All posts by Tommy Burson

Raised in Detroit and displaced East — like the auto-industry — Tommy writes and jokes and prefers to quote 80s pop lyrics. His writing's appeared in not-so-pretentious hipster 'zines, guides to budget travel and lifestyle, his HP Pavilion G6 Laptop, and a host of other sites. When not writing, he's probably perfecting the karaoke rendition of Toto's "Africa."
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Beach read

Is there anything more exciting than deciding what books to take on vacation? What you’d read on a flight may not be what you’d want to read on the beach — and what you read on the beach may not be what you’d read when you’re camping. Plus, a good... Read More

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Frankfurt Müller-Walter

Frankfurt’s often more known for business over pleasure, but we don’t think it should be. What most travelers don’t realize is that this city houses a collection of internationally prestigious museums, an eclectic Hessian foodie culture, and an insanely trendy red-light district (how often do you hear that?). Here’s... Read More

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budapest - view from gellert hill
Flickr/Moyan Brenn

Is it possible to plan a budget-friendly European vacation — and one that doesn’t involve endless street food or scenes out of Hostel? Of course it is! We rounded up the cheapest spots across the pond for almost anything, from flights to five-star hotels to macchiatos. ... Read More

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Newborn monument

“Broke but sexy” is arguably the title pursued by any city attempting to recover from near-collapse. And Pristina — the tiny Kosovan capital brimming with gritty, post-communism blocks — seems just about ready to cross over from broke and war-torn to trendy and lively. ... Read More

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Is there anything worse than a crowded beach? In some of the most popular summer hot spots, seemingly hour-long waits for the toilet, bursting restaurants, and gelato lines that wrap around the block are all common sights. To combat these irritating predicaments, we’re taking you on a tour to... Read More

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Is there anything worse than gearing up for a week at the beach, only to find it so packed there’s not a free beach chair in sight and the wait for ice cream is an hour long? Among the sandy paradises throughout the Balkans, it’s seemingly normal. Croatia’s inundated... Read More

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“Hello, hello. Come. Have a cup of tea.” They’re friendly. “You know. Very famous rugs here.” They’re insidious. “Nobody comes here to buy a rug, but everybody leaves with one.” They’re gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse — or so you think. You’ll find these salespeople chirping in the grand bazaars across North... Read More


Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands, most of them paradises in their own way. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to hop to each of them in one trip, or perhaps even a lifetime. Here, we’ve decided to help you figure out which Adriatic island is perfect for you. ... Read More

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Tommy Burson

First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there... Read More

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view of glasgow in scotland (uk)
Tommy Burson

Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite... Read More

Bosnia Above
Tommy Burson

We know Croatia’s beautiful. Who finds sunny beaches or marble, Roman towns perched above the Adriatic Sea hideous? Not many. And that’s why the destination has become so loaded with toursits over the past year. For those who want to avoid the crowds, we have a suggestion that might surprise travelers:... Read More

belgrade communism
Flickr[St Stev]

On a recent trip to Southeast Europe, we discovered something fascinating: The former Yugoslavia, to Serbians, was the perfect example of communism. But chat with some locals and chances are they’ll mention that it was really “Titoism,” named after President Josip Broz Tito, that propelled the country to be the... Read More

100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollar bank note

If you think pennies and nickels are just about useless, consider the other end of the spectrum: bills so large you can buy an entire island with it. Here, we take a look at some of the largest banknotes from past and present. Some of them were created in... Read More

chinese dragon

In the U.S., December 31 is a big deal. At midnight, right when it’s turning January 1, a giant ball drops, we scream, spill some champagne, and make future promises we can’t keep. But for billions — yes, billions! — of people around the world, it’s March 21 or September 11 or February 20... Read More


Bruges might just be the prettiest city in Belgium, if not all of Europe. It has architecture that’s perfectly preserved from the 13th century, and the city boasts a collection of canals that could make Venice blush. Of course, beauty comes at a price. You’ll find chocolate shops advertising 20-euro boxes... Read More