Author: Steve Smith

Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights, sounds, and flavors – I found it all here. However, the colors seem garishly bright and lights sometimes assault the eyes. A cacophony rings in the ears....

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

Tuscany and Umbria In all of Italy, Tuscany and Umbria are tops in my book. Friends who’ve visited all tell me they love it and although I normally don’t follow the herd, I have to admit I love it too. To me, Toscana and Umbro epitomize the Italy that travelers’ dream about – with all the intact medieval architecture and towering cyprus-lined lanes, plus wine and the flavors of delectable food. As with any trip time is limited, so are six days/seven nights going to be enough to cover these towns? Realistically, the answer is no – but road...

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Gear Review: Wazzala Microfiber Towel

The Pitch “Compact, extremely practical, super-absorbent and fast-drying. The Wazzala Microfiber Towels use the latest microfiber technology and are perfect for active people who enjoy sports, traveling, swimming and the outdoors.” – Wazzala My First Impression The Wazzala microfiber towel arrived at my doorstep in a small box from Amazon. A durably constructed, large (nearly 5 feet) but light towel (just 8 oz.), it fits easily into my carry-on backpack. My Traveler’s Impression Like me, I’m sure that on several occasions your luggage goes one way while your plane’s destination is another. For situations like this something similar to...

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Flyin’ Solo at Sandals

Sandals Grande Antigua I bet you’re like me, a traveler with a jones for the tropical getaway. So when I get the opportunity for a long weekend visit to Sandals and tell my friends about this good fortune, they ask – “what’s a single traveler got to do at a couple’s resort”? Good question. My reply – Conde Nast magazine didn’t award this resort a spot in its “50 Best of the Caribbean” for nothing, and Travel + Leisure certainly didn’t rate it among the “500 Best Hotels in the World” for its lack of activities. Resort Bucket List...

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Same Same, but Different in Bangkok

“Same Same — but Different” in Bangkok So goes the saying on two-thirds of the T-Shirts for sale… Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1 am After a long flight over the gerrymandered International Date Line my plane approached Bangkok at one in the morning (+1 day). Although I was prepared for the heat and humidity I’d read about, leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the terminal my expectations were not only met but exceeded. I quickly learned there are three seasons in Thailand – hot, hotter, and extra hot, and my visit in January coincided with the least hot season. Banglamphu Back...

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond this sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters… Lake Titticaca sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest and largest navigable lake in the world. Shared by Peru and Bolivia, I sail these rough waters from the Peruvian side, headed for Isla del Sol. Although my destination is an island under Bolivian jurisdiction, there’s no passport control to deal with here. Inka Steps My boat puts ashore at the base of a stone staircase...

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Constantinople, not Istanbul

Today Istanbul’s a vibrant and modern city built on top an ancient past. What’s the past beneath, you ask? Maybe you remember these lyrics from the early days of rock’n’roll: Take me back to Constantinople No, you can’t go back to Constantinople Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople Why did Constantinople get the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’ But these lyrics are all wrong – you can go back this ancient city.     Basilica Cistern One place is a well-preserved piece of Constantinople that’s been restored and opened to the public. Fifteen hundred years ago masterful Roman...

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. In his college years he enjoyed many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars, but that’s all changed. Since 2007 he’s contributed stories and photographs to the digital magazine In The Know Traveler, and in 2014 he assumed an associate editor role with the same. Published both in digital and print formats, his international assignments have included Jordan, Egypt, Mexico, Cambodia, Italy, Turkey, with domestic trips to the Pacific Northwest. His Facebook page (Steve’s Roadtrippin’ Travels) spotlights his latest work, Google Mashup Maps, and displays how space age cartography intersects with his digital...

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Welcome to ITKT

I am Devin Galaudet the Editor in Chief of ITKT. I am asked all the time how I did it? Was it worth? Changing my life around to make travel a priority. The short answer is yes. It was really a lifestyle choice. It hasn’t always been easy but I have never regretted it. If you are like me, you might want to explore what I did to get started.

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