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Experience a New City Through The Eyes of a Local With This Service Experience a New City Through The Eyes of a Local With This Service

One of my favorite parts of traveling is meeting new people and exploring new cultures where I am. When you don’t know where to do to meet those people or have those unique cultural experiences, then things can get a little difficult.

How to Apply for the Most Difficult Tourist Visas How to Apply for the Most Difficult Tourist Visas

As useful as a U.S. passport is for seeing most of the world, it doesn’t grant you easy access everywhere. Some countries have strict policies about who they let in, and acquiring tourist visas to those countries can be almost impossible—without the right approach.

Smile in Your Passport Photo to Prevent Identity Fraud Smile in Your Passport Photo to Prevent Identity Fraud

Next time you take a passport photo, you might want to consider cracking a smile. Often incorrectly presumed to be a no-no for passport pics, a new study found that smiling in your photo can actually help combat identity fraud.

Tell Us Your Buenos Aires Tips Tell Us Your Buenos Aires Tips

¿What’s new, Buenos Aires? Everything I know about this city is from the movie version of Evita. So in this week’s Hack Your City, imagine a nerd from New York hopping off the train singing like he’s 90s-era Madonna, and fix him. I need your tips for visiting and living in the heart of Argentina.

PSA: The TSA Has Rules For Spices and Powders on International Flights Now  PSA: The TSA Has Rules For Spices and Powders on International Flights Now 

Next time you’re coming back to the United States from a foreign country, you should throw all those spices and powders you bought in your checked baggage rather than trying to carry it on.

What You Should Know About Traveling to Japan Now that Airbnb Laws Are Changing  What You Should Know About Traveling to Japan Now that Airbnb Laws Are Changing 

It’s not a good time for Airbnb hosts or renters in Japan right now: The private residence renting service was recently forced to cancel thousands of already booked and paid reservations in Japan, all thanks to a new set of Japanese laws that went into effect on June 15. Here’s what’s going on over there, and what…

Tell Us Your Reykjavík Travel Tips Tell Us Your Reykjavík Travel Tips

Do we all have that one friend who won’t stop talking about Reykjavík? “Ooh, I miss Reykjavík. Reykjavík changed my life. Maybe I’ll move to Reykjavík. Did you know I got stuck in Reykjavík for two months due to volcanic activity?” We get it, friend, you’re very sophisticated and Icelandic and swaddled in furs. Now…

To Travel Cheaply, Watch Currency Exchange Rates To Travel Cheaply, Watch Currency Exchange Rates

Saving on travel is all about flexibility, says the anonymous editor-in-chief of the luxury travel site Andrew Harper. He told Lifehacker about a few reliable ways to watch for discounts on luxury travel, one of which will make you feel like a complete master of the universe, which you already know because we spoiled…

Streamline Group Vacation Planning With Kayak's New 'Trip Huddle' Feature Streamline Group Vacation Planning With Kayak's New 'Trip Huddle' Feature

Planning trips with friends can be a tremendous and painful undertaking. Depending on your group, you’ll either end up with a bunch of people who just want you to figure everything out on your own (so they can complain about it when you do), or a group of highly-opinionated friends who all have their own ideas on what…

Airport Time Is a Welcome State of Limbo Airport Time Is a Welcome State of Limbo

For many, the airport is a place filled with frustration and anxiety. But for others, the airport is a peaceful place where you don’t exist—no one does—and I love it. You’re allowed to do absolutely nothing, and sometimes, that’s exactly what the soul of a weary traveler needs.

The Cheapest Round-Trip Fares to Europe From Every State The Cheapest Round-Trip Fares to Europe From Every State

Planning the ultimate European vacation? If you want to save some money, you should take into account where you’re leaving from and what your first destination is. Some state’s airports can fly you over for a few hundred dollars, while others will require $1,000 or more.

What to Do If Your Flight Gets Diverted What to Do If Your Flight Gets Diverted

I’m spending this week in Scotland, a journey that started for me at 5am Tuesday and thanks to weather on the east coast ended in me not arriving in Edinburgh until 9am on Thursday. The issue came when my flight from San Francisco to JFK wasn’t allowed to land because of approaching weather, a problem that forced the…

How to Find and Pump Gas for Your Car In Different Countries Around the World  How to Find and Pump Gas for Your Car In Different Countries Around the World 

Everything is a little different when you’re driving in a foreign country, from laws and etiquette to where and how you pump your fuel. This handy guide gives you the lowdown on getting gas in 30 different countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and North America.

The Best Sydney Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Sydney Travel Tips From Our Readers

This week Hack Your City went down—and also under—to Sydney, Australia. We asked for tips on visiting Sydney, and what sets it apart from other popular Australian cities. “Melbourne is more like San Francisco, while Sydney is more like L.A.,” says reader Outtacontext. Here’s some of the best advice we got about the…

Share Checked Luggage With Your Travel Companion in Case a Bag Gets Lost Share Checked Luggage With Your Travel Companion in Case a Bag Gets Lost

I travel a good bit, so I’ve started to reach a point where not too many travel “hacks” surprise me. However, this week a friend of mine made a suggestion I was surprised I hadn’t thought of before: splitting your checked items across two suitcases with a friend.

Not Declaring Food to Customs and Border Protection Could Cost You Big Time Not Declaring Food to Customs and Border Protection Could Cost You Big Time

When you travel internationally, there’s a whole song and dance of answering questions and declaring items you have to go through before re-entering the U.S. When Customs asks you if you have any food to declare, declare every food item you have—just in case.

Here Are the Countries U.S. Citizens Can Visit Without a Visa  Here Are the Countries U.S. Citizens Can Visit Without a Visa 

If you’re a U.S. citizen with a valid passport, you’re able to freely travel to more places in the world than most other countries’ citizens, and it’s probably a lot more than you realize. All you need are some vacation days and a plane ticket.

Why You Should Consider Seat Size When Booking a Flight Why You Should Consider Seat Size When Booking a Flight

This week JetBlue unveiled a new designed for the economy cabin of its A320 that it claims will “bring humanity back to air travel,” in large part thanks to its larger and more comfortable seats.

Do Your Global Entry Interview When You Return From a Trip at These Airports Do Your Global Entry Interview When You Return From a Trip at These Airports

Global Entry is by far one of the best investments in anything I’ve ever made. I travel internationally at least six times a year, often more, and customs in my home airport of San Francisco can sometimes take hours. My very first trip with Global Entry was on a return trip from Italy where I made it through a full…

Access Blocked Sites in China With Project Fi  Access Blocked Sites in China With Project Fi 

Android: Project Fi already makes it cheap and easy to use your phone all over the world without needing to swap a new SIM card in every country, but if you’re planning a trip to China, there’s one huge reason to check out Google’s service.

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