Western Europe

Follow in my Footsteps: Spending a Week in Central Portugal

Press Tour in Central Portugal (2)

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

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

Selfie with Accommodations in Santa Cruz

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

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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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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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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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