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If your trip will include North America, be sure to browse through all the North America articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about North America, we've been there done that when it comes to North America, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about North America.

Travel Hotspots That Will Nurture Your Inner Nerd

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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The Yoda Fountain
The Yoda Fountain of Lucasfilm’s Headquarters near San Francisco (source: dougSawyer

Didn't "geek" used to be derogatory? When once to be called a "geek" was enough to cause one to have a lifelong inferiority complex, it now is considered a badge of honor. Consider Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg--both self-described lifelong geeks. Who's laughing now?

Salty Meets Fresh: Playa Langosta and Estuary, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Soccer on the Beach
A family plays soccer on Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta is a strip of beaches and rocky coast just south of the resort town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. The shore is lined with resorts and bed and breakfasts, but most are removed enough from the beach, behind dense foliage, that the beach retains an unmolested feel. Playa Langosta can get pretty crowded during the peak season, so arriving just before that, early December, will give you perfect weather and a little less crowded experience.

Awesome Yosemite Timelapse Video

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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Yosemite Timelapse Video
See the stars over Yosemite in this timelapse video

The National Park of Yosemite has been captivating visitors for years, it's mystique and beauty can't be properly portrayed by photos or videos. From the world famous half dome, to its amazing waterfalls, to the star filled skies, Yosemite is a must visit for any visitor to California. This is one of the best Yosemite videos I've ever seen, done in timelapse it gives you a pretty good overview of the park.

Bare your Neck to the Blade of a Communist Barber In Trinidad, Cuba

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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Straight Razor Shave In Cuba
An American tourist receives a straight razor shave.

There is no better place to test how deep the political tensions run between the US and Cuba than sitting in a barber chair in Cuba with your neck under a straight razor. Luckily, the universal right to get a shave and a haircut trumps political tension and I was able to get a shave with minimal blood loss in Trinidad, Cuba.

America’s Best New Year’s Destinations

Saturday, January 28, 2012
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Fireworks Gone Bad
A large firework exploding in the street

You may have already switched that calendar to 2012 but that doesn't mean your New Year's Eve planning is over. It's never too soon to start planning for next year to avoid that dreaded week. You know, the week before New Year's Eve when everyone starts asking the same question: "What are your New Year's Eve plans?!?" The answer is undoubtedly, "I have NO idea!" all the way up until December 31st. Unless your buddy is throwing an incredible house party, what in the world are you and your friends going to do? You bought the sequins and the best champagne, but you don't have a clue where you'll be at midnight. Chances are you'll head to a club last minute, pay a $75 entry fee, and fight your way through the crowds to reach the bar, where you will buy the strongest drink they offer. Make that two of the strongest drinks they offer, since you probably won't find the bar again for several hours.

My 5 Best Travel Experiences Of 2011

Lechon With Friends In Siargao, Philippines
Eating Lechon (roasted suckling pig) and sushi on a private beach with friends

As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be cool to talk about my top 5 travel experiences of the year. My year was split roughly 6 months in Australia, 3 months in Southern Asia, and 3 in the US. It's hard to pick just 5, but here are my favorite travel memories from 2011, in no particular order.

Rats on Cats on Dogs in San Francisco

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Rats On Cats On Dogs
2 rats sleeping on a cat sleeping on a dog

Somebody trained their pets to pose like this and now sits on a corner in San Francisco asking for money. Sorry for the poor quality photo, it was taken on my phone. If you can't tell, its a cat sleeping on top of a dog, and 2 rats sleeping on top of the cat.

The 5 Worst Border Crossings In The World

Friday, November 25, 2011
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Amigos En Nicaragua
The guys running our bus in Nicaragua

I hate travel days, packing up your bag, dealing with whatever means of transport is necessary to get to your next destination, and especially crossing borders. Borders are some of the most stressful places on earth, they're generally crowded, everybody is nervous, excited, tired, and just wants to get through and move on. It's not much better for the people working at them either, they have to deal with these people who are tired and stressed out, which in turn wears them down. Borders are also a place of great opportunity for locals; tourists are generally out of place, uncomfortable, unable to properly communicate, and easy to take advantage of. This translates to dollar signs for the clever, tricky, and/or dishonest locals looking to make a buck off the passing tourist, and even more stress and uncertainty for that tourist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Thanksgiving Turkey
A Turkey as traditionally prepared for Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 10 Best Places To See Monkeys

Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Angry Monkey
A Monkey grabbing my camera lens and trying to eat it

If you were to take a survey of human beings and ask what the funniest animal is, the overwhelming majority would answer "Monkeys". They're so similar to us, but still so different. There's something strangely familiar about the monkey, but still so animalistic. They have no rules and rely purely on their instincts, which means they're constantly getting into trouble and goofing around, which is what makes them so funny to us. Below are the top 10 places to visit if you want to see monkeys in the wild.

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