Can Travel Change Your Life? This Fairy Tale Proves It.

This is a fairy tale, a story of a commoner who wakes up one morning thanks to a trip to Europe and finds her life changes dramatically.

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New Travel Stuff You Should Know About

The Internet continues to astonish with new apps and websites that can make travel easier or more fun. Here are a few of my new finds ...

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Eating Korea: Food Puts the Soul in Seoul

Three syllables kept going through my mind as my plane flew across the Pacific Ocean headed for Seoul, the capital of Korea: bi-bim-bap. Like the riff of a snare drum, the syllables kept repeating: bi ... bim ... bap.

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South Korea Asks, “What, Me Worry?”

Batting cages at roadside stops and a no-tipping policy—what a country.

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When Is a Hotel Worth $850+ A Night?

There are plenty of hotels in the world where an $850-a-night room rate is commonplace for a standard, double room—luxury properties in the Caribbean during the high season in winter, for example. But Lennox, Massachusetts?

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Test Driving Indy: A Wimp Faces His Fears

If that 80-year-old grandmother can do it, I thought to myself as I zipped up my fire suit and affixed my helmet, then so can I. And moments later, I was doing 175 mph around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Some People Collect Stamps, Others Study Hotel Laundry Prices

Every once in a while, articles appear that illustrate the relative costs of living in various cities by comparing the price of a movie ticket, a cup of coffee or a short taxi ride. I study laundry prices at good hotels.

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The Electronic Traveler: What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s a measure of how fast technology advances—or how slow an advancer I am—that the gizmos I feel necessary to have while traveling now didn’t exist in my life only a year ago.

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Lush Places: Bermuda Gets a New Resort

I thought when I last visited Bermuda that some of its major resorts were getting a bit frayed. The opening of Tucker’s Point had to deliver a jolt of energy to the tourism industry.

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Luxury Hotels Around the World At Deep Discounts

For years, I’ve celebrated the price transparency the Internet offers consumers shopping for travel. But in the last several months, several new web sites have begun to offer eye-popping deals on (mostly) luxury hotels.

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.