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July, 2019

  • 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. ContentsArchitecture in RotterdamWhat is the Culture CampsiteExploring the CampgroundBooking the Culture CampsiteClick to Pin ItFurther Reading Architecture in Rotterdam I like to …

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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. ContentsStarting from Milan Airport with a Rental CarPreparing for a Road Trip Through SwitzerlandMeeting GobiThe Road to …

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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. ContentsDon’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. ContentsGetting to Riva del GardaClimbing …

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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. Contents4 Reasons to Choose a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus TourPerfect for a Rainy (or Hot) DayA Saving Grace for Those With Decreased MobilityGood …

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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. ContentsEntry Through Huay XaiSlow Boat to Luang PrabangThe Gibbon ExperienceLuang PrabangAlms Giving CeremonyMount Phousi for …

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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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  • 16 May

    The Blue Lagoon in Laos is Nothing Like the One in Iceland

    The Blue Lagoon in Laos

    My expectations for the Blue Lagoon in Laos might have been a little high, considering I was thinking of the attraction in Iceland with the same name. There are actually three lagoons in Vang Vieng, Laos which are (sometimes…kinda…not really) blue, but the similarities end there. ContentsA Short History of Vang ViengVisiting the Blue Lagoon in LaosPhu Kham CaveLunch at …

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  • 5 May

    The UXO Museum Showed Me How the US Destroyed Laos

    UXO Museum Warheads

    Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita. The horrific story behind this and its ramifications are found at the UXO Museum in Luang Prabang. ContentsWhat is the UXO MuseumVisiting the UXO Museum in Luang PrabangFixing the ProblemQuick FactsA Visual Tour of the UXO MuseumClick to Pin ItFurther Reading What is the UXO Museum UXO stands for …

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April, 2019

  • 27 April

    A Full Itinerary for a Day at the Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Selfie at the Kuang Si Watrefalls

    After you take the Slow Boat to Luang Prabang, the first activity you should do is the Kuang Si Waterfalls. But Kuang Si is more than just the waterfalls, and some of the tours only give you two hours there. How do you make the most of your time on your visit? I went two times. The first time, I …

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  • 21 April

    The Ultimate Guide to the Slow Boat in Laos

    Slow Boat to Laos

    The Slow Boat in Laos refers to the river taxi that runs from the border of Thailand to Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos until 1975. Here’s a complete guide for the tour, whether you book with an agency or purchase every step on your own. I originally went down the slow boat back in 2017 as one of …

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  • 15 April

    What an Authentic Hammam for Men in Marrakech is Really Like

    Hammam Mouassine Entrance

    Before I went to Morocco, I had no idea what a hammam was, let alone whether I should try a hammam for men in Marrakech. ContentsWhat is a Hammam for MenGetting an (Almost) Authentic Hammam in MarrakechClick to Pin ItFurther Reading What is a Hammam for Men I confess I may have thought of a Muslim harem when someone first …

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  • 3 April

    A Day in Baandam – Thailand’s Ultra-Eccentric Black House Museum

    Black House Museum

    Most people head to Chiang Rai to see the White Temple or perhaps the Blue Temple, but I think the Black House Museum is the best attraction there. ContentsWhat is The Black House MuseumA Visual Tour of the Black House MuseumVisiting the Black House MuseumClick to Pin It!Further Reading What is The Black House Museum In Thai, baan means house …

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March, 2019

  • 16 March

    5 Ways to Skip the Massive Crowds at the White Temple in Chiang Rai

    White Temple in Chiang Rai

    Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple in Chiang Rai, is the city’s most popular attraction and one of the most beautiful temples in the world. As such, the endless stream of tourists passing through the temple can become a little uncomfortable, and getting a photo without anyone in it is nearly impossible. Here are a few tricks …

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  • 13 March

    The Pros and Cons of Being an Expat in Chiang Mai

    Working in Panyaiyan Cafe

    The first time I came to Chiang Mai in November 2015, I was following a bunch of bloggers who attended TBEX Bangkok with me. I immediately fell in love with the northern capital of Thailand and resolved to make it my winter home base as much as possible. This is now my third time living as an expat in Chiang …

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  • 10 March

    My Two Weeks Exploring Kuala Lumpur on a Budget

    Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

    Kuala Lumpur was one of the last countries I visited in 2015. I went for two weeks to help at a hostel as a volunteer through Workaway. After my fast-paced travels through Europe in the summer, it’s been nice to slow down in SE Asia and take my time in cities. Somehow my two weeks in Kuala Lumpur still went …

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  • 7 March

    An Honest Review of Mobike Rentals in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Mobike in Chiang Mai

    Not long ago, a new bike rental service opened up in Chiang Mai. Rather than renting from a store, you can now unlock bikes with the Mobike app. They’re cheap, they’re available all over the city, and they’re ready to break down at any moment. Here’s my review on the pros and cons of the Chiang Mai Mobike. ContentsDirt Cheap …

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February, 2019

  • 26 February

    The Real Reason I Don’t Want to Visit Kuala Lumpur Again

    I Love KL Sign (Visit Kuala Lumpur)

    I don’t like Kuala Lumpur. I hate to say it, but it’s true. I almost always try to focus on the positive side of my travels, but I also have the responsibility of giving an honest report of things, although I do try not to sound too negative; there’s another profession that does that. So while this is a post …

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  • 23 February

    The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur Are Better Than They Look Online

    The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia are the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. They have a level of beauty and wonder on par with Pandora from Avatar, and the macaque monkey population makes the experience truly memorable. Kuala Lumpur’s key attractions are centered in the downtown area. The Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower are easily …

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  • 20 February

    Visiting the Water Puppet Show and Other Unique Attractions in Hanoi

    Water Puppet Show #1

    During my week in Vietnam this year, I only made it to a couple of the main attractions in Hanoi. While the Street Food Tour and Halong Bay were the highlights of my visit, the other attractions I saw were really interesting. As one of the last five communist countries in the world, Vietnam has a really interesting culture, and …

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  • 17 February

    Observing Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    I wanted to write about what it was like to celebrate Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, but there aren’t actually that many activities which could be termed celebrations. So this is simply the story of observing Chinese New Year, including both definitions of “observe” – upholding a tradition and watching from a distance. After my visit, I talked with …

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  • 5 February

    Finding My Favorite Meals and Restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Selfie Eating Pho on Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    One of my main reasons for traveling the world is trying different dishes, and discovering beautiful cafes and restaurants. Although I’m usually a big fan of the food in SE Asia, there have a been a few places where I struggled to find a dish that I liked, or quality food that I didn’t think would give me a bad …

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January, 2019

  • 27 January

    Celebrating New Year’s in Vietnam Wasn’t What I Expected

    Seflie on Plane to Vietnam

    Last year, I decided to visit Vietnam for the end of the year, partially because my 30-day visa into Thailand was expiring and because I was hoping to see some good fireworks. Without a lot of research, I flew into the Vietnamese capital on the 31st from Bangkok. While there were quite a few celebrations, they were sadly underwhelming. Here’s …

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  • 15 January

    Finding the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Tangmo House, One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is my winter home base. I usually rent a condo here, but I’ve also stayed in over a dozen hostels all around town. Here’s my list of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. ContentsCriteria for the Best Hostels in Chiang MaiLocationPriceFacilities and AmenitiesStaffTangmo House Hostel – My Favorite Hostel in Chiang MaiBebeez Cafe and Guesthouse – The Best …

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  • 12 January

    Exploring Halong Bay: One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

    Selfie on Dau Go Island

    If you’re visiting Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you have to see Halong Bay. That’s just a given. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site after all. Before I flew into Vietnam, I had done a little research on what to see, but the top attractions didn’t stick in my memory. It …

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  • 9 January

    Pho and Egg Coffee on the Old Quarter Street Food Tour in Hanoi with Lan

    Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    Do you like Vietnamese food? Have you got a favorite dish? I was never a big fan, even after I arrived in Vietnam. Then I did the old quarter street food tour in Hanoi and now I’m hooked. I booked the Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food Walking Tour with Trazy. The tour guide Lan met my travel companion and me …

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December, 2018

  • 19 December

    Seeing Dundee’s Facelift at the V&A Dundee and Sleeperz Hotel

    I never actually wrote about my two weeks in 2016 when I was in Dundee and had my first housesit. At the time, my body was a bit worse for wear and I didn’t really have a chance to explore the city. I’m glad to have made it back this year for a couple days to see all the changes. …

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  • 16 December

    A Comprehensive Guide to Visit the Isle of Skye in Two Days

    Selfie at the Fairy Glen

    Simply put, the Isle of Skye is my favorite place on Earth. With scenery that’s literally out of this world, I believe everyone must visit the Isle of Skye at least once. Most locals on the Isle of Skye will tell you it’s impossible to appreciate the island in just a day or two. Then again, many of those same …

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  • 13 December

    Thailand Transportation: Riding the Bus from Krabi to Bangkok

    Krabi Beach with Boats

    Would you take the 13-hour bus ride from Krabi to Bangkok? I did, and it wasn’t that bad. Here’s my experience, and some things I learned along the way. ContentsTraveling Around ThailandGetting a Bus in KrabiGetting to the Bus StationTraveling on a Songserm BusSteps for Getting the Bus from Krabi to BangkokClick to Pin It!Further Reading Traveling Around Thailand It’s …

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  • 10 December

    The Ultimate Backpacker’s Guide to St Andrews, Scotland

    St Andrews Cathedral

    St Andrews is a beautiful coastal village about an hour and a half north of Edinburgh. If you’ve had your fill of the big city and want to see what a smaller Scottish village looks like, or perhaps you just really like golf, St Andrews is the place for you. As part of the Kingdom of Fife, (which you can …

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  • 7 December

    A Backpacker’s Guide: How Not to Go Broke Traveling to Marrakech, Morocco

    Selfie Traveling to Marrakech

    Morocco is one of those countries that’s inherently cheap, but it’s also easy to go broke there. During the 12 days of my first visit to Morocco, I resisted countless scams, fell victim to a couple of them, and generally learned how to get by on a minimal budget. Here are my tips for traveling to Marrakech as a backpacker. Please note …

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November, 2018

  • 29 November

    Tom’s Kitchen: Experience Fine Dining in Chelsea, London

    Tom's Kitchen Fish and Chips

    There are tens of thousands of restaurants in London to choose from. That’s overwhelming. Some are certainly better than others. Here’s another recommendation from me in case you happen to be in the posh Chelsea part of town. This week, I had a few hours in London between a flight from Morocco and a bus to Scotland. Looking for somewhere …

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  • 26 November

    A Fantastic African Desert Safari at the Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

    4x4 Ride on the African Desert Safari #1

    Of all the excursions available from Marrakech in Morocco, I’d recommend the African desert safari above all others. You probably think of lions and giraffes when I mention an African desert safari. Those are popular…in the southern part of Africa. The Sahara is in the north. What can you do in a giant desert? For starters, have the best day …

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  • 19 November

    Marrakech Excursions: A Day Trip to the Coastal Town of Essaouira, Morocco

    Essaouira Boats

    When I booked a tour to Essaouira in Morocco, I’m ashamed to say that I actually knew nothing about it or if there was anything special. Well, let me tell you there certainly is lots to see there. Morocco is my 47th country, but actually my first country in Africa! After a long adventure flying into Rabat and getting a …

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  • 15 November

    How Easy and Hard Getting Into Morocco Was for Me

    Getting Into Morocco (On Camels)

    I figured I’d tell my story about getting into Morocco, my first country in Africa. Perhaps it’s not the best guide, but it gives an idea of what to expect, how cheap it can be, what to avoid and a few tips. ContentsFinding a Plane Ticket to MoroccoGetting from Rabat to MarrakechArriving in MoroccoArriving in MarrakechSummaryClick to Pin It!Further Reading …

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  • 12 November

    London Food Tour: Learning All About the British Cuisine

    Ella Delivering the London Food Tour

    A friend once asked me what my favorite cuisine was. Without hesitation, I answered “British.” “That’s not a real cuisine,” he said. I beg to differ. England certainly has its own dishes, and a London food tour is the perfect way to learn about them. I won’t bother listing out every dish in the British cuisine. They’re already listed on …

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  • 7 November

    Discovering the Musicals of London’s West End

    Wicked Stage at the Apollo Theater in London's West End

    What are the attractions you first think of when London is mentioned? Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are probably some of the first. The truth is that London is simply massive, and there are thousands of things to do, many of which are too often overlooked. The musicals in the West End were like that …

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  • 3 November

    My Failed Attempt to Hike the 96-Mile West Highland Way

    Skye Class on the West Highland Way

    Hiking the West Highland Way has been on my bucket list since I first learned about it in 2015. I had a failed attempt to hike the Way in 2016, and I’m sad to say I have another failure to add to the list this year. So what went wrong? First of all, let me just say that I should …

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October, 2018

  • 22 October

    12 of My Favorite Activities in Rotterdam – A Better City Than Amsterdam

    Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

    Most tourists flock to Amsterdam when they go to the Netherlands. If only they knew how many great activities there are in Rotterdam. Since my first visit to Rotterdam with Traverse earlier this year, I’ve returned four times, and I’d love to actually live there for a few months someday. Amsterdam might have a red light district, Anne Frank’s House …

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  • 10 October

    How Three Years of Traveling Changed My Opinion of Ghent

    My Opinions of Ghent

    Ghent was one of the first cities I visited in my travels. Dozens of countries and hundreds of cities later, I went back to see if it was as magical as I remembered. Here’s how my opinion of Ghent changed over the years. I arrived in Ghent with Dee shortly before sunset on a bus from Rotterdam. We were headed …

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  • 5 October

    Hostel ROOM: The Best Place to Stay in Rotterdam for a Weekend Break

    Hostel ROOM Common Room

    When I was first looking for where to stay in Rotterdam, I ended up Couchsurfing. Then I found Hostel ROOM. After nearly four years on the road traveling the world, I have very few reservations about staying in a hostel. Others aren’t always as open to the idea of these shared accommodations. For those, Hostel ROOM is the perfect place …

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September, 2018

  • 30 September

    Discovering the Wellness Side of the Czech Republic at the Svata Katerina Resort

    Svata Katerina Sunset

    The Svata Katerina Resort possibly seems out of place in the country that has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. But when you factor in that the Czech Republic also has some of the best spas in Europe, it totally makes sense. It also made sense that I had to visit the spa myself while I was …

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  • 14 September

    What is Ayurvedic Massage and How Does it Compare to Other Massages?

    Selfie Getting Ayurvedic Massage

    What is Ayurvedic Massage? That’s the question I had when I went to the Svata Katerina Resort in the Czech Republic to try their Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Program. In a nutshell, it’s a great treatment but it might not be for everyone. Disclaimer: I am not a practitioner of Ayurvedic Massage, nor have I officially studied it. I write this from an …

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  • 8 September

    Excursions from Ostrava: Unleashing the Inner Child at Heipark

    Selfie on the Mechanical Bull at Heipark

    Would you build an artificial, giant hill with a fun park just for your two kids? I certainly would! That’s just what a guy did near Ostrava, Czech Republic and now Heipark is open to the public. ContentsWhat is HeiparkOther Attractions in the Kravařsko RegionKunín ChateauWesselsky WatermillSummaryPin It!Further Reading What is Heipark I’m still trying to wrap my head around …

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August, 2018

  • 29 August

    Excursions from Ostrava: Hiking in the Beskydy Mountains

    Selfie in Beskydy Mountains

    For some reason, when I was first offered a trip to the Beskydy Mountains, I had the hardest time committing the name to memory. Now that I’ve visited, I’ll never forget it, nor how beautiful they were. Also known as the Beskids, the Beskydy Mountains (as they’re called in the Czech Republic) start in the southeast corner of the Czech …

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  • 21 August

    Riding the Most Delicious Tour in Edinburgh on the Red Bus Bistro

    Selfie with Red Bus Bistro Burger Tour

    Edinburgh is a city small enough to easily explore by foot. That doesn’t mean it always should be. For one thing, Edinburgh is known for its rainy climate. As such, getting a bus tour of Edinburgh can be really fun. Then again, so can eating the local food. Good thing you can do both on the Red Bus Bistro. Edinburgh …

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  • 17 August

    Excursions from Ostrava: Exploring the Jeseniky Mountains

    Selfie in the Jeseniky Mountains

    Are you planning a trip to Ostrava and looking for things to do? Perhaps you could consider visiting the Jeseniky Mountains. If you like nature, hiking, adventurous activities or sunbathing on the shores of a lake, the Jeseniky Mountains will be perfect for you. The Jeseniky Mountains are a little over 60 miles northwest of Ostrava near the Polish border and …

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  • 11 August

    The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Ostrava, Czech Republic

    Selfie in Ostrava

    Hardly anyone ever thinks of Ostrava when they think of visiting the Czech Republic. Most people head to Prague, and some also make it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov, but the east side of the country holds some true gems. Central to these is the city of Ostrava, third largest in the country after Prague and …

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  • 7 August

    The Colours of Ostrava is So Much More than a Music Festival

    Colours of Ostrava Group Photo

    The Colours of Ostrava Music Festival. I’d never even heard of it before I was invited to attend the TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) Conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Of course, I was familiar with Sziget, Tomorrowland, Exit, Pinkpop and the other major music festivals in Europe. Why hadn’t I heard of Colours of Ostrava?! Now that I’ve attended, I can …

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July, 2018

  • 15 July

    A Day of Adventures with Nevis Range in Fort William, Scotland

    Selfie at Nevis Range with Ben Nevis

    The West Highland Way in Scotland ends in the coastal village of Fort William. While there’s not a ton to do in town, the Nevis Range Mountain Experience a couple miles outside of town offers some activities such as skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer and a treetop rope course. I went there to spend the day …

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  • 3 July

    How to Visit Kinderdijk, My Favorite Dutch UNESCO Site

    Selfie at Kinderdijk

    I didn’t even know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites before I started traveling. Now I want to see them all. Out of the 10 in the Netherlands, I was told to visit Kinderdijk first as it was the most beautiful. They were right. I’ve since been back a dozen times, and I’ll never get tired of how beautiful it is. …

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June, 2018

  • 27 June

    Getting Back to My Family Roots in Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

    My grandfather’s autobiography starts off with the lines: “Rotterdam, Friday, May 10 1940. Suddenly I was awake. It sounded like a series of explosions not far away. Or it could be defense exercises of the Dutch Army, I thought.” I’m a first-generation American on my dad’s side and second on my mother’s side. Her parents were both born in the …

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  • 22 June

    Is Dutch Chocolate Better Than Belgian Chocolate?

    Chocolate Belgian Waffle at Chocolate Company

    I love chocolate, but I didn’t really experience truly amazing chocolate until I came to Europe. I try not to indulge too much. On the other hand, when I get invited to a Dutch chocolate tasting, I indulge away! ContentsBelgian vs Dutch ChocolateChocolate Company Rotterdam SamplingClick to Pin It!Further Reading Belgian vs Dutch Chocolate I’ll never forget the day I …

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  • 10 June

    Bringing Out My Inner Child At the Efteling Amusement Park

    Selfie with Character in Efteling

    I love amusement parks. I first went to Disneyland when I was a year old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Before planning my trip to the Netherlands this summer, I’d never heard of the Efteling Amusement Park. Of course, I had to go when I learned about it. Now I can’t wait to go again! ContentsWhat is Efteling?How to …

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  • 4 June

    I Ate Too Much Good Food on the Food Tour in Krakow

    Pierogi at At Dorota

    Have you ever tried Polish food? Pierogi, kielbasa, żurek…there are so many great dishes to learn about on a food tour in Krakow. But what are those dishes? I knew a few of them from my earlier visit to Poland, and others were new. One thing was for sure, everything we tried on the tour was fantastic. ContentsObwarzanek Krakowski and Oscypek …

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May, 2018

  • 31 May

    What It’s Like to Take the Hogwarts Express in Scotland

    Selfie with Hogwarts Express

    Are you a Harry Potter fan? I certainly am, even though I have only read the books once. I’m also that guy who loves seeing filming locations in real life. Of all the Harry Potter places I’ve been to, the Hogwarts Express was the best. ContentsLearning About the Hogwarts ExpressRiding the Hogwarts Express with Grayline ScotlandA Word of WarningBooking the …

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  • 26 May

    Krakow Revisited: Returning to One of my Favorite Cities in Europe

    Krakow Revisited

    When I first arrived in Krakow on August 14, 2015 at the end of my whirlwind trip through 13 countries in 31 days, I immediately fell in love with the city. I dreamed of getting to revisit someday. Then I heard that the second-annual Trablin conference was going to be in Krakow. I jumped at the opportunity. After spending the …

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  • 19 May

    Exploring Krakow by Bike with the Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    I love bike riding, and I love Krakow. That’s why I was more than happy to take the Krakow Bike Tour with the Cruising Krakow. Sure, you can rent bikes all over town. But only Cruising Krakow has Brian, the Canadian tour guide who’s been giving bike tours for 13 years and knows Krakow like the back of his hand. …

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  • 8 May

    10 Cool Things I Learned About the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow

    Salt Mine in Krakow

    The first time I visited Poland, I was on a fairly tight budget. I decided to pick just one of the tours available and went with Auschwitz. This year I revisited the city and finally got to see the salt mine in Krakow. I was seriously impressed and can say I’d no idea what I missed on my first visit. After …

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  • 5 May

    Taking a Homemade Pierogi Class with Krakow Urban Adventures

    Homemade Pierogi Class

    On my first day in Krakow back in 2015, I lucked into the annual pierogi festival. Loosely defined as Polish dumplings, pierogi is a national dish of Poland, and one of my favorite. Thus, when I had the opportunity to take a homemade pierogi class during my Trablin conference, I leapt at the chance! ContentsUrban Adventures KrakowStary KleparzMaking it PersonalHomemade …

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April, 2018

  • 26 April

    Finding My Favorite Romanian Dishes on the Bucharest Food Tour

    Selfie with Bucharest Food Tour at Vatra

    As a food lover, sometimes it’s hard to choose my favorite cuisine, but Romanian food definitely stands out. When I had a chance to take the Delish Experiences Bucharest Food Tour, I was excited and definitely not disappointed. Here are the restaurants we ate at and the delicious meals we were served. ContentsVatra RestaurantConcerto Fine DiningOrigo CafeBook Your Delish Experiences Bucharest …

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  • 23 April

    Learning About Rennie Mackintosh at the Willow and the Kelvingrove

    Glasgow Art Club Rennie Mackintosh Gallery

    As part of the Visit Scotland Expo 2018, I was invited to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an avant-garde artist and architect behind Glasgow’s Art Deco revival at the turn of the 20th century. We visited the current exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the uber-exclusive Glasgow Art Club and the soon to be completed Mackintosh at the …

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  • 19 April

    Is a Day Tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness Worth It?

    Selfie with Gray Line Tour Edinburgh to Loch Ness

    I’ve had a lot of guests in Edinburgh asking me if a day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness was worth it. Usually I would say that Loch Ness is too far to comfortably travel to in a day, but I’d never done it myself…until now. Thanks to a great trip with Gray Line Tours, I was able to find …

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  • 16 April

    Why I Love Taking Photos With My Samsung S8 Phone

    Selfie with Samsung S8 on Cannon in Karlskrona

    I take all my photos with my Samsung S8 phone when I travel, and I can’t recommend it enough for other travelers and bloggers. I can’t compare it to other phones since I only use the Samsung line, but I can say why I think it’s the best phone on the market (except maybe the new S9). PS: this is …

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March, 2018

  • 28 March

    5 Amazing Cafes and Restaurants in Edinburgh That I Frequent

    Cafe Class Cakes #2

    Eating out at restaurants in Edinburgh isn’t always part of my budget, especially when it’s the second most expensive city in the country (after London). Yet cooking every meal for myself in my flat gets dull and sometimes I need a meal out. Here are my favorite cafes and restaurants to visit near my home. ContentsCastello CoffeeThailanderCafe ClassUnion of GeniusScottish …

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  • 19 March

    Edinburgh Excursions: Spending an Afternoon at Go Ape Peebles

    Selfie at Go Ape Peebles

    If you’re the really adventurous type and are looking for a great day trip from Edinburgh, follow in my footsteps to the Glentrees Forest an hour south of Edinburgh and enjoy the exhilarating treetop rope course at Go Ape Peebles. I had a chance to try out the zip-line at Go Ape Aberfoyle a couple years ago, but didn’t have …

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  • 9 March

    The Village Hotel in Edinburgh is So Much More Than a Hotel

    Village Hotel Bedroom

    Edinburgh has hundreds of hotels, B&Bs and hostels to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to find a good one. In my search to find where friends can stay during their visit to Edinburgh, I ran across the Village Hotel and Spa next to the prestigious Fettes College (think Hogwarts). Between a wonderfully comfortable room, great view, delicious Sunday …

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  • 3 March

    Escape Edinburgh: The Most Fun Activity in Edinburgh’s New Town

    Escape Edinburgh Selfie

    I don’t always make it to Edinburgh’s New Town. I find it a bit touristy and I prefer the cheaper part of town around the universities. However, there are some great attractions in the New Town. I recently found the happiest place at the Chihuahua Cafe, and now I’ve located the most fun place at Escape Edinburgh. ContentsWhat is an …

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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. ContentsWhy 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. ContentsLanguage BarrierBuying the Wrong Train TicketConfusion at the Train StationRiding the BusHow to Get the Right …

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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. ContentsWhat …

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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. ContentsWhat is an Escape Room?What Made Puzzlair the BestAbout PuzzlairPlanning to Visit …

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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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  • 13 December

    Enjoying the Super Frizzante Christmas Menu at Zizzi

    Nancy at Zizzi

    Usually I tell people to avoid the Royal Mile when looking for a good restaurant to eat at in Edinburgh. Through the Book a Table website I found Zizzi, which technically is off the Mile, and had an absolutely delicious Italian dinner from their Super Frizzante Christmas Menu. Here’s how my night started with prosecco and ended in decadence. ContentsBeetroot Cured …

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  • 10 December

    Into Ice and Lava – Two Amazing Caves to Explore in Iceland

    Into the Glacier

    On my third day in Iceland, I took the Into Ice and Lava tour with Reykjavik Sightseeing. I didn’t even know what a lava cave was, let alone that Iceland had the largest man-made ice cave in the world. Well, now I do, and I thought you would like to too. ContentsLangjökull – Into the GlacierBarnafoss – The Children’s WaterfallVíðgelmir …

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November, 2017

  • 27 November

    How the Loft Hostel Made it Possible for Me to Visit Iceland

    LOFT Hostel Reykjavik

    For months, I’d been receiving invitations to visit Iceland with the Trablin convention. The only problem was the price tag. Trablin wasn’t a fortune, but the rest of Iceland was. Hotels in Reykjavik averaged over $2500 a week! Luckily, I was able to find the LOFT Hostel, which made my visit possible. Visiting Iceland was always at the top of …

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  • 22 November

    Checking the Northern Lights in Iceland Off My Bucket List

    Northern Lights with Reykjavik Sightseeing #2

    The northern lights have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. How could I not want to see such raw natural beauty? The only problem was where to see them, and when. Although they have been spotted in places like Edinburgh and Montana, I wanted to see the good displays, and those were usually reported …

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  • 19 November

    Is Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth It?

    Blue Lagoon in Iceland

    The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the most beautiful spas in the world. Located in volcanic hot springs and surrounded by gorgeous scenery, they have been on many a traveler’s bucket list, including mine. Who wouldn’t want to visit? The waters of the Blue Lagoon first began to form in 1974 as a byproduct of the Svartsengí Geothermal …

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  • 7 November

    Visiting the Greatest Steamship in the World: The SS Great Britain

    SS Great Britain

    When I first saw the SS Great Britain in 2015, I wasn’t too keen to visit tourist attractions, preferring to simply revel in exploring a whole new country after having left the US. With free activities like Clifton Bridge, St. Nicholas Market and the cathedral in Bristol, I didn’t see any reason to pay for a ship in the harbor, …

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  • 2 November

    The Bristol – The Perfect Place to Stay in Bristol, England

    The Bristol Room

    There are surprisingly few places to stay in Bristol, even less than neighboring Bath, and some places are certainly better than others. I had a chance to spend a night at The Bristol with my dad. While I can’t compare it to every other hotel in Bristol, I can say it was surprisingly good. There was absolutely nothing in my …

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October, 2017

  • 30 October

    Who Knew the Roman Baths Were So Extensive?

    Roman Baths and Bath Abbey

    The first time I saw the Roman Baths in the town of Bath, England, I only viewed what I now know is the King Bath, a small pool where the thermal springs first emerge from the ground. It wasn’t until my third visit to Bath when I finally explored the rest of the complex, and boy is it extensive. Two …

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  • 25 October

    Checking Out the New Wellness Suite at the Thermae Bath Spa

    Cross Bath by candlelight

    I open the glass doors and pass into a steam-filled. Lavender fills my lungs as harp music plays in the background of the blue and yellow room. My body immediately started to relax as peace flowed through my mind. This is the Roman steam room, the first of five saunas in Thermae Bath Spa’s new Wellness Suite. I originally visited …

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  • 14 October

    Why I Prefer to Travel with Craghoppers’ Clothing

    Selfie with Craghoppers at the Storr

    Finding the right travel garments can be a challenge. While I certainly haven’t tried all brands, Craghoppers is the best I’ve found so far. I received my first pair of trousers from Craghoppers as a birthday gift from my best friend nearly five years ago. Sasha had no idea I would be traveling the world with them, and neither did …

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September, 2017

  • 29 September

    A Traveler’s Guide for What to Do and See in Odessa, Ukraine

    Odessa City Center

    Ukraine was Country #44 for me. My first stop was in Odessa, called the Pearl of the Black Sea. I’d been given several expectations of cheap prices, beautiful girls and an International culture. All were true, and so much more. I had organized to get toured around the city, but a fiasco with my email prevented me from finalizing where …

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  • 14 September

    What it’s Like to Attend the Notting Hill Carnival

    Woman at Notting Hill Carnival

    Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Notting Hill Carnival before Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit invited me to attend. Not sure why I hadn’t since it’s only the second-largest street carnival in the world. ContentsHistory of the Notting Hill CarnivalSafety at Notting HillAttending the CarnivalWhat to ExpectNotting Hill Carnival MessagePlanning to Visit England?Pin It! History of the Notting Hill Carnival …

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  • 12 September

    What It’s Like to Eat With the Mafia in Odessa, Ukraine

    Selfie at Mafia Restaurant in Odessa

    Wandering around the streets on my first night in the Ukraine, I had no idea where to eat, or even what genuine Ukrainian food would be. I’m quite happy that I stumbled upon Mafia, a fancy, family restaurant serving just about everything, although not exactly authentic Ukrainian fare. What drew me to the restaurant was seeing that Mafia had a …

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  • 4 September

    Food Review: Eating With the Native Chefs in London

    Native Restaurant in Neal's Yard

    I was invited to eat at Native with fellow food blogger Kacie of TheRareWelshBit.com. Despite a dozen visits to London, I’d seem to have missed Neal’s Yard every time. If you like hip spots, delicious healthy food and cozy, small restaurants, Native is the perfect option for central London. We stayed at the Travelodge in Covent Gardens, just a couple streets …

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  • 1 September

    Travel Advice: Surviving the Streets of Romania, and How to Improve Them

    Driving the Streets of Romania

    I learned how to drive on the streets of Los Angeles. In America, LA is considered one of the most dangerous cities to drive in, perhaps only second to New York. However, in my travels, I’ve found other places far more difficult than LA. Mexico City, London and Bangkok are up there. Then there was Bucharest, Romania. While I didn’t …

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August, 2017

  • 16 August

    Hotel Review: NEBO Hotel in Odessa, Ukraine

    Selfie at Nebo Hotel

    I only spent two days in Odessa, which wasn’t nearly enough time. Fortunately, both days were spent at the boutique NEBO Hotel. When I first arrived at the hotel, I was sure I had the wrong address. While the building initially looked like it could be a hotel, there was no sign outside for the NEBO Hotel, and no indication …

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  • 12 August

    Journal Entry: A Wild Blablacar Ride from Chisinau to Odessa Via Transnistria

    Building in Transnistria

    Whether you go by bus or car from Moldova to Ukraine, you’ll pass through Transnistria, the little-known territory between the two countries. Getting a bus from Chisinau to Odessa isn’t hard, although the bus station is hard to find outside of town. Bus tickets are about €10, and the ride takes 5-6 hours. I considered this option, but instead choose …

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  • 9 August

    Follow in My Footsteps: The Santa Cruz That Isn’t on Google Maps

    Santa Cruz Beaches

    Most people think of California or Tenerife when they think of Santa Cruz. If you Google the Santa Cruz in Portugal, you’ll get the town on Madeira Island. Yet there’s another one. Just an hour north of Lisbon is Santa Cruz, an idyllic stretch of sandy beaches, oceanside cafes and boutique hotels. Santa Cruz is also home to the annual …

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  • 6 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: Visit the European Surfing Capital of Peniche

    Selfie in Peniche

    Day two of my tour through central Portugal brought me to Peniche. If you’re a surfer or enjoy other water sports, this small town is your best choice in Europe. The city of Peniche is built on a small peninsula about an hour and a half north of Lisbon. With barely 15,000 people, it doesn’t even make the top 50 …

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  • 3 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: Fish, Funiculars and 100-Foot Waves in Nazaré

    Selfie in Sitio, Nazare

    My week in Portugal was primarily about best surfing locations. It’s been years since I was on a board, and I wasn’t quite ready to surf the waves in Nazaré, which can get over 100-feet high in the winter! Everything else I found the town was simply wonderful. Nazaré was the first stop on my tour of central Portugal. Taking a …

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July, 2017

  • 31 July

    Follow in my Footsteps: Spending a Week in Central Portugal

    Press Tour in Central Portugal (2)

    For my 45th country, I teamed up with Visit Portugal and Centro de Portugal to explore the best surf spots and historic towns in central Portugal. Guided by the energetic Jose of Madomis Tours and Joao of Naturexperience, I learned how to surf (again), saw the location of the highest-ever surfed wave (78 feet!), strolled through beautiful villages, slept in amazing …

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  • 27 July

    Travel Advice: Finding the Best Accommodations in Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Selfie with Accommodations in Santa Cruz

    In my recent visit to Portugal, I got to see two hotels which, in my humble opinion, were truly spectacular. If you’re looking for accommodations in Santa Cruz, I can’t recommend these enough. Just to clarify, this is the Santa Cruz an hour north of Lisbon where you’ll find some amazing surfing spots, not the Santa Cruz on Madeira Island …

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  • 16 July

    Travel Advice: Finding the Best Cafe in Chisinau, Moldova

    Selfie at Tucano Coffee

    Why would you go to Chisinau? That’s a question I was asked by several people, before and after I went. Well, the simple truth is Moldova was one of the last countries in Europe left for me to visit, and it was on the way to Ukraine from Romania. Also, it’s cheap. Like $0.10 for a bus ride cheap. The …

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  • 13 July

    Journal Entry: My Epic Fail with Hostels in Moldova

    Selfie with Hostels in Moldova

    I spent four nights between three hostels in Moldova. Had I gotten any sleep at all, I’d say it had been a nightmare. Well, I did get a little sleep, but it was pretty bad. I hadn’t expected to stay in hostels at all, but the person I was going to stay with had just moved back in with their …

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  • 10 July

    Journal Entry: My Unexpected Way-stop Spending a Day in Cluj, Romania

    Selfie with Madaline

    I spent a day in Cluj almost by accident. I’d been in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, for nearly six weeks, and I intended to explore the rest of the country. What brought me to Cluj was a travel hack mentioned in my guide to finding cheap flights. I wanted to fly to Cyprus from Romania, but flying from Bucharest …

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  • 7 July

    Follow in my Footsteps: Exploring Kyrenia, Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion Castle

    Selfie with The Way Away at Bellapais Abbey in Kyrenia

    When I landed in Cyprus, I had no idea I would get to explore an abandoned castle in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a separate territory to Cyprus on the island. In the evening of my second day on Cyprus, I got a message from Ashley Brown of The Way Away …

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  • 4 July

    Follow in my Footsteps: One Day Trip to Paphos, Cyprus – Europe’s 2017 Capital of Culture

    Paphos Tomb of the Kings #2

    While on Cyprus, I decided to take a one-day trip to the town of Paphos. I had read in Lonely Planet that it was rated as one of the top ten European destinations for 2017. Yet many of the locals also said it wasn’t worth visiting. Well, here’s my own judgment on the town, and whether I think you should …

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  • 1 July

    Budget Travel: Cyprus Isn’t Backpacker Friendly, But You Can Still Visit on a Budget

    Budget travel in Cyprus is nearly impossible. It’s not that the country is particularly expensive; it’s more than the Balkans but cheaper than the Nordic countries. No, Cyprus just makes it really difficult to enjoy the country if you’re not rich and looking for a luxury vacation. ContentsTransportationAccommodationsFoodAttractionsSummaryPlanning to visit Cyprus? Transportation Getting to Cyprus, since it’s an island in …

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June, 2017

  • 28 June

    Journal Entry: My SNAFU With Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    I love Couchsuring. It’s my favorite way to travel, and I’ve never had a problem with it. Until now. Here’s how I nearly got stranded Couchsurfing in Cyprus, and how I was saved. It’s been some time since I used the Couchsurfing website to find a host. I was hosting myself for three months in Chiang Mai, and then staying …

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  • 25 June

    Travel Advice: 10 Benefits to Traveling Solo Around the World

    Selfie on the Airport Couch Traveling Solo

    For two and a half years, I’ve been traveling solo around the world. I’m not going to lie, it does get lonely. However, there are a handful of reasons why traveling solo is a great option. ContentsYou have more time to yourselfYou set your own scheduleYou set your own paceYou can enjoy your own activitiesCouchsurfing is easierYou can get the …

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  • 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. ContentsTravel to ThailandGet a bus from Bangkok to Chiang MaiBook a Tour with the Elephant Jungle SanctuaryGet …

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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. ContentsUrban Ruins in BucharestPalatul AdevarulGrand Hôtel du …

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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. ContentsTurn the power on in the showerControl the temperature with the water pressureAvoid scalding waterUse the right button to flush the toilet Turn the power on in …

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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. ContentsHow to Find the Chiang Mai Water ParkThree Locations to Choose FromThe Chiang Mai Water ParkClick to Pin It!Resources How …

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April, 2017

  • 30 April

    10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rent a Motorcycle in Thailand

    Motorcycle in Thailand

    Renting a motorcycle in Thailand is very easy, and a great way to see the country. Prices can vary from region to region, but is usually not much more than $10 a day, and can be as little as $3 a day. The thrill of riding through the countryside of Thailand is exhilarating, especially if you’ve never been on the …

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  • 26 April

    10 Activities to Do In and Around Chiang Rai, Thailand

    White Temple in Chiang Rai without Crowds

    A mere 3 hours away from Chiang Mai is the small town of Chiang Rai. While there isn’t anything much special to see within the town (except perhaps the clock tower and night market), the surrounding countryside contains some pretty spectacular locations. ContentsHow to Get to Chiang RaiWat Rong Khun, aka White TempleRong Suea Ten, aka Blue TempleBaan Dam, aka Black …

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  • 21 April

    My First Thai New Year, aka Songkran Water Festival

    Selfie at Songkran

    Songkran is Thailand’s New Year. April 13th to be specific, yet the festivities last for several more days. And wouldn’t you know, Chiang Mai just happens to be the top city to celebrate it. While there were no fireworks this year due to the king’s recent passing, the New Year’s celebrations aren’t much different than other countries, except I didn’t …

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  • 17 April

    It Turns Out I’m a Millennial After All

    Selfie on Landsort ((Millennials)

    Aside from the fact that I was born in the generation of Millennials, it just might possibly be that my daily yoga and penchant for chai tea qualifies me for the label as well. Truth be told, I missed out on a lot of what my generation had to offer. Since I went to so many schools, it was hard …

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  • 13 April

    Don’t You Dare Think of Getting a Massage as a Luxury

    Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler Getting a Massage

    Many cultures and countries think of getting a massage as a luxury item, and most charge a fortune for one as if it was. Nothing could be further from the truth. In other countries, such as Thailand, China and Indonesia, tourists flock to get their “luxury” massage. You would never think of going to the doctor or dentist as a …

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  • 11 April

    Follow in My Footsteps: Explore the Temples Outside Chiang Mai Old Town

    Wat Srisuphan Ordination Temple Updated

    Sometimes I wonder if there’s an end to the temples in Chiang Mai. I’d say there were hundreds, but thousands is probably more correct. While there’s not much reason to visit every temple in Chiang Mai, as many of them are quite similar, there are a few unique ones that stand out. Here are some of my favorites, located outside …

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  • 3 April

    A Purrrfect Catmosphere Afternoon in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Catmosphere

    When I first saw the Catmosphere cat cafe in Chiang Mai, I knew I would have to visit someday. I love cats almost as much as I love dogs, and the chance to spend an afternoon with them was high on my list. The first cat cafe I saw was Cafe Neko in Vienna but I didn’t actually go in, partially …

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March, 2017

  • 10 March

    Come Join Me at My Winter Home Base in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    It’s been nearly two months since I set up a home base in Chiang Mai. Believe it or not, this is the first time in my life I have my own solo residence! But living here is more than just having my own condo. Here are some reasons why I chose Chiang Mai to settle. Reasons for a Home Base …

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February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Follow in my Lost Footsteps – Stumbling Upon Huay Kaew Waterfall

    Huay Kaew Waterfall Sign

    My most recent adventure in Chiang Mai was accidentally stumbling upon the Huay Kaew Waterfall in Doi Suthep National Park. The only problem was I had planned to do something completely different. My original plan was to hike the Monk’s Trail to Doi Suthep temple, as detailed in my friends’ website Tieland to Thailand. Unfortunately I didn’t make it out of my condo …

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  • 19 February

    How I Balance Thai and Western Food Each Week – Expat in Thailand

    Seflie at Beast Burger (Thai and Western Food)

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Thai food. However, I can eat just so much of it consecutively. Thus, each week I have to balance out my Thai and Western food consumption. ContentsWestern FoodBe Beez CafeBy Hand Pizza CafeTsunami SushiBeast BurgerSmoothie BluesThai FoodGuu Fusion & RotiCowgirl’s Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak (ข้าวขาหมูช้างเผือก)Coconut ShellMaya Night MarketSummary Western Food Chiang Mai is one …

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  • 14 February

    Spelunking (Cave Exploration) and Hot Springs near Chiang Mai

    Selfie at Sankhampang Hot Springs near Chiang Mai

    A spontaneous trip to the hot springs near Chiang Mai was the perfect activity after a crazy week. Between a busy schedule working and writing, one financial fiasco after another (Paypal randomly shut down my account on Wednesday) and feeling under the weather, I needed a break. I didn’t realize there were hot springs near Chiang Mai; Pai had been …

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  • 8 February

    Towns of Unusual Construction Materials

    Middelburg Housing (Unusual Construction Materials)

    Every now and then, I stumble upon a town almost entirely made from the same, unusual construction materials. I’m not talking about just wood or concrete. Here are some of the most interesting towns in the world when it comes to what they’re made of. Middelburg, Netherlands Middelburg was the first city I traveled to which surprised me by it’s …

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  • 5 February

    Follow in My Footsteps: Exploring Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

    Selfie at Airplane Graveyard

    Many of you know I love to explore adventurous and unique locations. Thus, Bangkok’s airplane graveyard was a no-brainer. With Chiang Mai as my new home base, I’ve made several trips to or through Bangkok since the beginning of the year. On one of those trips, while I was only in town for a couple days, I was invited to …

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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    Two Years of Travel and a GPSMyCity Travel App Giveaway

    To celebrate my two year anniversary of traveling, I’ve teamed up with GPSMyCity to give away free travel apps to help you explore new cities. It’s been an incredible two years, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories you every step of the way. I currently call Chiang Mai my home, where I’ve rented my own condo for the next three …

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  • 30 January

    My Brother and I Found Nemo at Ocean World in Bangkok

    Selfie at Ocean World Bangkok

    When I first considered going to Ocean World in Bangkok, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as I did in this underground aquarium, nor did I realize that one of the world’s largest aquariums was under a street in Bangkok! I remember seeing Ocean World when I was in Bangkok …

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  • 26 January

    Thailand Transportation: The Cheapest Way to Get from Bangkok to Penang

    Selfie on Flight from Bangkok to Penang

    In January 2017, I had to get from Bangkok to Penang to renew my Visa for Thailand. As I was on a budget, I tried to take a train, but the tracks were flooded and my Visa was expiring in a couple days. Here’s how I managed to get a flight to Hat Yai in the south of Thailand for the …

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  • 22 January

    Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

    Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

    Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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  • 12 January

    How to Travel to Koh Chang on a Budget

    Hat Sai Noi Beach (Koh Chang on a Budget)

    If you’re looking for a beautiful island to visit in Thailand, but need something that won’t break the bank, I’d have to recommend Koh Chang. Here’s a guide for exploring Koh Chang on a budget. Think $150 for a week! ContentsAccommodationsTransportFoodActivitiesSummaryAccommodationsTransportFoodActivitiesGrand Total for 7 Days – 5,650 bahtResources Accommodations Book a hostel on the island using Agoda. Several hostels are …

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  • 10 January

    Beaches, Waterfalls, Snorkeling and New Year’s Celebration: A Guide to Ko Chang, The Best Island in Thailand

    Months ago when I was still in Edinburgh, a friend of mine said I needed to visit Ko Chang. Forgetting this advice, I started looking for places to take my brother when he joined me in Thailand for the holiday season, and picked the same island. When I mentioned this to locals in the country, one for one they said …

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  • 4 January

    Christmas in the Hippie Village of Pai and a Secret Waterfall, Pai Part 2

    Selfie at Pai Waterfall

    Although I’ve been on the road through three Christmases, this was the first time I spent it somewhere unique and special. Pai, Thailand. My brother arrived in Thailand on December 18th for his first overseas adventure. After a brief exploration of Bangkok, we made our way up to Chiang Mai, and then to Pai. I had heard about Pai last …

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  • 3 January

    A Day Exploring the Sai Ngam Hot Springs and Pai Canyon – Pai Part 1

    Selfie at Pai Hot Springs

    If you like beautiful scenery, few tourists, a hippie culture and off-the-beaten-path attractions, Pai is the place for you. Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and Pai Canyon are just some of the attractions available. My brother and I went up to Pai for Christmas 2016. Renting scooters from Mango Bikes in Chiang Mai, we were able to complete the 140 km …

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  • 2 January

    New Year in Koh Chang and my New Year’s Resolution

    Selfie on Ko Chang for New Year

    Happy New Year, Everyone! While I didn’t match the 35 countries I visited in 2015, last year was truly an adventure. Some highlights include learning how to train horses in Sweden, getting my passport for the UK, an amazing month exploring Scotland, adventures in Sweden, setting up and losing a home base in Edinburgh, my dad coming to Scotland, moving …

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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More Than Grand!

    I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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  • 17 December

    Follow in my Footsteps: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is Too Big, and the Burj Al Arab is Too Expensive

    Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Dubai

    Dubai literally blew my mind. For the first time, I can honestly say I had culture shock in a new location. Sure, I had some preconceived ideas what I would find in the city with the tallest building in the world. What I did find exceeded those expectations. I arrived in Dubai on Friday morning in a rented car for a …

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  • 15 December

    Some of the Observations I Made About the UAE

    Abu Dhabi from Beach

    I always thought Dubai was the capital city of the UAE, a small country to the north of Saudi Arabia known for its export of oil. Actually, the capital is Abu Dhabi where I spent most of my time while I was in the country. I was invited to Abu Dhabi by Louise, a fellow traveler I’ve met up with …

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  • 12 December

    How I Partook in the Arabian Culture at a Desert Safari

    For the past week I’ve been visiting the UAE, my 40th country. My first several days were spent in the capital of Abu Dhabi. This past weekend was a public holiday, and my friend Louise and I spent it on a trip to Dubai with tons of adventures, including a desert safari. Every culture and city has its tourist attractions. …

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  • 11 December

    My Visit to Stonehenge Was All About the Magic

    Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is a truly magical place. While I’ve checked it off my bucket list, it’s a place I’d like to visit again and again, and you should too! I heard about Stonehenge as a young kid and I always wanted to visit, yet I didn’t truly understand what it was. Then about 10 years ago, I read the book Tales of …

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  • 5 December

    A Bath in Bath: Enjoying the Thermae Spa

    Selfie at Thermae Spa in Bath

    Bath, England was one of the first locations I visited in my travels. Last week I returned to do the activities I missed in my last trip, namely a visit to the Thermae Spa. What a luxurious experience! Thermae Spa is a unique experience, up there with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (at the top of my bucket list). The waters …

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  • 3 December

    Checking Greenwich and the Cutty Sark Off the Bucket List

    Selfie at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich

    London was the first city I traveled to when I set out on my never-ending journey from the USA. Within six months, I had visited four times and seen many of the landmarks. Unfortunately, London is one of the biggest cities I’ve been to in my travels. After those four visits, I’d hardly scratched the surface. This week I returned for …

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November, 2016

  • 26 November

    10 Activities for The Perfect Day Trip from Edinburgh

    Selfie with Hairy Coo (Day Trip Edinburgh)

    While there are a plethora of activities to do in Edinburgh, there are also some wonderful attractions in the rest of Scotland. The Isle of Skye is my favorite and the most beautiful place in the world, but it takes half a day to get there. If you are limited on time, there are several activities you can do within …

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  • 20 November

    Best Places to Eat in Edinburgh on a Budget

    Fish and Chips at Skein Inn (Eat in Edinburgh)

    You might be struggling to find a good place to eat in Edinburgh if you’re traveling on a budget. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. While most places will charge £10-£15 for a meal, and some places on the Royal Mile are far more expensive than that, I’ve found several places where you can get a meal for £5 or less. Not …

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  • 15 November

    Seals, Barbecues and Coffee in a Lighthouse: A Saltstänk Adventure

    Saltstänk in Karlskrona, Sweden doesn’t offer the usual vacation package. When you think of a holiday, sleeping in a sleeping bag under the stars might not be your first choice. However, if you’re the adventurous type like me, you’ll jump for the opportunity. I certainly did! I was introduced to Karlskrona by Visit Sweden. The city is the only one …

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  • 12 November

    Tips for the Cheapest Car Rental in Scotland – Easirent

    Car Rental in Scotland

    Getting a car rental in Scotland, let alone anywhere else, can be a nightmare and cost a fortune. In Scotland (and the rest of the UK), Easirent is by far the cheapest option, but not always the best. Here are the pros and cons. ContentsEasirent is the cheapest company for a car rental in ScotlandThings to know before you goDisadvantages of …

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  • 10 November

    Setting up my Dad on a Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Dad on a Farm

    I’ve just returned to Edinburgh after leaving my dad on a farm in a tiny settlement called Tyrie, on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire. I’m not going to say it wasn’t a tearful goodbye. After getting to see my dad for the first time in nearly a year, and the second time in two years, I’m leaving him behind again. …

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  • 7 November

    5 Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol When Traveling

    Drunks in the Meadows (Alcoloh Blog)

    I’m not against drinking alcohol. I like my glass of wine with a meal, and I’m never going to say no to a good sangria or even a shot of the local whiskey or rakia. However, there are some good reasons why you should lay off the booze while you are traveling. This might come as shock to many. It …

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  • 5 November

    Budget Travel: A Guide to Visit Kotor, Montenegro on a Budget

    Old Town and Fortress - Visit Kotor

    If you haven’t decided to visit Kotor in your trip to Europe, it’s time to change your travel plans. This quaint town should absolutely be part of your itinerary. It might seem redundant to write a budget travel guide to the Balkans, which are the cheapest part of Europe. However, many of the cities in Montenegro are tourist traps, and …

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October, 2016

  • 31 October

    9 Free Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh with Dugald Stewart Monument, Free Attractions in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world, but it’s certainly not considered cheap to visit. It’s the second most expensive city in the UK to live in (after London), and attractions seem to be priced accordingly. A ticket to the castle costs £16.50 and other attractions average around £10 each. However, there are plenty of free attractions in Edinburgh. Here are …

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  • 28 October

    My Failed Attempt at Setting up a Home Base in Edinburgh

    Evening in the Meadows

    When I arrived in Edinburgh on April 30th, 2015, I came to see the Beltane Fire Festival. Within 48 hours, the city became my favorite in the world. I determined to set up a home base here. 18 months later, I realized my mistake. My original stint in Edinburgh lasted five weeks. During that time I met with Brendon Vince of Nerd Travels. …

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  • 22 October

    An Update on My Dad in Edinburgh, and a Story About a Dinghy

    Dad with Fish and Chips for Dinghy Story

    It’s been exactly one month since my dad landed in the UK. Since then, he’s been setting up his home base in Scotland and enjoying Edinburgh. It’s been a little more difficult for him than he expected, but he’s still enjoying every moment of it. I’ve also included a story he wrote about sailing a dinghy the last time he …

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  • 19 October

    How to Find Good, Local Food in Istanbul

    Food in Istanbul

    My first day in Istanbul was spent trying to find a restaurant that wasn’t completely for tourists. It turned out to be a lot harder to find good food in Istanbul than I expected. Things became more complicated when I asked locals where they would eat out at. The main answers I got were McDonalds and Burger King, since they were …

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  • 17 October

    It Really is a Small World After All

    Coffee Buddies in a Thai Village

    I’m constantly amazed at what a small world this is. When I was a teacher in Los Angeles, it seemed like I could never go anywhere without running into one of my students. Now as I travel the world, I run into people I know in the most unusual places. The most common occurrences are simply finding travelers who are …

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  • 8 October

    What it’s Like to be a Part of Trusted House Sitters

    Dundee Trusted House Sitters View

    At the beginning of July, I signed up for Trusted House Sitters. I’ve already had two assignments, both of which were far better than I had hoped. That’s an understatement, since I went to them with high expectations. Trusted House Sitters is a website you can join in order to house sit for people who have animals they plan to leave …

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  • 6 October

    Exploring the Mountain Village of Tignes in the French Alps

    Tignes

    For a week, I had a wonderful opportunity to explore the enchanting village of Tignes with fellow blogger Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0. Tignes is located just 8 km away from the Italian border, at an elevation of 2100m. It’s a world-class ski resort which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing, and has hosted the European Winter X Games in …

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  • 5 October

    Why I Prefer Couchsurfing Over Hostels When I Travel

    Couchsurfing Event

    I’m a budget traveler. Therefore, I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel. Couchsurfing is definitely the cheapest lodging you can get, but it’s actually not the primary reason why I personally use the website. Each type of lodging doesn’t just cater to a different clientele. They also provide different experiences. In a hotel, you’re usually getting pampered. Airbnb provides a …

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  • 2 October

    A Tale of Illegally Feeding Pigeons in Edinburgh in 1968

    Edinburgh Royal Mile with Pigeons

    While I explore the Alpine village of Tignes, my dad is back in Edinburgh, exploring his old haunt. He’s been working on regaining his British dialect, setting up his accounts and benefits…and reminiscing about pigeons. Here’s the email I received from him this morning. I’m posting it here for your enjoyment exactly as it was written (but typos fixed). His …

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  • 1 October

    How I Quit My Life to Travel the World

    Bio Prologue

    I couldn’t stop smiling. Life was exciting, adventurous and fulfilling. That’s how I felt for most of my life. I had a job I loved, great friends and a strong purpose. What more could I want? I wanted to travel. Unfortunately my job kept me working more than 12 hours a day on average, seven days a week. There were …

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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    My Hitchhiking Adventure Through Rural France

    Tignes View after Hitchhiking

    This week I had a mini adventure in France. Another travel blogger invited me to stay at their incredible pad high in the French Alps. Even with my dad’s arrival in the UK, and my need to find a supplemental job, I could hardly say no. Unfortunately, on my tight budget I had to cut some corners, and one of those was …

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  • 25 September

    My Dad, at 77, Has Pack His Bags to Travel In My Footsteps!

    Dad and I

    It happened! My dad’s journey has begun! After following my blog for two years, my dad has packed his bags and permanently left the US to travel the world, with a home base with me in Edinburgh! There’s quite a story behind this, but here’s the summary. When I originally left my work in December 2014 and chose to have a …

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  • 24 September

    How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

    Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

    I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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  • 22 September

    Mayonnaise is Not a Liquid! And Most Fear is Irrational

    Giant Burger with Mayonnaise

    It’s well known that restrictions are very tight with what you can take on an airplane. Obviously, pointed objects or other weapons are a big no-no. Since 9/11, airports have also cracked down on liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols. I’ve been stopped more than once to remove something from my bag, and more than once I’ve disagreed with their judgment (like the …

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  • 15 September

    Do You Dare to Explore an the Abandoned Spreepark?

    Abandoned Spreepark, Photo Credit Daniel Heitz

    Believe it or not, Berlin is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever explored. Between memorials and relics from World War II, one hell of a street art culture, and abandoned airports, Olympic villages and Spreepark amusement park, the city never ceased to amaze me. Someday I’ll have to write a full blog post about my week there, but …

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  • 13 September

    My Five Weeks in Sjuntorp Could Have Been Better

    Selfie on Hike in Sjuntorp

    My Workaway on a farm in Sweden, just outside the unheard-of village of Sjuntorp, was quite an interesting experience. Long hours, wonderful scenery and a very eccentric family. I’m not going to pull any punches on this one. While the experience overall wasn’t that bad, and certainly beautiful, there were a few things that rubbed the wrong way. As a travel blogger …

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  • 11 September

    The Search for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    I’m not a big coffee drinker. By that, I mean I don’t have to drink a cup every day when I wake up. However, I do like coffee, and I’m always on the lookout for that perfect cup. As a travel blogger, I tend to spend quite a bit of time in cafes. If I had the choice, I’d probably pick …

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  • 9 September

    Guinness, Game of Thrones and Giants Come Together in Ireland

    Shamrocker Adventures Giant's Rocker Tour

    Usually I advocate exploring a country with an open itinerary. Haggis Adventures and Shamrocker Tours have shown me that this isn’t always best. When you get to a country like Ireland, which has so much to see, it would take you weeks a guide or lots of planning. You’d probably miss a lot, not to mention all the insider data, if …

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  • 2 September

    How I Lost my Smile in August for All the Wrong Reasons

    Selfie without a Smile by Storr Waterfall

    At the end of July, I wrote a blog post in which you might have noticed I had had a little injury. Well, that little injury was a lot worse than I thought, and eventually led to me losing my smile. Another title for this post might be “Why You Shouldn’t Travel without Traveler’s Insurance.” In 2015, I only had one accident …

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August, 2016

  • 29 August

    Explore the Isle of Lewis and Harris to See Scotland’s Best

    Luskentyre on Lewis and Harris

    Back in May this year, I explored the Isle of Lewis and Harris on the Haggis Adventures Hebridean Hopper Tour. While the Isle of Skye remains my favorite place in the world, the Isle of Lewis and Harris isn’t far behind. It’s the biggest island in the British Isles outside the two main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and …

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  • 27 August

    How I Didn’t See the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

    I still feel a little baffled that I managed to visit Copenhagen without seeing their key attraction. In my defense, it might be one of the most overrated attractions in Europe, along with the astronomical clock in Prague. Having said that, here’s what I managed to cram into the four days that I spent there, en route to Sweden. I …

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  • 3 August

    Here’s What I Didn’t Do in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Central Square

    As I go through my travels, I’m constantly leaving activities in my wake which I didn’t get a chance to do. After all, that’s the Law of the Traveler. Amsterdam was no different, but the activity I didn’t do was by choice. For four days, I stayed at a friend’s house 45 minutes north of Amsterdam, catching up on my …

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July, 2016

  • 27 July

    10 Activities for a 2-Day Visit in Karlskrona, Sweden

    Karlskrona Harbor

    Karlskrona has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Spread across 33 main islands and countless smaller ones, it is my favorite part of Sweden. When you visit Karlskrona, as you must do, here are some tips. Contents1. Kayak Through the Karlskrona Waterways2. Eat Dinner at Skeppsgossen3. Sleep at the Opulent Hotel Conrad4. Explore the Old Town of Kristianopel5. Eat a …

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  • 24 July

    I Had the Best Meal of My Life at Skeppsgossen

    Selfie at Skeppsgossen

    Had you told me that I would find the best meal ever in Sweden, I’d never have believed you. Skeppsgossen Restaurant in Karlskrona has claimed that title. I had already taken the Guided Food Tour of Stockholm and learned that the culinary creations of Sweden include much more than meatballs. But I was not expecting to find Italian food as good as …

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  • 20 July

    Swedish Food is So Much More Than Meatballs!

    Better than Meatballs Winery Tour

    Recently I took part in The Nordic Experience with Guided Food Tours Stockholm. I learned that there is far more to the Swedish cuisine than just meatballs and fish. A LOT more! At 2 PM on July 13th, after arriving back from Landsort, I met up with a dozen other bloggers outside the Hötorgshallen food court. For the next six hours, we wined and …

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  • 14 July

    Sleep, Dine, Sightsee and Swim at Landsort, Sweden

    Landsort Lighthouse

    At the bottom of the Stockholm Archipelago is Landsort, a picturesque village on the 4 km-long Öja Island 65 km south of Stockholm. Complete with two harbors on each side of the island, a seven-story “hotel” tower and a lighthouse, it’s no wonder this is where many Swedes spend their summer (and winter) holidays. To get to Landsort, take the …

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  • 6 July

    Why June 2016 was my Favorite Month in my Travels

    Skye Travels in June Collage

    Two days after I arrived in Edinburgh in April, I found out I was a British citizen and posted on Facebook that it was the best day of my life. It was. The last week of May, I took the 5-Day Haggis Adventures’ Hebridean Hopper Tour. I considered that week the best of my life. But Scotland has just gotten better, and …

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  • 4 July

    What it Took to Get My British Citizenship and Passport

    Selfie with British Citizenship

    The story of getting my British citizenship and UK passport actually begins long before I began traveling the world. In a sense, it was the true catalyst which led me onto my path as a travel blogger and world traveler. In June 2012, I was offered an opportunity to become the CEO of the London branch of my company. At the time …

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  • 2 July

    How to Find the Gold Cave on the Isle of Skye

    Gold Cave on the Isle of Skye

    The gold cave on the Isle of Skye is one of the most secluded and unknown spots on the island. It wasn’t on Google Maps until recently, and most locals have never heard about it. It might not be as spectacular as Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, but because it’s so hard to find, it’s also practically empty. …

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June, 2016

  • 30 June

    There’s a Cat Cafe in Edinburgh!

    Maison de Moggy Cat Cafe

    Do you love cats as much as I do? Turns out, there a place in Edinburgh you can satiate your feline fondness. Maison de Moggy is the first cat cafe in Scotland, and somewhere you should visit at least once. However, I’m betting you’ll fall in love and become a regular customer! The Maison de Moggy Cat Cafe is located …

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  • 26 June

    What it’s Like to Run the Tough Mudder for the First Time

    I’ve just finished running the Tough Mudder 2016 in Scotland! Now when I get asked questions like “One Amazing Thing You’ve Done,” I’ll have an instant response! Please note: As a participant I wisely left my camera behind, so I don’t have a lot of photos. As soon as the pro’s that work at the course send them, I’ll update this …

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  • 24 June

    Jump on the Brand New Edinburgh City Tour

    Rabbie's Edinburgh City Tour

    On June 1st, 2016, Rabbie’s Tours launched their new Edinburgh City Tour. I was lucky enough to be on one of the very first rides, exploring Edinburgh through the sixteen-seat, glass-topped bus. After two months in Edinburgh, I was amazed that there were still enchanting locations in town I had yet to explore. This tour is important to take as …

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  • 22 June

    Camera Obscura in Edinburgh Brings Out the Kid in You

    Camera Obscura Interior Mirror

    I always passed off Camera Obscura as just another unnecessary tourist attraction at the top of the Royal Mile. Maybe that’s just because I didn’t understand what a camera obscura was. Boy was I wrong. I had no idea it would be so much fun! Camera obscura is Latin for dark room. It’s the final show, but what’s on the other …

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  • 10 June

    A Cruise is the Best Way to Explore Loch Ness

    Loch Ness Reflection

    There are almost too many things to do in Scotland. From islands to castles, sometimes it just comes down to personal taste. However, if you do manage to make your way all the way up to the fabled Loch Ness, there is one activity you absolutely must do. Since 1968, Cruise Loch Ness has been delivering boat tours of the …

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  • 1 June

    My Amazing Week on the Hebridean Hopper with Haggis Adventures

    Haggis Adventures Herbidean Hopper

    I’ve just completed what was unquestionably the most exhilarating week of my life. On Wednesday morning I left at 8:30 am with Haggis Adventures on the 5-day Hebridean Hopper Tour. We went to Lewis and Harris Island in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides and all over Scotland, led by the amazing tour guide Jamie. …

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