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The Chinese Express There is an established population who have no desire to fly the friendly skies or to go all aboard Amtrak. For those people who prefer a strictly tire to asphalt experience, there are great opportunities to travel (within limited boundaries) from point A to B. For the past decade, low-cost Chinese bus companies have tapped into the needs...

The Scavi Tour If you are planning a trip to Rome, the usual must-sees are the Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. But did you know that there exists a necropolis beneath the Vatican that you can tour during your visit there?  This historical archaeological burial site houses and preserves the original grave of St. Peter and is...

The Netbook This is the first in a series of infrequent articles that feature technology reviews for the budget traveler Most people, whether they are traveling for business or pleasure, want easy access to the internet.It’s a rare soul who wants to escape totally from the modern world.Whether you want to send pics home to family or friends, catch up on what’s...

The Romantic Castles of the Loire Valley Have you ever wanted to visit a romantic, centuries-old castle in France? There’s something very ethereal about taking a walk back in time when life was both simpler and yet more difficult than today. In an age of technology where instant communication can be commanded at the tip of one’s fingertip, it’s a curious...

GPS Alternative When I travel, I like to walk as much as I can when I’m sightseeing. Not only is walking great exercise, but it certainly beats trying to capture a snapshot from the top of a double-decker bus. I think if you’ve made the effort to come to another town/city/country, you should want to see said area up close...

Your dreams are as big or small as you want them to be Oxymoronic? No, I don't think so. I believe vacations are the best way to reintroduce yourself to…..you. It's so easy…..dangerously so…..to get caught up in our workday and family obligations that we forget that our own batteries need to be recharged and our spirits revitalized every once in...

I spied the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, at dusk, through the bluish-grey clouds that gave them shelter from prying eyes like mine.  Yet through it all, its coquettish beauty was neither easily hidden nor denied but instead was a covenant of spiritual enlightenment. So, it seemed to beckon, like so many other fools before me, to scale each of...