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Istanbul Highlights: 9 Unique Experiences You Can’t Miss (& 2 to Skip!)

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Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, is one of the world’s greatest cities. Spanning across two continents (Europe and Asia), Istanbul has been situated at a crossroad of civilizations for thousands of years. As such, today it is rich in cultural influences, impactful history, and majestic beauty. And with so much to see…

Porto Solo Travel: A Guide to the Beautiful Capital of Portugal’s North

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Thank you Expedia for sponsoring this post. Visit Expedia.com or download the app to book your solo trip today! Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, rivals Lisbon in its more quaint atmosphere, historic charm, beautiful nature, and artistic cityscapes. Porto is also famous for its easy access to beautiful national parks, thousand-year-old vineyards, friendly laid back locals,…

A Day in Bruges: One Day Itinerary to Visiting This Fairy Tale Medieval Town

The Medieval town of Bruges is a destination you can easily spend days enjoying, but if you have a tight schedule it is still very much worth doing a day trip to Bruges or even a half-day visit! Due to my limited work schedule, that’s what I had to do. And it was still a…

Bhaktapur Travel Guide: The Perfect Day Trip from Kathmandu in Nepal

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Bhaktapur, Nepal: an ancient Newar Kingdom from the 12th century, located 8 miles from downtown Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest and most powerful of the three main Newar Kingdoms, the other two being Kathmandu and Patan. Today, the city of Bhaktapur is known and visited for its well-preserved ancient architecture including courtyards and UNESCO world heritage…

7 Surprising Facts About Everyday Life in Cuba from Baracoa to Havana

I returned from my first trip to Cuba sporting a glowing tan, whistling to the hymns of the Buena Vista Social Club, and expressing a newfound snootiness for coffee. My more recent trip to Cuba, however, was less romanticized and involved a more “nacional” experience where I gained a more in-depth perspective of life on the island. Along…

Important Questions to Ask Before Committing to Pet/House Sitting Abroad

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House sitting is a wonderful tool for travelers, especially digital nomads, to spend time abroad for free in exchange for taking care of someone else’s apartment or cat/dog. Recently, I lived in a luxurious apartment all to myself, while taking care of a gorgeous King Cavalier Spaniel dog in a quaint part of Brussels in…

Life Outside the South Bronx: 5 Important Things I Had to Learn

Let me start off with a blasphemous admission: I hated the Bronx. [Gasp!] A lot of people love to reminisce about it and proudly cross their arms into an X chanting “BX!”And while it does give me a warm sense of pride and camaraderie to hear others boast about our roots, to me, when I’ve…

How to Get From Izmir to Ephesus for $2 in Four Easy Steps | Transportation Guide

Independent transportation to Ephesus from Izmir wasn’t very clear when I first researched my trip. This is likely because many Izmir trains and routes are brand new (so no help from Google maps). And also because many who visit Ephesus, arrive by tour buses or car rentals.  So if you’re a solo and/or more budget-conscious…

Jarabacoa Travel Guide: 21 Reasons to Visit the Dominican Alps

Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic is located at the foot of the majestic Dominican Alps. An area often overlooked by tourists, most of whom come to the Dominican Republic seeking beach towns or resorts. Thus, the mountain town of Jarabacoa has retained a quaint and underrated beauty, encapsulating an almost spiritual ambiance. With its dark…

How to Legally Travel to Cuba in 5 Easy Steps (After Trump Changes) 2019

The Trump Administration’s amendments to Cuban Assets Control and Regulation (CACR) have caused a ripple effect of doubt and misconceptions regarding travel to Cuba. In the midst of the hyperbole regarding the latest changes, many travelers have decided to cancel their flights or travel plans to Cuba. However, the changes enacted on November 8, 2017,…