Was your bar tab closer to $400 or $40? (photo via Flickr user epsos)

I got scammed abroad so you don’t have to

Five tourist scams to remember next time you travel
Jun 30, 2014

Sister city travel guide: Eating your way around Iceland

It’s no coincidence that Seattle and Reykjavik have been sister cities since 1986.
Jun 12, 2014
Backpacker enjoying street food at a curbside cafe in Haiphong. (Photo from Flickr by HRamirez)

Sister city travel guide: Haiphong, Vietnam

On a bus on my way to Haiphong,  Seattle’s Vietnamese sister city, I chatted with another young American about our travels. He mentioned that it was his “second tour through Vietnam.” Forty years ago, a “tour” in Vietnam meant something entirely different for young Americans. In the space of just one generation, the setting of […]
May 6, 2014
A porter in Maguina, Cusco, Peru. (Photo from Flickr by Filipe Fortes)

The road to Machu Picchu, traveled on the backs of its builders

A tourist trek on the Inca Trail reveals a centuries old system of bondage.
Apr 7, 2014
Dick (left) and Jane Carter traveling near Los Arcos on the Camino Francés in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Dick Carter)

Seattle backpackers find adventure and peace on the Camino de Santiago

Seattle backpackers find adventure on the Camino de Santiago--find out what brings them all the way to Spain!
Apr 2, 2014

Life after Syria

Since the Syrian Uprising began three years ago, 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced and another 2.5 million have registered or are waiting to register for refugee status abroad.
Mar 15, 2014
A car sports the unmistakable pink mustache of Lyft’s ridesharing service. (Photo courtesy of Lyft)

Five countries doing rideshares better than Seattle

A Seattle City Council decision will cap the number of cars for rideshare companies, but in these five countries, the model is thriving.
Feb 28, 2014

Seattle mountaineers seek adventure across the globe

Want to climb K2? Start in Seattle.
Feb 18, 2014
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014
A street scene from Yazd, Iran. (Photo by Nate Robert).

New doors opening for travel to Iran

A recent boom in tourism to Iran has sparked excitement in the Seattle travel community. It’s also created a new sense of hope for Iranian American youth like me that we might finally be able to visit the country our parents fled decades ago. The Financial Times recently placed Iran at the top of its list […]
Jan 28, 2014
A study abroad student at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. (Photo by KatieJean97 via Flickr)

Studying Abroad: How to find the program that’s right for you

(Photo courtesy One World Now) The increasing popularity and accessibility of study abroad programs has sparked a great debate: Are these programs really worth it?
Oct 29, 2013
Double-decker sausage in Freiburg. (Photo by Jeremy Keith via Flickr).

Real German food is more than just a sausage fest

A culinary tour of Germany reveals a delicious and diverse cuisine, with plenty of opportunities to partake right here in Seattle.
Aug 27, 2013
Stephanie Weber and her husband, Pier Paolo Perrone, of Frankfurt, Germany, look for clues to find a geocache in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Geocaching: A global treasure hunt with Northwest roots

How a digital scavenger hunt born in Oregon has changed the way people travel.
Aug 16, 2013

Study abroad: It’s not just for rich kids anymore

International travel can be a defining moment in a young person’s life. But without help, financial and cultural barriers will keep a lot of young Americans from ever getting outside our borders.
Jul 12, 2013
The author, with the scarf her mother bought her from a nonprofit for women with disabilities in Kazakhstan. (Photo by Marat Garafutdinov)

Ethical travel: How to shop for souvenirs with a conscience

Foreign travel wouldn’t be the same without a few souvenirs. But how you choose to spend abroad can have a huge impact on the place you’re visiting.
Jul 2, 2013
UW Bothell student Jozlyn Pelk will travel to a country of her choice as part of the Seattle Ambassador program. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

Meet Seattle’s first ambassador

If you had the opportunity to travel to any country in the world to help people living in poverty, where would you go?
Jul 1, 2013
Bob Dempster pushes over the rudder of The Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser replica built nearly from scratch that he and his wife, Diane, intend to fly around the world. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Local couple’s around-the-world flight plan for peace

Bob and Diane Dempster are flying a replica 1920’s era open-cockpit plane around the world to commemorate a milestone in aviation history.
Jun 28, 2013

Ethical Travel: Know the code to stop child sex tourism

A new code of conduct for the travel industry is helping businesses and travelers fight back against child sex tourism.
Jun 12, 2013

Travel comics: Making Tide

A couple witnesses tragedy while traveling in Vietnam in an excerpt from Eroyn Franklin’s new comic.
Jun 10, 2013

UPDATE: Whidbey Island backpacker missing in Argentina has been located.

Update Sunday 6:00pm: Alec Zimmerman is back in contact with her family and is perfectly okay. Here’s the message she posted on Facebook earlier today:
Apr 13, 2013