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August, 2017

  • 12 August

    Journal Entry: A Wild Blablacar Ride from Chisinau to Odessa Via Transnistria

    Building in Transnistria

    Whether you go by bus or car from Moldova to Ukraine, you’ll pass through Transnistria, the little-known territory between the two countries. Getting a bus from Chisinau to Odessa isn’t hard, although the bus station is hard to find outside of town. Bus tickets are about €10, and the ride takes 5-6 hours. I considered this option, but instead choose …

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  • 9 August

    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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  • 6 August

    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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  • 3 August

    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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July, 2017

  • 31 July

    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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  • 27 July

    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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  • 16 July

    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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  • 13 July

    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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  • 10 July

    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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  • 7 July

    Follow in my Footsteps: Exploring Kyrenia, Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion Castle

    Selfie with The Way Away at Bellapais Abbey in Kyrenia

    When I landed in Cyprus, I had no idea I would get to explore an abandoned castle in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a separate territory to Cyprus on the island. In the evening of my second day on Cyprus, I got a message from Ashley Brown of The Way Away …

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  • 4 July

    Follow in my Footsteps: One Day Trip to Paphos, Cyprus – Europe’s 2017 Capital of Culture

    Paphos Tomb of the Kings #2

    While on Cyprus, I decided to take a one-day trip to the town of Paphos. I had read in Lonely Planet that it was rated as one of the top ten European destinations for 2017. Yet many of the locals also said it wasn’t worth visiting. Well, here’s my own judgment on the town, and whether I think you should …

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  • 1 July

    Budget Travel: Cyprus Isn’t Backpacker Friendly, But You Can Still Visit on a Budget

    Budget travel in Cyprus is nearly impossible. It’s not that the country is particularly expensive; it’s more than the Balkans but cheaper than the Nordic countries. No, Cyprus just makes it really difficult to enjoy the country if you’re not rich and looking for a luxury vacation. Transportation Getting to Cyprus, since it’s an island in the Mediterranean, is mainly …

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June, 2017

  • 28 June

    Journal Entry: My SNAFU With Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    I love Couchsuring. It’s my favorite way to travel, and I’ve never had a problem with it. Until now. Here’s how I nearly got stranded Couchsurfing in Cyprus, and how I was saved. It’s been some time since I used the Couchsurfing website to find a host. I was hosting myself for three months in Chiang Mai, and then staying …

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  • 25 June

    Travel Advice: 10 Benefits to Traveling Solo Around the World

    Selfie on the Airport Couch Traveling Solo

    For two and a half years, I’ve been traveling solo around the world. I’m not going to lie, it does get lonely. However, there are a handful of reasons why traveling solo is a great option. You have more time to yourself This is unquestionably the biggest benefit to traveling solo; having time to yourself is sometimes sorely needed. With …

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  • 22 June

    Journal Entry: Preparing My Backpack to Fly with Wizz Air

    Selfie with Wizz Air

    This week I’m flying from Cluj to Cyprus (country #42) with Wizz Air. It’s not my first time flying with them, but it will be my first time making a conscious effort to keep my backpack within the baggage restrictions. I’m notorious for getting away with taking too much luggage with me on flights. My bag by the end of …

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  • 19 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: Slow Boat Cruise on the Mekong

    Selfie at Slow Boat in Laos

    The idea of being stuck on a slow boat for three days didn’t appeal to me when I first heard about it. After months of people recommending the tour in Laos, I finally decided to give it a try while I was still in SE Asia. It turns out that the “three-day” tour was one day of travel just get …

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  • 16 June

    Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

    Friends on Tuk Tuk

    There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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  • 14 June

    Journal Entry: A Unexpected Weekend Road Trip to Brasov and Romanian Tiny Homes

    Selfie in Tiny Home on Road Trip to Brasov

    Had you asked me last Friday morning what I was going to do for the weekend, I would have never guessed I would be on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Brasov and beyond in Romania to see tiny homes and some gorgeous locations. On Friday afternoon, I was working on my itinerary for the rest of the year when Tudor, …

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  • 12 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: 5 Steps to Properly Feed Bananas to Elephants in Thailand

    Selfie at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary #2

    I finished my tour of Thailand with a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was by far the highlight of my adventures in the country. I can’t recommend it highly enough, so here are the steps so you can follow in my footsteps. Travel to Thailand Someone asked me recently if there were elephants in the USA. Yep…in the …

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  • 10 June

    Travel Itinerary 2017: My Remaining Countries in Europe

    Travel Itinerary 2017

    In 2016, I slowed down considerably from the 35 countries I visited in 2015. Now I’m at it again. After having my home base in Thailand for the first four months of the year where I taught English and had all sorts of adventures, I’ve returned to Europe with a big itinerary. My plan is to visit my remaining 15 countries …

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  • 8 June

    Budget Travel: Faeries and Falls on the Isle of Skye

    Neist Point

    Getting to the Isle of Skye on a budget can be quite a challenge. Not only is the UK expensive in it’s own right, the Isle of Skye is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. In fact, nearly 70% of the total revenue of the island is made off tourism. However, if you’re willing to rough it …

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  • 6 June

    Journal Entry: Surviving a Weekend Dog Sitting in Romania

    Selfie Dogsitting

    I love dogs. When I heard that my friend from Timisoara started her own dog sitting business, I had to ask if there was any chance I could help. I’d no idea what I was getting myself into. Dog sitting is a great way to fund your travels around the world, if you can find the work. Last year, I signed …

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May, 2017

  • 30 May

    Journal Entry: My Epic Four Days with Experience Bucharest

    Selfie at the Palace of the Parliament

    From May 12-16, I participated in the Experience Bucharest summit and press trip. Kicking off with an excellent conference, the four days were filled with amazing tours, heavenly meals and never-ending parties. I’m so glad I chose Romania as my next home base. In 2015, I visited Timisoara and Resita in Romania, and completely fell in love with the country. …

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  • 28 May

    5 Locations Which Prove Bucharest Has the Best Urban Ruins

    Bucharest Urban Ruins

    I love exploring urban ruins. In Berlin I snuck into Spreepark, I jumped the fence into an 800-year-old church in Prizren and I still have the Ghost Tower of Bangkok on my bucket list. When I heard about the Beautiful Decay Tour of Bucharest offered by Interesting Times Bureau, I jumped at the opportunity. Urban Ruins in Bucharest The history of …

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  • 25 May

    How to Take a Shower While Traveling the World, and other Nomad Tips

    Juliano Taking a Shower in the Waterfall

    You wouldn’t think I’d need to write a post about taking a shower around the world, but that strange white box in the bathroom has perplexed more American travelers than you can imagine. Turn the power on in the shower Yes, most of the world is energy-conscious, and they tend to electronic devices off when not in use. That white box …

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  • 23 May

    Journal Entry: Back On the Isle of Skye with My Dad

    Dad and I at the Fairy Glen (Isle of Skye with my Dad)

    To be fair, I’m not entirely sure who in my family decided to call me Skye. I’ve had my own story for most of my life, but there are conflicting opinions and it seems to have been a universal decision (as it usually is). However, I am fairly certain it was my dad who chose to spell it after the Isle of …

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  • 21 May

    Follow in My Footsteps: Bucharest is The World’s Newest Old Town

    Europe's Newest Old Town

    In a city filled with historic monuments and landmarks, it’s hard to imagine that Bucharest is the location of the world’s newest Old Town. You’d never guess that those stones were only laid down in 2011 as you stroll down the cobblestone-paved streets. What is now a hip, nightlife-infused hub of Eastern Europe was a derelict and dangerous district of …

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  • 17 May

    Follow in my Footsteps: Treading Carefully in Bucharest’s Bellu Cemetery

    Bellu Cemetery

    Graveyards are supposed to be creepy, right? Not in Romania. I’ve yet to to get to the Merry Cemetery in the north, but Bellu Cemetery in the southern part of Bucharest holds plenty of unique and captivating tombstones, crypts, crosses and other memorabilia to keep you occupied for hours. I booked my Bellu Cemetery Darkside Tour with Interesting Times Bureau, a …

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  • 5 May

    The New Chiang Mai Water Park at the Grand Canyon Quarry

    Chiang Mai Water Park

    It’s been 18 months since I visited the Chiang Mai Quarry, and a lot has changed. Most notable is the addition of the Chiang Mai Water Park, and the closing down of the high jump I went off of in 2015. How to Find the Chiang Mai Water Park The location of the quarry obviously hasn’t changed, but the awareness of …

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April, 2017

  • 30 April

    10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rent a Motorcycle in Thailand

    Motorcycle in Thailand

    Renting a motorcycle in Thailand is very easy, and a great way to see the country. Prices can vary from region to region, but is usually not much more than $10 a day, and can be as little as $3 a day. The thrill of riding through the countryside of Thailand is exhilarating, especially if you’ve never been on the …

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  • 26 April

    10 Activities to Do In and Around Chiang Rai, Thailand

    A mere 3 hours away from Chiang Mai is the small town of Chiang Rai. While there isn’t anything much special to see within the town (except perhaps the clock tower and night market), the surrounding countryside contains some pretty spectacular locations. How to Get to Chiang Rai There are dozens of companies selling day tours to Chiang Rai from …

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  • 21 April

    My First Thai New Year, aka Songkran Water Festival

    Selfie at Songkran

    Songkran is Thailand’s New Year. April 13th to be specific, yet the festivities last for several more days. And wouldn’t you know, Chiang Mai just happens to be the top city to celebrate it. While there were no fireworks this year due to the king’s recent passing, the New Year’s celebrations aren’t much different than other countries, except I didn’t …

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  • 17 April

    It Turns Out I’m a Millennial After All

    Selfie on Landsort ((Millennials)

    Aside from the fact that I was born in the generation of Millennials, it just might possibly be that my daily yoga and penchant for chai tea qualifies me for the label as well. Truth be told, I missed out on a lot of what my generation had to offer. Since I went to so many schools, it was hard …

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  • 13 April

    Don’t You Dare Think of Getting a Massage as a Luxury

    Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler Getting a Massage

    Many cultures and countries think of getting a massage as a luxury item, and most charge a fortune for one as if it was. Nothing could be further from the truth. In other countries, such as Thailand, China and Indonesia, tourists flock to get their “luxury” massage. You would never think of going to the doctor or dentist as a …

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  • 11 April

    Follow in My Footsteps: Explore the Temples Outside Chiang Mai Old Town

    Wat Srisuphan Ordination Temple Updated

    Sometimes I wonder if there’s an end to the temples in Chiang Mai. I’d say there were hundreds, but thousands is probably more correct. While there’s not much reason to visit every temple in Chiang Mai, as many of them are quite similar, there are a few unique ones that stand out. Here are some of my favorites, located outside …

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  • 3 April

    A Purrrfect Catmosphere Afternoon in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Catmosphere

    When I first saw the Catmosphere cat cafe in Chiang Mai, I knew I would have to visit someday. I love cats almost as much as I love dogs, and the chance to spend an afternoon with them was high on my list. The first cat cafe I saw was Cafe Neko in Vienna but I didn’t actually go in, partially …

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March, 2017

  • 10 March

    Come Join Me at My Winter Home Base in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    It’s been nearly two months since I set up a home base in Chiang Mai. Believe it or not, this is the first time in my life I have my own solo residence! But living here is more than just having my own condo. Here are some reasons why I chose Chiang Mai to settle. Reasons for a Home Base …

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February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Follow in my Lost Footsteps – Stumbling Upon Huay Kaew Waterfall

    Huay Kaew Waterfall Sign

    My most recent adventure in Chiang Mai was accidentally stumbling upon the Huay Kaew Waterfall in Doi Suthep National Park. The only problem was I had planned to do something completely different. My original plan was to hike the Monk’s Trail to Doi Suthep temple, as detailed in my friends’ website Tieland to Thailand. Unfortunately I didn’t make it out of my condo …

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  • 19 February

    How I Balance Thai and Western Food Each Week – Expat in Thailand

    Seflie at Beast Burger (Thai and Western Food)

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Thai food. However, I can eat just so much of it consecutively. Thus, each week I have to balance out my Thai and Western food consumption. Western Food Chiang Mai is one of the major digital nomad centers of the world, and thus there are a plethora of Western restaurants, cafes and markets available. In …

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  • 14 February

    Spelunking (Cave Exploration) and Hot Springs near Chiang Mai

    Selfie at Sankhampang Hot Springs near Chiang Mai

    A spontaneous trip to the hot springs near Chiang Mai was the perfect activity after a crazy week. Between a busy schedule working and writing, one financial fiasco after another (Paypal randomly shut down my account on Wednesday) and feeling under the weather, I needed a break. I didn’t realize there were hot springs near Chiang Mai; Pai had been …

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  • 8 February

    Towns of Unusual Construction Materials

    Middelburg Housing (Unusual Construction Materials)

    Every now and then, I stumble upon a town almost entirely made from the same, unusual construction materials. I’m not talking about just wood or concrete. Here are some of the most interesting towns in the world when it comes to what they’re made of. Middelburg, Netherlands Middelburg was the first city I traveled to which surprised me by it’s …

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  • 5 February

    Follow in My Footsteps: Exploring Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

    Selfie at Airplane Graveyard

    Many of you know I love to explore adventurous and unique locations. Thus, Bangkok’s airplane graveyard was a no-brainer. With Chiang Mai as my new home base, I’ve made several trips to or through Bangkok since the beginning of the year. On one of those trips, while I was only in town for a couple days, I was invited to …

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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    Two Years of Travel and a GPSMyCity Travel App Giveaway

    To celebrate my two year anniversary of traveling, I’ve teamed up with GPSMyCity to give away free travel apps to help you explore new cities. It’s been an incredible two years, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories you every step of the way. I currently call Chiang Mai my home, where I’ve rented my own condo for the next three …

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  • 30 January

    My Brother and I Found Nemo at Ocean World in Bangkok

    Selfie at Ocean World Bangkok

    When I first considered going to Ocean World in Bangkok, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as I did in this underground aquarium, nor did I realize that one of the world’s largest aquariums was under a street in Bangkok! I remember seeing Ocean World when I was in Bangkok …

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  • 26 January

    Cheapest Way to Get from Bangkok to Penang

    Selfie on Flight from Bangkok to Penang

    In January 2017, I had to get from Bangkok to Penang to renew my Visa for Thailand. As I was on a budget, I tried to take a train, but the tracks were flooded and my Visa was expiring in a couple days. Here’s how I managed to get a flight to Hat Yai in the south of Thailand for the …

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  • 22 January

    Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

    Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

    Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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  • 12 January

    How to Travel to Koh Chang on a Budget

    Hat Sai Noi Beach (Koh Chang on a Budget)

    If you’re looking for a beautiful island to visit in Thailand, but need something that won’t break the bank, I’d have to recommend Koh Chang. Here’s a guide for exploring Koh Chang on a budget. Think $150 for a week! Accommodations Book a hostel on the island using Agoda. Several hostels are around 300 baht a night. Keep track of …

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  • 10 January

    Beaches, Waterfalls, Snorkeling and New Year’s Celebration: A Guide to Ko Chang, The Best Island in Thailand

    Months ago when I was still in Edinburgh, a friend of mine said I needed to visit Ko Chang. Forgetting this advice, I started looking for places to take my brother when he joined me in Thailand for the holiday season, and picked the same island. When I mentioned this to locals in the country, one for one they said …

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  • 4 January

    Christmas in the Hippie Village of Pai and a Secret Waterfall, Pai Part 2

    Selfie at Pai Waterfall

    Although I’ve been on the road through three Christmases, this was the first time I spent it somewhere unique and special. Pai, Thailand. My brother arrived in Thailand on December 18th for his first overseas adventure. After a brief exploration of Bangkok, we made our way up to Chiang Mai, and then to Pai. I had heard about Pai last …

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  • 3 January

    A Day Exploring the Sai Ngam Hot Springs and Pai Canyon – Pai Part 1

    Selfie at Pai Hot Springs

    If you like beautiful scenery, few tourists, a hippie culture and off-the-beaten-path attractions, Pai is the place for you. Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and Pai Canyon are just some of the attractions available. My brother and I went up to Pai for Christmas 2016. Renting scooters from Mango Bikes in Chiang Mai, we were able to complete the 140 km …

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  • 2 January

    New Year in Koh Chang and my New Year’s Resolution

    Selfie on Ko Chang for New Year

    Happy New Year, Everyone! While I didn’t match the 35 countries I visited in 2015, last year was truly an adventure. Some highlights include learning how to train horses in Sweden, getting my passport for the UK, an amazing month exploring Scotland, adventures in Sweden, setting up and losing a home base in Edinburgh, my dad coming to Scotland, moving …

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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More than Grand!

    I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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  • 17 December

    Follow in my Footsteps: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is Too Damn Big, and the Burj Al Arab is Too Expensive

    Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Dubai

    Dubai literally blew my mind. For the first time, I can honestly say I had culture shock in a new location. Sure, I had some preconceived ideas what I would find in the city with the tallest building in the world. What I did find exceeded those expectations. I arrived in Dubai on Friday morning in a rented car for a …

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  • 15 December

    Some of the Observations I Made About the UAE

    Abu Dhabi from Beach

    I always thought Dubai was the capital city of the UAE, a small country to the north of Saudi Arabia known for its export of oil. Actually, the capital is Abu Dhabi where I spent most of my time while I was in the country. I was invited to Abu Dhabi by Louise, a fellow traveler I’ve met up with …

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  • 12 December

    How I Partook in the Arabian Culture at a Desert Safari

    For the past week I’ve been visiting the UAE, my 40th country. My first several days were spent in the capital of Abu Dhabi. This past weekend was a public holiday, and my friend Louise and I spent it on a trip to Dubai with tons of adventures, including a desert safari. Every culture and city has its tourist attractions. …

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  • 11 December

    My Visit to Stonehenge Was All About the Magic

    Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is a truly magical place. While I’ve checked it off my bucket list, it’s a place I’d like to visit again and again, and you should too! I heard about Stonehenge as a young kid and I always wanted to visit, yet I didn’t truly understand what it was. Then about 10 years ago, I read the book Tales of …

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  • 5 December

    A Bath in Bath: Enjoying the Thermae Spa

    Selfie at Thermae Spa in Bath

    Bath, England was one of the first locations I visited in my travels. Last week I returned to do the activities I missed in my last trip, namely a visit to the Thermae Spa. What a luxurious experience! Thermae Spa is a unique experience, up there with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (at the top of my bucket list). The waters …

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  • 3 December

    Checking Greenwich and the Cutty Sark Off the Bucket List

    Selfie at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich

    London was the first city I traveled to when I set out on my never-ending journey from the USA. Within six months, I had visited four times, and seen many of the landmarks. Unfortunately, London is one of the biggest cities I’ve been to in my travels. After those four visits, I’d hardly scratched the surface. This week I returned for …

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November, 2016

  • 26 November

    10 Activities for The Perfect Day Trip from Edinburgh

    Selfie with Hairy Coo (Day Trip Edinburgh)

    While there is a plethora of activities to do in Edinburgh, there are also some wonderful attractions in the rest of Scotland. The Isle of Skye is my favorite, and the most beautiful place in the world, but it takes half a day to get there. If you are limited on time, here are several activities you can do within …

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  • 20 November

    Best Places to Eat in Edinburgh on a Budget

    Fish and Chips at Skein Inn (Eat in Edinburgh)

    You might be struggling to find a good place to eat in Edinburgh if you’re traveling on a budget. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. While most places will charge £10-£15 for a meal, and some places on the Royal Mile are far more expensive than that, I’ve found several places where you can get a meal for £5 or less. Not …

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  • 15 November

    Seals, Barbecues and Coffee in a Lighthouse: A Saltstänk Adventure

    Saltstänk in Karlskrona, Sweden doesn’t offer the usual vacation package. When you think of a holiday, sleeping in a sleeping bag under the stars might not be your first choice. However, if you’re the adventurous type like me, you’ll jump for the opportunity. I certainly did! I was introduced to Karlskrona by Visit Sweden. The city is the only one …

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  • 12 November

    Tips for the Cheapest Car Rental in Scotland – Easirent

    Car Rental in Scotland

    Getting a car rental in Scotland, let alone anywhere else, can be a nightmare and cost a fortune. In Scotland (and the rest of the UK), Easirent is by far the cheapest option, but not always the best. Here are the pros and cons. Easirent is the cheapest company for a car rental in Scotland You probably didn’t know that most …

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  • 10 November

    Setting up my Dad on a Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Dad on a Farm

    I’ve just returned to Edinburgh after leaving my dad on a farm in a tiny settlement called Tyrie, on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire. I’m not going to say it wasn’t a tearful goodbye. After getting to see my dad for the first time in nearly a year, and the second time in two years, I’m leaving him behind again. …

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  • 7 November

    5 Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol When Traveling

    Drunks in the Meadows (Alcoloh Blog)

    I’m not against drinking alcohol. I like my glass of wine with a meal, and I’m never going to say no to a good sangria or even a shot of the local whiskey or rakia. However, there are some good reasons why you should lay off the booze while you are traveling. This might come as shock to many. It …

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  • 5 November

    Budget Travel: A Guide to Visit Kotor, Montenegro on a Budget

    Old Town and Fortress - Visit Kotor

    If you haven’t decided to visit Kotor in your trip to Europe, it’s time to change your travel plans. This quaint town should absolutely be part of your itinerary. It might seem redundant to write a budget travel guide to the Balkans, which are the cheapest part of Europe. However, many of the cities in Montenegro are tourist traps, and …

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October, 2016

  • 31 October

    9 Free Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh with Dugald Stewart Monument, Free Attractions in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world, but it’s certainly not considered cheap to visit. It’s the second most expensive city in the UK to live in (after London), and attractions seem to be priced accordingly. A ticket to the castle costs £16.50 and other attractions average around £10 each. However, there are plenty of free attractions in Edinburgh. Here are …

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  • 28 October

    My Failed Attempt at Setting up a Home Base in Edinburgh

    Evening in the Meadows

    When I arrived in Edinburgh on April 30th, 2015, I came to see the Beltane Fire Festival. Within 48 hours, the city became my favorite in the world. I determined to set up a home base here. 18 months later, I realized my mistake. My original stint in Edinburgh lasted five weeks. During that time I met with Brendon Vince of Nerd Travels. …

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  • 22 October

    An Update on My Dad in Edinburgh, and a Story About a Dinghy

    Dad with Fish and Chips for Dinghy Story

    It’s been exactly one month since my dad landed in the UK. Since then, he’s been setting up his home base in Scotland and enjoying Edinburgh. It’s been a little more difficult for him than he expected, but he’s still enjoying every moment of it. I’ve also included a story he wrote about sailing a dinghy the last time he …

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  • 19 October

    How to Find Good, Local Food in Istanbul

    Food in Istanbul

    My first day in Istanbul was spent trying to find a restaurant that wasn’t completely for tourists. It turned out to be a lot harder to find good food in Istanbul than I expected. Things became more complicated when I asked locals where they would eat out at. The main answers I got were McDonalds and Burger King, since they were …

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  • 17 October

    It Really is a Small World After All

    Coffee Buddies in a Thai Village

    I’m constantly amazed at what a small world this is. When I was a teacher in Los Angeles, it seemed like I could never go anywhere without running into one of my students. Now as I travel the world, I run into people I know in the most unusual places. The most common occurrences are simply finding travelers who are …

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  • 8 October

    What it’s Like to be a Part of Trusted House Sitters

    Dundee Trusted House Sitters View

    At the beginning of July, I signed up for Trusted House Sitters. I’ve already had two assignments, both of which were far better than I had hoped. That’s an understatement, since I went to them with high expectations. Trusted House Sitters is a website you can join in order to house sit for people who have animals they plan to leave …

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  • 6 October

    Exploring the Mountain Village of Tignes in the French Alps

    Tignes

    For a week, I had a wonderful opportunity to explore the enchanting village of Tignes with fellow blogger Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0. Tignes is located just 8 km away from the Italian border, at an elevation of 2100m. It’s a world-class ski resort which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing, and has hosted the European Winter X Games in …

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  • 5 October

    Why I Prefer Couchsurfing Over Hostels When I Travel

    Couchsurfing Event

    I’m a budget traveler. Therefore, I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel. Couchsurfing is definitely the cheapest lodging you can get, but it’s actually not the primary reason why I personally use the website. Each type of lodging doesn’t just cater to a different clientele. They also provide different experiences. In a hotel, you’re usually getting pampered to. Airbnb provides …

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  • 2 October

    A Tale of Illegally Feeding Pigeons in Edinburgh in 1968

    Edinburgh Royal Mile with Pigeons

    While I explore the Alpine village of Tignes, my dad is back in Edinburgh, exploring his old haunt. He’s been working on regaining his British dialect, setting up his accounts and benefits…and reminiscing about pigeons. Here’s the email I received from him this morning. I’m posting it here for your enjoyment exactly as it was written (but typos fixed). His …

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  • 1 October

    How I Quit My Life to Travel the World

    Bio Prologue

    I couldn’t stop smiling. Life was exciting, adventurous and fulfilling. That’s how I felt for most of my life. I had a job I loved, great friends and a strong purpose. What more could I want? I wanted to travel. Unfortunately my job kept me working more than 12 hours a day on average, seven days a week. There were …

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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    My Hitchhiking Adventure Through Rural France

    Tignes View after Hitchhiking

    This week I had a mini adventure in France. Another travel blogger invited me to stay at their incredible pad high in the French Alps. Even with my dad’s arrival in the UK, and my need to find a supplemental job, I could hardly say no. Unfortunately, on my tight budget I had to cut some corners, and one of those was …

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  • 25 September

    My Dad, at 77, Has Pack His Bags to Travel In My Footsteps!

    Dad and I

    It happened! My dad’s journey has begun! After following my blog for two years, my dad has packed his bags and permanently left the US to travel the world, with a home base with me in Edinburgh! There’s quite a story behind this, but here’s the summary. When I originally left my work in December 2014 and chose to have a …

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  • 24 September

    How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

    Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

    I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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  • 22 September

    Mayonnaise is Not a Liquid! And Most Fear is Irrational

    Giant Burger with Mayonnaise

    It’s well known that restrictions are very tight with what you can take on an airplane. Obviously, pointed objects or other weapons are a big no-no. Since 9/11, airports have also cracked down on liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols. I’ve been stopped more than once to remove something from my bag, and more than once I’ve disagreed with their judgment (like the …

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  • 15 September

    Do You Dare to Explore an the Abandoned Spreepark?

    Abandoned Spreepark, Photo Credit Daniel Heitz

    Believe it or not, Berlin is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever explored. Between memorials and relics from World War II, one hell of a street art culture, and abandoned airports, Olympic villages and Spreepark amusement park, the city never ceased to amaze me. Someday I’ll have to write a full blog post about my week there, but …

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  • 13 September

    My Five Weeks in Sjuntorp Could Have Been Better

    Selfie on Hike in Sjuntorp

    My Workaway on a farm in Sweden, just outside the unheard-of village of Sjuntorp, was quite an interesting experience. Long hours, wonderful scenery and a very eccentric family. I’m not going to pull any punches on this one. While the experience overall wasn’t that bad, and certainly beautiful, there were a few things that rubbed the wrong way. As a travel blogger …

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  • 11 September

    The Search for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    I’m not a big coffee drinker. By that, I mean I don’t have to drink a cup everyday when I wake up. However, I do like coffee, and I’m always on the lookout for that perfect cup. As a travel blogger, I tend to spend quite a bit of time in cafes. If I had the choice, I’d probably pick a …

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  • 9 September

    Guinness, Game of Thrones and Giants Come Together in Ireland

    Shamrocker Adventures Giant's Rocker Tour

    Usually I advocate exploring a country with an open itinerary. Haggis Adventures and Shamrocker Tours have shown me that this isn’t always best. When you get to a country like Ireland, which has so much to see, it would take you weeks a guide or lots of planning. You’d probably miss a lot, not to mention all the insider data, if …

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  • 2 September

    How I Lost my Smile in August for All the Wrong Reasons

    Selfie without a Smile by Storr Waterfall

    At the end of July, I wrote a blog post in which you might have noticed I had had a little injury. Well, that little injury was a lot worse than I thought, and eventually led to me losing my smile. Another title for this post might be “Why You Should Travel without Traveler’s Insurance.” In 2015, I only had one accident …

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August, 2016

  • 29 August

    Explore the Isle of Lewis and Harris to See Scotland’s Best

    Luskentyre on Lewis and Harris

    Back in May this year, I explored the Isle of Lewis and Harris on the Haggis Adventures Hebridean Hopper Tour. While the Isle of Skye remains my favorite place in the world, the Isle of Lewis and Harris isn’t far behind. It’s the biggest island in the British Isles outside the two main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and …

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  • 27 August

    How I Didn’t See the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

    I still feel a little baffled that I managed to visit Copenhagen without seeing their key attraction. In my defense, it might be one of the most overrated attractions in Europe, along with the astronomical clock in Prague. Having said that, here’s what I managed to cram into the four days that I spent there, en route to Sweden. I …

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  • 3 August

    Here’s What I Didn’t Do in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Central Square

    As I go through my travels, I’m constantly leaving activities in my wake which I didn’t get a chance to do. After all, that’s the Law of the Traveler. Amsterdam was no different, but the activity I didn’t do was by choice. For four days, I stayed at a friend’s house 45 minutes north of Amsterdam, catching up on my …

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July, 2016

  • 27 July

    10 Activities for a 2-Day Visit in Karlskrona, Sweden

    Karlskrona Harbor

    Karlskrona has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Spread across 33 main islands and countless smaller ones, it is my favorite part of Sweden. When you visit Karlskrona, as you must do, here are some tips. 1. Kayak Through the Karlskrona Waterways Karlskrona Kayak operates kayak tours in Karlskrona. There are portions of the waterways controlled by the …

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  • 24 July

    I Had the Best Meal of My Life at Skeppsgossen

    Selfie at Skeppsgossen

    Had you told me that I would find the best meal ever in Sweden, I’d never have believed you. Skeppsgossen Restaurant in Karlskrona has claimed that title. I had already taken the Guided Food Tour of Stockholm and learned that the culinary creations of Sweden include much more than meatballs. But I was not expecting to find Italian food as good as …

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  • 20 July

    Swedish Food is So Much More Than Meatballs!

    Better than Meatballs Winery Tour

    Recently I took part in The Nordic Experience with Guided Food Tours Stockholm. I learned that there is far more to the Swedish cuisine than just meatballs and fish. A LOT more! At 2 PM on July 13th, after arriving back from Landsort, I met up with a dozen other bloggers outside the Hötorgshallen food court. For the next six hours, we wined and …

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  • 14 July

    Sleep, Dine, Sightsee and Swim at Landsort, Sweden

    Landsort Lighthouse

    At the bottom of the Stockholm Archipelago is Landsort, a picturesque village on the 4 km-long Öja Island 65 km south of Stockholm. Complete with two harbors on each side of the island, a seven-story “hotel” tower and a lighthouse, it’s no wonder this is where many Swedes spend their summer (and winter) holidays. To get to Landsort, take the …

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  • 6 July

    Why June 2016 was my Favorite Month in my Travels

    Skye Travels in June Collage

    Two days after I arrived in Edinburgh in April, I found out I was a British citizen and posted on Facebook that it was the best day of my life. It was. The last week of May, I took the 5-Day Haggis Adventures’ Hebridean Hopper Tour. I considered that week the best of my life. But Scotland has just gotten better, and …

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  • 4 July

    What it Took to Get My British Citizenship and Passport

    Selfie with British Citizenship

    The story of getting my British citizenship and UK passport actually begins long before I began traveling the world. In a sense, it was the true catalyst which led me onto my path as a travel blogger and world traveler. In June 2012, I was offered an opportunity to become the CEO of the London branch of my company. At the time …

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  • 2 July

    How to Find the Gold Cave on the Isle of Skye

    Gold Cave on the Isle of Skye

    The gold cave on the Isle of Skye is one of the most secluded and unknown spots on the island. It isn’t on Google Earth, and most locals have never heard about. It might not be as spectacular as Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, but because it’s so hard to find, it’s also practically empty. In fact, I’m willing …

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June, 2016

  • 30 June

    There’s a Cat Cafe in Edinburgh!

    Maison de Moggy Cat Cafe

    Do you love cats as much as I do? Turns out, there a place in Edinburgh you can satiate your feline fondness. Maison de Moggy is the first cat cafe in Scotland, and definitely somewhere you should visit at least once. However, I’m betting you’ll fall in love and become a regular customer! The Maison de Moggy Cat Cafe is …

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  • 28 June

    How to Explore the Isle of Skye in Two Days

    The Storr on the Isle of Skye

    Simply put, the Isle of Skye is my favorite place on Earth. With scenery that’s literally out of this world, it’s a destination which I believe everyone must visit at least once. Overview of the Isle of Skye The Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It’s also the second largest island in the …

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  • 26 June

    What it’s Like to Run the Tough Mudder for the First Time

    I’ve just finished running the Tough Mudder 2016 in Scotland! Now when I get asked questions like “One Amazing Thing You’ve Done,” I’ll have an instant response! Please note: As a participant I wisely left my camera behind, so I don’t have a lot of photos. As soon as the pro’s that work at the course send them, I’ll update this …

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  • 24 June

    Jump on the Brand New Edinburgh City Tour

    Rabbie's Edinburgh City Tour

    On June 1st, 2016, Rabbie’s Tours launched their new Edinburgh City Tour. I was lucky enough to be on one of the very first rides, exploring Edinburgh through the sixteen-seat, glass-topped bus. After two months in Edinburgh, I was amazed that there were still enchanting locations in town I had yet to explore. This tour is important to take as …

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  • 22 June

    Camera Obscura in Edinburgh Brings Out the Kid in You

    Camera Obscura Interior Mirror

    I always passed off Camera Obscura as just another unnecessary tourist attraction at the top of the Royal Mile. Maybe that’s just because I didn’t understand what a camera obscura was. Boy was I wrong. I had no idea it would be so much fun! Camera obscura is Latin for dark room. It’s the final show, but what’s on the other …

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  • 10 June

    A Cruise is the Best Way to Explore Loch Ness

    Loch Ness Reflection

    There are almost too many things to do in Scotland. From islands to castles, sometimes it just comes down to personal taste. However, if you do manage to make your way all the way up to the fabled Loch Ness, there is one activity you absolutely must do. Since 1968, Cruise Loch Ness has been delivering boat tours of the …

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  • 1 June

    My Amazing Week on the Hebridean Hopper with Haggis Adventures

    Haggis Adventures Herbidean Hopper

    I’ve just completed what was unquestionably the most exhilarating week of my life. On Wednesday morning I left at 8:30 am with Haggis Adventures on the 5-day Hebridean Hopper Tour. We went to Lewis and Harris Island in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides and all over Scotland, led by the amazing tour guide Jamie. …

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May, 2016

  • 21 May

    How Cheap Traveling from Edinburgh Can Be

    Cheap traveling from Edinburgh

    Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s £4000 journey to Thailand had fallen through. I couldn’t have been happier, since she would have paid exactly 571% more than she needed to. In ten minutes, I showed her just how cheap traveling from Edinburgh can be. Her original plan was to join a tour group going out to Thailand for a month …

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  • 19 May

    Visiting the Majestic Kelpies in Scotland’s Helix Park

    The Kelpies at the Helix Park

    You may not realize it, but you’ve heard of the Kelpies, probably without realizing it. Or at least one of them. The Loch Ness monster is the world’s most famous Kelpie. But there are two others which are rapidly gaining recognition. More than once I drove west from Edinburgh to Stirling and saw the massive statues off the highway. These 30-meter …

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  • 11 May

    Are You Brave Enough for a Ghost Tour in Edinburgh?

    Mercat Ghost Tour

    Do you believe in ghosts? Actually, it doesn’t matter. Ghosts are real whether you believe in them or not. If you don’t think they exist, you can always go for the historical tour instead of a ghost tour. But I dare you to spend the night in the monthly overnight vigil in the crypts. Go ahead, prove me wrong! There are …

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  • 6 May

    What the 2016 Beltane Fire Festival Was Like

    Beltane Fire Festival 2016

    On Saturday, April 30th, around 10,000 visitors crowded atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the Beltane Fire Festival 2016. 300 performers entertained the audience for over three hours with aesthetic costumes, acro-yoga, drums, mythology, comedy and, of course, FIRE. The Beltane Fire Festival is an ancient tradition, with roots in Irish and Celtic lore, to welcome in the new summer season. …

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  • 1 May

    It’s Smart to Eat at Union of Genius in Edinburgh!

    Crowd at Union of Genius

    My favorite foodie places to write about are the local gems which you might not be able to find easily. Just a couple minutes away from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is a tiny hole in the wall serving the best soups in town. Union of Genius is a true gem, and definitely not unknown by the locals. Often the …

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April, 2016

  • 29 April

    Visiting a Hair Salon as a Male Traveler

    Selfie at Medusa Hair Salon

    Last year, I decided it was time for a change of look. All my life I’d wanted long hair, but had to keep it short due to work requirements. But now that I’m free to do as I wish (mostly), I thought it would be fun to sport a man bun. The first challenge was getting my hair long enough, which …

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  • 28 April

    Experience the Underground Preservation of Mary King’s Close

    Mary King's Close

    Today was like most others in Edinburgh. Sunny and snowing. In other words, beautiful and freezing. Maybe not the best day for a hike, not that it would stop me. If you are looking for something to do in Edinburgh that’s out of the cold and doesn’t take too long, Mary King’s Close is the perfect choice! Located directly opposite …

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  • 25 April

    Why the Pentlands is Edinburgh’s Best Hike

    Glencorse Reservoir in the Pentlands

    Recently I wrote about hiking Arthur’s Seat, which I though was great. But Holyrood has nothing on the Pentlands. I already consider Scotland as the most beautiful place in the world I’ve been to (still have Iceland and New Zealand on the bucket list), and some parts are simply exquisite. The northern edge of these rolling hills are located a …

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  • 22 April

    How to Find the Best Brazilian Crepes in Edinburgh

    Tupiniquim Brazilian Crepes

    Okay, so maybe these are the only Brazilian crepes in Edinburgh, but having said that, they’re probably the best crepes of any kind in Edinburgh. I always ask the locals where the best place to eat in town is. But every now and then there’s a local gem that even the locals don’t know about. This “street-food cart” called Tupiniquim …

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  • 21 April

    Why You Should Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

    Selfie on Hike up Arthur's Seat

    In the center of Edinburgh is the unmistakable landmark of a 300-million-year-old extinct volcano. If you can muster the courage and stamina (little that you truly need), you can hike up Arthur’s Seat for a stunning, panoramic view of Edinburgh. If you go on Tripadvisor, you’ll see ten negative reviews from dweebs who couldn’t find the chair at the top. Um, …

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  • 12 April

    Did you have a Terrifying Moment in 2015? I did!

    Terrifying Experience in Ezdimirtsi

    People who know me know that I’m not easily scared. But I can be. There was one moment in 2015 when my heart was racing from apprehension more than any other. Recently I wrote about my most embarrassing moment of 2015. Well, here is my most terrifying! In July 2015, I left Istanbul and traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria where I …

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  • 11 April

    5 Ways the Workaway Feedback System Could be Improved

    Workaway Feedback

    Workaway can be a great way to travel the world, and is usually worth it for the budget traveler. However, the way the Workaway Feedback works could be improved. At the beginning of 2016, Couchsurfing changed it’s references system for hosts and travelers on its website. Workaway could definitely benefit from its own upgrade. Here are the basic flaws: 1. Workaway feedback …

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  • 10 April

    My First Day Back in Edinburgh – At Last

    Selfie Back in Edinburgh on Arthur's Seat

    I’m back in Edinburgh. At last! It’s been almost exactly a year since I first landed here. So much has happened, maybe too much. In other words, I’ve been gone too long. Since I left last June, I’ve traveled through over twenty countries. I virtually circumnavigated the globe to get back, via SE Asia and the US. Recently, I’ve had …

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  • 5 April

    Why is America so Confusing

    America

    America is completely incomprehensible, and even by “Americans.” I’m not talking about politics or GMOs or terrorist attacks. I’m talking about America! What spurred me to write this blog post was a traveler in Bangkok who got upset when I called myself an American. Not because I was from the USA, but because it was politically incorrect to say American …

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  • 1 April

    10 Sculptures That are Meant to be Rubbed

    Andras Hadik Statue for Sculptures to be Fondled

    All around the world, there are sculptures and statues which have significance when you touch them. It could be anything from good luck, fertility or simply returning to the same city in the future. And you could be touching anything from a toe to the head, a breast or a ball. Umm, yeah. You didn’t think that was just a …

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March, 2016

  • 26 March

    My First 3 Weeks Back in Europe, Helping on a Farm in Sweden

    Working on a Farm in Sweden

    I’m back in Europe! Yeay! I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks. Certainly makes a difference to slow down and go to one place at a time for a little while. Currently, that place is a farm in Sweden, near a tiny village called Sjuntorp. Never heard of it? Neither has anyone else in Sweden. Let’s back up a …

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  • 22 March

    5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Ghent, Belgium

    Restaurants in Ghent

    Ghent is one of my favorite cities I’ve traveled to. During three days in 2015, I had a chance to see a good portion of the center of town, toured around by my amazing couchsurfing host Nele. I also took the free walking tour where Maria gave me some great suggestions where to eat. By the end of my visit …

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  • 12 March

    My Amazing Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Selfie on PCH

    Last week I left Seattle after an amazing five weeks, drove to Portland, and then continued out to the coast where I drove all the way down to southern California on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), and then back up to Oakland! Altogether, it was over 1500 miles of driving in one week. This is just one of those great stories about my travels, …

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February, 2016

  • 22 February

    Cheap Flights from the USA to Europe for Under $200

    Cheap Flights

    Last week, I purchased my ticket to return to Europe from the USA. I’m currently in Seattle, and I have a Workaway for the month of March in Sweden. I found a flight from Oakland to Stockholm for the whopping price of $203, including baggage! It’s safe to say I’ve gotten really good at finding cheap flights, especially since this …

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  • 18 February

    My Biggest Embarrassment of 2015 – The Untold Story

    Blue Chicken in Trafalgar Square

    There is a story from 2015 that I never mentioned in my blog because I was too embarrassed. But what good is a travel blog if it doesn’t include the juicy details. So here my biggest embarrassment of 2015. On June 8th, I arrived back in London after spending five weeks in Edinburgh. I had scheduled to explore London for …

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  • 11 February

    I’ve Worked Out the First Law of the Traveler

    Law of the Traveler Selfie

    In 2015, I traveled over 37,000 miles to 35 countries, had the best meals of my life and met thousands of new friends. It wasn’t long into my travels when I realized what the Law of the Traveler is. For years, I used to read the bucket lists of other travelers, hearing about the most adventurous and beautiful places around …

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  • 9 February

    Exploring the West Hylebos Wetlands in Federal Way

    West Hylebos Wetlands

    West Hylebos Wetlands is located in Federal Way, 20 miles south of Seattle, Washington. It’s not the biggest park in the area, but the 120 acres make large enough to enjoy for a couple hours. Currently it’s only two blocks away from where I’m staying, so I’ve visited more than once in the past couple weeks. The park, open from …

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  • 4 February

    Why Orcas Island the Most Beautiful Place in the USA

    Selfie at Mt Constitution Lookout

    For my first trip of my second year of travel, my host Kristin and I drove up to Whidbey Island to visit her brother Tyler and sister-in-law Jocelyn. The whole weekend was a blast, but the highlight was our day trip to Orcas Island. For many years when I was little, my mom and I made an annual trip to Orcas Island. …

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January, 2016

  • 31 January

    My Second Year of Travel Begins with Homemade Sushi

    Homemade Sushi Floral Display

    I’ve just started my second year of travel with one of the best dinners ever – homemade sushi! Lots of it. Made to perfection and by a true artist of a chef. For the past week I’ve been staying with a fellow traveler, Kristin, in Federal Way, Washington just south of Seattle. On Friday, we drove up to Oak Harbor on …

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  • 29 January

    Day 365: What A Year of Travel Looks Like – By the Numbers

    Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

    Today is my one year anniversary for traveling internationally. When I look back at how far I’ve come in 365 days, it’s a little humbling. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers this year. 35 Countries Europe (28) Serbia Slovakia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Vatican City   Asia (5) Cambodia China Hong Kong Malaysia Thailand North America (2) Canada United …

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  • 27 January

    My Adventures in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Three King's Monument, Chiang Mai

    I initially didn’t bother writing a blog post about Chiang Mai, for why would I when it’s one of the top two digital nomad cities in the world (along with Medellín, Columbia), and every other blogger has already written about it? However, I now have time to fill in the gaps of my blog, and I’m realizing my story there …

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  • 22 January

    My Favorite Place I Traveled To in 2015

    Favorite Place in the World

    Whenever anyone asks, I say that my favorite place is Edinburgh. The truth is Edinburgh is my favorite city, but the world “place” is really general. I have a lot of favorite places. I’ll try to break it down here into specifics. Favorite City First, I should clarify why Edinburgh is my favorite city. It’s easy to simply say Edinburgh is …

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  • 19 January

    Albania is the Cheapest Country in My Travels

    In 2015, I visited 35 countries on three continents. I traveled on a budget and tried to stick to the cheaper ones. Southeast Asia was cheap, but the cheapest country was Albania! I’ve just finished getting my accounting in order for 2015. Wow. Among other things, in the three weeks I stayed in Albania I spent a whopping $210. Comparatively, the average price paid …

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  • 17 January

    How I Saved Hundreds on my Flight from Bangkok

    Impossible Plane Ticket

    In 2015, I managed to get an impossible plane ticket from Bangkok to Los Angeles for $450 dollars. The story behind it is quite impressive, as it went against all “known” data about booking flights. Earlier, I wrote a detailed post on how to save money on flights. This story is how I applied the data myself and won. Originally, my plan for …

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  • 14 January

    My Adventure with Zanzibara Campground via Workaway

    Zanzibara Campground

    I recently wrote a post on volunteering with Workaway and I realized I never finished the post on one of my favorite Workaway experiences in Riga, Latvia at the Zanzibara Campground. It was my first Workaway since Albania. Traveling through thirteen countries in two months didn’t give me a lot of time to spend in one place. I tried to work for the hostel …

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  • 13 January

    Hostel Reservations: To Book or Not to Book

    Hostel Reservations

    Hostel reservations are something I’ve gone back and forth on several times in my travels. At one point I didn’t want to support booking websites instead of hostels themselves by making hostel reservations in advance. Six hours walking around Prague in 42° weather finding that the first eighteen hostels were fully booked changed that. Toward the beginning of my travels, I was …

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  • 7 January

    Canadian Road Trip: Final Country of 2015 (#35)

    Canadian Road Trip

    Just before Christmas I counted up the number of countries I had been to this year, and what I thought was 35 turned out to be 34. A Canadian road trip was the perfect remedy. On December 29, I drove up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with my dad. Two days later we left with plenty of adventures under our …

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  • 4 January

    Inadvertent Haggling Works Every Time

    Inadvertent Haggling for Coconut Ice Cream

    While in Thailand, I developed a style of haggling I call “inadvertent haggling.” The benefit of this style is it has worked for me every time without fail. I call it the inadvertent haggle because I did it several times without intending to. I just couldn’t help it as a budget traveler. When you walk around with just a few pennies …

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  • 3 January

    Exploring Kuala Lumpur on a Budget

    Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

    Kuala Lumpur was one of the last countries I visited this year. I went for two weeks to help at a hostel, which I set up through Workaway.info. After my fast-paced travels through Europe throughout the summer, it’s been nice to slow down in SE Asia and take my time in cities. Somehow the two weeks in Kuala Lumpur still went …

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December, 2015

  • 21 December

    Toilets Around the World Aren’t All the Same

    Toilets Around the World, La Spezia

    I don’t think Americans realize how good they have it when they go to the bathroom in America. Toilets around the world are a far cry from standard. While most developed countries at least have toilet paper (sometimes), in other places you might have to improvise. This is not your usual blog post, but it might help to lessen your culture shock when …

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  • 15 December

    Is Workaway Worth It for a Budget Traveler?

    Kuala Lumpur Sunset from The Attic Bar and Travel Hub Hostel

    I was introduced to Workaway in my first couple weeks of international travel. In the past year, I’ve worked for nearly a dozen hosts. While the service can be amazing, at other times it’s the far opposite. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages to volunteering in your travels using Workaway. What is Workaway Workaway.info is a site where volunteers …

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  • 11 December

    What it Really Means to Be Homeless and Free

    Skye Class, aka Homeless Man, at Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

    Someone recently asked me what I thought about the homeless situation in America. Well, I don’t have a house anywhere, I don’t currently call any country home and I don’t have a home base for my travels. Does that make me a homeless man? One thing I do know is Earth is my home. “Home is where your rump rests.” …

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  • 8 December

    Batu Caves are Better Than they Look Online

    The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia are the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. They have a level of beauty and wonder on par with Pandora from the movie Avatar, and the macaque monkey population makes the experience truly memorable. Kuala Lumpur’s key attractions are centered in the downtown area. The Petronas Twin Towers are easily the most known. Chinatown …

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  • 6 December

    Why You Must Become an Authentic Thai Massage Therapist

    Authentic Thai Massage Therapy is not a luxury. It’s a part of life. Receiving a Thai massage at least once a week has therapeutic benefits beyond what you might imagine. Opening up the energy lines of the body is not just relaxing, but also increases a resistance to illnesses, allows you to sleep better, improves flexibility and a host of …

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  • 1 December

    Cliff Jumping at the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

    Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

    Jumping off the 10-15 meter high cliff into a water-filled quarry was one of the most adventurous activities I’ve engaged upon this year. It’s not for the faint of heart, but is something everyone should try at least once. Update: This point was written after my first visit in 2015. The information has been updated in 2017, and I’ve crossed …

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November, 2015

  • 30 November

    Conquering the Doi Suthep Jungle

    Sunset in Second Doi Suthep Hike

    I wasn’t going to let my story of getting lost in the Doi Suthep jungle end the way it did. What kind of adventurer would I be if I gave up like that? No, the only solution was to get back into that jungle and find where I went wrong. Success! My friend Gwen and I started out from Old Town Chiang …

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  • 28 November

    Why Hang Street Performers Are Best

    Hang Street Performer Istanbul

    The Hang, also known as a hang drum or handpan, is a new instrument in the street musician scene. Hang street performers have produced some of the most incredible shows I’ve seen, and I’m always on the lookout for more. My first introduction to the Hang was in Brussels, Belgium. I was invited to a couchsurfing event and had no idea …

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  • 23 November

    A Guide to Eating Ice Cream Internationally

    Barcelona Tourist Loving Ice Cream

    I might be considered obsessive when it comes to eating ice cream. As if there were such a thing. I’ve averaged eating ice cream at least once a day this year, and I was eating three gelatos a day in Italy. In my travels, I’ve learned that ice cream is not always ice cream. Certainly don’t confuse Italian gelato with it. Turkey might …

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  • 9 November

    Getting Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    This is a story about how I got lost in a jungle in Thailand. It might better be called “Why You Shouldn’t Get Lost in a Jungle in Thailand!” The story begins when another blogger (Celia of TravelMarinade.com), her friend and I decided to ride a motorcycle (just one) up to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and then hike up to …

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  • 8 November

    How to Visit Cambodia from Bangkok

    Kingdom of Cambodia Entrance

    Cambodia is an interesting country. It’s not as famous as Thailand as a destination for tourists, but it still attracts several million visitors a year. Most of the country is rural and raw. In contrast, the main cities are designed around foreigners. Oddly enough, the main currency of Cambodia is the American dollar. There were definitely some things I didn’t like about Cambodia, …

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  • 4 November

    An Adventure Exploring Angkor Wat on Halloween

    Sunrise Over Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and has been on my bucket list for years. It was a no-brainer I would picket it as my destination for Halloween 2015. My day in Angkor Wat began before 5 AM. A friend and I had rented a room in a guesthouse in Siem Reap, the town closest to …

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October, 2015

  • 29 October

    What Wat Pho Massage School is Like

    Just completed my first day at the Wat Pho Massage School. I’m hooked. Not only am I very excited to add Thai massage to my repertoire of skills for helping others, the massage I received afterwards was literally Skye-shattering! Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s oldest temples and regarded as the best of the royal-grade temples in Bangkok. There you will find a 46-foot reclining Buddha, …

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  • 23 October

    Did Helsinki Just Become My Favorite City?

    Sunset in Helsinki

    All year I’ve been saying that Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world. Then I arrived in Helsinki. What the hell? Sure it’s expensive, but so is Edinburgh. Don’t worry, I’m still planning to spend a few months in Edinburgh next year. But I might be spending a month or two in Finland too. I’ve always thought of Finland …

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  • 21 October

    You Can’t Rush Perfection at Siam Wisdom

    Siam Wisdom Dining

    Recently I had the honor of being selected by Siam Wisdom for a cooking class with their lead chef. Then I had a full dinner there. Now I have a new standard for Thai food. Siam Wisdom was originally established in 2014 in a rustic wooden house built over 90 years ago. Mr. Christian Johann Jadpradit Kostner, the Iron (head) Chef, …

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  • 13 October

    How I Spent an Afternoon in a Finnish Prison (Updated)

    Finnish Prison on Suomonlinna Prison

    This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. I’ll finally answer why I was in a Finnish prison for an afternoon in Helsinki. Just to be clear, I wasn’t the prisoner. Honestly, I don’t know if I should be writing this post. I might get in trouble. But if I get sent to prison for it, I’ll be happy …

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  • 12 October

    Stockholm is One Step from Perfect

    View from Gamla Stan Island

    Why are all the most beautiful cities in the world so expensive? If it weren’t for the uber-expensive cost of living, Stockholm would be one of my favorite city in my travels. I was lucky enough to be in Stockholm for my birthday in 2015. I couldn’t have imagined a better place. Except for the costs. I mean, €10 for 100 …

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  • 6 October

    How to Visit Tallinn for a Day

    View from St Olaf's Church Tower

    Wondering where Tallinn is? Capital of Estonia. Where’s that? Across the Baltic Sea from Finland. Still lost? THAT’S WHY YOU NEED TO TRAVEL! I was not expecting to only visit Tallinn for a day, especially after deciding to slow down in my travels. I arrived after midnight to meet up with a friend from Abu Dhabi who was already there. …

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  • 5 October

    Riga is Even Better Than I Expected

    Nativity of Christ Cathedral

    Riga is a city I’d love to spend a month in. I just might do that next year. Here’s why you should too. The Old Town is truly stunning, although it only occupies less than 1% of Riga. The rest of the city is fascinating. Physically, it’s beautiful. Located along a river just off the Baltic Sea, Riga sprawls with …

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September, 2015

  • 27 September

    Why Kaunas is for Travelers, Not Tourists

    Beautiful Stream

    I was told Kaunas could be visited in a day. Sure it can. But you’ll miss a lot if you do. Spending a full week in Kaunas was definitely a highlight in my travels this year. I had no idea there would be so much to do there or how many great friends I would make. The first day was actually spent …

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  • 22 September

    A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Warsaw for 2 Days

    Old Town Castle Square

    I went to visit Warsaw for 2 days so my trip from Krakow to Kaunas could be done in two stages. I didn’t think there would be much to see. When will I learn? Learning the history of Warsaw was almost more impacting on me than Auschwitz. On September 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, Warsaw had a population of …

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  • 18 September

    A Humbling Day in Auschwitz

    Fence with Warning

    I finally visited Auschwitz. What an experience. My grandfather was in the US Counterintelligence for World War II. Concentration camps are part of my family’s history. I’m not one to experience negative emotions. I very rarely get angry, upset or afraid. Four hours touring through Auschwitz Memorial Museum is enough to get to anyone, and certainly was humbling for me. …

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  • 13 September

    Who Knew Krakow Is So Beautiful?

    Krakow

    After traveling through fifteen countries in eight weeks, it was time to settle down and catch up on the blog. Originally I had planned to go to Germany after Prague, perhaps Dresden or Leipzig and then Berlin, but instead picked the cheaper and shorter journey to Krakow, Poland. I’m very glad I did. My arrival into Krakow was something beyond spectacular. I …

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  • 10 September

    A Budget Adventurer’s Guide to Prague

    St. Vitus Cathedral

    Prague, also known as Praha, Praga and Prag. For years I heard it was the most beautiful city in Europe. After seeing it for myself, I’m tempted to agree. Prague is the fifth most visited in Europe. For good reason. With the largest castle compound in the world and a plethora of other sights, it’s a wonder to behold. The unending amount …

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  • 4 September

    Beautiful Vienna is More than Music

    Monument to Maria Theresa

    I went to Vienna simply knowing it was home to some of the best classical musicians. I didn’t expect to find one of the most beautiful cities in my travels. What surprised me most is how large, diverse and truly beautiful Vienna is. Did you know Vienna has nearly 2 million people, the sixth highest population for a city in the …

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August, 2015

  • 29 August

    Why You Should Visit Bratislava, Slovakia

    Presidential Palace Fountain

    Bratislava is not a city that takes long to see. But there are so many more places in Slovakia I should have visited as well. I originally wanted to visit Bratislava back in May when I met some friends in Edinburgh who invited me to stay with them. However, while I was still in Romania I texted them and found …

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  • 27 August

    My Wild Three Days in Budapest

    Budapest

    Budapest is one of the most fascinating cities I’ve been to. Make that two cities. I’ll bet you didn’t know Buda and Pest were separate less than 150 years ago. I arrived in Budapest at 6 AM off a night train from Timisoara, Romania. It was the first night train I’ve taken in my travels (and one of the first …

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  • 25 August

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Timisoara, Romania

    Timisoara Center

    I didn’t know about Timisoara, Romania until the morning I was leaving Belgrade and deciding where to head next. I am so glad I found it. Transport Timisoara has an international airport, but the flights can be quite expensive. You can get to and from the city by bus or train, both of which are quite cheap. The local trains …

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  • 20 August

    Living Off the Grid

    Cows on Farm

    When I went to Romania, I had the chance to stay with the parents of a friend in the town of Resita. While there, I received a tour of the family homestead, a fully self-sustaining farm off the grid. The house has been in the family for generations. Comprised of more than half a dozen large bedrooms, a bathroom and …

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  • 18 August

    Epic Thunderstorm in Krakow

    Thunderstorm in Krakow

    Waking up at six in a school-converted-hostel, after sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a classroom. Navigating the public transport across Prague, lugging a 30 kg backpack to make an 8 AM train to Ostrava. Boarding a bus from Ostrava to Krakow, getting complimentary drinks and cookies for the ride. Passing through a breathtaking countryside, filled with forests, fields and …

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  • 17 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: An Adventure’s Guide to Belgrade

    Belgrade Fortress Statue at Dusk

    I start to realize how little I know of the world when I show up in Belgrade and find I know nearly nothing of this “White City” and how impressive it is. Belgrade very quickly became one of my favorite cities. While it was a little hot for me while I was there, that was about the only disadvantage. Otherwise I …

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  • 14 August

    My Adventure with Adventurous Kate

    Kate and I in Tirana

    Some people dream of meeting movie stars or politicians. I dream of meeting epic travelers. In July 2015, that dream came true for me once again in Tirana, Albania. I originally went to Albania for a week to work in a hostel, and then stayed an extra week when my replacement failed to show up. At the end of that …

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  • 12 August

    My Adventure in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Crazy Car Ride

    My adventure in Sofia just may have been my greatest adventure yet. The adventure actually began on the overnight bus from Istanbul. The first time the bus stopped for a bathroom break, several of the women stayed on to conceal several packets under their shirts and pants. I honestly don’t know what was in the packets and I wasn’t about …

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  • 10 August

    My Adventurous Week in Istanbul, Turkey

    Blue Mosque

    All my life I dreamed of going to Istanbul, and I finally made it. Some things were impressive, some things could have been a lot better and one thing couldn’t have been worse. Istanbul is the first country I’ve traveled to that I needed a visa for. I purchased one in advance, which only cost $20. It would have been …

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July, 2015

  • 30 July

    Skopje, Macedonia and Lake Matka

    Skopje was my last stop in the Balkans before Istanbul. My day there wasn’t nearly long enough, but still adventurous. Macedonia was also the last country I visited that was not covered by my international data plan. So when I arrived off the bus from Kosovo, I had no idea where I was going. I started off by walking around …

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  • 29 July

    Chicken Pudding in Istanbul

    Chicken Pudding

    I’ve tried some pretty interesting dishes in my travels. Chicken pudding is up there in uniqueness, and yumminess. Taking advice from a PM I received from Adventurous Kate, I searched out Kismet Muhallebecisi, northwest of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. In her post, Kate had recommended the chicken soup and chicken gibbets, followed by the chicken pudding. The chicken soup …

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  • 27 July

    How and Why to Visit Prizren, Kosovo

    Why would you want to go to Kosovo? The real question is why wouldn’t you? There are only two main cities in Kosovo: the capital of Prishtina and Prizren. I didn’t go to Prishtina myself, but my two days in Prizren were more than worth it. Here’s what I did, and my recommendations for your own travel there, which you …

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  • 18 July

    Experience Something Different in Tirana, Albania

    Tirana Skyline

    Once again, Albania was a country I hardly knew anything about before I visited. But the three weeks I was in Tirana were wonderful. The three weeks in Tirana were spent working in my first hostel, Hostel Propaganda, which you can read about here. But my time in the hostel was not all work, and much of the work was play. Many times I would …

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  • 16 July

    Why You Should Work in a Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    I’ve just finished working for my first hostel, and in Tirana, Albania of all places. One, I can’t wait to work in another, and two, everyone else needs to do so too. Yes, volunteering in a hostel will get you a free bed, and maybe even a few meals. But that’s actually the least motivating reason to work in a …

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  • 13 July

    Find True Roman Cuisine at Da Enzo 29

    Da Enzo 29 Outside

      Finding authentic Italian restaurants in Rome can be a challenge, but they do exist. Family owned Da Enzo 29 was one of the best restaurants I ate at while in Italy, and certainly the best meal I had in Rome, a town glutted with tourist attractions. Your first hint at an authentic Italian restaurant is there is nothing tourist …

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  • 1 July

    Who Ever Heard About Kotor, Montenegro

    Kotor from St John Fortress

    If you’ve never thought about going to Montenegro, I’m sorry to tell you…you are missing out! Once again my day trip to a city turned into three days, and I was sad to leave. I actually made a mistake going straight from Mostar, Bosnia to Kotor, Montenegro. I should have traveled via Dubrovnik and seen the filming locations for Game …

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June, 2015

  • 27 June

    Why You Should See Mostar, Bosnia

    Mostar Panorama

    After Croatia, I went to Mostar for a day. I literally had no idea what to expect about Bosnia and Herzegovina. My only knowledge of it was from the war twenty year ago. Once again, I differed to my hostel’s recommendation of what city to visit. I am so glad I did. While Sarajevo might have been nice too, Mostar was …

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  • 26 June

    An Educational Adventure in Split, Croatia

    I was only in Split for a few hours. But it was just long enough to have a rather interesting adventure which was a good, educational experience for traveling. I went to Split after the Plitvice Lakes on the recommendation of the Falling Lakes Hostel manager. The only problem was I had already booked work in Tirana, Albania for the …

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  • 24 June

    Why You Must Visit Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls

    No trip to Europe will be complete if you don’t visit Plitvice Lakes. Many travelers have never heard of them, yet they are one of the most beautiful places on Earth. My own journey to Croatia started just to get out of the UK and Schengen zone for visa reasons. I had no idea how much I would fall in love …

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  • 22 June

    Best Lodging for Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes from the Waterfall

    There are hostels, and then there are HOSTELS! Falling Lakes Hostel is in a category all of its own. And it’s the best lodging for one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you’re looking for Plitvice Lakes lodging, this is the place! Falling Lakes Hostel is run by Irena and her brother Boris. It’s located in the small …

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  • 22 June

    My Croatian Adventure Begins in Pula

    Roman Arena

    I had no idea what to expect when I came to Pula. I only picked Croatia because it had the cheapest plane flight from the UK and was out of the Schengen Zone. But this is now my new favorite country. My adventure started in Pula, where I arrived from London at 9 AM. But let’s back up. I found …

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  • 19 June

    A Week Back in London

    Selfie at Tower Bridge

    Part of having all the time in the world when you travel is picking a cheaper plane flight from a nearby city, even if you have to wait a few days for the flight. But when you go to one of the most expensive cities in the world, that might not be the best choice. My trip to London became a launching pad …

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  • 15 June

    Meet Jasmina and her Amazing Riva Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    In my trip to Pula, Croatia, I stayed at Riva Hostel right along the beach near the center of town. It was there I met Jasmina. Jasmina co-owns the hostel with her brother Skender. In three years, she has built up the hostel into quite the place to stay. Originally from Bosnia, she studied in the USA. When she graduated, …

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  • 13 June

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

    Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the capital of the most stubborn, stingy culture in the world, and beautiful beyond belief. My original plan had been to go to Edinburgh just for a day for the Beltane Fire Festival before heading up to the Isle of Skye to see my namesake. Then after Verona and Brighton I started to appreciate spending more than just …

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  • 9 June

    A Day in Birmingham

    Birmingham

    Birmingham was a way-stop for me after seeing family in England before going to Croatia. It’s the second biggest city in the UK and while I’m not keen on big cities, it was well worth the visit. There is no way you could ever explore Birmingham in a single day. I only had a few hours between my train and my …

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  • 6 June

    My Favorite Bus Tours in Scotland

    Hairy Coo Calf

    There are many bus tours in Scotland, most of which originate out of Edinburgh. Some of the key ones are Timberbush Tours, Haggis Adventures, Heart of Scotland Tours, and MacBackpackers. However, those tours cost money. A lot of it. And that’s not easy for me as a budget traveler. So while I can’t write this from experience of taking all those tours, there is one …

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  • 2 June

    How to Make Homemade Italian Tiramisu

    Skeppsgossen Tiramisu

    When I was in Verona my host taught me how to make homemade Italian tiramisu. I’d had tiramisu before but nowhere near as good as this. While it might be a family recipe, I feel obliged to post the recipe here. Serving Size 8 Preparation Time 30 minutes Ingredients 5 eggs 1/2 cup of sugar 250 grams (1/2 pound) mascarpone …

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  • 2 June

    5 Steps to Recover Lost Possessions

    Lost Passport

    Lost possessions while traveling is a big fear for travelers. Items are misplaced, lost, left behind or outright stolen, and this can ruin any length of travel. But how can you get them back? In my travels, I have lost my sunglasses, my bag, my camera, an old cap and a new cheap scarf. I tracked down my bag in two …

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May, 2015

  • 31 May

    Journal Entry: Visiting the Isle of Skye for the First Time

    Fairy Glen (Visiting the Isle of Skye)

    With the name Skye, there are certain things that must be done in life. Visiting my namesake of the Isle of Skye was at the top of the list for years. I’d always had high expectations of Scotland’s largest island. It’s not for nothing that National Geographic once voted it as the 4th best island in the world. About the Isle of Skye …

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  • 23 May

    5 Steps to Find Cheap Flights

    Cheap Flights Feature Photo

    Expensive flights can be the biggest deterrent from travel. But there are ways to beat the system and find the cheap flights. When I first traveled from America to Europe, my flight was $180 from Los Angeles to London. People always ask me how I find cheap flights like that one. Since then, I’ve found many more ridiculously cheap flights …

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  • 15 May

    My Short Excursion to Glasgow, Scotland

    Clyde arch, Glasgow, Scotland

    I initially went to Glasgow to set out on the West Highland Way up to Fort William. When that adventure fizzled I found the city itself was quite impressive. I was given many opinions of Glasgow before traveling there, and many more once I arrived. As the largest city in Scotland and third largest in UK, it had a lot …

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  • 5 May

    Edinburgh, Scotland (My New Home)

    Edinburgh at a Glance

    I’ve decided to move to Edinburgh. After a week here, I have no doubt this is the place for me. I’ve fallen in love with this city and Scotland in general, and I don’t want to leave. That doesn’t mean I’m going to always reside here permanently. I plan to get registered as a British Citizen and then have Edinburgh …

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April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Torino, Italy

    Friends in Torino

    Torino doesn’t have the ruins of Rome, the cathedrals of Florence or the canals of Venice. It does have culture…and the largest open-air market in Europe. Oh, and Torino is Turin for you Americans. If you’re going to take a trip to Italy, I wouldn’t consider putting Torino at the top of your list, especially with other destinations like Cinque Terre …

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  • 26 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Verona, Italy

    Piazza Bra at Night

    Verona is the City of Love. Besides being the site of the most famous love story of all time (Romeo and Juliet), beauty simply pervades the town. And fall in love with it I did. I didn’t think I would find much in Verona. After famous destinations in Italy like Rome, Florence and Venice, I figured there would be maybe …

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  • 23 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Venice, Italy

    A Perfect Day in Venice

    Venice, the city of canals. Probably one of the most famous cities in the world, and by far the most crowded with tourists. With “streets” less than a meter wide in some cases, it can take hours to travel around the island. I arrived in Venice on Thursday night from Florence. Made a great friend on the train and got …

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  • 15 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Florence, Italy

    Florence Sunset

    In Florence, or Firenze in Italian, it’s all about the art! From what I picked up, Florence really was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Medici family sponsored and commissioned Da Vinci and other famous artists to uplift their city, and boy did it work! The city itself is quite a work of art, to say nothing of the magnificent …

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  • 10 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Rome, Italy

    Rome from Palatine Hill

    All roads lead to Rome. It certainly looks that way when you look at a map of Italy! I spent 3 days in Rome, which was not nearly enough, and perhaps too much. Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world, and one of the top five most visited. While I had my own activities over the three …

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  • 8 April

    How to Pack for Travel

    Travel Gear

    Knowing how to pack for travel, whether for a few weeks or a whole lifetime, can be quite a challenge. I spent months myself trying to plan out what I would need, and I even wrote a post about it on a previous blog I had. However, now that I’ve been traveling for a few months and have a bit …

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  • 7 April

    Gelato and More in Pisa, Italy

    Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Pisa is known for the leaning tower and not much else. In truth, there isn’t much else special in Pisa. Which is why I only spent less than a day there. I arrived in the town a little after lunch on Friday, jumping off the train a station before the final terminal when I saw I was only a couple …

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  • 3 April

    Budget Tips for Transport

    Florence Train Station

    I had a great experience today with budget transport which I’m obliged to pass along. With my fickle travel nature, I decided this morning to leave Florence, skip Bologna and head straight to Venice. I walked to the train station to find how much a ticket was. Much to my consternation, I found they were all around €60. Way out of …

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