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October, 2017

  • 14 October

    Why I Prefer to Travel with Craghoppers’ Clothing

    Selfie with Craghoppers at the Storr

    Finding the right travel garments can be a challenge. While I certainly haven’t tried all brands, Craghoppers is the best I’ve found so far. I received my first pair of trousers from Craghoppers as a birthday gift from my best friend nearly five years ago. Sasha had no idea I would be traveling the world with them, and neither did …

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September, 2017

  • 29 September

    A Traveler’s Guide for What to Do and See in Odessa, Ukraine

    Odessa City Center

    Ukraine was Country #44 for me. My first stop was in Odessa, called the Pearl of the Black Sea. I’d been given several expectations of cheap prices, beautiful girls and an International culture. All were true, and so much more. I had organized to get toured around the city, but a fiasco with my email prevented me from finalizing where …

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  • 14 September

    What it’s Like to Attend the Notting Hill Carnival

    Woman at Notting Hill Carnival

    Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Notting Hill Carnival before Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit invited me to attend. Not sure why I hadn’t since it’s only the second-largest street carnival in the world. History of the Notting Hill Carnival Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival has taken place in and around the Notting Hill district of London, just west …

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  • 12 September

    What It’s Like to Eat With the Mafia in Odessa, Ukraine

    Selfie at Mafia Restaurant in Odessa

    Wandering around the streets on my first night in the Ukraine, I had no idea where to eat, or even what genuine Ukrainian food would be. I’m quite happy that I stumbled upon Mafia, a fancy, family restaurant serving just about everything, although not exactly authentic Ukrainian fare. What drew me to the restaurant was seeing that Mafia had a …

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  • 4 September

    Food Review: Eating With the Native Chefs in London

    Native Restaurant in Neal's Yard

    I was invited to eat at Native with fellow food blogger Kacie of TheRareWelshBit.com. Despite a dozen visits to London, I’d seem to have missed Neal’s Yard every time. If you like hip spots, delicious healthy food and cozy, small restaurants, Native is the perfect option for central London. We stayed at the Travelodge in Covent Gardens, just a couple streets …

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  • 1 September

    Travel Advice: Surviving the Streets of Romania, and How to Improve Them

    Driving the Streets of Romania

    I learned how to drive on the streets of Los Angeles. In America, LA is considered one of the most dangerous cities to drive in, perhaps only second to New York. However, in my travels, I’ve found other places far more difficult than LA. Mexico City, London and Bangkok are up there. Then there was Bucharest, Romania. While I didn’t …

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August, 2017

  • 16 August

    Hotel Review: NEBO Hotel in Odessa, Ukraine

    Selfie at Nebo Hotel

    I only spent two days in Odessa, which wasn’t nearly enough time. Fortunately, both days were spent at the boutique NEBO Hotel. When I first arrived at the hotel, I was sure I had the wrong address. While the building initially looked like it could be a hotel, there was no sign outside for the NEBO Hotel, and no indication …

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  • 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

    Finding the Best Cafes 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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