Travel Stories

Follow in my Footsteps: Spending a Week in Central Portugal

Press Tour in Central Portugal (2)

For my 45th country, I teamed up with Visit Portugal and Centro de Portugal to explore the best surf spots and historic towns in central Portugal. Guided by the energetic Jose of Madomis Tours and Joao of Naturexperience, I learned how to surf (again), saw the location of the highest-ever surfed wave (78 feet!), strolled through beautiful villages, slept in amazing …

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Travel Advice: Finding the Best Accommodations in Santa Cruz, Portugal

Selfie with Accommodations in Santa Cruz

In my recent visit to Portugal, I got to see two hotels which, in my humble opinion, were truly spectacular. If you’re looking for accommodations in Santa Cruz, I can’t recommend these enough. Just to clarify, this is the Santa Cruz an hour north of Lisbon where you’ll find some amazing surfing spots, not the Santa Cruz on Madeira Island …

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Travel Advice: Finding the Best Cafe in Chisinau, Moldova

Selfie at Tucano Coffee

Why would you go to Chisinau? That’s a question I was asked by several people, before and after I went. Well, the simple truth is Moldova was one of the last countries in Europe left for me to visit, and it was on the way to Ukraine from Romania. Also, it’s cheap. Like $0.10 for a bus ride cheap. The …

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Journal Entry: My Epic Fail with Hostels in Moldova

Selfie with Hostels in Moldova

I spent four nights between three hostels in Moldova. Had I gotten any sleep at all, I’d say it had been a nightmare. Well, I did get a little sleep, but it was pretty bad. I hadn’t expected to stay in hostels at all, but the person I was going to stay with had just moved back in with their …

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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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