Travel Guides

What it’s Like to Attend the Notting Hill Carnival

Woman at Notting Hill Carnival

Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Notting Hill Carnival before Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit invited me to attend. Not sure why I hadn’t since it’s only the second-largest street carnival in the world. History of the Notting Hill Carnival Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival has taken place in and around the Notting Hill district of London, just west …

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Follow in My Footsteps: The Santa Cruz That Isn’t on Google Maps

Santa Cruz Beaches

Most people think of California or Tenerife when they think of Santa Cruz. If you Google the Santa Cruz in Portugal, you’ll get the town on Madeira Island. Yet there’s another one. Just an hour north of Lisbon is Santa Cruz, an idyllic stretch of sandy beaches, oceanside cafes and boutique hotels. Santa Cruz is also home to the annual …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Visit the European Surfing Capital of Peniche

Selfie in Peniche

Day two of my tour through central Portugal brought me to Peniche. If you’re a surfer or enjoy other water sports, this small town is your best choice in Europe. The city of Peniche is built on a small peninsula about an hour and a half north of Lisbon. With barely 15,000 people, it doesn’t even make the top 50 …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Fish, Funiculars and 100-Foot Waves in Nazaré

Selfie in Sitio, Nazare

My week in Portugal was primarily about best surfing locations. It’s been years since I was on a board, and I wasn’t quite ready to surf the waves in Nazaré, which can get over 100-feet high in the winter! Everything else I found the town was simply wonderful. Nazaré was the first stop on my tour of central Portugal. Taking a …

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Journal Entry: My Unexpected Way-stop Spending a Day in Cluj, Romania

Selfie with Madaline

I spent a day in Cluj almost by accident. I’d been in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, for nearly six weeks, and I intended to explore the rest of the country. What brought me to Cluj was a travel hack mentioned in my guide to finding cheap flights. I wanted to fly to Cyprus from Romania, but flying from Bucharest …

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