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December, 2019

  • 5 December

    Finding My Favorite Christmas Markets in Cologne, Germany

    Selfie with Sausage at Chirstmas Market in Cologne

    I’ve always heard that Germany had the best Christmas markets. Now that I’ve seen the Christmas markets in Cologne, I fully agree. Christmas markets started in the Holy Roman Empire, which was the German-speaking portion of Europe in the Middle Ages. The tradition has carried into the present and has spread across the world. For example, in 2000, 41 German …

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  • 2 December

    Reviewing the Only Harry Potter Bistro Bus Tour in Edinburgh

    Laura and I on the Red Bus Bistro Tour

    What do you get when you combine a Harry Potter Tour, a bus tour of Edinburgh and an Italian dinner? The Harry Potter Bistro Bus Tour, of course. Last year I went on the Red Bus Bistro Burger Tour with my dad. This year I wanted to do it again with Laura, but I found the tour had been replaced. …

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November, 2019

  • 30 November

    The Chocoversum in Hamburg is Better than Heaven

    Chocoversum Chocolate Museum in Hamburg

    I don’t know how anyone who loves chocolate as much as I do could visit Hamburg and not go to the Chocoversum unless they just didn’t know about it. I didn’t know about it myself until planning my trip there, Now that I’ve been, I can say it’s one of my favorite activities in all of my travels around the …

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  • 27 November

    Which Christmas Market in Luxembourg City is the Best

    Luxembourg City Christmas Market

    To get the holiday season started, my girlfriend and I decided to visit the Christmas market in Luxembourg City first. It was my first time in Luxembourg and I didn’t really know what to expect. I certainly didn’t think I’d find three Christmas markets in such s small city. Place d’Armes Christmas Market The Place d’Armes is the old parade …

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  • 14 November

    My Good and Bad Adventures Riding Flixbus in Europe

    Selfie with Flixbus in London

    When I first arrived in Europe back in 2015, I was quickly introduced to Megabus. It immediately became my favorite way to get around. A few months later, all the routes outside the UK were bought out by Flixbus. If you’re traveling on a budget, using Flixbus in Europe is your best choice. Cheapest Bus Tickets in Europe With my …

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October, 2019

  • 30 October

    Budget Travel Guide: 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. Updated October 2019 Transportation Flights to Cyprus Since Cyrpus is an Island, …

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  • 27 October

    A Worldpackers Review and 5 Reasons It’s Better Than Workaway

    Selfie with Berber Girl #1

    I’ve been volunteering since my second week of traveling, but I only recently found Worldpackers. I think it’s necessary that I write a Worldpackers review since, in my opinion, they’re so much better than Workaway, the earlier platform I had been using. Worldpackers was started in February 2014 by a team down in Brazil and has already grown to over …

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  • 19 October

    Adoring the Snow Leopards at the Highland Wildlife Park

    Tiger Eating Lunch at the Highland Wildlife Park

    The Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorm National Park of Scotland is the second attraction managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). It’s where they breed and house those animals needing a wilder setting than a zoo in Edinburgh. Driving to the Highland Wildlife Sanctuary The Highland Wildlife Park is located 130 miles north of Edinburgh, halfway up …

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  • 7 October

    Exploring The Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland

    Þórufoss Waterfall of the Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland

    There are over a dozen Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland! While the show is finished, you can still get a feel of what it might have been like north of the Wall, walking up to the Eyrie or even the countryside of Meereen. It’s actually amazing to see how diverse the landscape in Iceland can be, and how …

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September, 2019

  • 27 September

    Seeing the Penguins and Pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo for My Birthday

    Selfie with Penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo

    I love animals, so I can’t figure out why it took me so long to get to the zoo in Edinburgh. The Royal Zoological Society and Botanical Societies of Scotland are on the leading edge of conservation for the plants and animals of our planet, such as their work with the pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo. Visiting the Edinburgh Zoo …

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  • 22 September

    A Magical Day with Hiking, Gingerbread and Faeries in Grasmere

    Rydal Water in Grasmere

    This summer, I finally got a chance to visit the Lake District in England. While I spent time in several of the villages, Grasmere was by far my favorite, and not just because of their legendary gingerbread. Grasmere is just one of the dozens of picturesque English villages throughout the Lake District. Windermere is more popular and busier, particularly due …

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  • 18 September

    5 Ways to Stay Safe When You’re Traveling the World

    Selfie in Essaouira

    Knowing how to stay safe when you’re traveling is an important lesson I should have imparted a long time ago, as I get asked about it more than almost anything else. Bad conditions stem from two sources – people who mean to do you harm, and natural catastrophes. Here are a few ways to avoid the two. Check the Weather …

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  • 1 September

    Spending an Afternoon in Myanmar for My Thai Visa Run

    Selfie at Valentine Cafe in Tachileik, Myanmar

    There are several ways to make a visa run if you’re living in Chiang Mai. An afternoon in Myanmar is probably the cheapest and quickest. I found the culture in Myanmar fascinating, and I wish I had spent more than just a couple hours there. Getting to the Border from Chiang Mai As confusing as the public transportation in Thailand …

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August, 2019

  • 28 August

    Hostel Workaways in Scotland: Mostly Great Volunteer Jobs

    Selfie Cleaning at the Code Court Pod Hostel

    My Workaways in Scotland helping at different hostels have been some of my favorite volunteer jobs around the world. There have been a couple of rather interesting experiences, but overall it’s been a joy to volunteer in my favorite country. Why Do I Volunteer to Work in Hostels? Workaway isn’t always a fair exchange between hosts and volunteers. When you …

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  • 22 August

    Discovering the Outlander Filming Locations Near Edinburgh

    Rabbies Outlander Filming Locations Tour

    In the movie world, Scotland is most famous as the setting of Harry Potter, but recently the Outlander filming locations have become increasingly popular. I love Scotland, and I’m a big believer in magic. Thus, how could I not love a series about using the magic of the standing stones found throughout the country? However, I do have a confession …

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