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Travel: A Long Way Back: Stories of Travelling Home Book Review

  Travel: A Long Way Back: Stories of Travelling Home by Michael Fraiman (book review written by Wilbur Linsdell)   A Long Way Back: Stories of Travelling Home chronicles the journey of Michael and his girlfriend V from them leaving North America to live as ex-pats teaching English in South Korea to their return journey home …

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Solo Cycling trip around the Baltic Sea

In the summer of 2015, Jennifer Tough cycled from Copenhagen to Copenhagen, a complete 3800km circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea, solo and unsupported, in just 35 days. The trip started with freezing nights camping in deep forests of the Nordic countries, then transitioned to terrifying and at times goofy Russian traffic, then she explored the …

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So You’ve Never Heard of Reunion Island?

Lindsay Polega is a travel blogger and adventure enthusiast currently based out of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Her past travels have taken her through Europe, across Canada and the U.S., and into many oceans. If you would like to follow her adventures, or take a peek into her past ones, visit her blog …

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Male Travelers do for Solo Female Travelers

10 Things Awesome Male Travelers do for Solo Female Travelers

When I talk about Igloo with male friends I usually get one of three reactions: The supportive but not that interested: “Oh, that’s cool (pause) … you know I … (change subject)” The defensive / bewildered: “Why do you need to empower women to travel?” The feeling left out: “So men can’t be part of …

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Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia

Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia Colombia is no longer a well-kept secret travel destination in South America. With huge improvements in safety and the country’s tourism board spending millions of dollars in promotion, Colombia is emerging from its haunting past to be on the bucket list of many wanderlusters. There are many reasons why …

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The tales of two colonial towns in Colombia: Cartagena vs Mompóx

A walk back in time Founded in 1533 by Spanish commander Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena de Indias was named after Cartagena, Spain, where most of his sailors were from. The town experienced an exponential growth due to its strategic location on the Caribbean coast and its wealth of the region, especially gold mining. It soon …

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Ashlan-Fuu in Karakol

Introducing: Dungan Ashlan-Fuu

Introducing: Ashlan-Fuu We’ve told you before about 8 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan and 11 Things to Do in Bishkek but in all honesty most travelers don’t list ‘amazing food’ as one of their highlights from a trip through the ‘Stans. Drinking alcoholic horse milk and eating sheeps’ brain are good fun (and great stories!), to be sure, but …

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Introducing Gawai Dayak: the Harvest Festival in Sarawak

Introducing Gawai Dayak: the Harvest Festival in Sarawak

  Introducing Gawai Dayak: the Harvest Festival in Sarawak   Gawai Dayak is the celebration of the Rice Harvest Festival of the Dayak people of Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia). Gawai Dayak translates literally to “Dayak Festival”. The Dayaks are the name given to dozens of individual ethnic tribes of the region, which are chiefly divided into …

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Perfect Cup of Coffee

One Man Travels the World for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

The following is a sponsored article from the coffee experts at Taylors of Harrogate. What if you made it your mission to traverse the globe for the perfect cup of coffee? To source the ingredients from the purest places? To find the best coffee beans, the purest water, the most-perfect roasting location, and the freshest …

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Introducing: Kyrgyzstan's Alpinad Festival

Introducing: Kyrgyzstan’s Alpinad Festival Out of my tent and onto the trail at 05:00, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Archa National Park look somehow less imposing before the sun rises fully to illuminate the top of ‘Young Communists’ Peak nearly 6500ft above. Despite my pre-dawn enthusiasm, I’m quickly put in my place as one after another …

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