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Erasmus in Spain - An ode to the happiest year of my life

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It was 2014. I was 21 years old and living my best life, cut off from the rest of the world and enjoying daily sunsets in Cadiz. It was my Erasmus year in Spain. Everyone had told me how incredible this year would be, that I would be carefree, a social butterfly set out to see the world. They were right. There I was, falling in love with the Spanish l[...]

This Travel-Themed Mall Takes Visitors on a Real Journey

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Asia's vast shopping malls have become somewhat iconic in the modern-day. From the dinky hidden plazas of Hong Kong to the sprawling luxury malls of Singapore. Maybe shopping isn't a top priority for you on a trip - but there are certain cities where I think you'd be missing out on a real slice of culture by not indulging. Bangkok has to be one of them. [...]

Who, What, and Where are the Mentawai Islands?

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I have a confession to make. You know those beautifully shot tourism commercials for certain countries or states? Like “West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful” or “Incredible India” or “Australia: There’s NOTHING like it.” I love them. Maybe it’s because I’ve primarily watched international TV for the past two years, but there’s somethi[...]

What Lies 36 Hours Away in Indonesia? The Perfect Getaway.

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Your weekend getaway. The perfect island getaway. Blah blah blah getaway. In the vacation world, the word getaway is synonymous with a successful retreat from everyday life. But this word is everywhere. Are that many people really "getting away" from it all? And what does it even mean to "get away"? Get away from what? Your obligations? That's any holiday.[...]

Incredible free museums around the world

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Experiencing the word's most incredible collections of art, history and culture need not be expensive as many are completely free to visit. Check out the list below to add some of these free museums, from London to Tokyo, to your list of must-do's next time you head off on a city break. The Tate Modern, London Situated on London’s iconic Southbank wi[...]

The only 3 things you need to know about Bacalar- Mexico’s secret paradise

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When I first started planning my trip to Mexico here’s what I imagined. Enjoying the white beaches and washing down Modelos in Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. A quick break in a luxurious resort on the Riviera Maya (if I could get a good deal). Checking out some Mayan ruins in Tulum and finishing my trip in the notoriously dangerous Mexico City (just b[...]

Dear island life - 5 favorite memories

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There’s something wildly fascinating about islands and how they function. No matter how much closer we are growing through easier forms of transportation and the good old internet, there will always be a special vibe going on in those places - it surely does something to them, being so secluded. As I love discovering all those little traits, habits, fa[...]

Christmas at Hogwarts: The Complete Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour London

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Here I am on the train, it's finally happening. I boarded this train in London - had a little trouble finding the platform at first, but a helpful stranger took my by my hand and showed me the way. I waited impatiently for the train doors to open, quickly found my seat among others excited faces and now I'm here. Whisking through the city's suburbs, leaving [...]

36 hours of Japan - 10 things I clicked with right away

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Here’s the thing: I have never been to Japan before. I've got a vague memory of one of my university professors, talking about great cultural differences, about how difficult it can be to master a perfectly executed Japanese bow, about misconceptions and the challenges of intercultural communication. I’ve listened to friends who have been there, and vivi[...]

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