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February, 2018

  • 28 February

    Begin Your Journey in Scotland with a Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh

    Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh

    Do you like food as much as I do? Scottish food is one of my favorite cuisines, and I was absolutely thrilled when I found the Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh. If you’re planning to visit the capital of Scotland, I would have to recommend taking this tour as one of your first activities. Why You Should Consider a Food …

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  • 23 February

    Finding the Best Ghost Tours in Edinburgh

    Mercat Ghost Tours in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the most haunted city in the world, and ghosts are some of the key attractions. Graveyards, bus tours, hired actors and vaults all play their part, but which ghost tours in Edinburgh are the best? I have a confession to make. I have not been on every ghost tour in Edinburgh. All told, there are over a dozen with …

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  • 20 February

    What the Da Vinci Code Didn’t Show You About Rosslyn Chapel

    Rosslyn Chapel

    Several miles south of Edinburgh sits the gorgeous Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. While it is the scene of the movie’s climax, Howard hardly shows the true beauty and artwork of the 15th-century chapel. The history of the chapel is complicated and intriguing. It was originally constructed in 1446. The …

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  • 16 February

    How Not to Find the Right Train in Ukraine, and Other Mishaps

    Selfie Waiting for Bus in Ukraine

    To everyone looking for a comfortable, fast train in Ukraine, I’m happy to say a great option exists. Unfortunately, I did not manage to get on it myself. Here’s what happened to me, and how you can have better luck getting the right train. Language Barrier My adventure began in Odessa, Ukraine where I spent three days exploring the vibrant …

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  • 13 February

    Locked In Edinburgh: Can You Escape From an Old Gin Distillery

    Whether you’re a local or a tourist in Edinburgh, you’ll love Locked in Edinburgh. Escape Rooms are some of the most fun activities you can enjoy. In a rainy city like Edinburgh, sometimes you need a good indoor adventure to partake in. Afraid that those small cages in the photo are a little small? Don’t be scared; that’s not how …

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  • 10 February

    Enjoying the Happiest Place in Scotland at Edinburgh’s Chihuahua Cafe

    Selfie with Lady Bee at the Edinburgh Chuhuahua Cafe

    In my search to find the most enjoyable activities in Edinburgh, I ran across the newly opened Chihuahua Cafe. What could be better than cuddling eight small dogs for an hour? In my opinion, not much. Edinburgh’s Chihuahua Cafe just might be the happiest place in town, especially judging by the massive smiles that all the patrons leave with. What …

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  • 7 February

    10 Places I Enjoyed Visiting in Kiev, Ukraine

    Selfie in Kiev

    Do you ever experience culture shock? After 44 countries, I didn’t think I would anymore. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, proved me wrong. This formerly communistic city has a wealth of amazing architecture, art and culinary surprises. Here are some of the amazing places I saw in Kiev, and a few more that are still on my bucket list when I …

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January, 2018

  • 29 January

    What Life is Like After Three Years on the Road

    Selfie at the Border (Three Years)

    Three years ago on January 28th, 2015 I boarded a plane in Portland, Oregon via Los Angeles to London with a one-way ticket to travel the world. I touched down at 6 a.m. at London Gatwick airport, setting foot on a new continent for the first time in my life. Since then, I’ve had a world of adventures while inspiring …

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  • 25 January

    My Short Winter Road Trip Around Scotland

    Selfie at Meeting of Three Waters

    To kick off the new year, I made a short winter road trip with a fellow traveler around Scotland to see the country covered in snow, and also to pick up some bags I had left at my dad’s house while I traveled the world. I’ve recently moved into my own flat in Edinburgh, and for the first time in …

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  • 20 January

    Discovering Bristol’s Best Escape Room at Puzzlair

    I love puzzles. I started solving 500-piece puzzles in an hour when I was 5. Then in 2015, I discovered escape rooms in Riga, Latvia with some friends. I’ve been in love with them ever since. When I found Puzzlair in Bristol, I knew I had to go. What is an Escape Room? If you’ve never been to an escape …

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  • 17 January

    My 2018 Itinerary: Time To See the Rest of Europe

    Selfie Boarding Easijet at Inverness

    I’m a little embarrassed to say I only made it to 10 countries in 2017, the same as in 2016, and only six were new. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get back up to 35 countries as I did in 2015. To get started, here are the first countries I have on my 2018 itinerary. For this list, …

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  • 14 January

    What it’s Like Behind the Scenes at the Edinburgh Christmas Market

    Selfie at the Edinburgh Christmas Market

    In 2016, I found one of my friends selling candied nuts at the Edinburgh Christmas Market. He looked to be having great fun, so I figured I’d apply to work at the 2017 market. What seemed to be an enjoyable opportunity quickly turned into a nightmare. If you’re considering working at the Edinburgh Christmas Market, or just want to know …

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  • 12 January

    A Guide to Spending Three Days in Luang Prabang, Laos

    Selfie at Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Luang Prabang was one of my last cities to explore in SE Asia in 2017. I spent three days there, as part of a week vacation from my home base in Chiang Mai, after taking the slow boat tour along the Mekong River. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than it would be a typical town in SE …

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  • 8 January

    Attending the Hogmanay New Year’s Celebration was a Dream Come True

    Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018 Midnight Moment (c) Chris Watt

    It’s been about ten years since I first watched Hogmanay on YouTube, and I’ve been dreaming about attending it in person ever since. For New Year’s Eve 2018, I stood beneath Edinburgh castle watching the best fireworks show ever, I realized my dream had come true as tears poured down my face. It wasn’t just about seeing the show in …

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December, 2017

  • 21 December

    Why Iceland Didn’t Become My Favorite Country in the World

    Selfie in Iceland

    Since before I started traveling, I had Iceland and New Zealand as my top two destinations in the world. Then I got to Scotland and it quickly became my favorite country. It might not be a perfect country, but it certainly is the best one so far. The food, people, climate, dialect, nature and location come together to make a spectacular …

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