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June, 2017

  • 22 June

    Journal Entry: Preparing My Backpack to Fly with Wizz Air

    Selfie with Wizz Air

    This week I’m flying from Cluj to Cyprus (country #42) with Wizz Air. It’s not my first time flying with them, but it will be my first time making a conscious effort to keep my backpack within the baggage restrictions. I’m notorious for getting away with taking too much luggage with me on flights. My bag by the end of …

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  • 19 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: Slow Boat Cruise on the Mekong

    Selfie at Slow Boat in Laos

    The idea of being stuck on a slow boat for three days didn’t appeal to me when I first heard about it. After months of people recommending the tour in Laos, I finally decided to give it a try while I was still in SE Asia. It turns out that the “three-day” tour was one day of travel just get …

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  • 16 June

    Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

    Friends on Tuk Tuk

    There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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  • 14 June

    Journal Entry: An Unexpected Weekend Road Trip to Brasov and Romanian Tiny Homes

    Selfie in Tiny Home on Road Trip to Brasov

    Had you asked me last Friday morning what I was going to do for the weekend, I would have never guessed I would be on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Brasov and beyond in Romania to see tiny homes and some gorgeous locations. On Friday afternoon, I was working on my itinerary for the rest of the year when Tudor, …

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  • 12 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: 5 Steps to Properly Feed Bananas to Elephants in Thailand

    Selfie at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary #2

    I finished my tour of Thailand with a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was by far the highlight of my adventures in the country. I can’t recommend it highly enough, so here are the steps so you can follow in my footsteps. Travel to Thailand Someone asked me recently if there were elephants in the USA. Yep…in the …

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  • 10 June

    Travel Itinerary 2017: My Remaining Countries in Europe

    Travel Itinerary 2017

    In 2016, I slowed down considerably from the 35 countries I visited in 2015. Now I’m at it again. After having my home base in Thailand for the first four months of the year where I taught English and had all sorts of adventures, I’ve returned to Europe with a big itinerary. My plan is to visit my remaining 15 countries …

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  • 8 June

    Budget Travel: Will the Isle of Skye Cost $15 or $50 Per Day?

    Neist Point

    Getting to the Isle of Skye on a budget can be quite a challenge. Not only is the UK expensive in its own right, the Isle of Skye is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. In fact, nearly 70% of the total revenue of the island is made of tourism. However, if you’re willing to rough it …

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  • 6 June

    Journal Entry: Surviving a Weekend Dog Sitting in Romania

    Selfie Dogsitting

    I love dogs. When I heard that my friend from Timisoara started her own dog sitting business, I had to ask if there was any chance I could help. I’d no idea what I was getting myself into. Dog sitting is a great way to fund your travels around the world, if you can find the work. Last year, I signed …

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May, 2017

  • 30 May

    Journal Entry: My Epic Four Days with Experience Bucharest

    Selfie at the Palace of the Parliament

    From May 12-16, I participated in the Experience Bucharest summit and press trip. Kicking off with an excellent conference, the four days were filled with amazing tours, heavenly meals and never-ending parties. I’m so glad I chose Romania as my next home base. In 2015, I visited Timisoara and Resita in Romania, and completely fell in love with the country. …

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  • 28 May

    5 Locations Which Prove Bucharest Has the Best Urban Ruins

    Bucharest Urban Ruins

    I love exploring urban ruins. In Berlin I snuck into Spreepark, I jumped the fence into an 800-year-old church in Prizren and I still have the Ghost Tower of Bangkok on my bucket list. When I heard about the Beautiful Decay Tour of Bucharest offered by Interesting Times Bureau, I jumped at the opportunity. Urban Ruins in Bucharest The history of …

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  • 25 May

    How to Take a Shower While Traveling the World, and other Nomad Tips

    Juliano Taking a Shower in the Waterfall

    You wouldn’t think I’d need to write a post about taking a shower around the world, but that strange white box in the bathroom has perplexed more American travelers than you can imagine. Turn the power on in the shower Yes, most of the world is energy-conscious, and they tend to electronic devices off when not in use. That white box …

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  • 23 May

    Journal Entry: Back On the Isle of Skye with My Dad

    Dad and I at the Fairy Glen (Isle of Skye with my Dad)

    To be fair, I’m not entirely sure who in my family decided to call me Skye. I’ve had my own story for most of my life, but there are conflicting opinions and it seems to have been a universal decision (as it usually is). However, I am fairly certain it was my dad who chose to spell it after the Isle of …

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  • 21 May

    Follow in My Footsteps: Bucharest is The World’s Newest Old Town

    Europe's Newest Old Town

    In a city filled with historic monuments and landmarks, it’s hard to imagine that Bucharest is the location of the world’s newest Old Town. You’d never guess that those stones were only laid down in 2011 as you stroll down the cobblestone-paved streets. What is now a hip, nightlife-infused hub of Eastern Europe was a derelict and dangerous district of …

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  • 17 May

    Follow in my Footsteps: Treading Carefully in Bucharest’s Bellu Cemetery

    Bellu Cemetery

    Graveyards are supposed to be creepy, right? Not in Romania. I’ve yet to to get to the Merry Cemetery in the north, but Bellu Cemetery in the southern part of Bucharest holds plenty of unique and captivating tombstones, crypts, crosses and other memorabilia to keep you occupied for hours. I booked my Bellu Cemetery Darkside Tour with Interesting Times Bureau, a …

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  • 5 May

    The New Chiang Mai Water Park at the Grand Canyon Quarry

    Chiang Mai Water Park

    It’s been 18 months since I visited the Chiang Mai Quarry, and a lot has changed. Most notable is the addition of the Chiang Mai Water Park, and the closing down of the high jump I went off of in 2015. How to Find the Chiang Mai Water Park The location of the quarry obviously hasn’t changed, but the awareness of …

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