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Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

April, 2018

  • 21 April

    Things To Know Before You Visit Vashlovani National Park, Georgia

    Vashlovani National Park is a wild and remote area of eastern Georgia (the country, not the state), known for its unique badlands, sharp cliffs and abundant wildlife. The name Vashlovani comes from the Georgian word for apple trees and it refers to the many fruit and pistachio trees that make the landscape feel like a vast, wild orchard. The park …

  • 17 April

    10 Smart Tips to Avoid Travel Scams

    “I want to go travelling, but I’m afraid of getting robbed or scammed in another country.” Travelling the world is an amazing adventure, but the truth is that there is an element of risk involved. Although most people you meet will be pleasant, no matter where you go there is always a chance that someone there will be dishonest in …

  • 5 April

    Digital Nomads are SO Tired of Hearing This Question

    Our lifestyle is pretty unconventional and as a result we get some strange and sometimes funny reactions from people we meet along the way. For most people, job and travel are completely separate. They work at a full time job to save up money, then they go on a vacation or a longer term travel adventure and focus on having …

March, 2018

  • 28 March

    Reasons to Visit Georgia (The Country) in the Winter

    There are a lot of reasons to come to Georgia – the gorgeous Caucasus mountains, the friendly people, the delicious food, the fascinating 8,000 year old wine culture, the unique architecture, the history and much more. Lee and I have been living in Tbilisi, the capital, since September and we have simply fallen in love with it here. I highly …

  • 19 March

    Snarky Signs and Other Mistakes Hostels Make

    Opening a hostel seems easy, right? You just put a bunch of bunk beds in a room, some bean bags and a TV in a common room and start charging backpackers for their stay. Well, no. Hostel management is a little bit more complicated than that. As a full time traveler for the last 8 years I’ve stayed in many …

  • 7 March

    7 Tips for Night Markets in Southeast Asia

    Night markets in Southeast Asia are a feast for the senses. The chatter of the crowd and the smell of sizzling meat fills the air as you wander through a row of stalls packed with silver jewelry, pirated DVDs, souvenir t-shirts, charm bracelets, key chains and brightly patterned sarongs. You are sipping on a cold freshly squeezed papaya and banana …

  • 3 March

    5 Real Travel Scams We’ve Encountered – And How You Can Avoid Them

    Travel scams are awful. The people who perpetuate them take advantage of the ignorance of tourists who really don’t know enough about how things work in the destination to be aware of when something is fishy. Scammers play upon this innocence, taking advantage of the trust of inexperienced travelers. When you are taken advantage of in this way, not only …

February, 2018

  • 21 February

    Top 18 Things to Do in London in 2018

    Heading to London this year? When you arrive in the UK capital there are a few things you’ll notice. First of all, it will likely be rainy (unless you are lucky enough to get one of those rare sunny summer days). Secondly, the architecture is old and gorgeous and the city is steeped in history – you’re likely to stumble …

  • 17 February

    5 Gorgeous Film Locations You Can Travel To

    I think travel should be about seeking out whatever geeky thing you are interested in and finding stuff that delights you around the world. After all, it’s your trip! That’s why I’m totally in support of travelling to film locations. It’s really interesting to be able to see a place in real life that you had only previously seen in …

  • 12 February

    The 15 Mistakes First-Time Travelers Often Make

    Are you worried that when you go traveling for the first time you will have no idea what you are doing and you will do it all wrong? Don’t stress out too much about it. I felt the same way when I started traveling. It’s totally normal. After all, as I often mention on this blog, travel is not something …

  • 7 February

    How Hostels Work and How You Can Be a Good Guest

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    Are you planning to travel the world on a budget, but you aren’t sure how hostels work? If you have never stayed in a hostel before you probably have no idea what to expect from this type of accommodation. The cheaper price might appeal to you, but you have some questions about how it all works – is it totally …

  • 3 February

    Due An Avalanche Warning We Ended Up in Gudauri, Georgia (And Loved It!)

    Visiting the ski resort town of Gudauri, Georgia had not been our original plan. We had booked a getaway in Stepantsminda, a village one hour further into the mountains. Our plans were to rest for a few days while surrounded by the snowy peaks and perhaps take a trip up to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church – perched high …

January, 2018

  • 6 January

    25 Interesting Things to Do in Tbilisi, Georgia

    There is a lot to enjoy in the Georgian capital and it is all quite affordable for budget travelers. Looking for things to do in Tbilisi? The capital city of Georgia is a bit of a hot commodity at the moment and it was listed as one of Vogue’s 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017. Why is everyone so excited …

December, 2017

  • 28 December

    6 Good Habits Every Traveler Should Develop

    Like driving a car or playing the piano, travelling well is a skill you learn with practice. On your first trip, you can guarantee you will do things wrong. I made a ton of mistakes when I planned my first trip abroad. Don’t worry too much about it, no one gets it right the first time. Your stupid mistakes will …

  • 21 December

    Mtskheta, Georgia: Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Enjoy

    If you want to take a day trip from Tbilisi, Mtskheta is simple to reach – and easy on the eyes. The only difficult thing about this peaceful small town is pronouncing the name, which looks to most English speakers like a random handful of Scrabble letters. Whether you are a tourist in Georgia or you are living abroad in …

November, 2017

  • 28 November

    25 Frugal Travel Tips Learned From 7 Years On The Road

    There are more ways to save money while you travel than you might think I always think it’s funny when people ask us if we have won the lottery.  It’s as if the only way we could afford to travel the world is if we had some sort of enormous financial windfall. Travelling doesn’t have to be as expensive as you …

  • 8 November

    Will I Be Lonely as a Solo Traveler?

    Are you dreaming of a travel adventure, but nervous about setting out on your own? I’ve heard many people tell me that they would love to travel, but they just don’t want to be out there all on their lonesome. They ask me, “will I be lonely as a solo traveler?” Take it from me; the fear of loneliness is …

October, 2017

  • 30 October

    Stopover in Riga? Here are Some Cool Things to Do

    If you are planning a stopover in Riga, I guarantee you will be charmed by the lovely and historic Latvian capital. It’s hard not to fall in love with this city.  We ended up having to do a stopover in Riga on our flight from the UK to the Republic of Georgia, so we decided to extend the stopover and …

  • 27 October

    You Don’t Need a Degree to Live An Unconventional Life of Travel and Creativity

    A while ago I did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit about Global Goose, long term travel and my unconventional digital nomad lifestyle. There were a lot of interesting and well thought out questions (as well as some trolling of course – it is Reddit after all). One of the common questions was about formal education. “What kind of education …

  • 21 October

    Digital Nomad Tools That Have Boosted My Remote Work Productivity

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    With the right digital nomad tools, you can be more productive no matter where in the world you get your work done. I’ve been working online for the last 7 years as a freelance writer. During that time, I’ve traveled to over 50 different countries and had countless amazing experiences. One of the biggest challenges I have struggled with is …

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