Independent Traveler

Which Travel Clothes Are Worth the Money?

DATE : August 30, 2017

COMMENTS : 10,450 Comments

If all you knew about traveling was what you saw on dedicated travel gear sites such as or, you might think that you could never take a trip without a wardrobe purpose-built for globetrotting. Think shirts and pants made out of wrinkle-free, waterproof, bug-repellent, UV-protective microfibers, equipped with dozens of hidden thief-proof pockets. But do you really need to buy expensive, specialized travel clothes just to explore the world?
For those of you who'd rather wear the clothes you already have instead of blowing half your travel budget on a new wardrobe before every trip, there's hope. We took a look at some of the most common types of travel clothes to determine whether they're actually worth the money.
Commonly produced by outdoor outfitters, these pants, shirts, jackets and boots are meant to protect you from damp weather.
Worth It? If you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors in a changeable climate (think kayaking in New..


Top 10 Packing Disaster Stories

DATE : December 29, 2016

COMMENTS : 10,591 Comments

We asked you, our well-traveled readers, to divulge your worst packing disaster stories. And it turns out most of you have experienced a packing setback or two while traveling the world, from airplanes running over luggage strewn on the tarmac to suitcases filled with invading iguanas.
While it's unfortunate that so many of you had problems with lost bags, suspicious TSA agents, forgotten essentials and broken luggage, we thoroughly enjoyed reading about your packing misadventures. So the next time airport security confiscates our bottle of shampoo, we'll think of your packing disaster stories and acknowledge: It could have been worse.
Check out the 10 most interesting, unusual and/or hilarious packing disaster stories we received.
“I was returning from Sacramento to Las Vegas, my former home town. We had just spent a successful four days duck hunting in the Buttes. I had shot my limit of eight ducks, and my friends decided to share eight of their ducks with me. Unprepare..


Travel Warnings and Advisories

DATE : December 29, 2016

COMMENTS : 11,100 Comments

These days, you're probably not planning a trip to Iraq or Afghanistan — the United States and other developed nations are currently advising citizens against all non-essential travel to these countries. But a government travel warning doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad idea to plan a trip to a particular part of the world. In fact, within the past few years the governments of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have also released advisories about the following countries: Thailand, Mexico, China, India and the United States.
All of these are popular tourist destinations (if not home!). But before you decide to avoid these countries altogether — or to move to Canada — it's worth taking a closer look at what a government's travel warnings mean, why they're released and how to evaluate them.
Governments issue travel advisories to let their citizens know about safety concerns that may affect travel to a particular country or region. In the United States, ..