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It is possible to make flying an enjoyable experience.

9 tips to make your flight more enjoyable

Flying can be at worst stressful and at best boring. But with these 10 tips, you might find yourself actually enjoying your next flight.
China's "Rainbow Mountains," shown in a stock photo.

6 months of traveling taught me to be wary of Instagram, and 2 photos of one of China’s most treasured sites will show you why

Most photos of China's "Rainbow Mountains" I saw on Instagram greatly exaggerated the colors I actually saw. It's a lesson I learned repeatedly.
Urban Fare store manager Leanne Ring displays a package of Kopi Luwak coffee on September 12, 2002 in Vancouver, Canada.

I tried a cup of the ‘most expensive coffee in the world’ — here’s why it’s a tourist trap you shouldn’t buy ...

Kopi Luwak is coffee made from beans digested by a civet. Balinese farmers have touted for generations that it is the best-tasting coffee. I tried it. It's nothing special.
Cruise ship tourism is at an all-time high — and so are the crowds.

I’ve visited more than 30 countries, and the best trick I’ve found to avoid crushing crowds is a free online tool

If you are taking a Caribbean or Mediterranean vacation, look up when and how many cruise ships will be in port before booking dates.
Save yourself some time, money, and aggravation.

I found out the hard way that one of the best strategies to save money on flights can end up costing you big time, if you’re not careful

Buying multi-city flights through "hacker fares" online can save money, but if you aren't careful, it could ultimately cost you more.
The author on a previous trip to Sweden.

I traveled the world for 6 months with only a carry-on suitcase, and there are 5 things I wouldn’t bother packing again

Though I brought just a carry-on suitcase and a backpack from my six-month trip around the world, I packed it with everything I thought I'd need for the trip. Now it's clear there were a few items I could've left behind.
Screwing things up while traveling is a given.

I’ve traveled to more than 30 countries, and here are the dumbest mistakes I made on the road that I’ll never make again

While traveling I've made tons of dumb mistakes that I'd like to avoid in the future. Everything from getting pickpocketed in the Mexico City metro to getting tricked by a fake taxi. Learn from my mistakes and save yourself some aggravation.
The author at the Great Wall of China.

I traveled the world for 6 months, and here’s the single best piece of advice I can give you for any trip you take

My best travel advice? Spending all this time traveling has hammered home one truth for me: forget about FOMO (fear of missing out). If there's an attraction, landmark, or museum that doesn't interest you, don't be afraid to skip it.
The author at the Great Wall of China.

I traveled the world for 6 months, and here’s the single best app I couldn’t live without

As Business Insider's international correspondent, I use a ton of different apps to make travel as efficient and seamless as possible. But there's only one I would be truly lost without, no matter which country I visit.
Flight attendants are consistently fighting jet lag.

The best ways to fight jet lag, according to flight attendants

Jet lag is one of the major drawbacks of traveling and no one knows this more than flight attendants. INSIDER spoke to several flight attendants to get the scoop on how to combat jet lag.