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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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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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