Archive for July, 2011

Decoding Air Travel By Nicholas Kralev

Per his website, Nicholas Kralev is a writer, educator and speaker on global travel, diplomacy and international affairs. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state — Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown almost 2 million miles and visited more than 80 countries.

That is certainly an impressive resume, but most importantly (to me at least) Mr. Kralev is a master of getting the best available price on flights without foregoing luxury.

I’ve recently made some changes around here and I certainly hope you like them. Some of the changes have been gradual and some just happened this morning. Regardless, here’s the quick tour:

Obviously, the whole format looks a bit different and is intended to load faster and create a much more pleasant reading experience.

Then there’s the new Facebook section where you can “like” Travel or Die. If you’ve enjoyed the articles here please scroll down and look on the right and “like” the website. This site runs on passion and when someone tells me they dig it, either in person or via the interwebs, I really appreciate it.

Also, there’s a spiffy new most popular posts plug-in that will show you, well, what people have been reading the most. I hope that helps new people find important stuff faster.

My good friend, webmaster and resistance flexibility trainer Luther Cowden was instrumental in making it all happen. Thank you, Luther!

There will be a few more new additions soon as well. I won’t ruin the surprise by talking about them now, but you can look forward to some more changes.

Thanks everyone, for reading and contributing thoughtful comments.

Happy Travels,


Madrid Gay Pride (Photo: Stuart Baur)
Madrid Gay Pride (Photo: Stuart Baur)

(As a straight guy from Los Angeles, the only Gay Pride Parade I’d ever seen was the elaborate one put on in West Hollywood every year.  I had no idea there were parades like this outside of the U.S.  However, my friend and fellow writer, Stuart Baur had the pleasure of attending an amazing event in Madrid, Spain and was generous enough to write a guest post about it.)

Here’s Stuart:

Whether you plan a trip to Madrid for “Orgullo Gay” or just happen to be visiting on the first weekend of July, you must take the opportunity to party with the city. Even though the event is inspired by New York’s Stonewall Riots and the decades of American pride events that have followed, the Spanish have amped it up into an epic outpouring of festive spirit.

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