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July, 2019

  • 28 July

    Discovering the Beauty of Haarlem with Hello I’m Local Hostel

    Hello I'm Local Hostel on the Radio

    No, the title doesn’t have a typo. Haarlem, Netherlands is where the New York neighborhood gets its name from, and it’s a quintessential Dutch town to visit when you’re in the Netherlands. When you visit, the best to stay is at the Hello I’m Local Hostel. I can’t say enough about my two days there! Why Visit Haarlem Haarlem is …

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  • 19 July

    Reminiscing on My First Day of Travel Abroad Without a Plan

    Selfie at Big Ben #3

    It’s been many years since my first day of travel, but still feels like yesterday. All I had was a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to London. Nothing else was planned. I only knew that I wanted to travel the world. Originally I planned to travel for 10 years and then reassess my life. It wasn’t long before that changed …

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  • 9 July

    The Culture Campsite is the Best Glamping Airbnb in Rotterdam

    Culture Camptsite

    If you plan to use Airbnb in Rotterdam, there are plenty of awesome choices. You can sleep in the Cube Houses, on a boat or even in a windmill. But I think the best is the Culture Campsite. Architecture in Rotterdam I like to think of Rotterdam as an architectural playground. After bombs and a subsequent fire destroyed the center …

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June, 2019

  • 30 June

    Finding Beauty on a Weekend Road Trip Through Switzerland

    Obenhofer Castle in Switzerland

    I had a last-minute change of plans this spring when I decided to go to Italy instead of straight to the Netherlands. Thus, it was a pleasant surprise for me to get offered an extreme last-minute road trip through Switzerland with a friend. Starting from Milan Airport with a Rental Car My trip began at Malpensa Airport, the international airport …

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  • 22 June

    A Backpacker’s Guide to Spending 48 Hours in Abu Dhabi During Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi at Sunset

    The United Arab Emirates is not a backpacker-friendly country, and just 48 hours in Abu Dhabi can cost you a fortune. It was quite a challenge to stick to a budget, but I succeeded, mostly. Here are some tips and tricks I picked up during my second visit to Abu Dhabi, and how visiting during Ramadan affected my trip. Don’t …

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  • 18 June

    Riva del Garda: Finding a Good Time on the Shores of Lago di Garda

    Riva del Garda

    If you’re visiting Verona or Trento and want to get out of the city for some relaxation, allow me to suggest Riva del Garda on the northern shore of Lago di Garda. This old village has a few spots to explore, but more importantly offers a chance to just slow down and enjoy the view. Getting to Riva del Garda …

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  • 11 June

    An Honest Review of the Verona Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

    Verona Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour at Castle Vecchio

    Verona is my favorite city in Italy. With dozens of attractions to see and buckets of information to gather, it can seem overwhelming to explore. The Verona Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour is a great way to get started. 4 Reasons to Choose a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour There are hundreds of Hop-On, Hop Off Bus Tours all around the world. …

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  • 5 June

    A One-Week Backpacker’s Guide to Northern Laos for a Visa Run

    Patuxai Arch in Vientiane, Northern Laos

    Twice now, I’ve done a visa run through northern Laos. Each time, I’ve seen several attractions and skipped even more. Here’s the best way to spend a week in northern Laos, whether you’re going for a visa run or just want to see the highlights. Entry Through Huay Xai The northernmost entry into Laos from Thailand is from Chiang Khong, …

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May, 2019

  • 27 May

    A Complete Guide to Buddha Park – Vientiane’s Best Attraction

    The Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

    I still can’t get over the Buddha Park in Laos. Not because of how amazing it is, but because it’s the last thing I expected to see in the country. I grew up thinking of communist countries having no religion. Why? Because John Lennon said so. I think I had some other friends confirm that. Then again, one rule of …

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  • 16 May

    The Blue Lagoon in Laos is Nothing Like the One in Iceland

    The Blue Lagoon in Laos

    My expectations for the Blue Lagoon in Laos might have been a little high, considering I was thinking of the attraction in Iceland with the same name. There are actually three lagoons in Vang Vieng, Laos which are (sometimes…kinda…not really) blue, but the similarities end there. A Short History of Vang Vieng I’d never heard of Vang Vieng before two …

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  • 5 May

    The UXO Museum Showed Me How the US Destroyed Laos

    UXO Museum Warheads

    Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita. The horrific story behind this and its ramifications are found at the UXO Museum in Luang Prabang. What is the UXO Museum UXO stands for UneXploded Ordnance. In other words, bombs that didn’t detonate. During the Vietnam War, from 1964 to 1973 the American military extended the war into …

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April, 2019

  • 27 April

    A Full Itinerary for a Day at the Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Selfie at the Kuang Si Watrefalls

    After you take the Slow Boat to Luang Prabang, the first activity you should do is the Kuang Si Waterfalls. But Kuang Si is more than just the waterfalls, and some of the tours only give you two hours there. How do you make the most of your time on your visit? I went two times. The first time, I …

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  • 21 April

    The Ultimate Guide to the Slow Boat in Laos

    Slow Boat to Laos

    The Slow Boat in Laos refers to the river taxi that runs from the border of Thailand to Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos until 1975. Here’s a complete guide for the tour, whether you book with an agency or purchase every step on your own. I originally went down the slow boat back in 2017 as one of …

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  • 15 April

    What an Authentic Hammam for Men in Marrakech is Really Like

    Hammam Mouassine Entrance

    Before I went to Morocco, I had no idea what a hammam was, let alone whether I should try a hammam for men in Marrakech. What is a Hammam for Men I confess I may have thought of a Muslim harem when someone first mentioned the word “hammam.” A harem is the part of the household dedicated to women, while …

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  • 3 April

    A Day in Baandam – Thailand’s Ultra-Eccentric Black House Museum

    Black House Museum

    Most people head to Chiang Rai to see the White Temple or perhaps the Blue Temple, but I think the Black House Museum is the best attraction there. What is The Black House Museum In Thai, baan means house and dam means black (you put the adjective after the noun in Thailand). The name Baandam is literally that – someone’s black …

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