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January, 2018

  • 17 January

    My 2018 Itinerary: Time To See the Rest of Europe

    Selfie Boarding Easijet at Inverness

    I’m a little embarrassed to say I only made it to 10 countries in 2017, the same as in 2016, and only six were new. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get back up to 35 countries as I did in 2015. To get started, here are the first countries I have on my 2018 itinerary. For this list, …

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  • 14 January

    What it’s Like Behind the Scenes at the Edinburgh Christmas Market

    Selfie at the Edinburgh Christmas Market

    In 2016, I found one of my friends selling candied nuts at the Edinburgh Christmas Market. He looked to be having great fun, so I figured I’d apply to work at the 2017 market. What seemed to be an enjoyable opportunity quickly turned into a nightmare. If you’re considering working at the Edinburgh Christmas Market, or just want to know …

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  • 12 January

    A Guide to Spending Three Days in Luang Prabang, Laos

    Selfie at Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Luang Prabang was one of my last cities to explore in SE Asia in 2017. I spent three days there, as part of a week vacation from my home base in Chiang Mai, after taking the slow boat tour along the Mekong River. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than it would be a typical town in SE …

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  • 8 January

    Attending the Hogmanay New Year’s Celebration was a Dream Come True

    Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018 Midnight Moment (c) Chris Watt

    It’s been about ten years since I first watched Hogmanay on YouTube, and I’ve been dreaming about attending it in person ever since. For New Year’s Eve 2018, I stood beneath Edinburgh castle watching the best fireworks show ever, I realized my dream had come true as tears poured down my face. It wasn’t just about seeing the show in …

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December, 2017

  • 21 December

    Why Iceland Didn’t Become My Favorite Country in the World

    Selfie in Iceland

    Iceland is the most beautiful country in the world, but it’s not my favorite. That honor still goes to Scotland where the food, people, climate, dialect, nature and location come together to make a spectacular package. Iceland is drop-dead gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food is truly unique. So why didn’t it become my favorite? In 2017, I …

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  • 13 December

    Enjoying the Super Frizzante Christmas Menu at Zizzi

    Nancy at Zizzi

    Usually I tell people to avoid the Royal Mile when looking for a good restaurant to eat at in Edinburgh. Through the Book a Table website I found Zizzi, which technically is off the Mile, and had an absolutely delicious Italian dinner from their Super Frizzante Christmas Menu. Here’s how my night started with prosecco and ended in decadence. Beetroot Cured …

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  • 10 December

    Mind Blown on the Ice and Lava Caves Tour in Iceland

    Ice Cave Tunnel

    On my third day in Iceland, I took the Ice and Lava Caves tour with Reykjavik Sightseeing. I didn’t even know what a lava cave was, let alone that Iceland had the largest man-made ice cave in the world. Well, now I do, and I thought you would like to too. Langjökull – Into the Glacier Langjökull, the second-largest glacier …

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November, 2017

  • 27 November

    How the Loft Hostel Made it Possible for Me to Visit Iceland

    LOFT Hostel Reykjavik

    For months, I’d been receiving invitations to visit Iceland with the Trablin convention. The only problem was the price tag. Trablin wasn’t a fortune, but the rest of Iceland was. Hotels in Reykjavik averaged over $2500 a week! Luckily, I was able to find the LOFT Hostel, which made my visit possible. Visiting Iceland was always at the top of …

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  • 22 November

    Checking the Northern Lights in Iceland Off My Bucket List

    Northern Lights with Reykjavik Sightseeing #2

    The northern lights were on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. How could I not want to see such raw natural beauty? The only problem was where to see them, and when. Although they have been spotted in places like Edinburgh and Montana, I wanted to see the good displays, and those were usually reported in …

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  • 19 November

    Is Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth It?

    Blue Lagoon in Iceland

    The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the most beautiful spas in the world. Located in volcanic hot springs and surrounded by gorgeous scenery, they have been on many a traveler’s bucket list, including mine. Who wouldn’t want to visit? The waters of the Blue Lagoon first began to form in 1974 as a byproduct of the Svartsengí Geothermal …

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  • 7 November

    Visiting the Greatest Steamship in the World: The SS Great Britain

    SS Great Britain

    When I first saw the SS Great Britain in 2015, I wasn’t too keen to visit tourist attractions, preferring to simply revel in exploring a whole new country after having left the US. With free activities like Clifton Bridge, St. Nicholas Market and the cathedral in Bristol, I didn’t see any reason to pay for a ship in the harbor, …

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  • 2 November

    The Bristol – The Perfect Place to Stay in Bristol, England

    The Bristol Room

    There are surprisingly few places to stay in Bristol, even less than neighboring Bath, and some places are certainly better than others. I had a chance to spend a night at The Bristol with my dad. While I can’t compare it to every other hotel in Bristol, I can say it was surprisingly good. There was absolutely nothing in my …

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October, 2017

  • 30 October

    Who Knew the Roman Baths Were So Extensive?

    Roman Baths and Bath Abbey

    The first time I saw the Roman Baths in the town of Bath, England, I only viewed what I now know is the King Bath, a small pool where the thermal springs first emerge from the ground. It wasn’t until my third visit to Bath when I finally explored the rest of the complex, and boy is it extensive. Two …

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  • 25 October

    Checking Out the New Wellness Suite at the Thermae Bath Spa

    Cross Bath by candlelight

    I open the glass doors and pass into a steam-filled. Lavender fills my lungs as harp music plays in the background of the blue and yellow room. My body immediately started to relax as peace flowed through my mind. This is the Roman steam room, the first of five saunas in Thermae Bath Spa’s new Wellness Suite. I originally visited …

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  • 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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