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Use Wikipedia as Your Personal Tour Guide With WikiCompass Use Wikipedia as Your Personal Tour Guide With WikiCompass

One of my favorite parts of traveling is having the opportunity to learn about new areas. I’m not really a guidebook person, so I typically rely on tidbits of info from walking tours, plaques on the side of the street, and conversations with people I meet to string together info about an area. This week I came across…

Should You Adjust Your Birth Control Pill Schedule When Traveling? Should You Adjust Your Birth Control Pill Schedule When Traveling?

If you’ve used birth control pills for any length of time, you may have been told to take it at the exact same time every day to ensure effectiveness. Maintaining a consistent pill schedule at home is as easy as setting an alarm on your phone—but what happens when you travel across several time zones?

Bring This Travel Document If You and Your Kid Have Different Last Names Bring This Travel Document If You and Your Kid Have Different Last Names

This week, a woman named Sylvia Acosta experienced what she described as a “Handmaid’s Tale moment” when passing through customs with her 15-year-old daughter at Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport. Because she and her child don’t share the same surname, Acosta claims she was detained and questioned by a customs…

How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling

It’s summertime and wanderlust is coming for us all. It’s important that you get out there and see the world, but it’s equally important that your phone is as ready for your travels as you are. After you’ve thrown a dart on the map and purchased your plane ticket, try these tips to make sure you’re not burning through…

Pack a Boppy Pillow Cover When Flying With a Baby  Pack a Boppy Pillow Cover When Flying With a Baby 

When my kid was an infant, I found myself in a deep relationship with something called a Boppy. A ubiquitous baby product, it is a pillow designed to help nursing moms breastfeed—you basically wear it around your body like a four-year-old going swimming. Though its functionality extends beyond that. The Boppy saved…

I'm Scott From Scott's Pizza Tours, and This Is How I Work

You can eat pizza for a living, if you’re good enough at it—and if you work hard and get to know everyone in the pizza business. Scott Wiener turned his love of pizza into Scott’s Pizza Tours, a growing business conducting food tours by foot and by bus in Manhattan. In this video episode of How I Work, we shadowed him…

Tell Us Your Johannesburg Travel Tips Tell Us Your Johannesburg Travel Tips

The Wikivoyage page for Johannesburg, South Africa says that by looking up at Hillbrow and Brixton, the city’s two towers, you can figure out which part of town you’re in. Here on Hack Your City, that kind of navigation trick—not as crucial in Smartphone Times, but still helpful for a visitor getting their bearings—is…

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.

The Best Burning Man Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Burning Man Travel Tips From Our Readers

This week Hack Your City went to Black Rock City, the seasonal settlement that fills up every August for Burning Man. Readers gave tips for surviving the heat, the dust, and the sensory overload. Honestly it sounds like literal hell to me, but people seem to have a good time there! Read all the comments on the…

How to Use a Car Seat on an Airplane How to Use a Car Seat on an Airplane

One of the traditional perks of air travel with children under 2 years old is saving on the price of an extra ticket by holding the child in your lap. (Granted, those of us who have ever traveled this way might argue it doesn’t exactly feel like a perk at the time, but it does make travel more affordable for families.)

What to Pack When You're Traveling With Little Kids  What to Pack When You're Traveling With Little Kids 

I just returned from a trip to Europe with my husband’s extended family. It was the first time we traveled out of the continent with our 5-year-old, and despite a couple time-change-induced meltdowns, I’m happy to report it was a net positive experience. I’m can’t yet say I’m a pro at globetrotting with kids, but I’ve…

Tell Us Your Burning Man Travel Tips Tell Us Your Burning Man Travel Tips

All right, freaky people. For Heat Week, Hack Your City is going to Black Rock City, the desert site of the annual Burning Man festival, where nerds and hippies camp out, make art, take drugs, and give everything to each other for free. This year will see the 33rd Burning Man. Whether you’ve gone since the beginning,…

How to Find Sharable Bikes and Scooters When You Travel How to Find Sharable Bikes and Scooters When You Travel

Over the past year, sharable bikes have become a huge thing in my home of San Francisco. It started with the bikes you can rent by the hour from Ford, I think, but then quickly expanded to a zillion other options ranging from Jump bikes to Bird and Lime scooters.

How to Know if Your Dog is Getting Car Sick How to Know if Your Dog is Getting Car Sick

My friend Sara tells this story about a road trip with her dog Dakota where somewhere during a 14-hour drive her Husky-mix got car sick and vomited all over the back of the car. Then, embarrassed by the vomit, managed to pee all over the back of the vehicle as well. Her car was never the same.

The Best Types of Movies to Watch on a Plane  The Best Types of Movies to Watch on a Plane 

Plane flights and movies are made for each other. A flight is just enough guaranteed time for one to three films, with plenty of room for breaks. You should load a few options onto your iPad or laptop, but not so many that you’ll be faced with indecision. You don’t want to get stuck with the in-flight options; every…

The U.S. Airlines With the Most Legroom in Economy Class The U.S. Airlines With the Most Legroom in Economy Class

Commercial planes are gradually becoming more and more cramped. About 20 years ago, the average seat pitch—the distance between each seat where your legs are—was around 34 to 35 inches. Now it’s closer to 30 or 31 inches. If you’re planning to fly economy and legroom is important to you, look into these airlines and…

The Best Buenos Aires Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Buenos Aires Travel Tips From Our Readers

Buenos Aires stays up late. That’s one takeaway from the tips our readers gave on the Argentine capital, whose name is also a brag. You can see the best comments under the Staff section on the earlier post. Below are some highlights.

How to Get Your Group Seated Together on an Airplane How to Get Your Group Seated Together on an Airplane

Even when you’re booking a flight early, sometimes it can be hard for you to get a seat beside your travel companion.

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.

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