Trip Planning

If you’re interested in trip planning, our community has tens of thousands of Matadorians in hundreds of cities and – at last count, more than 80 – countries around the world. We’ve produced award-winning guides on everything from backcountry trails in the Sierra to obscure dive bars and food carts to super luxury hotels and rooftop bars.

We’ve also crowdsourced our community to find answers to some of the simplest but most important trip planning questions, such as the best time to visit and the over-hyped places / activites you should avoid.

We also have basic transportation guides, budget guides, and special notes on crossing borders.

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Trip Planning Articles

10 things first-time tourists always end up doing in Paris

by Joe Batruny
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13 of California’s most luxurious spas north of LA

by Katka Lapelosa
3

Why you shouldn’t skip Athens on your trip to Greece

by Candice Walsh

33 photos that will make you want to visit Thailand NOW

by Scott Sporleder
2

11 things you’ll miss as a first-time traveler to Honduras

by Joe Batruny
2

16 awesome water adventures you didn’t know were possible in Utah

by Matt Hershberger
20

10 reasons why, as a woman, I prefer to travel with a man

by Abby Bobich
2

East Bay melting pot: How to travel the world without leaving Oakland

by Alex Scola
7

5 ways to waste a perfectly good travel experience

by Eytan Levy
3

Congo River odyssey: 30 days + 1 dangerous brush with malaria

by Richard Stupart

These nightmarish airplane seats may become a frightening reality

by Katka Lapelosa
7

Gateways to adventure: 5 Utah towns on the edge of spectacular nature

by Carlo Alcos
7

8 reasons Portugal is the best place to learn how to surf

by Marco Delgado
10

4 reasons train travel is still the best

by Matt Hershberger
10

The 23 best drunk foods in America

by Matt Hershberger
4

California unplugged: 5 weekend itineraries to get your kids off their cell phones

by Matt Hershberger
12

30 signs you’re too old to stay in a hostel

by Matt Hershberger
2

A 7-day guide to Oakland nightlife

by Alex Scola
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