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October, 2019

  • 19 October

    Adoring the Snow Leopards at the Highland Wildlife Park

    Tiger Eating Lunch at the Highland Wildlife Park

    The Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorm National Park of Scotland is the second attraction managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). It’s where they breed and house those animals needing a wilder setting than a zoo in Edinburgh. Driving to the Highland Wildlife Sanctuary The Highland Wildlife Park is located 130 miles north of Edinburgh, halfway up …

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  • 7 October

    Exploring The Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland

    Þórufoss Waterfall of the Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland

    There are over a dozen Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland! While the show is finished, you can still get a feel of what it might have been like north of the Wall, walking up to the Eyrie or even the countryside of Meereen. It’s actually amazing to see how diverse the landscape in Iceland can be, and how …

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September, 2019

  • 27 September

    Seeing the Penguins and Pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo for My Birthday

    Selfie with Penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo

    I love animals, so I can’t figure out why it took me so long to get to the zoo in Edinburgh. The Royal Zoological Society and Botanical Societies of Scotland are on the leading edge of conservation for the plants and animals of our planet, such as their work with the pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo. Visiting the Edinburgh Zoo …

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  • 22 September

    A Magical Day with Hiking, Gingerbread and Faeries in Grasmere

    Rydal Water in Grasmere

    This summer, I finally got a chance to visit the Lake District in England. While I spent time in several of the villages, Grasmere was by far my favorite, and not just because of their legendary gingerbread. Grasmere is just one of the dozens of picturesque English villages throughout the Lake District. Windermere is more popular and busier, particularly due …

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  • 18 September

    5 Ways to Stay Safe When You’re Traveling the World

    Selfie in Essaouira

    Knowing how to stay safe when you’re traveling is an important lesson I should have imparted a long time ago, as I get asked about it more than almost anything else. Bad conditions stem from two sources – people who mean to do you harm, and natural catastrophes. Here are a few ways to avoid the two. Check the Weather …

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  • 1 September

    Spending an Afternoon in Myanmar for My Thai Visa Run

    Selfie at Valentine Cafe in Tachileik, Myanmar

    There are several ways to make a visa run if you’re living in Chiang Mai. An afternoon in Myanmar is probably the cheapest and quickest. I found the culture in Myanmar fascinating, and I wish I had spent more than just a couple hours there. Getting to the Border from Chiang Mai As confusing as the public transportation in Thailand …

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August, 2019

  • 28 August

    Hostel Workaways in Scotland: Mostly Great Volunteer Jobs

    Selfie Cleaning at the Code Court Pod Hostel

    My Workaways in Scotland helping at different hostels have been some of my favorite volunteer jobs around the world. There have been a couple of rather interesting experiences, but overall it’s been a joy to volunteer in my favorite country. Why Do I Volunteer to Work in Hostels? Workaway isn’t always a fair exchange between hosts and volunteers. When you …

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  • 22 August

    Discovering the Outlander Filming Locations Near Edinburgh

    Rabbies Outlander Filming Locations Tour

    In the movie world, Scotland is most famous as the setting of Harry Potter, but recently the Outlander filming locations have become increasingly popular. I love Scotland, and I’m a big believer in magic. Thus, how could I not love a series about using the magic of the standing stones found throughout the country? However, I do have a confession …

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  • 17 August

    My Workaway in France – A Story of Worst Case Scenario

    Chateau at My Workaway in France.jpg

    It’s been well over four years since my first Workaway experience in Brussels, but it was the next one – my Workaway in France – that will forever live in my memory as an example of just how bad a volunteer job can get. After I left, I wrote a basic story about my time in Touzac, France, but I …

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  • 13 August

    An Honest Review of the Whisky, Warriors and Waterfalls Tour with Haggis Adventures

    Haggis Adventures Whisky, Warriors and Waterfalls Tour

    What do whisky, warriors and waterfalls have in common? They’re all in Scotland, and you can see them with a Haggis Adventures tour! It’s no secret that Scotland is my favorite country, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of road trips and bus tours here, even to places I’ve already been. What really surprised me is that Haggis …

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  • 7 August

    What Makes Hotels in Edinburgh So Special and Unique

    Nira Caledonia Hotel Edinburgh

    If you’re looking for a truly special experience for your accommodations, the hotels in Edinburgh will blow you away. Many places in the world have unique characteristics to their hotels and other forms of lodging, but Edinburgh stands out as one of my favorites. Building in a UNESCO World Heritage City There are many cities around the world with a …

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July, 2019

  • 31 July

    5 Things I Loved About Visiting Trento, Italy

    View of Trento from Funicular

    I got to visit Trento, Italy with the Traverse Conference in June 2019. Previously, I’d only been as far north as Verona, which was and still is my favorite city in Italy. Trento isn’t far behind though and has some real gems. Where is Trento? Trento is a city in one of the northernmost regions of Italy, not far from …

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  • 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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