Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Your Fee to Leave

You're not free to leave because you have to pay the fee. Philippines, Costa Rica, and Bali, Indonesia all charge this nonsense departure tax that is supposed to support airport infrastructure or youth development...

The Customs of the Chinese

Attending an international business school for my MBA, I was taught to appreciate the cultural customs of foreign countries. Certain behaviors that are commonplace in the United States are insulting abroad. But, this isn't a...

Do You Have a Visa?

The U.S. passport is the gold standard of passports, or so I used to believe. In 2007 my friends and I were supposed to go to Brazil for New Years only yours truly was...

“Taxi my friend?” The Worst Places to Hail a Cab

Here are the worst places to catch a taxi on Earth! 1. Dubai, UAE: Dubai is tiny yet the drivers are new to the city and have no idea where anything is. If they get...

The Cost of Roaming

“$800 cell phone bill, how can that be right?” We’ve all been there on the phone with Sprint arguing that the roaming charges applied to our account while we were in Mexico are bogus....

The Kama Sutra of Airplane Sleep: Surviving a 17 Hour Flight

“Your flight time will be 16 hours,” the flight attendant nonchalantly announced after going through the safety procedures. This was the second time in four months that I would take this hellish route from Addis...
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