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5 Reasons Wiki Travel Guides Are Better Than Guidebooks
5 Reasons Wiki Travel Guides Are Better Than Guidebooks

Guidebooks. Love them or hate them?Some travelers wouldn’t be caught dead with one, but there are others who enjoy the comfort and security those little paperbacks provide.The internet’s equivalent of these guides has been around for a while, but there’s a new player in the field: wiki travel guides.

Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen
Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen

Tomorrow, the world remembers the Tiananmen Square Massacre in spite of the fact that the Chinese government seems determined to forget.Photos: Ed-meisterThursday, June 4 is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.During the early summer of 1989, university students gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest and voice their demands for a more democratic government.

A Japanese baby shower lost in translation
A Japanese baby shower lost in translation

Feature And Above Photo: tankiI’ve been to three baby showers in my life. I can’t say I enjoyed any of them. The decorations. The games. The gushing over baby gifts. It all strikes me as overblown.So how did I end up hosting a baby shower in Japan? I met Yumie a few weeks after my arrival in Okinawa, and she became my first real friend here.

Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match
Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match

During the day, the landmark that best sums up life in Playas el Coco, Costa Rica, is probably the mammoth construction crane in the middle of a half-finished condo complex. Up on a razed hillside, it’s visible from almost everywhere in town. Locals tell me it hasn’t moved in over a year.At night though, the town’s emblem – at least for some expats – has got to be the mermaid outside of La Vida Loca bar.

How to drop $400,000 at Disneyland
How to drop $400,000 at Disneyland

Photo: ewen and donabelA trip to Disney isn’t cheap these days no matter how good your budgeting skills are.A one day admission ticket for visitors over 10 years of age will ring in at $75.00 USD and any meal at the ABC Commissary (one of 88 dining options at the Orlando Disney) will leave you $14.99 poorer than when you entered the Magic Kingdom.

First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico
First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico

Matador contributor Dominic DeGrazier visits a Mexican orphanage and finds nothing that he expected.Photo: Dominic DeGrazierRun-down. A cold atmosphere. Dirty. Desperate.Apart from being a bit preoccupied with the swine flu, these were my images of a Mexican orphanage before visiting the Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) in Baja California, Mexico.

A day in the life of an expat in Perth, Australia
A day in the life of an expat in Perth, Australia

Helen Billiald describes how she works and relaxes in Perth, Australia.Ever since the kookaburra came by, our alarm clock has been out of work. Something about the lemon tree, its branches inches from the bedroom window, makes it a kookaburra’s fantasy singing spot.At half five in the morning, one of these birds takes a deep breath and begins to bellow through the flyscreen window.

Learning experiences: Making soap in Paraguay
Learning experiences: Making soap in Paraguay

Megan Wood risks chemical burns and catastrophe in exchange for bonding time with a local in Paraguay.“All we’ll need is cow fat, cactus, passion fruit leaves and lye!” Blanca exclaims, reading the recipe I brought her and adjusting her husband Antonio’s reading glasses on her nose. I shiver and push my chair closer to the outdoor fire.

“Lifelogging” With Sony’s eye-tracking glasses
“Lifelogging” With Sony’s eye-tracking glasses

Sony’s new glasses prototype tracks and records the movement of the human eye.Actually, the device isn’t glasses, but rather an attachment that can be fixed on any pair of glasses. And the features? Both fascinating and frightening.Infrared LEDsPhotoreceiversCameraGPS/GeotaggingText recognitionThis thing doesn’t just record what you see – it records what you focus on, which is where it crosses the line from cool to a little freaky for me.

Back Up. And Running: How to Back Up Your Digital Goods on the Road
Back Up. And Running: How to Back Up Your Digital Goods on the Road

Ever wonder how the pros back up their photography? Professional travel and editorial photographer Terence Carter shares his backup plans with us.I’ve had a few comments and a number of emails from my fellow Mac-wielding travellers about backing up and not freaking out. It’s really quite simple and not techy to make sure that you don’t lose those valuable photos, emails and music.

Burakku: Black culture in Japan
Burakku: Black culture in Japan

Photos: authorAn expat moves to Japan and discovers a fascination with his own culture.Whenever I meet someone who has been to Japan for any amount of time a superficial bond is instantly formed. The script begins: Where were you living? How long were you there? Were you teaching English? What company were you with?

Back in 1848? A Closer Look at the US / Mexico Border
Back in 1848? A Closer Look at the US / Mexico Border

Editor’s Note: Upon leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, David Danelo, a former infantry officer who also served as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer in Iraq, was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Institute as a freelance correspondent. Writing from the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Vietnam, Danelo became increasingly interested in border issues affecting the United States and Mexico.