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Spontaneity in travel is so overrated
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Spontaneity in travel is so overrated

Planning versus winging it: Why the often maligned approach to travel usually gets you better results
Is Hong Kong really 'Asia's World City'?
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Is Hong Kong really 'Asia's World City'?

Hong Kong is regularly ranked one of the top cities in the world, whether it truly deserves to be or not
Introducing the Vacation Nazi
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Introducing the Vacation Nazi

Nothing wrong with a holiday plan, but do you have to beat me over the head with it?
Why 'travelers' think they're better than 'tourists.' And why they're not
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Why 'travelers' think they're better than 'tourists.' And why they're not

The travel industry has its problems, but it isn't all the tourists’ fault
Ditch the guidebook to avoid Japan's worst tourist draws
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Ditch the guidebook to avoid Japan's worst tourist draws

From climbing giant ashtrays to watching tea grow cold, there's far too much attention lavished on the duller side of Japan
Japan's blurred genders: Embracing my New Half
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Japan's blurred genders: Embracing my New Half

Tokyo's classiest drag show embodies much about the Japanese mix-and-match approach to history
Aw look, Crocodile Dundee has left the building
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Aw look, Crocodile Dundee has left the building

Tourism Australia sells itself short ... again. Why an outdated image is no way to promote one of the world’s great destinations
Traveling alone is the only way to travel
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Traveling alone is the only way to travel

This lone -- but never lonely -- traveler avoids companions and fellow tourists for the serendipitous and non-judgmental moments of solo travel
In defense of rainy days-- why drizzle shouldn’t ruin travel
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In defense of rainy days-- why drizzle shouldn’t ruin travel

Tourists who avoid the rain are only getting half the fun
One true love: Tokyo Tower, mon amour
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One true love: Tokyo Tower, mon amour

Amid the endless hoopla for Tokyo Skytree, let’s not forget the tower that started it all
The problems with Thailand's tiger tourism trade
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The problems with Thailand's tiger tourism trade

Questionable zoos and threatened habitats mean getting up close to these majestic beasts is no easy -- or morally acceptable -- feat

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