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Monday, June 26, 2017

What It’s Like to Take an Amazon Cruise in Peru

Imagine the Amazon, and you probably picture dense jungles, colorful birds, chattering monkeys and remote villages. Sound enticing? There are two main ways to explore this region of the world: staying in an ecolodge or taking a river cruise. I … Keep reading!

Noirbnb: A New Lodging Site for Travelers of Color

While renting an Airbnb property in 2015, Stefan Grant and a group of friends received a visit from a pair of police officers. The officers told him that neighbors had reported the house was being robbed, Grant said. An innocent … Keep reading!

MyCharge HubXtra: A Portable Charger That Actually Works

When I travel, my smartphone acts as my camera, wallet, GPS, e-reader, MP3 player, communication center, and means of streaming movies and TV on long flights. Without it, my trips are far more cumbersome, but the more I use it, … Keep reading!

Rebate Apps Give Cash-Back Bonuses for Booking Travel

My latest obsession is booking hotels, rental cars and other travel arrangements through rebate apps on my iPad. These apps give you cash-back bonuses if you visit booking websites through the apps instead of going directly to the websites to … Keep reading!

Trip Review of the Month: Hiking Diamond Head

Each month, we’ll highlight one new trip review submitted by an IndependentTraveler.com reader. If your review is featured, you’ll win an IndependentTraveler.com logo item! In this month’s winning review, a traveler climbs Oahu’s most famous peak: “The end result is … Keep reading!

The 5 Best Streets to See Street Art

Once confined to just a handful of places, street art is commonplace in pretty much every city around the world now. Some cities have become more tolerant of artful graffiti adorning their buildings; others have turned over passageways to artists … Keep reading!

Save Space in Your Carry-On with the SCOTTeVEST Q.U.E.S.T.

Looking to pack lighter? You can save some space in your suitcase by storing your stuff in the clothes you wear. SCOTTeVEST offers a line of vests, jackets, pants and other clothing specifically designed with tons of pockets to help … Keep reading!

An Illustrated Look at Traveling with Mental Illness

Coping with a mental illness like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression can sometimes be so difficult that it prevents you from traveling. At other times, the illness is managed well enough that you can travel, but the challenging feelings still … Keep reading!

Prevent Theft with a Front Pocket Wallet

Travelers who spend a lot of time exploring cities and riding public transportation have natural concerns about pickpockets. While the best way to protect your valuables is to stow them in a money belt hidden under your clothes, you don’t … Keep reading!

The Benefits of Having a Bucket List

Making a travel bucket list — even if it’s not realistic to visit all the places on the list — invokes a sense of hope, gives people something to look forward to and even inspires them to get into better … Keep reading!

TSA to Conduct More Invasive Pat-Downs

Gird yourself: TSA security officers may get even more up close and personal with you on your next trip. According to a report from Bloomberg, the TSA has consolidated five different pat-down options into a single method that’s more … Keep reading!

5 Things to Do with Old Travel T-Shirts

If T-shirts are among the souvenirs you’ve collected over your years of traveling, chances are you have a plentiful stock of vintage, too-small, faded or out-of-fashion tops cluttering your dresser drawers or storage room. But you can repurpose them into … Keep reading!

The Matador Freerain24: A Waterproof Daypack for Travelers

Hiking in Alaska? Strolling around Singapore? No matter the type of trip, a good daypack is a vital part of any traveler’s arsenal. I recently tested out the Matador Freerain24, a daypack that can be rolled up into a small … Keep reading!

How to Tell a Great Travel Story: Q&A with Esther Choy

Have you ever tried to tell the story of something exciting or funny that happened on vacation, but you fell flat? Don’t feel bad, says storytelling coach Esther Choy, the founder and president of the Leadership Story Lab in Chicago. … Keep reading!

Trip Review of the Month: My Visit to Cuba as a Volunteer

Each month, we’ll highlight one new trip review submitted by an IndependentTraveler.com reader. If your review is featured, you’ll win an IndependentTraveler.com logo item! In this month’s winning review, a traveler joins 19 other volunteers to make a difference in … Keep reading!

No Selfies Allowed, Plus 10 More Passport Fun Facts

There’s no need to go to a photo shop or your local 24-hour pharmacy to get your passport photos made. You are allowed to take them at home. But don’t take a selfie — or at least don’t make it … Keep reading!

Visa Change Delayed for Americans, Canadians Visiting Europe

The European Commission has delayed making a decision about whether to halt the program that allows American and Canadian tourists to go to Europe without visas. The commission originally said it would decide in mid-July about whether to suspend the … Keep reading!

Trip Review of the Month: Kayaking with Sea Otters in Monterey

Each month, we’ll highlight one new trip review submitted by an IndependentTraveler.com reader. If your review is featured, you’ll win an IndependentTraveler.com logo item! In this month’s winning review, a traveler lives out an animal lover’s dream: “On my bucket … Keep reading!

Guess the Country

Our brand-new puzzle is a country shapes quiz! Take a look at the outline and below and tell us which country you think it is. Enter your guess in the comments below. You have until Monday, August 1, 2016, at … Keep reading!

Why You Must Go on Vacation: A Q&A with Kanisa Baker

It’s summer. The majority of European workers are likely on vacation while American workers are toiling away at the office, warehouse or other workplace. This isn’t necessarily because Europeans get more time off on average than their American counterparts (although … Keep reading!