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October, 2016

  • 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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  • 24 September

    How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

    Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

    I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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  • 22 September

    Mayonnaise is Not a Liquid! And Most Fear is Irrational

    Giant Burger with Mayonnaise

    It’s well known that restrictions are very tight with what you can take on an airplane. Obviously, pointed objects or other weapons are a big no-no. Since 9/11, airports have also cracked down on liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols. I’ve been stopped more than once to remove something from my bag, and more than once I’ve disagreed with their judgment (like the …

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  • 15 September

    Do You Dare to Explore an the Abandoned Spreepark?

    Abandoned Spreepark, Photo Credit Daniel Heitz

    Believe it or not, Berlin is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever explored. Between memorials and relics from World War II, one hell of a street art culture, and abandoned airports, Olympic villages and Spreepark amusement park, the city never ceased to amaze me. Someday I’ll have to write a full blog post about my week there, but …

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  • 13 September

    My Five Weeks in Sjuntorp Could Have Been Better

    Selfie on Hike in Sjuntorp

    My Workaway on a farm in Sweden, just outside the unheard-of village of Sjuntorp, was quite an interesting experience. Long hours, wonderful scenery and a very eccentric family. I’m not going to pull any punches on this one. While the experience overall wasn’t that bad, and certainly beautiful, there were a few things that rubbed the wrong way. As a travel blogger …

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  • 11 September

    The Search for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    I’m not a big coffee drinker. By that, I mean I don’t have to drink a cup every day when I wake up. However, I do like coffee, and I’m always on the lookout for that perfect cup. As a travel blogger, I tend to spend quite a bit of time in cafes. If I had the choice, I’d probably pick …

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  • 9 September

    Guinness, Game of Thrones and Giants Come Together in Ireland

    Shamrocker Adventures Giant's Rocker Tour

    Usually I advocate exploring a country with an open itinerary. Haggis Adventures and Shamrocker Tours have shown me that this isn’t always best. When you get to a country like Ireland, which has so much to see, it would take you weeks a guide or lots of planning. You’d probably miss a lot, not to mention all the insider data, if …

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  • 2 September

    How I Lost my Smile in August for All the Wrong Reasons

    Selfie without a Smile by Storr Waterfall

    At the end of July, I wrote a blog post in which you might have noticed I had had a little injury. Well, that little injury was a lot worse than I thought, and eventually led to me losing my smile. Another title for this post might be “Why You Shouldn’t Travel without Traveler’s Insurance.” In 2015, I only had one accident …

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August, 2016

  • 29 August

    Explore the Isle of Lewis and Harris to See Scotland’s Best

    Luskentyre on Lewis and Harris

    Back in May this year, I explored the Isle of Lewis and Harris on the Haggis Adventures Hebridean Hopper Tour. While the Isle of Skye remains my favorite place in the world, the Isle of Lewis and Harris isn’t far behind. It’s the biggest island in the British Isles outside the two main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and …

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  • 27 August

    How I Didn’t See the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

    I still feel a little baffled that I managed to visit Copenhagen without seeing their key attraction. In my defense, it might be one of the most overrated attractions in Europe, along with the astronomical clock in Prague. Having said that, here’s what I managed to cram into the four days that I spent there, en route to Sweden. I …

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  • 3 August

    Here’s What I Didn’t Do in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Central Square

    As I go through my travels, I’m constantly leaving activities in my wake which I didn’t get a chance to do. After all, that’s the Law of the Traveler. Amsterdam was no different, but the activity I didn’t do was by choice. For four days, I stayed at a friend’s house 45 minutes north of Amsterdam, catching up on my …

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July, 2016

  • 27 July

    10 Activities for a 2-Day Visit to Karlskrona, Sweden

    Karlskrona Harbor

    Karlskrona has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Spread across 33 main islands and countless smaller ones, it is my favorite part of Sweden. When you visit Karlskrona, as you must do, here are some tips. 1. Kayak Through the Karlskrona Waterways Karlskrona Kayak operates kayak tours in Karlskrona. There are portions of the waterways controlled by the …

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  • 24 July

    I Had the Best Meal of My Life at Skeppsgossen

    Selfie at Skeppsgossen

    Had you told me that I would find the best meal ever in Sweden, I’d never have believed you. Skeppsgossen Restaurant in Karlskrona has claimed that title. I had already taken the Guided Food Tour of Stockholm and learned that the culinary creations of Sweden include much more than meatballs. But I was not expecting to find Italian food as good as …

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