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That Greek X-Ray Story

  It was the point at which I was crawling towards the bathroom across the floor of our apartment in Athens at 7am, swearing like an ...

Coming Home to My Polo Neck

  Pulling the thick black cotton over my face sparked a memory in the back of my mind. This was my favourite buy from the previous winter, ...

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Driving Through Iberia: Porto to Madrid

  This is the final post in a four-part series on driving through Spain and Portugal. If you haven't seen the others, make sure you catch up ...

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Driving Through Iberia: Sintra to Porto

  This is part three in a four-part series on a drive through Iberia. If you've not caught up on previous posts in the series, make sure you ...

Driving Through Iberia: Sagres to Sintra

  This is the second in a multi-post series about my Spain and Portugal road trip. If you haven't read it already, you can find the first ...

Driving Through Iberia: Cádiz to Sagres

  I hadn't seen Cara in nearly two years. We had parted ways in August 2012 after becoming close friends as expats in Barcelona, and our ...

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The New GKM: On Setting Goals and Being You

  Do you know what my least favourite word is right now? Should. Recently, a life coach friend of mine asked me to help her with a ...

Barceloneta – The Last Barrio

  Barcelona? It’s a theme park. “The world’s best shop”  – Llum Ventura, resident of Barceloneta. Quote from Bye Bye ...

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Thailand: Woman vs Cockroach

  (Please forgive all the cursing in this post. In fairness, the amount written here is actually only a tiny fraction of the amount I was ...

Getting Over Your Fear of the Unknown

Getting Over Your Fear of the Unknown

  Wow, you’re brave. Seriously? By yourself? Aren’t you scared? These are things I’m very accustomed to ...

Warsaw’s Pop-Up River Bars

  By the time I was ducking my head to walk under unfinished bridges, dodging rubble in construction sites, and watching my flip-flopped feet ...

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23 Ways to Get Wonderfully Lost

    Not just lost, but wonderfully lost. This might be a phrase you've heard or read pasted on many travel-related pictures ...

Discovering Ontario’s Cottage Country

  As spring creeps into Ontario, fevered anticipation lingers in the air. Locals shake off the snow, stomp out their boots, switch their ...

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Growing Into Your Style of Travel

  It’s been five years since I started travelling, two and a half since I’ve been living nomadically, and a lot has changed. Back in ...

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Exploring Warsaw’s Praga With Kasia

  'You see these buildings here, the apartments? Behind them runs the railway line. Those blocks of flats were built all the way along it so ...

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Interviewing Today’s Torontonians

I left Toronto at the beginning of May 2014, after living there for just under a year. Upon leaving, I thought about writing a long-winded ode to ...

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Retrome Vintage B&B: Sleek and Chic Barcelona

  Ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with anything vintage or retro, and for that I thank my father. Looking back on my ...

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15 Places for Comfort Food in Toronto

    The food. Oh, the food. This is, and always will be, my response to the question, ‘What was the best part about living ...

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You Are Foreign (and That’s Okay)

  It's the truth of travel. You are, and always will be, foreign in any other country but your own. There seems to be a 'you're not from ...

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The Pros and Cons of Solo Travel from a Solo Cyclist

  The following is a guest post from the highly adventurous Dave of Vague Direction. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” - Paul ...

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Cuba: 14 Need-to-Know Varadero Tips

    To many, Cuba is a mystery. For some, it is even entirely off-bounds, making it even more alluring. Before I travelled to this ...

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I Love the People of Varadero, Cuba

    In the space of three days, I had given impromptu English lessons in the ocean, been invited to spend the day with a Cuban ...

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Argentina: Hiking Cerro Llao Llao in Patagonia

‘You haven’t even reached the best part yet. Keep coming further up - the view is so much better here!’ If what my friend Jeremy was seeing ...

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Best Cafés and Bars in Toronto For Winter

  This winter in Toronto has been a rough one, and even though the sun is shining as I write this, I don’t think we’re out of the woods ...

How India Took its Hold, and Never Let Go

  It was like breathing in soup. I could hear nothing but horns, see nothing but people, and smell nothing but spice and heat, dense and ...

USA Bus Travel: Two Weeks through the Northeast

  It's a feeling that every travel addict has experienced. Maybe you've suddenly come across some time to spare. Perhaps some other plans ...

The Good, Bad, and Bearded – Toronto’s Parkdale

I moved to Parkdale in Toronto in September of 2013. I started living with three girls, good friends, on a quiet street tucked away in between Dundas ...

NYC: Budget Accommodation – Hostels vs Couchsurfing

  Accommodation for the thrifty traveller in New York is a nightmare at first glance. As one of the most expensive cities in the world, NYC ...

Pizza Wars: Chicago vs. New York City

  It’s safe to say that if there were such a thing as pizza tourism, I would be its biggest fan. Pizza has been a favourite food of mine ...

A Fun Facts Guide to the Chicago Skyline

    As some of you know, a few weeks ago I went on a journey through the USA – my first trip back in a good few years! Chicago ...

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Volunteering And Applying Skills In Cambodia

  The following is a guest post from Tash of joulet. Having finished my studies and been in a real job for just a little over a year, I ...

Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand

  The following is a guest post from Mindy of Bounding Over Our Steps. That first night, I was sprawled out on the bed trying to move as ...

Montreal: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat Sandwiches

  Those of you who read my blog a lot will know that I really enjoy seeking out hidden gems and offbeat activities in a city, but sometimes ...

Al Fresco Drinking in Barcelona

  It’s time for honesty, guys. When the sun is shining down on me, there is nothing I would rather do than go and bathe myself in it, with ...

Best Mobile Apps for Toronto

  Before I came to live in Toronto back in May 2013, I traveled with a Blackberry. The back of the phone was held in place with a hairband, I ...

The India-Pakistan Wagah Border Closing Ceremony

  I never thought that the greatest high kick I’d ever see would come from the legs of an Indian solider. Neither did I think that I would ...

Guide to Kensington Market, Toronto

  I think almost every city in the world has one of those offbeat neighbourhoods where all the other customs and rules of that city just get ...

A Guide to Living Like a Local in Barcelona

  When you’re an expat living in a new city for a while, you notice that there are certain little customs and quirks that the locals have, ...

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The Mongol Rally Part 4 – Reaching Ulaanbaatar

  We were now approaching the border which defined the very purpose of The Mongol Rally. From the beginning, the concept of entering ...

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The Mongol Rally Part 3 – Racing Through Kazakhstan

  The following is a guest post from 2012 Rally veteran James Higgins. Known to me as 'Big Bro'. We have a lot of sibling rivalry when it ...

The Mongol Rally Part 2 – Onwards through Europe

  The following is a guest post from my brother, James. Yes, traveling is in our blood.     With the roads surrounding ...

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The Mongol Rally Part 1 – Preparation

  The following is the first in a series of guest posts from my brother, James. And you thought I was adventurous... 'The Mongol Rally, ...

7 Reasons to Visit Warsaw this Summer

    The following is a guest post from Agness of eTramping.  Nowadays, Poland is getting to be more and more popular travel ...

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Beginner’s Guide to the London Underground

  The London Underground is, for me, one of the easiest metro systems to work around especially considering how huge the city is. With clear ...

The Fantasy Land of the Trulli in Alberobello, Italy

  Back in September 2012, right before I went off on my adventures to South America, I went on a quick jaunt for a week with my Mum and Aunt ...

5 Things I Love About the Gràcia District of Barcelona

  During my time living in Barcelona last year I stayed in an apartment in a district named Gràcia, which lies just north of the city ...

The Sweet and Spiced Moroccan Tajine

  Before tasting my first tajine, I didn't exactly know what to expect. Is it like some kind of stew? Meat and fruit just sounds a bit weird ...

5 Things To Do in the City of Bath, UK

  About 100 miles west of London lies Bath, a city rich in literary history, grand architecture, and country spirit. As a native of England, ...

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My Love Affair with Spanish Tapas

  Before I lived in Spain last year I had tried tapas once or twice during previous holidays but it was in 2012 that I really fell in love ...

Travels in Tibet – Journey to the Roof of the World (Pt 2)

  This is the second part of a guest post from Felix Avery, you can find the first part here.     Aside from the ...

Travels in Tibet – Journey to the Roof of the World (Pt 1)

  This is a guest post from Felix Avery.  Known for years as the hidden jewel in the crown of the Himalaya, modern-day Tibet is no less ...

The Weirdest Show on Earth – Cholitas Wrestling, La Paz

  I never thought I'd be the type to go to a wrestling show. Beefed-up men in spandex hurling each other round a boxing ring just do not ...

Self-ruled Slammer – San Pedro Prison, La Paz

  A friend of mine raised his camera to take a picture of the entrance to San Pedro prison, and his action was met with a glare from a ...

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Bolivian Salt Flat Tour Day 3 – The Flats

  As the famous Fatboy Slim once said, 'You've come a long way, baby'. Which is exactly what I thought to myself when I woke up at 4.30am on ...

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Bolivian Salt Flat Tour Day 2 – Deserts

  We woke early for our second day of the tour, after a slightly disturbed nights sleep due to the altitude. They say the best way to ...

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Bolivian Salt Falt Tour Day 1 – Lagoons

  It's 7.30am and I'm sat cross-legged on my backpack on the side of a dirt road in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, with 3 French people I had ...

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San Pedro de Atacama – Valley of the Moon Tour

  San Pedro de Atacama has been the gateway to the desert for tourists for several years now. The tiny, rustic town right in the north of ...

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Climbing Cerro Alto in Bariloche, Argentina

  As anyone who's been to Bariloche in Argentina will be aware, there are many opportunities to climb various mountains just outside the ...

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Museo de la Memoria – Córdoba, Argentina

  I don't go to many museums when I'm travelling, usually because I'm trying to save money or they're about something I'm just not all that ...

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Go Hard or Go Home – Finding Love for Solo Travel

  In 2008, at the age of 20, I took my first trip travelling alone. I wanted to get away for a week I had free before I went back to ...