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Chicago – A Great Spot to Binge on Art and Culture

Every now and then I like to visit a city that is particularly rich in art and culture and spend a few days soaking up as much of it as I possibly can until my eyes glaze over. I did it in Paris, wandering through the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay for hours and again in London, taking advantage of …

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Spotting Sea Lions in Salinas, Ecuador

It was hard to see it at first – its mottled brown fur blended in with the wet rocks along the shore – but I squealed with excitement when I spotted it. It was a big, fat sea lion, lazily sprawled on the rocks only a few metres from the pier Lee and I were standing on. It rolled slowly …

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Can Honolulu, Hawaii be a Budget Destination?

When you think of Honolulu, Hawaii – do you think of an expensive island getaway or a frugal travel destination? I know that I imagined Honolulu being quite expensive, until I looked into some of the options for budget travel there. I discovered that there are in fact plenty of ways that you can have a good time in Honolulu …

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Beyond Waikiki – Honolulu’s Other Fantastic Beaches

Waikiki gets the spotlight when it comes to beaches in Honolulu. This stretch of sand is the most famous and most crowded, with hordes of sun-worshippers from all over the world lounging by the lapping ocean waves. But what about the other beaches in Honolulu? There are, in fact, plenty of other wonderful beaches that you can visit during your …

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Cheese and Wine on the Grass — The Best Places to Picnic in Paris

Paris is a perfect city for picnics. When the warmth of springtime comes around, Parisians and tourists alike will flop down on the grass of their favorite parks and enjoy lengthy feasts of baguettes, cheese, olives, and wine while chatting and admiring the views. This city has so many lovely spots in this city for al fresco dining, as well …

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5 Boston Attractions You Probably Didn’t Know About

When planning your trip to Boston, you have probably considered the most common attractions in the city, such as the Freedom Trail, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Fenway Park, the bar from the show Cheers and Harvard University. However, there are plenty more attractions that might be off the radar of the average tourist but are certainly worth visiting. A Creepy …

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Istanbul Was Wonderful (Despite the Tear Gas)

I woke up on the top bunk of our hostel in Istanbul with a strange slight burning sensation in my eyes and nose. I didn’t think too much of it as I climbed off the bed and took my laptop into the common room to get to work on some writing. But as I left the bedroom the burning sensation …

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Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

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Budget-Friendly Family Activities in San Diego

My wife Sabrina and I have all recently travelled to San Diego, CA, for the first time with our children, Sarah and Anthony. We came across several family-friendly activities to partake in and enjoy without the worry of emptying our pocketbooks. Even though my kids don’t quite understand the meaning of a budget, it was something that my wife and …

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A Guide to Travelling by Boat Down the Amazon

It’s hard to wrap your head around the sheer scale of the Amazon River – this humongous waterway makes most other rivers in the world look like a mere trickle. Last week, Lee and I travelled a total of 1,584 km between the Brazilian cities of Manaus and Belem on a river ferry – an epic journey that takes five …

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Ten Brilliant UK Cities to Visit Besides London

When tourists think of visiting the UK, they usually have one destination in mind: London. The capital city of England seems to dominate the international image of the UK and many other cities are not usually considered in most tourists’ plans. Of course, the city of Big Ben and Beefeaters is certainly worth visiting, as it is a world class …

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Yummy Vietnamese Street Food You Should Eat on Your Travels

There’s no better way to get a real taste of Asia, Vietnam in particular, than by hitting the streets for some of the country’s best foods. Whether you’re in the country for the weekend, an entire month or longer, one of best experiences to complete your getaway is a taste of Vietnam’s popular street foods. Some of these dishes have …

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Discovering the Delights of Derry

  Whether you call this place Derry or Londonderry (and it depends a bit who you’re speaking with as to which name you use), “the maiden city” and its surrounding coastline is a fascinating part of the world. Derry is the original name for the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, the name is derived from the Irish word for “oak …

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A Few Things Brits Should Know Before Visiting the USA

Planning a holiday to America? The USA has a lot of amazing experiences to offer, from hiking in the Grand Canyon to the big city lights of New York City to the beaches of Miami. Here are a few important things that you should know before your trip: It’s Bigger Than You Think You can drive almost anywhere in the …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing at Val D’Isere

I grew up on a small farm in rural Australia. We were a long way from anything that looked like snow. It wasn’t until I was in Europe and a group of friends was organising a skiing holiday that I really got excited about the prospect. I decided to learn how to ski. I really hate looking incompetent at anything, …

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5 Ways to Avoid Freezing your Ass off During Winter in Russia

“Isn’t it going to be really cold?” was the response we most commonly received after mentioning our plans to visit to Russia in winter. But Robert and I were insanely excited, and it entirely lived up to our expectations. Snowflakes landed on our shoulders as we waltzed through Red Square in the heart of Moscow, St Basil’s Cathedral looking unbelievably …

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