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Staying at the Hotel of Ice in Romania

Ice mountain and hut

There is complete silence except for the occasional mountain wind blowing or ravens circling overhead. It’s like Narnia out here: frozen icicles hang from granite rock cliffs, the light bouncing off the snow is blinding me, and the sounds of ravens flying above are echoing through the ensemble of towering peaks that surround us. I’m standing […]

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11 Ways to Travel More Without Quitting Your Job

travel more without quitting your job

While the idea of quitting your job to travel the world sounds romantic, it’s definitely not for everyone. And it doesn’t need to be. Before becoming a travel writer, I had a regular job like everyone else but I still managed to travel at least five times a year even with just 14 days of vacation […]

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Fairy-tale Castles and Magic Mountains: A Dream Trip to Transylvania with Lonely Planet

Transylvania

It all began when I was a little girl. As a child, my favourite book was Bram Stoker’s Dracula; I must have been read it at least a dozen times. In my imagination, Dracula’s home, Transylvania, was a land full of witches, vampires and haunted castles — the stuff of nightmares. And as a (weird) kid, […]

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40 Photos of Cape Verde that Will Make You Want to Go There Now

Photos of Cape Verde

Not many people have heard of Cape Verde.  Since reading about it in a magazine a few years ago, I’ve been absolutely intrigued by it. How did a small archipelago nation with so little natural resources become one of the most economically stable countries in Africa? And being so remote and isolated from other countries, […]

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Our Family Trip to Lake Tahoe Captured by Flytographer

Lake Tahoe with Flytographer

As you can tell from this blog, we love taking photos when we travel. We’ve shot photos from all over the world – from Antarctica to Zimbabwe – but we’re embarrassed to admit that there are barely any decent photos of us together. Since Baby Kaleya came into our lives, it’s become even more important to […]

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Palm Springs: A Quirky Oasis in the Desert

Palm Springs

On our recent trip to California, we made Palm Springs our first stop, eager to explore the desert and bask in the Californian sunshine. Traveling from the cold sub-zero temperatures of Norway, we were warmly welcomed by the balmy, desert air of Palm Springs. Needless to say, even Baby Kaleya loved the transition. Right upon arrival, we threw off our […]

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The Perfect Winter Break in Oslo

winter break in Oslo

My first visit to Oslo was almost eight years ago. I fell in love with the edgy yet down-to-earth capital of Norway and have made it a point to return every other year. These days, it’s still as edgy and down-to-earth, but even more vibrant than before. It’s relatively small for a capital city but […]

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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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