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I’m a huge fan of travelling on my own. While travelling with friends can have a few advantages, the more friends you’re travelling with the more opinions there are on how you should spend your time. All those opinions mean you’re probably going to end up spending some, if not a lot of your vacation doing something you don’t want to do. Gaffl is a site that offers the best of both worlds.

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Susan Orlean is the best-selling author of such books as The Orchid Thief and most recently The Library Book, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. She is also obsessed with luggage, is a firm believer in carry-on luggage, and prefers to travel without any plan. At all.

“It puts you in touch with how ignorant you are and how wrong you are,” she says. “I think it’s the only authentic way to travel.”

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Tony Wu has won numerous awards for his photographs, including Grand Prize in Japan’s largest underwater photography contest, the prize for Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in two categories of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. He devotes much of his time to capturing images of humpbacks, sperm whales, blue whales and other cetaceans, “as well as documenting fish spawning aggregations, which are essentially orgies involving thousands of sex-crazed fish.”

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When you have a baby, packing for a holiday feels a bit like moving out of a small apartment. Infants need a lot of stuff - nappies (so many nappies), nappy cream, wipes, formula and food. Some parents choose to do a Target or Woolies run when they arrive in the new city, but the last thing I want to do after a long day of travelling with a baby is transport that baby to another location.

My favourite solution: Carry on the essentials you’ll need for your flight (and some extra for comfort), and have the rest shipped straight to your destination.

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Back when we all stayed in hotels when we travelled, figuring out what to do with your luggage was easy. If you arrive in town long before you’re supposed to check in or your flight is long after check out time, any reasonable hotel offers luggage storage and will hold on to your bag for you for the price of a tip to the bellman. When you’re staying at an Airbnb or the like, things can get a bit more complicated.

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Calling Victor Jeffreys an “event coordinator” feels like calling a unicorn “horned transport.” His events for Lifehacker’s parent company Gizmodo Media have featured pole dancing lobsters, high-fashion look books, and an ice sculpture conceived and commissioned in 24 hours. We talked to Victor about why he always arrives a day early, his two must-haves (a jock strap and a Speedo), and the two times he thought he’d get arrested at the airport.

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Welcome to Night Vale is a community radio broadcast from a fictional American desert town where everything paranormal happens at once. Several times a year, this fiercely beloved horror-comedy podcast goes on tour, performing special live episodes around the U.S., Europe, and the world.

We talked to four members of the Night Vale crew—tour manager and presenter Meg Bashwiner, host Cecil Baldwin, co-creator Jeffrey Cranor, and composer/musician/production manager Jon Bernstein (aka Disparition)—about how to take a radio drama on the road.

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If you’re going to be trapped in a small box with a few hundred people for hours on end, the least you could do is try and make the ride as comfortable as possible for everybody. But it seems that there are still some of us that don’t quite understand the finer aspects of good air travel etiquette, so it’s time to change that.