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November, 2016

  • 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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  • 5 November

    Budget Travel: A Guide to Visit Kotor, Montenegro on a Budget

    Old Town and Fortress - Visit Kotor

    If you haven’t decided to visit Kotor in your trip to Europe, it’s time to change your travel plans. This quaint town should absolutely be part of your itinerary. It might seem redundant to write a budget travel guide to the Balkans, which are the cheapest part of Europe. However, many of the cities in Montenegro are tourist traps, and …

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October, 2016

  • 31 October

    9 Free Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh with Dugald Stewart Monument, Free Attractions in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world, but it’s certainly not considered cheap to visit. It’s the second most expensive city in the UK to live in (after London), and attractions seem to be priced accordingly. A ticket to the castle costs £16.50 and other attractions average around £10 each. However, there are plenty of free attractions in Edinburgh. Here are …

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  • 28 October

    My Failed Attempt at Setting up a Home Base in Edinburgh

    Evening in the Meadows

    When I arrived in Edinburgh on April 30th, 2015, I came to see the Beltane Fire Festival. Within 48 hours, the city became my favorite in the world. I determined to set up a home base here. 18 months later, I realized my mistake. My original stint in Edinburgh lasted five weeks. During that time I met with Brendon Vince of Nerd Travels. …

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  • 22 October

    An Update on My Dad in Edinburgh, and a Story About a Dinghy

    Dad with Fish and Chips for Dinghy Story

    It’s been exactly one month since my dad landed in the UK. Since then, he’s been setting up his home base in Scotland and enjoying Edinburgh. It’s been a little more difficult for him than he expected, but he’s still enjoying every moment of it. I’ve also included a story he wrote about sailing a dinghy the last time he …

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  • 19 October

    How to Find Good, Local Food in Istanbul

    Food in Istanbul

    My first day in Istanbul was spent trying to find a restaurant that wasn’t completely for tourists. It turned out to be a lot harder to find good food in Istanbul than I expected. Things became more complicated when I asked locals where they would eat out at. The main answers I got were McDonalds and Burger King, since they were …

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  • 17 October

    It Really is a Small World After All

    Coffee Buddies in a Thai Village

    I’m constantly amazed at what a small world this is. When I was a teacher in Los Angeles, it seemed like I could never go anywhere without running into one of my students. Now as I travel the world, I run into people I know in the most unusual places. The most common occurrences are simply finding travelers who are …

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  • 8 October

    What it’s Like to be a Part of Trusted House Sitters

    Dundee Trusted House Sitters View

    At the beginning of July, I signed up for Trusted House Sitters. I’ve already had two assignments, both of which were far better than I had hoped. That’s an understatement, since I went to them with high expectations. Trusted House Sitters is a website you can join in order to house sit for people who have animals they plan to leave …

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  • 6 October

    Exploring the Mountain Village of Tignes in the French Alps

    Tignes

    For a week, I had a wonderful opportunity to explore the enchanting village of Tignes with fellow blogger Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0. Tignes is located just 8 km away from the Italian border, at an elevation of 2100m. It’s a world-class ski resort which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing, and has hosted the European Winter X Games in …

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  • 5 October

    Why I Prefer Couchsurfing Over Hostels When I Travel

    Couchsurfing Event

    I’m a budget traveler. Therefore, I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel. Couchsurfing is definitely the cheapest lodging you can get, but it’s actually not the primary reason why I personally use the website. Each type of lodging doesn’t just cater to a different clientele. They also provide different experiences. In a hotel, you’re usually getting pampered. Airbnb provides a …

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  • 2 October

    A Tale of Illegally Feeding Pigeons in Edinburgh in 1968

    Edinburgh Royal Mile with Pigeons

    While I explore the Alpine village of Tignes, my dad is back in Edinburgh, exploring his old haunt. He’s been working on regaining his British dialect, setting up his accounts and benefits…and reminiscing about pigeons. Here’s the email I received from him this morning. I’m posting it here for your enjoyment exactly as it was written (but typos fixed). His …

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  • 1 October

    How I Quit My Life to Travel the World

    Bio Prologue

    I couldn’t stop smiling. Life was exciting, adventurous and fulfilling. That’s how I felt for most of my life. I had a job I loved, great friends and a strong purpose. What more could I want? I wanted to travel. Unfortunately my job kept me working more than 12 hours a day on average, seven days a week. There were …

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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    My Hitchhiking Adventure Through Rural France

    Tignes View after Hitchhiking

    This week I had a mini adventure in France. Another travel blogger invited me to stay at their incredible pad high in the French Alps. Even with my dad’s arrival in the UK, and my need to find a supplemental job, I could hardly say no. Unfortunately, on my tight budget I had to cut some corners, and one of those was …

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  • 25 September

    My Dad, at 77, Has Pack His Bags to Travel In My Footsteps!

    Dad and I

    It happened! My dad’s journey has begun! After following my blog for two years, my dad has packed his bags and permanently left the US to travel the world, with a home base with me in Edinburgh! There’s quite a story behind this, but here’s the summary. When I originally left my work in December 2014 and chose to have a …

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