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10 of the Cheapest Countries to Travel

cheapest countries to travel

Don’t let a small budget keep you from seeing the world. Some of the most interesting places in the world are also amongst the cheapest to visit. In fact, spending time in one of these countries as a tourist could be even cheaper than staying at home – especially if you try to live like […]

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The Secret Isles of the Atlantic — The Faroe Islands in Photos

Faroe islands photos

In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tiny islands with jagged peaks and vertiginous cliff faces jut out from the sea, piercing into the sky like giant daggers. Sea stacks, craggy bird cliffs and black sandy beaches dot the coast, while steep snowcapped mountains stretch across the length of the islands. This archipelago of 18 […]

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How I Get Paid to Travel

how i get paid to travel

After all, it had always been my dream to travel for a living. Before becoming a travel blogger, I had a 9-to-5 job like everyone else did — but they were just a means for me to save up and go travel. My life back then went like this: Work, save, travel, and repeat. I […]

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Retracing Slavery in Ghana

Retracing slavery in Ghana

Crumbling colonial buildings and half-built concrete blocks jostle for space alongside congested and pockmarked sidewalks. Corrugated-roofed slums and hundreds of fishing boats dot the rubbish-strewn beach. The choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean slam against the rocky coastline where centuries-old slave forts still stand today. Jamestown, the oldest and poorest area of Accra, is a […]

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Spirits and Spells: Voodoo Culture in Benin

Voodoo culture in Benin

Mention the word ‘voodoo’ and most people conjure images of dolls riddled with nails, and spooky witches casting spells on the innocent. So did I — until my recent trip to West Africa, the birthplace of voodoo. As I learned on this journey, voodoo isn’t some black magic or evil witchcraft as portrayed in Hollywood […]

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5 Travel Ideas for Summer 2016

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2016 has been flying by, and summer is fast approaching, which means summer vacation planning time! Whether you’re out of ideas or just looking for some fresh inspiration, the following list of top destinations for this summer season will be sure to provide you with some added motivation. With suggestions spanning over half the continents, […]

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From Slavery to Voodoo: My Journey into the Heart of West Africa

West Africa

For a long time, travel to West Africa was restricted — due to civil wars, tribal conflicts, terrorism and the ebola outbreak. Today, this is the world’s poorest region, with many countries here occupying the lowest positions in the UN Human Development Index. A large percentage of people here survive on barely $20 a month. For travelers, […]

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A Look Back at Kaleya’s Travels in Her First Year

Kaleya in Lake Tahoe

Last month, we celebrated the momentous event of Kaleya turning one year old. (I know! How did one year pass just like that???) In the past month, Baby Kaleya has blossomed into a toddler. Having taken her first steps at 10 months old, she’s now waddling her way all over the place and loving this […]

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Easter in Poland: From Medieval Towns to Snow Mountains

Easter in Poland

Spring had just arrived to Poland. With the sun coyly poking through thick clouds, Poland was slowly awakening from a long winter slumber. The Easter markets were in full swing, oozing an infectious atmosphere with its lively beer gardens, bratwurst stands, and colourful arts and craft stores. While it wasn’t as warm as we’d imagined, […]

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10 of My Favorite Winter Experiences

FAVORITE WINTER EXPERIENCES

While writing my previous blog post (a guide on polar cruises), memories of my epic winter trips came flooding in. I recall the time I sat on the snow in Antarctica and watched one penguin after another waddle past me, that time I looked a polar bear in the eye when it was just a few […]

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Antarctica vs Arctic: How to Choose and Plan Your Polar Cruise

“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.” So said Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed expedition to Antarctica and famously documented their experiences in his memoir The Worst Journey in the World. Thankfully, discovering the polar […]

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Get Paid to Travel — How to Become a Travel Blogger

how to become a travel blogger

When I first started this blog in 2008, never in a million years could I imagine where it would take me. It’s brought me around the world – across 100 odd countries and seven continents – and led to some epic adventures and lifetime experiences: from expedition cruising in Antarctica to overlanding the Silk Road, tracking […]

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Visiting My 100th Country: Taiwan

Taiwan

100 countries. I never thought I would make it this far. Considering the fact that there are 197 countries in the world, 100 seems like a small number – just over half of the total number of countries in the world – but it’s taken me 13 years of pretty intensive travels to reach 100 countries. […]

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10 Countries that Contribute the Most to the World

countries that contribute most to the world

The latest country-ranking index doesn’t measure GDP or even national happiness. Instead, the Good Country Index (GCI) ranks countries based on how much they do for others on the planet. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and 35 other international organisations, each nation is judged on how much it contributes to the common good of […]

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