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January, 2017

  • 3 January

    A Day Exploring the Sai Ngam Hot Springs and Pai Canyon – Pai Part 1

    Selfie at Pai Hot Springs

    If you like beautiful scenery, few tourists, a hippie culture and off-the-beaten-path attractions, Pai is the place for you. Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and Pai Canyon are just some of the attractions available. My brother and I went up to Pai for Christmas 2016. Renting scooters from Mango Bikes in Chiang Mai, we were able to complete the 140 km …

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  • 2 January

    New Year in Koh Chang and my New Year’s Resolution

    Selfie on Ko Chang for New Year

    Happy New Year, Everyone! While I didn’t match the 35 countries I visited in 2015, last year was truly an adventure. Some highlights include learning how to train horses in Sweden, getting my passport for the UK, an amazing month exploring Scotland, adventures in Sweden, setting up and losing a home base in Edinburgh, my dad coming to Scotland, moving …

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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More than Grand!

    I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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  • 17 December

    Follow in my Footsteps: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is Too Damn Big, and the Burj Al Arab is Too Expensive

    Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Dubai

    Dubai literally blew my mind. For the first time, I can honestly say I had culture shock in a new location. Sure, I had some preconceived ideas what I would find in the city with the tallest building in the world. What I did find exceeded those expectations. I arrived in Dubai on Friday morning in a rented car for a …

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  • 15 December

    Some of the Observations I Made About the UAE

    Abu Dhabi from Beach

    I always thought Dubai was the capital city of the UAE, a small country to the north of Saudi Arabia known for its export of oil. Actually, the capital is Abu Dhabi where I spent most of my time while I was in the country. I was invited to Abu Dhabi by Louise, a fellow traveler I’ve met up with …

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  • 12 December

    How I Partook in the Arabian Culture at a Desert Safari

    For the past week I’ve been visiting the UAE, my 40th country. My first several days were spent in the capital of Abu Dhabi. This past weekend was a public holiday, and my friend Louise and I spent it on a trip to Dubai with tons of adventures, including a desert safari. Every culture and city has its tourist attractions. …

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  • 11 December

    My Visit to Stonehenge Was All About the Magic

    Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is a truly magical place. While I’ve checked it off my bucket list, it’s a place I’d like to visit again and again, and you should too! I heard about Stonehenge as a young kid and I always wanted to visit, yet I didn’t truly understand what it was. Then about 10 years ago, I read the book Tales of …

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  • 5 December

    A Bath in Bath: Enjoying the Thermae Spa

    Selfie at Thermae Spa in Bath

    Bath, England was one of the first locations I visited in my travels. Last week I returned to do the activities I missed in my last trip, namely a visit to the Thermae Spa. What a luxurious experience! Thermae Spa is a unique experience, up there with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (at the top of my bucket list). The waters …

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  • 3 December

    Checking Greenwich and the Cutty Sark Off the Bucket List

    Selfie at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich

    London was the first city I traveled to when I set out on my never-ending journey from the USA. Within six months, I had visited four times and seen many of the landmarks. Unfortunately, London is one of the biggest cities I’ve been to in my travels. After those four visits, I’d hardly scratched the surface. This week I returned for …

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November, 2016

  • 26 November

    10 Activities for The Perfect Day Trip from Edinburgh

    Selfie with Hairy Coo (Day Trip Edinburgh)

    While there are a plethora of activities to do in Edinburgh, there are also some wonderful attractions in the rest of Scotland. The Isle of Skye is my favorite and the most beautiful place in the world, but it takes half a day to get there. If you are limited on time, there are several activities you can do within …

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  • 20 November

    Best Places to Eat in Edinburgh on a Budget

    Fish and Chips at Skein Inn (Eat in Edinburgh)

    You might be struggling to find a good place to eat in Edinburgh if you’re traveling on a budget. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. While most places will charge £10-£15 for a meal, and some places on the Royal Mile are far more expensive than that, I’ve found several places where you can get a meal for £5 or less. Not …

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  • 15 November

    Seals, Barbecues and Coffee in a Lighthouse: A Saltstänk Adventure

    Saltstänk in Karlskrona, Sweden doesn’t offer the usual vacation package. When you think of a holiday, sleeping in a sleeping bag under the stars might not be your first choice. However, if you’re the adventurous type like me, you’ll jump for the opportunity. I certainly did! I was introduced to Karlskrona by Visit Sweden. The city is the only one …

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  • 12 November

    Tips for the Cheapest Car Rental in Scotland – Easirent

    Car Rental in Scotland

    Getting a car rental in Scotland, let alone anywhere else, can be a nightmare and cost a fortune. In Scotland (and the rest of the UK), Easirent is by far the cheapest option, but not always the best. Here are the pros and cons. Easirent is the cheapest company for a car rental in Scotland You probably didn’t know that most …

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  • 10 November

    Setting up my Dad on a Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Dad on a Farm

    I’ve just returned to Edinburgh after leaving my dad on a farm in a tiny settlement called Tyrie, on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire. I’m not going to say it wasn’t a tearful goodbye. After getting to see my dad for the first time in nearly a year, and the second time in two years, I’m leaving him behind again. …

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  • 7 November

    5 Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol When Traveling

    Drunks in the Meadows (Alcoloh Blog)

    I’m not against drinking alcohol. I like my glass of wine with a meal, and I’m never going to say no to a good sangria or even a shot of the local whiskey or rakia. However, there are some good reasons why you should lay off the booze while you are traveling. This might come as shock to many. It …

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