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January, 2019

  • 15 January

    Finding the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Tangmo House, One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is my winter home base. I usually rent a condo here, but I’ve also stayed in over a dozen hostels all around town. Here’s my list of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. Criteria for the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai Location The location of the hostel is a primary factor, even though Chiang Mai is quite small. …

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  • 12 January

    Exploring Halong Bay: One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

    Selfie on Dau Go Island

    If you’re visiting Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you have to see Halong Bay. That’s just a given. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site after all. Before I flew into Vietnam, I had done a little research on what to see, but the top attractions didn’t stick in my memory. It …

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  • 9 January

    Pho and Egg Coffee on the Old Quarter Street Food Tour in Hanoi with Lan

    Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    Do you like Vietnamese food? Have you got a favorite dish? I was never a big fan, even after I arrived in Vietnam. Then I did the old quarter street food tour in Hanoi and now I’m hooked. I booked the Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food Walking Tour with Trazy. The tour guide Lan met my travel companion and me …

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December, 2018

  • 19 December

    Seeing Dundee’s Facelift at the V&A Dundee and Sleeperz Hotel

    I never actually wrote about my two weeks in 2016 when I was in Dundee and had my first housesit. At the time, my body was a bit worse for wear and I didn’t really have a chance to explore the city. I’m glad to have made it back this year for a couple days to see all the changes. …

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  • 16 December

    A Comprehensive Guide for Exploring the Isle of Skye in Two Days

    Selfie at the Fairy Glen

    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. Most locals on the Isle of Skye will tell you it’s impossible to appreciate the island in just a day or two. Then again, many of those same …

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  • 13 December

    Thailand Transportation: Riding the Bus from Krabi to Bangkok

    Krabi Beach with Boats

    Would you take the 13-hour bus ride from Krabi to Bangkok? I did, and it wasn’t that bad. Here’s my experience, and some things I learned along the way. Traveling Around Thailand It’s hard to conceive how large Thailand is, even for an American. It’s over 1500 miles to drive from the top to bottom, which is more than the …

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  • 10 December

    Edinburgh Excursions: A Backpacker’s Guide to Visiting St Andrews, Scotland

    St Andrews Cathedral

    St Andrews is a beautiful coastal village about an hour and a half north of Edinburgh. If you’ve had your fill of the big city and want to see what a smaller Scottish village looks like, or perhaps you just really like golf, St Andrews is the place for you. As part of the Kingdom of Fife, (which you can …

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  • 7 December

    A Backpacker’s Guide: How Not to Go Broke Traveling to Marrakech, Morocco

    Selfie Traveling to Marrakech

    Morocco is one of those countries that’s inherently cheap, but it’s also easy to go broke there. During the 12 days of my first visit to Morocco, I resisted countless scams, fell victim to a couple of them, and generally learned how to get by on a minimal budget. Here are my tips for traveling to Marrakech as a backpacker. Please note …

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November, 2018

  • 29 November

    Tom’s Kitchen: Experience Fine Dining in Chelsea, London

    Tom's Kitchen Fish and Chips

    There are tens of thousands of restaurants in London to choose from. That’s overwhelming. Some are certainly better than others. Here’s another recommendation from me in case you happen to be in the posh Chelsea part of town. This week, I had a few hours in London between a flight from Morocco and a bus to Scotland. Looking for somewhere …

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  • 26 November

    A Fantastic African Desert Safari at the Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

    4x4 Ride on the African Desert Safari #1

    Of all the excursions available from Marrakech in Morocco, I’d recommend the African desert safari above all others. You probably think of lions and giraffes when I mention an African desert safari. Those are popular…in the southern part of Africa. The Sahara is in the north. What can you do in a giant desert? For starters, have the best day …

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  • 19 November

    Marrakech Excursions: A Day Trip to the Coastal Town of Essaouira, Morocco

    Essaouira Boats

    When I booked a tour to Essaouira in Morocco, I’m ashamed to say that I actually knew nothing about it or if there was anything special. Well, let me tell you there certainly is lots to see there. Morocco is my 47th country, but actually my first country in Africa! After a long adventure flying into Rabat and getting a …

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  • 15 November

    How Easy and Hard Getting Into Morocco Was for Me

    Getting Into Morocco (On Camels)

    I figured I’d tell my story about getting into Morocco, my first country in Africa. Perhaps it’s not the best guide, but it gives an idea of what to expect, how cheap it can be, what to avoid and a few tips. Finding a Plane Ticket to Morocco If you have unlimited funds to throw around, you can probably buy …

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  • 12 November

    London Food Tour: Learning All About the British Cuisine

    Ella Delivering the London Food Tour

    A friend once asked me what my favorite cuisine was. Without hesitation, I answered “British.” “That’s not a real cuisine,” he said. I beg to differ. England certainly has its own dishes, and a London food tour is the perfect way to learn about them. I won’t bother listing out every dish in the British cuisine. They’re already listed on …

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  • 7 November

    Discovering the Musicals of London’s West End

    Wicked Stage at the Apollo Theater in London's West End

    What are the attractions you first think of when London is mentioned? Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are probably some of the first. The truth is that London is simply massive, and there are thousands of things to do, many of which are too often overlooked. The musicals in the West End were like that …

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  • 3 November

    My Failed Attempt to Hike the 96-Mile West Highland Way

    Skye Class on the West Highland Way

    Hiking the West Highland Way has been on my bucket list since I first learned about it in 2015. I had a failed attempt to hike the Way in 2016, and I’m sad to say I have another failure to add to the list this year. So what went wrong? First of all, let me just say that I should …

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