Mary Spierling

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Paddling with gators in Florida's Myakka River State Park

Initially I was petrified at the thought of being in a body of water with alligators, but then I realized I didn’t sign up for this kayak trip to see birds. If you’ve spent much ...

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

For those who make the trek, these massive salt flats are a sight to behold.

The landlocked (and usually overlooked) country of Bolivia in South America is home to the largest salt flats in the world, visible by astronauts in space. The Salar de Uyuni is 25 times larger than ...

Rajasthan, India: land of the kings

India's calmer, yet vibrant northwest.

The largest state in India, Rajasthan, located in the northwest of the country, is known as “the land of the kings." Rajasthan is wrapped in vibrant colors, with impressive cities including the Pink City of ...

Slumming in Budapest's ruin pubs

Hip, one-of-a-kind nightlife in this Eastern European capital.

Hungary is unlike any other country in Europe, and the enchanting city of Budapest is a center of language, culture and history. Backpackers head to Budapest to party and to party on the cheap; most ...

Budget-friendly Sofia, Bulgaria

Word to the wise: get here before the tourists do.

Most travelers are unaware that Bulgaria is one of the best travel values in Europe and its capital, Sofia, is one of the cheapest cities to visit. The country has more green space than most ...

When in Lisbon

Couchsurf, spend less euros and soak it all in.

If you’re dying to go to Europe but discouraged by the value of the euro, consider Portugal, where you can actually spend less than $50 a day. Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, has stunning Moorish castles, ...

Bohol, Philippines: hidden paradise

Tropical island rich in history, cuisine and white sand beaches.

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path island adventure with pristine beaches, wildlife, historical sites and plenty of activities? Consider Bohol in the Philippines. This unassuming island is full of baroque colonial architecture in the form of its ...

Los Llanos: wild Colombia

Welcome to Colombia's cowboy country.

If you look at a map of Colombia in South America, you see a huge region in eastern Colombia comprising sprawling, seasonally flooded plains that have been ignored by tourists due to their location (former ...

Greek Islands on the cheap

Your budget guide to Santorini, Milos and more.

The Greek Islands are on any traveler's list who envisions a Santorini sunset or a gorgeous Milos beach. Although prices have increased dramatically since Greece joined the European Union, there's still something magical about islands ...