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3 Off-Beat Hiking Destinations in Greece

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Most people when they think of Greece, they think of islands with amazing beaches, crystal clear water, white houses with blue shutters and cozy taverns that serve ouzo with mezes. You might also think of the archaeological sites and Athens. But did you know that mainland Greece is also an excellent hiking destination? The mainland consists mostly out of mou[...]

I Believe in Travel

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I've never really been a strictly religious person, although I have the greatest respect for those privileged enough to have found faith. Travel has always been the one constant in my life. Ever since my parents pulled me out of school aged 5 to spend 3 long months driving across Australia, me and sister bouncing along in the back seat of an old pink VW beet[...]

36 Hours in Akureyri, Iceland

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It’s a sleepy Sunday morning as I stroll through the colorful, tree-lined streets of Akureyri. Sidewalk cleaners sweep up broken glass, remnants of a wild Icelandic weekend, and besides a few early morning churchgoers, I’m alone with my thoughts as I wander to a secret spot that promises the best views of Iceland’s second largest city. Despite my warm, wo[...]

Avoiding the 'Venice Effect': Off Season in Bergen, Norway

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I went to Bergen, Norway in the summertime this past year and I liked it well enough. But then I returned to Bergen this winter - and absolutely I loved it. It was colder, it was rainier and it was darker, but it was also better. I couldn't stop gushing afterwards about the city, its charm and all its gorgeousness. I certainly registered those before, just n[...]

6 Safety Tips for Women visiting Morocco

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Morocco - a dream for many, especially solo traveling women who are longing for the colours, tastes and sounds of Northern Africa. But is it safe to travel here as woman? As this is one of the most frequent questions we are being asked by our readers, we thought, why not ask an expert? We invited Amanda Mouttaki, an American expat based in Marrakech to share[...]

Raped While Traveling, or Why a Nightmare Abroad Won’t Stop Me from Seeing the World

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As a 20-year-old female traveler, I am well attuned to the worries of my family and friends. In the past three years, I have traveled to 23 different countries on three continents, much of the time alone. Before each trip, I repeatedly received the same pieces of advice, telling me not to walk alone in the dark, always watch my drink, and not to place too mu[...]

Off the Beaten Path: Trekking in Bhutan

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I sat cross-legged and stiff whilst the monk chanted meditative prayers at 3,800 metres above sea level, breathing hard to catch my breath and calm my racing heart. I had just hiked up five hundred vertical metres from our grassy campsite on the plateau below to the monastery carved into the cliff. We left at the crack of dawn to be here for these morning pr[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]

Talking to Strangers, or The Fortune of Morocco

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I stood in the middle of Place Moulay Hassan, Essaouira’s main square, trying to decide where to venture first. The sea crashed against the city walls to my right, and I could hear a faint rumble from the medina behind me. I decided to see the famous harbour first and let myself be guided by the smell of seafood and the squawks of hundreds of seagulls. Then [...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]