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July, 2015

  • 16 July

    Why You Should Work in a Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    I’ve just finished working for my first hostel, and in Tirana, Albania of all places. One, I can’t wait to work in another, and two, everyone else needs to do so too. Yes, volunteering in a hostel will get you a free bed, and maybe even a few meals. But that’s actually the least motivating reason to work in a …

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  • 13 July

    Find True Roman Cuisine at Da Enzo 29

    Da Enzo 29 Outside

      Finding authentic Italian restaurants in Rome can be a challenge, but they do exist. Family owned Da Enzo 29 was one of the best restaurants I ate at while in Italy, and certainly the best meal I had in Rome, a town glutted with tourist attractions. Your first hint at an authentic Italian restaurant is there is nothing tourist …

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  • 1 July

    Who Ever Heard About Kotor, Montenegro

    Kotor from St John Fortress

    If you’ve never thought about going to Montenegro, I’m sorry to tell you…you are missing out! Once again my day trip to a city turned into three days, and I was sad to leave. I actually made a mistake going straight from Mostar, Bosnia to Kotor, Montenegro. I should have traveled via Dubrovnik and seen the filming locations for Game …

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June, 2015

  • 27 June

    Why You Should See Mostar, Bosnia

    Mostar Panorama

    After Croatia, I went to Mostar for a day. I literally had no idea what to expect about Bosnia and Herzegovina. My only knowledge of it was from the war twenty years ago. Once again, I differed to my hostel’s recommendation of what city to visit. I am so glad I did. While Sarajevo might have been nice too, Mostar …

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  • 26 June

    An Educational Adventure in Split, Croatia

    An Educational Adventure in Split, Croatia 1

    I was only in Split for a few hours. But it was just long enough to have a rather interesting adventure which was a good, educational experience for traveling. I went to Split after the Plitvice Lakes on the recommendation of the Falling Lakes Hostel manager. The only problem was I had already booked work in Tirana, Albania for the …

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  • 24 June

    Why You Must Visit Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls

    No trip to Europe will be complete if you don’t visit Plitvice Lakes. Many travelers have never heard of them, yet they are one of the most beautiful places on Earth. My own journey to Croatia started just to get out of the UK and Schengen zone for visa reasons. I had no idea how much I would fall in love …

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  • 22 June

    Best Lodging for Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes from the Waterfall

    There are hostels, and then there are HOSTELS! Falling Lakes Hostel is in a category all of its own. And it’s the best lodging for one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you’re looking for Plitvice Lakes lodging, this is the place! Falling Lakes Hostel is run by Irena and her brother Boris. It’s located in the small …

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  • 22 June

    My Croatian Adventure Begins in Pula

    Roman Arena

    I had no idea what to expect when I came to Pula. I only picked Croatia because it had the cheapest plane flight from the UK and was out of the Schengen Zone. But this is now my new favorite country. My adventure started in Pula, where I arrived from London at 9 AM. But let’s back up. I found …

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  • 19 June

    A Week Back in London

    Selfie at Tower Bridge

    Part of having all the time in the world when you travel is picking a cheaper plane flight from a nearby city, even if you have to wait a few days for the flight. But when you go to one of the most expensive cities in the world, that might not be the best choice. My trip to London became a launching pad …

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  • 15 June

    Meet Jasmina and her Amazing Riva Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    In my trip to Pula, Croatia, I stayed at Riva Hostel right along the beach near the center of town. It was there I met Jasmina. Jasmina co-owns the hostel with her brother Skender. In three years, she has built up the hostel into quite the place to stay. Originally from Bosnia, she studied in the USA. When she graduated, …

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  • 13 June

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

    Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the capital of the most stubborn, stingy culture in the world, and beautiful beyond belief. My original plan had been to go to Edinburgh just for a day for the Beltane Fire Festival before heading up to the Isle of Skye to see my namesake. Then after Verona and Brighton I started to appreciate spending more than just …

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  • 9 June

    A Day in Birmingham


    Birmingham was a way-stop for me after seeing family in England before going to Croatia. It’s the second biggest city in the UK and while I’m not keen on big cities, it was well worth the visit. There is no way you could ever explore Birmingham in a single day. I only had a few hours between my train and my …

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  • 6 June

    My Favorite Bus Tours in Scotland

    Hairy Coo Calf

    There are many bus tours in Scotland, most of which originate out of Edinburgh. Some of the key ones are Timberbush Tours, Haggis Adventures, Heart of Scotland Tours, and MacBackpackers. However, those tours cost money. A lot of it. And that’s not easy for me as a budget traveler. So while I can’t write this from experience of taking all those tours, there is one …

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  • 2 June

    How to Make Homemade Italian Tiramisu

    Skeppsgossen Tiramisu

    When I was in Verona my host taught me how to make homemade Italian tiramisu. I’d had tiramisu before but nowhere near as good as this. While it might be a family recipe, I feel obliged to post the recipe here. Serving Size 8 Preparation Time 30 minutes Ingredients 5 eggs 1/2 cup of sugar 250 grams (1/2 pound) mascarpone …

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  • 2 June

    5 Steps to Recover Lost Possessions

    Lost Passport

    Lost possessions while traveling is a big fear for travelers. Items are misplaced, lost, left behind or outright stolen, and this can ruin any length of travel. But how can you get them back? In my travels, I have lost my sunglasses, my bag, my camera, an old cap and a new cheap scarf. I tracked down my bag in two …

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