A wooden cart and motorbike ferry passengers on train tracks near San Cipriano, Colombia.

The Little Witches of San Cipriano

A popular day trip from Cali is to take a ride on the brujitas, literally “little witches,” of San Cipriano. Train tracks run through the two villages of Córdoba and San Cipriano, and since trains rarely pass, local entrepreneurs saw an opportunity; wooden carts set upon the tracks now zip along on an incredibly unique 30-minute journey.

Motorbikes are the most common form of transportation in Vietnam. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Taking a Xe Om in Vietnam

Xe om (motorbike taxis) are a popular and inexpensive means of transportation used throughout Vietnam. Before you hop on, read expert author Dana Filek-Gibson’s advice on fares, local customs, and staying safe.

Los Lanceros, the memorial sculpture of the Batalla del Pantano de Vargas. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visiting Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander

Located north of Bogotá, the mountainous departments of Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander are rich in history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. Learn about the area and how to plan your time to make the most of your visit.

Vietnamese visas. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Before Traveling to Vietnam

As always, being prepared is the key to enjoying your travels to a foreign country. When heading to Vietnam, the most important thing is to ensure your travel documents are in order; officials take regulations on visas and passports extremely seriously. Otherwise, here are some tips on what to pack to make your stay smooth, advice on getting to and around the country, and vaccination information.

A classic Chevrolet taxi parked in the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba.

Catching a Cab in Cuba

Catching a cab in Cuba is fairly straightforward while at the same time a little confusing for the unprepared–there are a lot more options than flagging down a familiar yellow car! Here are all your options, from traditional cab to hiring a vintage car to bici-taxis to horse-drawn coaches, along with fares and tips for getting around.

Aerial view of Lana‘i's coastline, past an airplane's landing gear.

Getting To and Around Lana‘i

Getting to Lana‘i requires a jump from neighboring Honolulu or Maui. Here’s how by air and sea, along with how to get around the island during your visit.

Red TransMilenio buses in Bogotá, Colombia.

Getting Around Colombia by Airplane, Bus, and Car

Expert author Andrew Dier offers in-depth advice on getting around Colombia by airplane, bus, and car–even by motorcycle and bicycle, if you’re considering it–including carriers and prices, when and how to purchase tickets, peak times to watch out for, how to stay safe while traveling, and recommendations based on your destination.

A plane lands at Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellín.

Trip Ideas for Colombia

Colombia has plenty of far-flung locations that make for a perfect tour of the country or side trips to your main travels, but it takes time to get there. If your timeframe doesn’t allow for a long overland trip, consider flying to these great destinations from Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali.