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Why You Should Hire Local Guides When Traveling

As an independent traveler, I like to experience each place on my own, in the most personalized and unique way. By traveling independently, I avoid hordes of tourists, whistle-stop sightseeing, and generic itineraries. This is easy when traveling to countries with a well-traveled tourist trail, but I love to get off the beaten track and have […]

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How to Stay Energized and Happy While Traveling

For people who travel as much as I do, staying energized can be quite a challenge. Intense customs screening processes, jetlag, changes in climate etc. all add up to the stress of frequent travel. Sometimes traveling so frequently takes a toll on my mental and physical wellbeing. As a travel writer, I’m on the road all […]

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A Winter to Remember

Oslo Norway

It’s been a wonderful winter and definitely one of the best in my life. As I think back on the past month or so, I’m feeling a tad nostalgic, and I wish the holiday season wasn’t over just yet. We got to spend a lot of time with my family and also show Kaleya some of […]

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Street Art in Cyprus

Unlock Cyprus

As you probably know by now, I’m a fan of street art. I love tracking down street art around the world.  There’s just something about these urban art that makes you think. In recent years, street art has evolved into something more than just graffiti. It’s now a revered form of urban art that’s now appearing on the […]

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Winter in Cyprus: How It’s Like

winter in Cyprus

When planning our recent trip to Cyprus, we were a bit hesitant about traveling in winter. We knew winter in Cyprus would be warmer than elsewhere in Europe, but we weren’t quite sure if it would be the best time to visit. Would it be cold and gloomy? Or would restaurants and hotels be closed […]

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My 2016 Travel Plans and Goals

2016

I can’t quite believe 2016 is here already. 2015 was a great year, marked by a major milestone (with the arrival of Baby Kaleya) and packed with lots of challenges, adventures, tears and laughter. All in all, it was one of the best years of my life in terms of personal growth. However, travel had to take […]

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2015: My Year in Photos

2015 review

At the end of each year, I always make it a point to write a post about the places I’ve been to over the year as a way to look back at the miles I’ve traveled and reflect on the lessons I’ve learned. 2015 has been a very special year for me: Alberto and I welcomed […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Christmas greetings from WildJunket

It’s my favorite time of the year again! Christmas is always a good time to catch up with loved ones, slow down and reflect on the past year. Over our 13 years of travels, we have spent Christmas in many different parts of the world – from New York to London, Singapore to Norway. We’re truly […]

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33 Photos of Cyprus that Show It’s More Than Just a Beach Destination

Photos of Cyprus

Cyprus is known to many as a sun-kissed beach destination — but few of us know its history or culture. Armed with a curiosity to learn about this island, we headed to Cyprus last week to find out what this country is all about. As it turned out, Cyprus is far more than just a summer destination. It […]

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How To Sleep Better on Planes

With the holiday season now in full swing, I’m sure many of you are gearing up for your winter trip or the annual Christmas reunion with your family (I know we are!). We know how important it is to get a good night’s rest on the flight so you’re all refresh and ready to hit the […]

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How Will Cuba Change?

how will Cuba change?

With the recent strengthening of ties between the US and Cuba, many are questioning if the time-warped nation will ultimately lose its charm. We check in with the Cubans to find out. Since the US trade embargo was implemented almost 50 years ago, Cuba has been kept in a 1950s time warp, isolating it from […]

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How to Speed Through Airport Security this Holiday Season

airport security

With the holiday season coming up, airports will be getting busier than ever, and flying is about to get more annoying than it already is. Holiday travel this year will probably be even more challenging with extra airport security worldwide after the recent Paris terrorist attacks and the Russian plane crash in Egypt. As full-time travelers, we […]

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The Colonial Town Everyone Loves — Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad Cuba

If you only have time for just one place to visit in Cuba (besides charismatic Havana of course), make it Trinidad. But don’t trust me on that, ask anyone and they’ll surely tell you the same. Trinidad is the Cuba that many people imagine: rambling cobbled streets replete with cigar-smoking men playing dominos, hat-wearing guitar-wielding folk […]

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10 Least Visited Countries in the World

10 least countries in the world

When it comes to tourism, a few countries get most of the fame. France, Spain, and Italy are some of them, topping the list of the most visited countries in the world year after year. It’s high time to share a bit of the limelight with less visited – but no less interesting – nations around […]

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The Perfect Gift for Map Lovers (And a Giveaway!)

World map giveaway

I have a thing for world maps. I am so obsessed with maps that I’ve filled my house with maps of different sizes, designs and patterns. Our baby’s nursery is littered with globes and atlas, and an entire wall in our study room is dedicated to a world map marked with the places we’ve been. I even […]

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