unforgettable Road Trip Experiences
     
    Unforgettable Road Trip Experiences Few forms of travel involve more excitement, unpredictability, and opportunities to connect with the locals than road trips. Whether in a car, motorcycle, RV, or even a converted school bus (yes, I've done it!), nothing beats a good old-fashioned road trip! This summer, why not hit the road on one of these epic routes and see what you find: Motorcycle the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam One of Southeast Asia's most popular motorcycle routes…
    in Travel Inspiration
  • Offbeat Sights and Activities in Reno, Nevada
     
    Offbeat Sights and Activities in Reno, Nevada Reno's big sister Las Vegas may get all the attention, however that doesn't mean visitors to Nevada should skip Reno. The city and surrounding area has plenty to offer -- besides just gambling -- without the overwhelming crowds of Vegas. Consider these offbeat sights and activities when planning your Reno vacation: Be A Kingpin at The National Bowling Stadium This 78-lane bowling megaplex is a testament to how much the citizens of Reno love the…
    in United States
  • South Padre Island in 48 Hours
     
    South Padre Island in 48 Hours One of the most popular year-round beach destinations in Texas is South Padre Island. Although the island is most known for being a party haven of college students every spring break, it is also popular with families all summer and snowbirds all winter. The island may be small but is perfect for relaxing (as long as you are not trying to do that during spring break, of course). So the next time you need a…
    in United States
  • Get Thee to a Gay Pride Event
     
    Get Thee to a Gay Pride Event Many of the major cities across the United States play host to annual gay pride events, often a parade that encourages solidarity, fun, and comradery. Members of the LGBT community may travel far and wide to attend these events, so they want to make sure they will have the experience they are seeking when they go. Here are some of the top gay prides that are known for their memorability. New York There are dozens…
    in United States
  • Nashville's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities
     
    Nashville's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities Nashville is known as Music City and the city definitely lives up to its reputation. However, there is much more to Nashville besides just country music. From artwork to history to haunted locations, Nashville is a city that will keep you on your toes - if you know where to look and what to do. Clothe the Naked Dancers My first visit to Nashville was in 2010 on a road trip and I still remember…
    in United States