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Julbo Mountaineering Sunglasses ~ WanderGear Wednesday

Ever notice that when something hits your radar, you start seeing it everywhere? That’s what happened with my Julbo mountaineering sunglasses. As soon as I had my own pair to test o...


Service Is Free to Offer But Incredibly Valuable: Lessons from an Airport Shuttle Driver

At the Hyatt Dulles, my shuttle driver was named Abdullai. He was extremely enthusiastic about welcoming his early-morning travelers on board for the ride to the terminal. “Ladies and gen...



Flavours on Two brunch + a giveaway!

Don’t let this modest-sized door fool you. Inside Flavours of Two, Towers Rotana, is an extensive array of international cuisine that truly impresses even the perpetual Dubai Friday...


A Free Offer to Help You Get Rich Slowly

Most people who read this blog aren’t poor. Some are relatively poor, in the sense that other people around them have more money—but that’s different from being really poor. Nevertheless,...


The Cropping Tool

I’m in Chiapas at ATMEX, a conference for adventure travel businesses. Nearly all my expenses were paid for. The morning of the waterfall excursion, I left my camera on the windows...


Spotted by Locals is looking for interns!

In the last year, we had some awesome interns from all over the world (Russia, Brazil, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Netherlands) who have brought in lots of creativity and fresh new ideas. And...


Even Here

There were nights I felt invincible. I would brave the city and mingle with friends I had yet to make. I would miss the buses. I would walk along empty, chilly streets. I would have nowh...


USA Today’s Best Budget Travel Blogger ~ Me?

Yes, I totally get the irony in the fact that I was nominated USA Today’s Best Budget Travel Blogger while traveling in Papua New Guinea, one of the most expensive countries on the ...


“Travel May Seem Impossible, But It’s Not”: On the Road with Susan Shain

"Since 2008, I’ve been working seasonal jobs, then exploring the world during the off season, using travel-hacking to get the most bang for my buck. "


Huacachina Oasis

The tiny Peruvian town of Huacachina is the ultimate desert oasis. The picturesque lagoon is ringed with perfect palms and backed by soaring, razor-edged dunes. Beyond playing desert fant...


Mall of the World diorama

We were at the Emirates Towers a few days ago to dine at The Noodle House (see the review here and enter the contest to win a 3-course dinner for two) and saw an interesting diorama of th...


Do You Have to Take a Terrible Job Just Because You Went to College?

I often enjoy the Ethicist column by Chuck Klosterman. A recent column posed an interesting question: “Do I have an ethical duty to find a better job even if I’m unhappy with the wo...


A Week-In-The-Life of the McIntyres: 5th Wheeling Across the US

The McIntyre’s are visiting all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico. Here's a week-in-the-life of living, working, studying, and traveling in their 5th wheel. The post A Week-In-The-Life of the...


Eating in Restaurants Alone

I eat at restaurants by myself all over the world. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me—in fact, I often enjoy it. A few tips: Bring something to do. I usually have my Tom Bihn laptop ba...


My daughter might want to become a nun

It’s been a while since I talked about my daughter here. Her name is Pristine and she’ll be turning 11 before the year ends. Where did all the time go? Yes, I ask that questio...


This week only: free #Sofia iPhone app!

Are you a Sofia local, or planning to go there some time soon? Sofia is our City of the week – the iPhone app is free from August 25th to August 31st (regular price: €3.59)! The Sof...


Johannesburg Shongololo Lounge (7 hour stay!)

I love airline lounges and regularly spend four or more hours at a time working from them. This series explores some of my favorites from around the world. On an average afternoon in Joha...


The Craft of Editing a Very Short Story

Lydia Davis, an author of “very short stories” for more than 40 years, described her editing process in feature for The Atlantic. The image above contains the original handwri...


Follow us on Google+

We love how Google+ looks & works, and hope more people will get into it. If you’re on Google+, follow us (plus.google.com/+spottedbylocals/) for company news and travel inspira...


What to pack? Maldives edition

I must admit, in my years of travel, I’ve never been so nervous about packing than when the time we were headed to the Maldives. Why? Because there is nothing in the island except f...


Giveaway: Women’s Amenity Kit from Etihad

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! I recently flew Etihad from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi—their longest route! Thankfully, I had a nice comfy seat suite courtesy of American Airl...


Lazy Breakfast at Madeleine Cafe & Boulangerie

We went to Madeleine Cafe & Boulangerie in The Dubai Mall one Saturday afternoon to try their All Day Lazy Breakfast offer which is a selection of their popular menu items. This resta...


15 cool city time-lapse videos

Time-lapse videos are a great way to show “normal” things happening in a very pronounced way. Perfect for city life! We selected our 15 favourite time-lapse videos – in ...