The layover: 8 hours in Toronto

The shiny new Union-Pearson Express will get you from Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in 30 minutes. Take this time to charge your phones and get in a quick catnap. You’ve already seen your first Toronto landmark: Union Station. Look across the street and...

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Noordereiland

Noordereiland (Northern Island) is an island neighborhood within the Feijenoord borough in southern Rotterdam. The island is surrounded by the Nieuwe Maas, one of the main estuary arms of the Rhine River that flows through the city of Rotterdam. It is connected to the...

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Rotterdam’s De Hef Bridge

The De Hef bridge is a former steel railroad bridge in Rotterdam that was decommissioned as a railroad bridge in 1993 and is currently a treasured national monument. The bridge is officially known as Koningshavenbrug (King’s Harbour Bridge), but everybody has been...

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Rotterdam for design nerds

As soon as you step out of Rotterdam’s Blaak Station, you’re looking at Piet Blom’s famous Cube Houses. Turn around and you’ll see the Markthal. The Cube Houses form a pedestrian bridge over the highway, from Blaak Station to the Oude Haven. Across the harbor is...

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Florence

I had the unfortunate experience of visiting Florence at the height of tourist season, at the hottest time of year. The days were oppressive. At night the stones oozed with the heat of the sun. Tour groups clogged every passageway. While my intent was to see all the...

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Before you go

When people think about planning an extended trip, they imagine they’ll need to book flights and accommodation. There’s a little more to it than that. There is always something that will go wrong, every time. Here are some simple things you can do before you go to...

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Drinking our way through Brussels

This tiny city of less than 200,000 people likes to think of itself as the capital of Europe. A good chunk of that, about 50,000 people, are temporary workers. https://www.instagram.com/p/BP-gr2lBk7e/?taken-by=lifeontheroad15m It’s famous for its architecture and...

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A digital nomad’s guide to South London

South London rarely makes the itinerary of visitors. It’s very much worth your time to make a detour to these South London neighborhoods   Peckham When I told friends I was staying in Peckham, there were three responses: I’ve literally never heard of this supposed...

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A remote workers guide to downtown Vancouver

My first trip to Vancouver was a bit of a whirlwind. I was there for -- believe it or not -- in-person all day meetings. I still managed to walk my feet off and explore downtown. But only downtown. For that reason, we’re going to pretend Mount Pleasant and all the...

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Parks Canada sites near Toronto

When people think of Canadian parks, Banff immediately comes to mind. Luckily for those of us in Toronto, that’s hardly the only Parks Canada site worth visiting. There are lots of national sites that are accessible from Toronto without a flight or an epic road trip....

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Why you want the Mobile Passport app

US Customs and Border protection is getting hip with #mobilepasport, their Mobile Passport app. If you don't travel enough for a trusted traveler program to be worth it (it's always worth it, but to each his own) and you live in one of these cities, Mobile Passport...

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The real trick to packing light

I used to have a stuffed closet. I actually had two closets. Packed to the gills. I had so so many pairs of jeans. A zillion tshirts. Formal dresses. Thrift store finds for any occasion, no matter how unlikely. Costumes from every costume party I’d ever attended (and...

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