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5 Easy Tips for Meeting Local People While Traveling

Remember the girl from high school who moved to Spain, developed a friendship with her Brazilian neighbor, then spent three weeks in Sao Paulo with his family for Christmas? Or what about your uncle—the one who has such a close bond with the local butcher...

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24 Hours in Panama City [VIDEO]

Sean and Steve from SHIFT are back and this time with this short and hilarious video about what to do in 24 hours in Panama City. If you have a long layover or have just a short stay, take these suggestions into consideration and get...

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Preserving a Heritage: Bamboo Stick Dancing on the Island of Yap

  Scanning an atlas, you would easily glaze over the tiny constellation of islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia. The archipelago has long been known as a haven of beautiful isolation, and Yap is no exception. To even visit this mysterious island you...

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A Guide to Budapest’s Top 10 Historical Must-Sees

Traveling to Budapest, Hungary is like stepping into an intriguing and intricate historical museum, leaving you feeling immediately impressed and maybe even a little sentimental. With that ‘rough around the edges’ Eastern European flair, Budapest houses some of the most beautiful scenic views as well...

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Yongkang Road: A Closer Look at Shanghai’s Expat Dive Bar Street

This small stretch of street was a low-key neighborhood and wet market (where locals buy veggies, meat, etc.) before it magically transformed into a bustling expat watering hole. One of the first establishments to revamp Shanghai’s expat dive bar street was Sheng Sushi, a California style sushi...

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Biking Around Mexico City, The New Transportation Alternative

When you think of Mexico City the thoughts of Pyramids, Tequila, Mezcal, Tacos, Art, Culture and fiesta come to your mind when traveling or planning to travel to the capital of Mexico.You will find diversity in Mexico City, it has become a great destination hub...

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10 Things To Do in Cartagena [VIDEO]

Follow Sean Horlor and Steve Adams to know what are the best 10 things to do in Cartagena, Colombia. Steve is a self-taught photographer, videographer, and designer. He is nuts about airplanes and regularly checks apps like Flightradar for fun to see what's flying into...

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The Resilience of Music: Cuba and the Buena Vista Social Club

When I first saw Buena Vista Social Club, the iconic music documentary about the 1930s-era Havana club and revitalized as a band in the late ‘90s, I immediately called my mom from college and told her I wanted to major in ethnomusicology. The film went...

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Flavours on the Asian Side of Istanbul


When my guide first suggested we explore the Asian side of Istanbul, for some strange reason, I assumed he meant “Chinatown”. I chalked it up to one of those quirky instances of the language barrier we encounter during travel: washrooms and the loo, capsicum and...