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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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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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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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