There are several cool tricks listed in this new edition of the Smarter Travel post.
One of the best tips is something we still have on our list but have not been able to make it happen yet.. traveling to PR or USVI!
Don't Stress About Not Having a Passport
Longing for a long-distance getaway but don't have a passport? You can still jet off to a faraway island overseas. Consider Puerto Rico, officially an unincorporated territory of the United States; the U.S. Virgin Islands, mere minutes from Puerto Rico by plane; Northern Mariana Islands, a collection of Micronesian islands governed by the United States since the Battle of Saipan in 1944; Guam, which is home to a heavy U.S. military presence; and American Samoa, a collection of five volcanic islands and two atolls between Fiji and the Cook Islands.
Adapted from the story Five Exotic Places You Can Go Without a U.S. Passport by Dara Continenza. Follow Dara on Google+.
A poked around the Megabus and Greyhound sites to get some regular arrival information on their services from NYC to State College. (For Megabus I also looked at the buses coming from Pittsburgh and Philly). All information was accurate when I checked it, per regular schedules. Changes may occur, so consult Megabus or Greyhound websites for accurate information on date of travel. Download PDF (opens new window)
The culmination of over 3000 miles of driving with lot of adventures, kindness of strangers, wonderful meetings, new friendships, helping other people and cultural experiences along the way, finally ended at the Pacific coast. I reached Monterrey CA at 10 pm but the next day I went to China Beach in San Francisco to do a video shoot at twilight.
Highlights of the trip: