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5 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

5 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Part of me hates that we have to write articles like this.  Women should be able to do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, including traveling the world.  Unfortunately, although solo travel is an incredibly liberating, thrilling experience that everyone should try, solo female travelers have to take a little more care when traveling alone, to make sure they stay as safe as possible.  I asked fellow solo female traveler Nora from Rainy Adventures to…

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Backpacking Colombia: The Ultimate Colombia Backpacking Guide

Backpacking Colombia: The Ultimate Colombia Backpacking Guide

Colombia is my favourite country in South America.  After spending nearly three months here I fell in love with the people, food, dramatic scenery and cute colonial towns.  Even twenty years ago, Colombia was a no-go area for most travellers, but since the dark shadow of Pablo Escobar has lifted, Colombia has been recovering, and is now one of the hottest destinations for backpackers and holidaymakers from all over the world.  Backpacking Colombia is a treat for any discerning traveller,…

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Eating Prague Food Tour Review

Eating Prague Food Tour Review

Food, glorious food.  That is what I base most of my travel activities on, I admit.  From a cooking class in Mexico City to a food tour in Berlin and Kriol cooking in Belize I love to try local food.  I didn’t really know what to expect from Czech cuisine, but when I was planning a visit to Prague in the Czech Republic I wanted to learn more about Czech food and drink so looked up food tours in Prague. …

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La Paz: What to do in La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz: What to do in La Paz, Bolivia

A sprawling city, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world.  At 3640 metres above sea level, it really does take your breath away!  Technically the constitutional capital remains Sucre but holds the seat of government so they still manage to claim the top spot.  I came to spend a day and night in La Paz before starting my overland tour from La Paz to Cusco. After spending a few blissful days of relaxation at Colibri Camping, I…

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Visiting the Berlin Wall

Visiting the Berlin Wall

Berlin had quite an effect on me.  I loved the city, the funky vibes, and amazing food scene, but Berlin still has the shadows of a dark past.  Germany and Berlin are not afraid to face that past though, to remember it, cherish the memory of those who fell during the world wars, and during the division of the city and country into East and West.  They also use this past as a reminder of what must never come again. …

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Why You Should Visit Prague in Winter

Why You Should Visit Prague in Winter

There is no bad time to visit Prague.  Each season has its own charms, and there are plenty of things to do in Prague throughout the year.  Prague can get very cold in winter, but the snow brings a magical white blanket to the city.  I didn’t mean to visit Prague in winter, I went in the middle of March, but this year the weather was particularly brutal, and I found myself in Prague with sub-zero temperatures and snow.  Here…

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Where to Stay in Brno – Internesto Apartments Review

Where to Stay in Brno – Internesto Apartments Review

I was excited about my first visit to the Czech Republic, my 33rd country, and one that had been on my list for a long time.  After being at home for a month, I needed some space of my own, so instead of staying in a hostel as usual, I was looking for an apartment.  And I found Internesto.  A shared apartment, with a private room, a shared kitchen, bathroom and social area.  It sounded perfect!  Here’s my full review of…

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48 Hours in Brno, Czech Republic

48 Hours in Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city and is often overshadowed by Prague and smaller touristy towns like Cesky Krumlov.  However, don’t underestimate Brno.  I spent 3 nights in Brno and found plenty to do in this buzzing city.  If you still need convincing, here’s why you should go to Brno and some suggestions for things to do in Brno for a weekend visit. Visiting Brno Czech Republic Where is Brno? Brno is in the South East of the…

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Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park was on my list of places to visit in Ecuador, but sadly when I visited the park was closed as Cotopaxi volcano was erupting!  I will have to save it for the next time I visit.  Until then, I asked Eran Hayoun from Gulliver’s Expeditions to share his favourite ways to experience Cotopaxi National Park. Perhaps the most famous volcano in Ecuador, Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Recognizable by its…

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Backpacking Bolivia – Your Ultimate Bolivia Backpacking Guide

Backpacking Bolivia – Your Ultimate Bolivia Backpacking Guide

Bolivia is a sadly underrated country in South America, although that is gradually changing.  Less commercial then neighbouring Peru, and one of the cheapest countries in South America, backpacking Bolivia means you can pack a whole lot of incredible experiences into a small budget.  Bolivia really is one of the best countries to backpack in South America, and I’ve put together this guide with all you need to know about backpacking in Bolivia. Skip ahead to to read articles about specific…

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