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June, 2015

  • 19 June

    A Week Back in London

    Selfie at Tower Bridge

    Part of having all the time in the world when you travel is picking a cheaper plane flight from a nearby city, even if you have to wait a few days for the flight. But when you go to one of the most expensive cities in the world, that might not be the best choice. My trip to London became a launching pad …

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  • 15 June

    Meet Jasmina and her Amazing Riva Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    In my trip to Pula, Croatia, I stayed at Riva Hostel right along the beach near the center of town. It was there I met Jasmina. Jasmina co-owns the hostel with her brother Skender. In three years, she has built up the hostel into quite the place to stay. Originally from Bosnia, she studied in the USA. When she graduated, …

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  • 13 June

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

    Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the capital of the most stubborn, stingy culture in the world, and beautiful beyond belief. My original plan had been to go to Edinburgh just for a day for the Beltane Fire Festival before heading up to the Isle of Skye to see my namesake. Then after Verona and Brighton I started to appreciate spending more than just …

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  • 9 June

    A Day in Birmingham


    Birmingham was a way-stop for me after seeing family in England before going to Croatia. It’s the second biggest city in the UK and while I’m not keen on big cities, it was well worth the visit. There is no way you could ever explore Birmingham in a single day. I only had a few hours between my train and my …

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  • 6 June

    My Favorite Bus Tours in Scotland

    Hairy Coo Calf

    There are many bus tours in Scotland, most of which originate out of Edinburgh. Some of the key ones are Timberbush Tours, Haggis Adventures, Heart of Scotland Tours, and MacBackpackers. However, those tours cost money. A lot of it. And that’s not easy for me as a budget traveler. So while I can’t write this from experience of taking all those tours, there is one …

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  • 2 June

    How to Make Homemade Italian Tiramisu

    Skeppsgossen Tiramisu

    When I was in Verona my host taught me how to make homemade Italian tiramisu. I’d had tiramisu before but nowhere near as good as this. While it might be a family recipe, I feel obliged to post the recipe here. Serving Size 8 Preparation Time 30 minutes Ingredients 5 eggs 1/2 cup of sugar 250 grams (1/2 pound) mascarpone …

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  • 2 June

    5 Steps to Recover Lost Possessions

    Lost Passport

    Lost possessions while traveling is a big fear for travelers. Items are misplaced, lost, left behind or outright stolen, and this can ruin any length of travel. But how can you get them back? In my travels, I have lost my sunglasses, my bag, my camera, an old cap and a new cheap scarf. I tracked down my bag in two …

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May, 2015

  • 31 May

    Journal Entry: Visiting the Isle of Skye for the First Time

    Fairy Glen (Visiting the Isle of Skye)

    With the name Skye, there are certain things that must be done in life. Visiting my namesake of the Isle of Skye was at the top of the list for years. I’d always had high expectations of Scotland’s largest island. It’s not for nothing that National Geographic once voted it as the 4th best island in the world. About the Isle of Skye …

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  • 23 May

    5 Steps to Find Cheap Flights

    Cheap Flights Feature Photo

    Expensive flights can be the biggest deterrent from travel. But there are ways to beat the system and find the cheap flights. When I first traveled from America to Europe, my flight was $180 from Los Angeles to London. People always ask me how I find cheap flights like that one. Since then, I’ve found many more ridiculously cheap flights …

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  • 15 May

    My Short Excursion to Glasgow, Scotland

    Clyde arch, Glasgow, Scotland

    I initially went to Glasgow to set out on the West Highland Way up to Fort William. When that adventure fizzled I found the city itself was quite impressive. I was given many opinions of Glasgow before traveling there, and many more once I arrived. As the largest city in Scotland and third largest in UK, it had a lot …

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  • 5 May

    Edinburgh, Scotland (My New Home)

    Edinburgh at a Glance

    I’ve decided to move to Edinburgh. After a week here, I have no doubt this is the place for me. I’ve fallen in love with this city and Scotland in general, and I don’t want to leave. That doesn’t mean I’m going to always reside here permanently. I plan to get registered as a British Citizen and then have Edinburgh …

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April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Torino, Italy

    Friends in Torino

    Torino doesn’t have the ruins of Rome, the cathedrals of Florence or the canals of Venice. It does have culture…and the largest open-air market in Europe. Oh, and Torino is Turin for you Americans. If you’re going to take a trip to Italy, I wouldn’t consider putting Torino at the top of your list, especially with other destinations like Cinque Terre …

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  • 26 April

    Budget Travels in Verona, Home to Romeo and Juliet

    Piazza Bra at Night, Verona

    Verona is the City of Love. Besides being the site of the most famous love story of all time (Romeo and Juliet), beauty simply pervades the town. And fall in love with it I did. I didn’t think I would find much in Verona. After famous destinations in Italy like Rome, Florence and Venice, I figured there would be maybe …

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  • 23 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Venice, Italy

    A Perfect Day in Venice

    Venice, the city of canals. Probably one of the most famous cities in the world, and by far the most crowded with tourists. With “streets” less than a meter wide in some cases, it can take hours to travel around the island. I arrived in Venice on Thursday night from Florence. On the way, I made a great friend on …

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  • 15 April

    Budget Travel Guide for Florence, Italy

    Florence Sunset

    In Florence, or Firenze in Italian, it’s all about the art! From what I picked up, Florence really was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Medici family-sponsored and commissioned Da Vinci and other famous artists to uplift their city, and boy did it work! The city itself is quite a work of art, to say nothing of the magnificent pieces …

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