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Sand Dunes and Great Surfs: Wale’s Secret Adventure Travel Hotspot

Rest Bay surfing

Five experiences that make Bridgend County a hidden gem for adventurous travelers You may not have heard of Bridgend County, sandwiched snugly between Cardiff and Swansea along Wales’ stunning coastal path, but this is a destination that has been making waves as a hidden spot for adventure travelers. The county is home to some of [...]

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Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

Timanfaya National Park

We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing [...]

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Introducing the Many Faces of Andalusia, Spain

The Alhambra Palace in Granada

Spain means something different to everyone and for many people this country simply conjures up images of sunny beaches, flamenco dancing and paella. But there’s a lot more to this land than those stereotypes and nowhere is this more apparent than in Andalusia, one of Spain’s most diverse regions. A trip to Andalusia will provide [...]

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The Beauty of Norway: from Fjords to Mountains and Glaciers

From stunning fjords to massive glaciers and mountains, Norway is packed to the brim with gorgeous, untouched nature waiting to be explored. Thanks to its extreme northern location, it is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. For many, this rugged country remains a mystery – where the midnight sun shines endlessly in summer and the [...]

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Travel Deal: Get 50% Off European Hotel Stays

Corinthia St Petersburg

With traveling getting more accessible and affordable, there seem to be more and more money-saving websites and attractive deals to get travelers out of their homes and on the road. I’ve been sharing lots of awesome travel tools and products like Trover and Amadeus, and I thought I’d keep this fad going and introduce you to another great [...]

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From the Sierra to the Sea: Granada at a Glance

Ski pistes of Sierra Nevada

What do you look for when choosing a place to live? We seek for diversity, nature and culture all in one place. That’s why we chose to live in Granada, Spain. We’re convinced it’s the best place in the world to call home (at least for us) after having lived in many parts of the world — this province in southern Spain [...]

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A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

Trail markers on the Camino

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!

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The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such [...]

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The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch

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Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows

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Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Getting Injured on Day Two

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It’s only day two of our Camino walk and I’m already injured. Sigh. My left knee started aching terribly just when we were three-quarters through today’s hike and the pain just got worse and worse as I continued limping on the trail. I had to give up almost towards the end of today’s trek and [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Day One Updates

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The sky was tinged with purple streaks and the clouds were hanging low when we set off for our Camino pilgrimage this morning. It was barely dawn but we knew we needed an early start before the summer heat set in. Just as the doors of the albergue opened, we took our first step onto [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Why I’m Walking 300km

The Camino

This week, I’m off on a new adventure: I’m walking 310 km (192 miles) across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I had learned about the Camino on my first trip to Spain almost eight years ago, and ever since then, I’ve dreamt of walking it. We’ve lived in southern Spain on and off for about four years [...]

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Exploring our Backyard: Granada, Spain

The Alhambra

I’ve realized that we hardly write about our home base Granada here — perhaps it’s because we’re so familiar with it that we sometimes forget how beautiful it can be. It’s been almost four years since we’ve called Granada home, I think it’s time to shed some light on our life here in southern Spain. Entrenched [...]

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From the Road: Revisiting Madrid

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This week I’m in Madrid, the capital of Spain, to play tour guide. Our friends from Tanzania have come a long way to visit us and we’re exceptionally thrilled to see them in this part of the world. Five years ago, we spent a few months volunteering in Tanzania and it was during then that [...]

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