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My First Experience in Portugal

There’s a lot of good and cheap food in Portugal. However, houses in Portugal don’t have all the same things that we take for granted in America.

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Why Las Vegas Is Safer Than You Might Think

The Las Vegas strip is a surprisingly safe place to be because it's always busy, things are open 24/7, and there's a lot of security to keep you safe.

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Wonders of Kyamwilu (Where Nature Defies Gravity)

Kyamwilu Hill, also known as Kituluni, is found in Machakos County in Kenya. Being one of the most famous gravity hills in the world, people from far and wide come to see its mystery.

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A Memorable Road Trip to Skardu (Like Heaven on Earth!)

A memorable trip to Skardu, in northern Pakistan, which is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. Come join me on this beautiful journey!

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Is It Safe for a Woman to Travel in Colombia? (I Did)

Luxury hotels for $40 USD, a postcard-perfect ex-pirate port, dark jungle camps—here are my stories of traveling through this beautiful South American country that used to have such a bad rap, and my best tips. Spoiler: Colombia is a wonderful, rich, and diverse country you will never forget!

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Guildford to Woking: A Day Trip

From The Lightbox to the Peace Garden, join my friend and I on our day trip to Woking.

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A Difficult Time to Travel to Europe: Ever Changing Rules and Long Forms to Fill Out

Travel to Europe was already difficult but now with Covid it's gotten way worse. Rules constantly change, there are a lot of forms to fill out and many other things we didn't expect.

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Summiting Vallunaraju: A Different Way to See Peru

At 18,655 feet, Vallunaraju is no small mountain. Summiting it was a challenge, and the trip literally changed my life.

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Staying Calm When Travel Mistakes Happen

My time in Penang, Malaysia taught me how to keep calm and push through when everything feels hopeless. Mistakes happen, don't let it ruin your trip.

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Maluan Es Falls in the Philippines

Maluan Es Falls is Davao City's most beautiful waterfall. Also called Mantubag Waterfalls, it has a series of three falls. You can choose if you want to pick the first two falls, which is the easiest way, or if you want to complete the series of waterfalls.

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My Trip to Taiwan in 2014

In November 2014, my wife, mother-in-law, and I visited Taiwan. Over five days, we rode planes, trains, and buses. Besides seeing my son in Taichung, we enjoyed the sights in the greater Taipei area.

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A Memorable Trip to Kudu Mangalore, Where Time Stands Still

We all need to take a break from our busy city lives. What better way than to relax in the midst of nature?

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A Day of Chasing Waterfalls in North Eastern Washington

Celebrating life and chasing waterfalls in the Pacific Northeast of Washington State.

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From Lord Mayor’s Chapel to Victorian Folly

Welcome to our journey piecing together clues to discover that ruins of a Victorian folly in Sheep Wood, Henbury, Bristol are actually the original frontage to the 13th century Lord Mayor’s Chapel in College Green, Bristol.

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A Trip to Osoyoos in the Okanagan Valley to Experience Canada's Mediterranean Micro-Climate

The Okanagan Valley area of B.C.,Canada enjoys a unique Mediterranean micro-climate. Orchards and vineyards thrive there in what was once semi-arid scrub land. Read a personal account of what the charming lakeside town of Osoyoos, close to the US border, offers to tourists and snowbirds.

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Niagara Falls in the Winter: Camping and Traveling Review

Camping near Niagara Falls is an incredible experience. This travel review will catalogue my winter trip to this very popular destination with photos included.

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An Arizona Grape Harvest Festival

Wine tastings and festivals, in particular the Arizona grape harvest festival in Sonoita, can be a great way to spend a day in wine country. Arizona's numerous small, entrepreneurial wineries have been producing fine wines that are on par with the best of their California and European cousins.

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My Creepy Visit to Cockspur Lighthouse and Fort Pulaski

Hidden destinations, historic sites, amazing trails...and I was never more than ten minutes from the salty sea. The Golden Isles are a must do for any history buff or explorer!

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Why Mahabalipuram Is a Must Visit Vacation Paradise!!

The article talks about how a typical North Indian guy who hates visiting historical places fell in love with a small but well-known historical place called Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram) located on the Eastern coast side of Tamil Nadu.

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A Trip to New Orleans and the Bayou

I took my first trip to New Orleans in May 2021 for my best friend's bachelorette party. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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Temburong: A Journey by Longboat

A visit to Temburong by longboat in the 1970s, including a journey into Borneo and one of the most ancient rainforests in the world, an immersion into the traditional culture of Iban, and many other incredible experiences.

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What I Did in Three Days in Salt Lake City, Utah

Three days in Salt Lake City—from touring This is the Place Heritage Park to hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse, here are the highlights of my short but amazing visit to the capital of Utah.

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Two Weeks in India: My Group-Tour Experience

Don’t let the inevitable culture shock scare you away from having an amazing experience in India. It is a life-changing one.

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Arizona’s Cliff Dwellers Lodge and Its Unusual Origin

This is the origin story of the Cliff Dwellers Lodge and Restaurant and how a 1920s Broadway showgirl and her ailing husband became stranded and ended up converting some huge boulders into motel rooms.

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My Trip to Eritrea: Africa's Little Rome

My trip to Eritrea with its capital of Asmara the "little Rome" was unforgettable. From the history of the places I visited to the forced digital detox that is the norm for locals, it was an eye-opening experience.

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An Early Morning Hike in Tucson’s Catalina State Park to Romero Pools

One of the nice things about the wide-open spaces living in the western United States offers is the chance to get out into the great outdoors for a variety of hiking adventures.

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Canmore and Banff: A Canadian Experience You Won't Regret

I traveled to Canada to attend a wedding, and it is now one of my favorite places I have traveled. This article includes a full itinerary of my five-day adventure.

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Hiking Yellow Mountain (Ascending Into the Clouds)

Hiking Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) in Eastern China in August 2019, we were enveloped in fog and mist during the entire trip. Though we missed the wide-open vistas the mountain is famous for, it was made up for by the special ambiance created by the ever-shifting fog.

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5 Different Things to Do in Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos: a land where green mountains rise to the sky, valleys hidden by mist, and rivers and lakes twinkle in the distance. This article catalogues my trip and lists five really fun, interesting things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos.

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A Guide to Visiting 3 Amazing German Destinations

Germany is a mixture of beautiful natural landscapes and ever-changing automotive technology. I recommend you give a visit to this lovely country if you are planning for a Europe Tour.

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Exploring Hershey Park and Its Surrounding Areas

Hershey, Pennsylvania, bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” This article is based on my personal experiences, including missteps, during visits to the Hershey area. The visits span from 2002 to 2014.

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A Day Trip to the Spanish White Villages Ítrabo and Jete

While the sun is still high in the sky and the smell of wet soil and evergreen plants and fruit trees spreads like a veil of the finest perfume after the night's heavy rainfall, we decide to explore Ítrabo, a small village on the other side of the mountains.

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Places to Visit in Arizona: Slide Rock, Grasshopper Point, Apache Wash Trailhead

Here are two must-see places just north of Sedona and one bonus site on the way back to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. If you're traveling in the Southwest any time soon, use this guide and check out Slide Rock, Arizona and Grasshopper Point.

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Our New Brunswick Trip (Ferries, Seafood, Tides, and More)

Join me on our trip around New Brunswick, Canada. There's beautiful scenery, great food, and a fascinating multi-cultural history, making New Brunswick vacations truly memorable.

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Meandering the Western Australian Wheatbelt

The Western Australian Wheatbelt is a wildflower wonderland. Here are the places I went and the sights I saw (photos included). The beauty of these abandoned Wheatbelt towns is truly remarkable.

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Touring Nova Scotia

My recommendations for what to see, eat, and do in the lovely province of Nova Scotia, Canada. For armchair travelers or anyone planning a trip to the Maritimes.

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Wonderful Summer Weekend in Millcreek, Utah

Summer is almost ending, so my husband and I decided to have a wonderful morning weekend in Millcreek, Utah. We brought the essential items so we can make coffee and cook breakfast in the woods!

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Bourbon Distilleries in Kentucky: What We Visited While on Vacation

On our summer vacation, my husband decided he would like to try out Woodford Reserve. He put the idea out there and my two sons and I thought it would be fun to do. So we made it happen. Here I share my thoughts on our special time at these two locations.

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Wandering Through Winterset, Iowa

A visit to the town of Winterset, Iowa, featuring some of its highlights and history. Winterset, the county seat of Madison County, is the birthplace of John Wayne and location of the 1995 film, "The Bridges of Madison County."

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Exploring Tasmania's Central Lakes (From the Wall to Waddamana)

I spent a few days exploring the Central Lakes district of Tasmania, home of its hydro-electric scheme, a breathtaking sculpture and plenty of cold weather.

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Shimane Attractions: Shinto Gods, Surreal Gardens, and an Austere Black Castle

Shimane Prefecture is home to Shintoism’s oldest shrine as well as what is possibly the world’s most visually stunning Japanese garden.

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Overland: A Road Trip Across Australia

This is the first part of a journal of my solo drive across Australia - over 3500 kilometers.

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Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness

Tasmania's west coast is an amazing and picturesque location that I enjoyed traveling through.

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The Unchallenged Beauty of Angkor in Siem Reap

Despite the tragic history of Cambodia, its people are welcoming, warm and extremely friendly. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful country, traveling to Siem Reap and the beautiful Angkor Wat are absolute musts.

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Farewell, 1980s San Francisco

Travelling down memory lane can be disappointing if you hold on to the past, but if you're open to new discoveries, you'll be rewarded with new memories. These are my reflections of 1980s San Francisco and my present-day return.

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Maine's Abandoned Properties, Buoys, and Popovers

The hauntingly beautiful abandoned places in Maine filled me with wonder. Discovering unique and picturesque aspects of the Land of Frozen Ground left me wanting to learn more about its history.

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A Shakespeare Enthusiast's Trip to England

My unforgettable nine-day experience as an English major studying the history of the writer William Shakespeare.

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A One-Day Road Trip Through the Missouri Ozarks

Last weekend I got my first Sunday off this year. Rather than stay home and rest, we hit the road for some fun. Travel along with us on our Missouri road trip and see what we saw!

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Living in Bhubaneswar, the Land of Temples

Bhubaneswar is an ancient city in India’s eastern state of Odisha. It is a centre of economic, educational and cultural importance of in East India.

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Hoi An in 10 Photos

Hoi An remains one of my favourite places in Vietnam. There is always something new to find in this UNESCO-listed town and the surrounding countryside. It is the perfect place to sip a coffee (Vietnamese-style, of course) and watch the world pass by.