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by IMDonehere @ Fodor's Forum

Been to Barcelona many times, but have not been there in 10 years, what's new? I usually go to Sagrada Familia to see how it progressing but we...

Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of […]

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Hidden things to do in Singapore for the true traveler

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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When you think of Singapore, a few things might come to mind. Some are towering cities flooded with international business people; others is sprawling resort complexes that essentially act as entertainment centers. These are certainly among the prevailing images of this metropole at the southern edge of Malaysia, and they maybe give a feeling that […]

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Listen To Food Republic Today: Esquire‘s Jeff Gordinier

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn Esquire‘s food and drink editor, Jeff Gordinier, profiled renowned chef and restaurateur Francis Mallmann in a recent Esquire issue.  On today’s episode, Gordinier discusses his trip to Mallmann’s Patagonian island getaway, but also sheds […]

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5 Finnish Delicacies You Must Try If You Visit Finland

by Sean @ Venturists

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Ok, we’ve never been to Finland, but we know many people who have and rave about the country, the people, and the amazing outdoor activities. We don’t, however, usually hear too much about the food of Finland. So, when Evan Kristine offered to give us a primer on her favorite foods of the region, we happily […]

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Top 10 Barcelona Restaurants for First-Time Visitors

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Barcelona expert Alex Sexton shares his Top 10 restaurant picks for anyone who wants to have a great meal in his favorite European city.

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Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a […]

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Cambodia Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 2 Weeks in Cambodia

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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These 2-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Cambodia itinerary. This is an amazingly diverse country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip! There are so many ways to experience Cambodia that two weeks is not nearly enough! If time is not an issue, […]

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The Strand Hotel Yangon, Myanmar A Review

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Experience: Upon my arrival, I was impressed with the colonnaded entrance at The Strand. The architecture and furnishings transported me to era of colonial opulence. Elegant black and white color palette set the backdrop. Rattan furniture, Burmese antiques, and marble flooring create a lovely historic feel to this recently renovated property. The hotel is quite intimate with only 31 suites. …

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Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Street Food Tour in Hanoi


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Taking a street food tour in Hanoi was something I had looked forward to for years, after jealously drooling over a friend’s foodporn from Vietnam. Well, I finally made it and was ready to ea…

El Nido: Because Everybody’s Doing It

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

What’s that you say? I was in the Philippines last year? That’s true. But since it’s been one of my fave places so far, I felt like I needed to wrap it up properly. And everybody visits the island of Palawan when they go to the Philippines… El Nido is the shockingly beautiful, shockingly fun spot in the Philippines that backpackers flock to. Of course, like everywhere in the Philippines, it ain’t THAT easy to get to. From Cebu it’s a short flight to Puerto Princesa, a bit of haggling for a 5 or 6 hour sweaty van ride (though they promise “It’s 4 hours only!”), and you’re there! After spending a little too much time in other island destinations like Boracay and Malapascua, I didn’t have many of my 30 days in the ‘Peens left for anywhere else except El Nido and Coron. If I could do it again (and I MIGHT!) I’d try to hit up Port Barton. It’s a little paradise-like place on Palawan that folks say resembles El Nido ten years ago. El Nido isn’t much upon first glance. It’s a dusty, colorful, slightly rundown beach town. Okay, so it was dark when I finally got […]

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Hanoi’s Weather

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

  DOES VIETNAM HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST CORRUPTION RATINGS IN THE WORLD? Ahhhhh …  Let’s Talk about the Weather   🙂 To best understand Hanoi’s weather, it’s important to consider the interplay of HEAT, RAIN, and the amount of  SUNSHINE each month. (NOTE FOR EXAMPLE: Little rain in Hanoi in January through April, but [...]

Top Things to do in Rome for Foodies

by Team Venturists @ Venturists

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Rome is a wonderful city that has plenty to offer all kinds of visitors, including people who are food fans. If you are planning a visit to the city, we strongly suggest that you add a few of the ideas below to your itinerary. Enjoy a Guided Food Walk Combining a walk with tasting local […]

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Eat Hanoi street food safe - How to taste street food safely in Hanoi

Eat Hanoi street food safe - How to taste street food safely in Hanoi


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Besides discovering new places, I also love to taste the local culinary and for sure it will make my trip more enjoyable and unforgettable. Hanoi is known for the diversity and delicious street food, but will you eat Hanoi street food safely without getting sick? Our suggestion for tasting Hanoi street food properly, choose the…

How To Plan The Perfect Bachelor And Bachelorette Party

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By John Homan           Visiting Las Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party is a time-honored tradition many young people choose to take part in. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas has so many activities, foods, and excitement to offer. So, what does it take to plan the perfect bachelor …

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Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They […]

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Things To Do in Curacao

by Team Venturists @ Venturists

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Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea north of the Venezuelan coast is the fascinating island of Curacao.  It actually consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.  This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time. […]

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How to Eat Your Way in Sintra in One Day

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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What to Say and How to Say It (advice for Hanoi Tourists)

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

What to Say?  …  and How to say it ! Okay, you read about a great new Hanoi street food vendor or Hanoi eating adventure (presumably here at Eating Hanoi!).  You decided to take on that adventure by jumping onto one of Hanoi’s possibly air-conditioned buses, figuring out how to find your way and pay [...]

Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

The Pinks Sands Club on Canouan Island was such a surprise to me! This was my second work trip (my first was to Uruguay, Chile and Chilean Patagonia) and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I get to travel to some pretty fantastic places, The Pink Sands Club included. Snuggled on a private beach on an island in St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the Caribbean, the hotel is white with splashes of bright pink and blue – a favorite combo of mine. Each room is slightly different but all in the same style. Each room in the hotel has a large terrace overlooking the ocean – my sister came with me on this trip and we liked to sleep with the door open to the terrace so we could hear the ocean as we went to sleep. Canouan Island has a population of roughly 2,500 people. The […]

Green and Red Chicken Enchiladas

by Jen @ Venturists

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One of my favorite things about eating at restaurants while traveling trough Mexico is being offered several types of salsas. After being seated a variety of salsas are often placed on the table, and they can widely depending on the region. Each sauce has a different level of heat and complexity that can completely change the […]

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Corsica ... should we stay in Calvi or Bastia?

by dorm57 @ Fodor's Forum

We're planning a stay in Corsica this summer and would appreciate opinions on which coastal area might be preferable ... Calvi or Bastia. Either has...

My Summer In Review, Part 1: New Zealand to Thailand

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

“Where’s Trailing Rachel been?” I hear you screaming. Or maybe not. Either way, I owe you an explanation I guess according to my mother. I’ve been freelancing. You know, to keep this traveling lifestyle going. You didn’t think the original budget for 10 to 12 months would last when the trip got extended to 2+ years did you? Anyway, I’ve been writing a lot of online content and my list of clients has grown kind of a lot, so I stay pretty busy during the weekdays – and even some weekends, shocking I know! Of course, I still get to go on walks and take breaks and sleep when I feel like it. Duh, this isn’t an office job. I’ve also been moving around quite a bit more than I would at home when I’d just get back to my apartment after work and blog for the hell of it. And hey, while I’m living abroad, why wouldn’t I wanna have beers outside go exploring after I finally get off my laptop? When you’re writing all day to get paid, it’s not exactly the first thing you want to do with your free time. (My girl Anna feels me on this!) Plus, sometimes […]

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What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


2foodtrippers

Wondering what to eat in Hanoi Vietnam? Our Hanoi food guide has the best spots to eat and drink in the wonderfully chaotic Vietnamese city.

How to Plan for the Yee (Yi) Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

After experiencing Yee Peng in 2017, I wanted to write an article describing the ins and outs of the festival, something that could answer important questions about the event in a single post. If you're looking to attend the 2018 Yee Peng Festival, then I hope you find this guide useful.

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Getting a Local’s Perspective in Venice

by Sean @ Venturists

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One thing you can be sure of when you visit Venice is….crowds. People flock to the city of canals during the high season, and for good reason. Venice is like no other place on earth, with the maze of waterways, crooked streets, and fascinating history. But the crowds can be stifling too. Massive St. Mark’s Square (Piazza […]

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Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


Authentic Food Quest

Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes are from Hanoi. Here is the top 10 local Vietnamese food you must eat in Hanoi including Pho, Bun Cha, and more!

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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Seoul Dining 3: Kalguksu Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

On our travels, we can meekly sit down at an uncrowded table and eat mediocre food. In fact, to us it might register as good food. How would we know? One principle that we espouse on our street food tours...

7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Luxury cruises in Asia are an undisputed treat. ‘Throw off the bowlines’ as the Mark Twain quote urges – cast away your ties to ordinary travel and embrace the timeless enchantment of the overwater journey. Cruising is one of our favorite ways to see a country – all the more when it’s aboard an elegant

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Best Danang Seafood Restaurants – Where to eat in Da Nang

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Best Danang seafood restaurants is one of the most wanted information since 5 years. With the rapid development, Danang becomes not only the most-worth living city but also a very

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Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

by Jen @ Venturists

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This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also […]

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Vietnamese Street Photography

by Ali Waugh @ Emporium Hanoi

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Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Hanoi travel often treats you well with happy and full stomach thanks to a wide range of delicious street food in almost every corner. As Hanoi cuisine is diverse and

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Feeling thirsty in Hungary? Check out our favorite places to drink including hip Budapest ruin bars plus cool spots for beer, cocktails and wine. Finding a bar in Budapest is like finding hay in a haystack. The Hungarian capital has a lot of drinking establishments, many filled with young professionals and visiting tourists. Though infamous for its funky ruin bars, the river split city also has traditional pubs, classy wine lounges and even spa bars. Yes, you can imbibe at Budapest bars while getting your soak on. We visited our first (but ...

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Croatian Food: Things to Eat and Drink in Croatia

by Sean @ Venturists

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Croatian food is as complex and varied as the many cultures that have influenced its evolution. Easily recognizable Italian, Middle Eastern and Ottoman influences intermingle with Croatia’s Balkan staples. Several distinct regions in Croatia reflect their own influences on the cuisines.The county’s long coastline gives it access to a wide range of seafood, making fish and shellfish very […]

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Traveling Long-Term? Don’t Forget About These 6 Things to Budget For!

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

When Sean and I first started planning and figuring out budgets there were just a few things that we forget to budget for. Which starts to add up after awhile. So if you are planning on hitting the road for awhile, here are 6 things […]

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Fast food nation

Fast food nation


Traveller

Dugald Jellie relishes the tastes and aromas of Hanoi, from simple street food to splendid La Grande Bouffe moments.

Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

by Jen @ Venturists

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During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to […]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Chiang Rai is regarded as the northernmost "large city" in Thailand, though it isn't actually that big. It's much smaller and less developed as a tourist destination than neighboring Chiang Mai. It's perhaps best known for Wat Rong Khun, a striking all-white structure that serves as both a Buddhist temple and an art exhibition.

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

Finding Hanoi vegetarian food is tough when you're new in the city. Here's your guide to street food stalls and restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi!

Hanoi Street Food Tour - Our Review - Thrifty Family Travels

Hanoi Street Food Tour - Our Review - Thrifty Family Travels


Thrifty Family Travels

Hanoi Street Food Tour gives you an opportunity to get familiar with Vietnamese food. Stop at 8 different places around Hanoi - perfect for families too.

Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

by Sean @ Venturists

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Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, […]

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Japanese Culture & Tradition Facts: 11 Etiquette Tips Before You Go

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Japanese culture and traditions are incredibly unique, making it a dream destination for a lot of travelers. That said, the fact is that Japan can be an intimidating country for first-time visitors. Here's a few etiquette tips that will make you feel more comfortable.

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The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

You have just visited Hanoi and would like to try HANOI STREET FOOD with mouth – watering dishes. Let’s explore HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR with us

San Francisco in three photos

San Francisco in three photos

by Annie Bananie @ Annie Bananie en Europe

The second stop of my three-part trip in November 2017 was San Francisco. Here is San Francisco in three photos. Sunrise over San Francisco, as seem from the Golden Gate Bridge. A man, a mural, and a taxi in Chinatown. Can’t miss the iconic Golden Gate Bridge itself, even on a rainy day, near Fort […]

Sherloft: An Instagrammable Hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

When looking for accommodations, the most important things for us are value, cleanliness, and location. When we find a place like Sherloft that's stylish on top of all that, it's a major plus. Highly recommended in Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bandung Indonesia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Cover photo by Ana Espino If you’ve never heard of Bandung, Indonesia, you have been missing out. With its volcanoes, hot springs, stunning natural beauty, and bargain shopping, Bandung has lots to offer every visitor. Here are a list of top things to do in Bandung that might just get you packing your bags. A […]

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Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “Spätzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been […]

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Georgian Chicken in Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Savory Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce was one of the first sauces we tried when we arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia. For those that are unfamiliar, Georgia (formally the Republic of Georgia) is a post-Soviet country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Black Sea. Before we arrived, we knew about the cheesy bread (khachapuri) and the […]

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The Best Top 10 Tips For An Awesome Fishing Trip

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By Rebecca: Are you planning for another good time? Want to know more about how to enjoy your much-needed R and R? Do you need to find out more about fishing trips and how to enjoy them? Allow me to help you with that! A fishing trip is a great experience! I was lucky to have such a supportive family; …

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7 Awesome Koh Samui Activities and Adventures (that you won’t find on other lists!)

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

Koh Samui island has long been one of the country’s favourite hotspots for tourists and holidaymakers. These days, on arrival at Thailands second-biggest island you can find literally hundreds of…

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December 2017 travel re-cap: from the snow to the desert

by Anna @ slightly astray

Yay for the last monthly recap of 2017! December turned out to be amazing. I didn’t have anything planned but it ended up being pretty action packed. One more week in New York I was scheduled to leave New York and return to LA in the very beginning of December. The day of my flight, I packed up all my stuff, stripped my bed, and prepared to say bye to Ray and Carmela. We were all feeling sad that I...



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Mini Crustless Quiches with Zucchini and Swiss Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having these little mini crustless quiches around is a delicious way to make sure you have a good high protein snack ready whenever you need one. I like to pop one in the microwave in the morning or grab one for a quick lunch when I’m in a hurry. They are filling and so delicious! […]

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20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic


Food Republic

Food-loving globetrotters, here’s a bit of sound advice: If you’re headed to Vietnam’s northern city of Hanoi, we’d recommend you pack a pair of elastic-banded pants. The city is a wonderland of cheap eats and drinks, offering an endless variety of soups, noodles, buns, rolls and sandwiches paired with plenty of fresh herbs — and fresh beer, too.

Observations & Ramblings From Two Months Camping Around New Zealand

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Here are a few things that I’ve noticed while camping and housesitting here in New Zealand for the past two and a half months. This post is a bit of a ramble (kinda like this one) so enjoy… New Zealand is expensive. I knew it would be. But like, it’s more expensive than home. Gas and booze especially. And it kills me that I can’t really afford to eat out at all the great-looking restaurants while staying on budget. Losing things in the car makes me feel like I’m losing my mind. When you have literally all of your belongings in a finite space and you can’t find your chapstick, it’s excruciating. Because you know it’s in there somewhere and you’ve just misplaced it, or it’s fallen out of the car never to be seen again… Related: I have to stop setting things on top of the car. Every drive here is beautiful. There’s rarely a time when you’re not looking out the window at some gorgeous view of mountains, lakes, or coastlines. It’s absurd really. It’s also great because the radio in our car doesn’t work anymore… All backpackers here have the same stuff. It’s like, “Oh you have that tent? […]

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Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

2017 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers. We traveled to three continents, 13 countries and too many cities to count. Check out the food and travel experiences that were our best of 2017. We began the year 2017 without definite plans. Perhaps we could plan our calendar way in advance as some ‘type A’ people probably do, but what’s the fun in that? Sometimes, we’re just hanging around our Naples, Italy apartment and, all of a sudden, the spark of travel shoots across our brains and, on a whim, we ...

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Vietnam Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 1–4 Weeks in Vietnam

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.
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These one-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Vietnam itinerary. This is an amazing country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip! Unless you’ve got months and months to explore Vietnam, I suggest you plan your Vietnam travel route for a specific region. There’s […]

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Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite


Justgola

Exploring a unique food background of one of the biggest cities in Viet nam is always an indispensable treat for most tourists. This Top 10 Must try food in Hanoi will give you an overview of What to eat in Ha Noi.

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

by Jen @ Venturists

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The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]

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How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Must-try Sapa Street Food for Memorable Vietnam Food Tours

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Sapa Street Food is on the list of discovery things for adventurers traveling to the North of Vietnam. Sapa is so lovely and scenic that enchants photographers, nature lovers, adventurers,

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Schw�bisch Hall train station

by Adelaidean @ Fodor's Forum

I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to Germany by train. After visiting Nuremberg, I would like to spend a few days in Schw�bisch...

The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Asia is without doubt one of the best regions of the world for an exciting multi-country holiday. With so many countries relatively close together, it seems almost like a wasted opportunity to see only one. The problem is – as always – which countries should you see? As Asia experts, we have years of experience

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Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially on hot […]

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September 2017 travel re-cap: family time in China

by Anna @ slightly astray

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but October has seriously been a whirlwind so far. And now I can’t believe it’s already the end of the month. So let’s hurry and re-cap September! August 25 – September 12: Shanghai, China September started on the happiest note with a trip to the new Shanghai Disneyland with my cousin!! September 1 is the first day of school in China. And so it’s also the first day of reduced Disneyland ticket prices....



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A Return to the Wild

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  I think I’ve been scared to write this. Afraid that by putting the words on the page I might bring it all back to life. And yet that’s the very reason why I need to write this.   So that I remember to never forget.     I guess you could say the story […]

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6 Months, 6 Countries and 25 Cities Later

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

Wow, I can’t believe that TODAY marks my 6 months of traveling and digital nomad journey. A lot has happened over these last few months. Originally, I was going to do a sort of photo essay of my three favorite pictures from each month but […]

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Bowl of Funk: A Little Memoir on Texture

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The range of foods I can process has widened after so long in Vietnam. As a child, I had fairly typical aversions to certain vegetables, none of which have continued into my adult life. For no apparent reason that I...

What are Vietnam tours 2018 by trains like?

by thelittlenhi @ Fodor's Forum

In Vietnam tours, tourists prefer traveling by train. Where do train services in Vietnam can take you to? *Types of Vietnamese trains* There...

Eating Hanoi!

Eating Hanoi!


Eating Hanoi!

~ Hanoi Street Food Adventures ~ Hidden Hanoi Restaurants

Cruising on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Prior to my most recent trip to Myanmar, I had never been on a cruise; nor did I have a desire to ever cruise.  Reluctantly, I agreed to travel to Myanmar on a tour that includes a 3-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River between Bagan to Mandalay.  Although I had no intention to ever cruise, I’m sure glad I did. …

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Things to do in and Around Palermo Sicily

by Jen @ Venturists

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Palermo, Sicily may not be the first place that you think of when you’re planning an island getaway. But if you are looking for a place where you can enjoy crystal blue water and white sandy beaches, comb through historic sites and indulge in world-class cuisine, then Palermo just may be the place for you. […]

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5 essential tips on eating in…Hanoi.

5 essential tips on eating in…Hanoi.


All about food and restaurant in Vietnam

Hanoi is the food capital of Vietnam. Actually maybe it’s Saigon because you can get everything you want there. But then what about Hue- surely that’s where you can find traditional food at its bes…

Keeping It Together With the Demi Hugger – Travel Better!

by Sean @ Venturists

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One of my new favorite travel accessories is a little handy gadget called the Demi Hugger. This slick device attaches my bulky backpack to the top of my suitcase securely so it no longer falls off when I’m getting on and off subways, running through the airport to catch a flight or traversing up and down […]

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Trip Report Travel guide/ Travel blog on places to visit in Chandigarh

by sethib @ Fodor's Forum

Chandigarh happens to be my hometown and is currently one of the best cities to stay in India. This well planned city is clean and green with wide...

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

by Sean @ Venturists

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When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). […]

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Meet Modraniht, the Mewest Member of our family

Meet Modraniht, the Mewest Member of our family

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

Sometimes decisions are taken arbitrarily. I made such a decision four days ago, about a little grey kitten. This skinny and scared looking kitten had been found hiding under a car in the car-park of the apartment compound next to us where we live in Nairobi, by some children. But because these children already have...

Barcelona-What's new?

by IMDonehere @ Fodor's Forum

Been to Barcelona many times, but have not been there in 10 years, what's new? I usually go to Sagrada Familia to see how it progressing but we...

Honest Reviews: Huma Island Resort in the Philippines (aka Heaven)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

There are many luxury hotels out there and although I haven’t stayed in all of them, I can tell you that many of them are not worth your money. This is not one of those. This place, in my opinion, was worth every penny and I will tell you (and show you) why. Keep in mind I was not sponsored. They had no idea I was a blogger, so this is as honest and real as it gets! Are you ready to virtually experience Huma Island Resort? How I Ended Up There Let me set the scene for you. I was at the end of 2 months of continuous travel in Southeast Asia. To afford to travel for this long, I did stay in budget places quite a bit, including hostels. I like to splurge every now and then and the end of my 3 weeks in the Philippines seemed like the perfect time. The place I was staying before wasn’t so hot and I wanted to get out as soon as possible. I called Huma Island and asked how early I could check in. They offered to send a van to pick me up at 0800 from my hotel. That works!  I was staying on a different part of Coron Island so I had an hour van ride to the boat dock. The next step was a 40-minute boat ride to the private island. The exuberance was practically jumping out of my soul by the time I got on this boat. Read More: Discover Palawan Checking In Upon arrival at the property on the island, there were several people waiting for me (yes…just me) at the dock. I was warmly welcomed and given a cool washcloth along with a welcome drink while my luggage was taken. I was escorted into the lobby where a group of employees played a ukelele and sang a welcome song. This was very cute but a little awkward because I’m not accustomed to having that many people greet me and make a big deal over me. I do appreciate their effort though, After I checked in and did all that formal stuff, a man in a golf cart drove me to my overwater villa, giving me a little tour of the property along the way. I could barely contain myself on this ride and was bouncing up and down like a toddler that needs the restroom. Everything was spectacular! When we finally arrived at my villa, he gave me a little tour and then left me to run around open-mouthed and giggling like an idiot. But First, Let Me Relax Sadly I don’t have photos of the room, but it was large with high ceilings and plush colorful decor.  The Nespresso coffee machine and the complimentary bottle of wine was a nice addition. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with every luxurious touch you can imagine including L’Occitane amenities. There was a separate toilet, huge bathtub and a rain shower. The private balcony has sweeping sea views, loungers, outdoor shower and my favorite part…the hot tub. The first thing I did was get in that hot tub and mentally plan the rest of my day. Next, I went to the dive shop. I didn’t feel like doing a dive because it would have taken most of the day, however, there is a plane wreck nearby that you can see. How cool is that? I’ve seen many shipwrecks but never a plane. This region had a lot of WW2 action, hence the planes and ships underwater. Instead, I settled on getting a paddle board and snorkel equipment. I was driven to the beachfront where I was the only person in the water at the time. Just call me the queen of the ocean. Snorkeling from my paddleboard was super fun and there were plenty of beautiful fish and coral. Here’s a little video about the experience: Pool Time After all that stressful activity (I could barely say that with a straight face), I hit the pool, complete with a big pink flamingo floaty. I ordered a few cocktails in a coconut and made friends with some random Canadians. At some point, I did a cooking class that they offered and enjoyed some delicious adobo chicken, a Filipino specialty. Eventually, I decided to hang in my room again and get ready for dinner. As I was walking back to the restaurant area trying to decide which one to eat in (they have many dining choices including a Lebanese restaurant, a seafood place, wine and cheese, and Italian), I passed some people doing archery. The hotel staff member running the show invited me to come give it a try. Why not? I only had half a bottle of wine in my room. What could go wrong? It turns out, I’m a natural. Watch out Katniss! The sunsets here are stunning, of course. Finally dinner. I chose the Lebanese restaurant called Al Fairuz, although I was skeptical about Lebanese food in the Philippines. Apparently the owners of the resort are from Qatar.  They know this food!. As a half Arab, I was extremely impressed with this meal. It wasn’t cheap, but that was to be expected at a place like this. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye Sadly I had to leave early the next morning. They arranged the boat ride back to the mainland and then a ride to the airport. I truly loved every minute of my day there. This place made me ridiculously happy and I was uber impressed with the service from each and every person there. Well done Huma Island! I hope to be back. Interested in booking a room here? Use this link: Huma Island Resort Disclaimer: I use affiliate links in some of my posts and can make a small commission if you use them to book. This is at no extra cost to you and helps me to maintain this blog! A Few Tips You have a choice of overwater villas or beachfront. I think the overwater experience is fun but if you want to walk out your front door directly onto the beach, beachfront is the way to go. There are two sets of water villas, one is more west. I would recommend these so that you can better enjoy the sunset. There is a spa here but isn’t very big so make appointments as early as you can. Make sure you give yourself a full day at the minimum to enjoy this place and check out as late as you can on your last day. Would you stay here? Where was your favorite splurge hotel? Pin it!

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Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

by Jen @ Venturists

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  This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Chicken […]

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48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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During the 45 minute or so cab ride from the airport to downtown Hanoi, I contemplated what the city might be like. I knew very little about Vietnam or what to expect from Hanoi other than what I had concocted in my head after obsessively watching Anthony Bourdain's travels unfold on Netflix. As I g

The 17 Best Road to Hana Stops on the Hawaiian Island of Maui

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Map your route with these best Road to Hana stops in Maui. A tour of the famous Hawaiian Hana Highway will take you through the curvy road along the northeastern shore where mile markers will guide you to waterfalls, a bamboo forest and black beaches.

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Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand: On Temples, a Golden Clock Tower, and Dancing Shrimp at the Night Bazaar

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Major attractions like Wat Rong Khun and Baan Dam Museum are located outside of the city, but there are a few lesser known temples you can visit within the city's limits. They aren't as spectacular as the White Temple but they do make for a pleasant few hours of temple hopping without the distraction of crowds.

Guanajuato, Mexico Street Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we were recently invited by our friend and fellow travel writer, Tim Leffel, to visit the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, of course we happily agreed. Even better though, the plan was to spend a day with Tim and some other blogger friends sampling street food with Mexico Street Food Tours. You don’t have to read many […]

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The Kamthieng House – Northern Thai culture in Bangkok

by Tom @ TripGourmets

So there I was, in front of a small wooden building called Kamthieng House. Surrounded by massive skyscrapers in the middle of the megapolis called Bangkok. An oasis of peace…

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Taxi in Vietnam

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Moving around Vietnam by which means of transport will give you the easiest and relaxed time ever? The answer will be sure taxi even though it can be a bit pricey right? However, compared to money you have to pay back when you’re in your country to Vietnam, sure, you will think it’s not so expensive anymore. However, we still need to be aware of the rip-off taxi scam which can make everyone shock when open... read more

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Ultimate Puglia, Italy Wine Guide

by Sean @ Venturists

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We recently finished a six month tour through Italy. This was our third trip to this beautiful country. On this visit we decided to travel to some lesser known areas, and one of our favorites was Puglia (or Apulia). It was there that we met our friend Andrea De Carlo. He is a fellow foodie […]

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Our Recommendations – What We Have In Our Pack

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 2 years of traveling full-time, we have more travel under our belts than most. And during that time we’ve come up with a few things that make travel easier and more convenient for us. Below are links to products that we use and recommend.  Jen: The primary bag that we both use is the eBags […]

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3 of the Best Cities in Spain for Food-Focused Travel

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Find out which destinations were endorsed by over 118 million real reviews from global travelers on Booking.com as the best food cities in Spain.

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Vietnamese Theatre: A Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

The water puppet show in Hanoi is a representation of a traditional Vietnamese theatre show that dates back centuries.

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Finding the World’s Best Street Food

by Sean @ Venturists

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It doesn’t take long reading this blog to realize that we love discovering and sampling new street foods. Whether it’s stumbling across a vendor serving up sizzling snacks in a local market, or taking guided tour with a local who knows the best hidden spots, we’re up for it. Over the course of our travels, […]

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Visiting Hoi An Lantern Festival – Full Moon Celebration of Lights

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

Soon after booking our trip to Hoi An, we realised that the dates of our stay would mean we miss out on one of the citys most famous traditions –…

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Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides […]

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What Best Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam – The Best of Saigon

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

The collection of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam promises to call you to this ideal city. Formerly called Saigon and famed as “The Pearl

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Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

by Sean @ Venturists

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Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were […]

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Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste - Vietnam Street Food

Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste - Vietnam Street Food


Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Hanoi travel often treats you well with happy and full stomach thanks to a wide range of delicious Hanoi street food in almost every corner. Read more...

Photo story: Long Bien Market, Hanoi

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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

by Jen @ Venturists

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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti is a twist on the classic Italian dish, Spaghetti all Carbonara. I use standard strips of bacon (rather than pancetta bacon) and partially cook the eggs in order to add texture. The result is a rich, creamy pasta dish along with savory smoky bacon. The dish comes together very quickly, which […]

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Sister photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur

by Anna @ slightly astray

When my sister came to visit me in Malaysia back in June, I wanted to plan something special that will make her visit memorable. Like I’ve said before, photos are the best souvenirs, so I asked a local photographer in Kuala Lumpur (meet James in this post!) to take some shots of us. I had also planned on leaving Malaysia shortly after my sister’s visit. KL has been a very special place to me for the past year. I had...



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Amazon Prime Benefits Now Include Free Two-Hour Delivery From Whole Foods

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Amazon Prime members in four U.S. cities can order groceries from Whole Foods through the company’s two-hour delivery service, Prime Now. As of now, speedy Whole Foods delivery will grace the cities of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, with plans to expand nationwide this year according to reports that surfaced late last week. Up until now, […]

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Belmond Governor’s Residence Yangon Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Myanmar is a country that intrigues me.  Although it is now open for tourism, very little is written about the country formerly known as Burma.  During my time in the country, I learned a lot about Myanmar and am thankful I get to share my experience with others. One thing that travelers must know prior to traveling to Myanmar is …

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Offbeat Trekking in Kyrgyzstan: Jyrgalan Boz Uchuk Lakes Trek, A Beginner’s Guide

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

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With over 90% of its territory covered in mountains, Kyrgyzstan has no shortage of treks filled with stunning landscapes, alpine lakes, shepherds, yurts and a feeling of being very far out, immersed in nature. It's why we often recommend Kyrgyzstan to travelers interested in trekking with a taste of the offbeat. Our recent trek of […]

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Hanoi Street Food

Hanoi Street Food


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A tour of the street food vendors of Hanoi

On an Island in the Sun (Lake Titicaca Remix) | Bolivia

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

You’ll leave Isla del Sol, an island on Lake Titicaca, claiming to have day tripped on “the world’s highest commercially navigable lake”. I bet you’ve just been waiting your whole life to say that, huh? But having seen many of the world’s relatively oldest, biggest, unnecessarily tallest, and arbitrarily best attractions, I can safely say that Lake Titicaca is absolutely worth a visit. It might be the world’s highest, and South America’s second largest, but grandeur aside, it is a lovely place exploding with Bolivian culture. Stretching some 190 km, Lake Titicaca stands besides the Great Lakes in size with a delightfully Bolivian twist. On a quick jaunt from Peru, you’ll find the shores of Copacabana speckled with hardworking women in bowler hats, wearing braids that would take finer haired women a lifetime to grow. You can order trout fished straight from the water, cooked at least thirty different ways, for $3 a plate. The balsa boats call to pre-Colombian times, and no one really mentions the swan-shaped boats and XORBS in the harbor. Lake Titicaca is surprisingly kitschy (as evidenced by the very weird hillside hotel) but these are the things that bring Lake Titicaca from slightly overrun natural wonder to delightfully […]

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Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

by Jen @ Venturists

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Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand […]

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A Night Out on the Infamous Walking Street In Pattaya With My Dad and Boyfriend

A Night Out on the Infamous Walking Street In Pattaya With My Dad and Boyfriend

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

When one envisions a night out with their dad and boyfriend, rarely does it involve a night on the infamous Walking Street of Pattaya. Yet, that is exactly what happened and I won’t lie, it was fun (thanks, Jagerbomb shots) but full of super awkward […]

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Best things to do in Bali: experience it the local way!

by Elena Ferranto @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

There is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Bali, but how do you make sure you leave this culturally rich island with the feeling that you truly saw it rather than being just another tourist doing touristy things? While being one of the top travel destinations and seeing millions visitors a year, Bali […]

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Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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It’s Time to Spend Spend Spend

It’s Time to Spend Spend Spend

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

It’s that time of year when people start spending money like it’s going out of fashion. What with Black Friday tomorrow and 31 days to Christmas, anything and everything you can think of has being reduced and it is almost impossible not to spend, spend spend. If I am honest, I actually hate all the...

Xoi Xeo

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Xoi Xeo A popular lunchtime at “Xeo Xen”. I think best served with chicken (I order with no skin) and with pate. (I always cancel the crispy onions on top – but maybe you’ll like that). Located on the corner of Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Bac streets at the edge of Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter. [...]

Chimichurri Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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We discovered chimichurri sauce when traveling in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This herbaceous sauce, which features parsley, cilantro and oregano, is is most frequently used as a flavor enhancer for grilled meats. You won’t get a famous grilled steak in Argentina without a dish of chimichurri sauce along side it. However, this versatile sauce isn’t just […]

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Traditional Food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Delicacies for Tet Celebrations

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

In the event of Tet holiday, what traditional food for Vietnamese lunar new year? To celebrate the most important holiday in the country, generations of the Vietnamese have been following

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Corsica ... should we stay in Calvi or Bastia?

by dorm57 @ Fodor's Forum

We're planning a stay in Corsica this summer and would appreciate opinions on which coastal area might be preferable ... Calvi or Bastia. Either has...

Italian Sausage and Asparagus Risotto

by Jen @ Venturists

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Risotto is one of those dishes that every cook needs to have in their collection. This Italian favorite is versatile, pretty easy to make and is elegant enough to serve for a dinner party. With just a few ingredients a little creativity, you can use this recipe as the basis for making your own favorite […]

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17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

It’s a simple fact that travel is transformative. If you travel Southeast Asia with an open mind, there’s no doubt your journeys will affect you. If you grew up in a Western country, you feel the effects even more. The contrast to what you’re used to back home can come as a shock, but, as

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The Best Eco Yoga Mat to Energize Your Practice in 2018

by Stephen @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you’re looking for an eco yoga mat that is durable, comfortable, and non slip, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve tried all of these yoga mats and my reviews will help you choose the right mat for you body and your practice. Students are always asking me what yoga mat I use. Because […]

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Becoming Certified Gelato Experts at the Gelato University

by Sean @ Venturists

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Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by […]

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Hanoi Nightlife Old Quarter| Hanoi Night Life Tips| Best Night Clubs

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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Crafting isn’t a hobby, it’s therapy

Crafting isn’t a hobby, it’s therapy

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

I am rubbish at meditating, absolutely rubbish. And it’s not for want of trying; I’ve read books about meditation and mindfulness, joined yoga clubs, listened to calming CDs, discussed meditating with therapists and have even tried going for a relaxing massage, but that just made me laugh. I decided to get a Zen app on...

If You Don’t Do These 8 Things In Hoi An Then You Are Really Missing Out

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

I loved Hoi An. I wrote all about that love and how I got my groove back here. If you are heading to the picturesque Hoi An whether it be for just a few days or longer then here are 8 musts that you have […]

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How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Traveling with kids – it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Depending on the age of your offspring, the challenges vary, but as parents and travel experts, we have some insights on how to streamline a family vacation. To share the things we’ve learned through years of experience planning – and taking – family trips in

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When Shit Hits the Fan, Move to Berlin | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Living in Europe had crossed my mind plenty of times before, but I always struck it down as soon as it did. Without a Master of Engineering or a Swedish husband, I assumed that the paperwork would make moving to Berlin impossible. But, I have to say, there’s nothing like shit hitting the fan to make a girl chase down her wildest dreams. Moving to Germany isn’t the same for all passports or professions, but as a [US] American in a creative field, I found the process quite easy. Ready to pack your bags, get your German Freelance Visa, and relocate to the very wurst country on earth? I promise you that you’re in for the time of your life. Here are practicalities you should know when moving to Berlin. The First Steps of Moving to Berlin Step 1 | Make Your Appointments (… way ahead of time) Some nationalities need a visa before travel, while other nationalities can convert their permit in-country. If you’re eligible to apply upon arrival, here are a few things to consider before even moving to Berlin. Book your Appointments at the Buergeramt and Ausländerbehörde: Within 14 days of arrival, you’re supposed to register your place […]

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Travels with my Art Named as one of the Top 100 Art blogs in the World

Travels with my Art Named as one of the Top 100 Art blogs in the World

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

There is a quote which has haunted me since I first heard it as a self-conscious, paranoid and self-doubting teenager. The quote was from one of my painting heroes and possibly the most confident and cock-sure artist of them all, Pablo Picasso, who said: “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks...

How to See King Penguins in Chile

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

I recently made a spur of the moment trip to Chile when I found myself with some unexpected free time. One of my best friends had just moved to Santiago so of course I had to visit!  She had to work a few days while I was there and while looking for things to do I made the crazy decision to fly down to Patagonia and see some penguins. When Penguins are an option, you always should take it, in my humble opinion.  Here’s how you can see penguins in Chile, specifically, the king penguins of Tierra Del Fuego. Are you excited? I will include some informative and hopefully interesting facts here, but mostly this is about adorable penguin pictures. I hope that’s ok with you! Read More:  Street Art in Valparaiso Chile Basics Tierra Del Fuego is an island in the south of Chile and Argentina, part of the Patagonia region. The two countries share this island almost 50/50. Language Spanish Currency Chilean Peso (100 USD is 60,000 Pesos).  Be aware that 60,000 pesos will often be written like this:  CLP $60.000 How to Get There Flying to Punta Arenas is the quickest way. It is a 3 hour and 25 minute trip and the cost ranges from $250 to $300. It is possible to drive if you have oodles of time and want to explore the country by car. Punta Arenas (the “starting point” for penguin trips) is 3000 km from Santiago. This would take several days by car. I did a tour that started from Punta Arenas. This is a full day tour from 0730 to 2100. It is possible to do on your own if you have a car. You have to drive from Punta Arenas to Tres Puntas where you will take the ferry across the Magellan Straits to the island of Tierra Del Fuego. Once there you will drive about 2 hours to get to the Parque de Pinguino Rey (Park of the King Penguins). *** This tour does not go on Mondays*** This is the exact tour I did with a company called Denomades. The tour costs 55,000 Pesos which is $91 USD. Not included is lunch, entry ticket to park (CLP$ 12.000) nor entry ticket to the museum (CLP$ 1.000), which must be paid in cash.  I found them easy to work with and they picked me up at my hostel. Tierra Del Fuego Full Day King Penguin Tour. The Tour Like most tours, you will end up making lots of stops to break up the day and some of these will not be that interesting. What I liked about this tour was that it was a relatively small group and there were lots of opportunities to eat and buy snacks (something I find important!).  I didn’t like that it returned much later than stated and some of the break stops were way too long. If you don’t have time to have a good breakfast before leaving, don’t worry because you can buy food and coffee on the ferry. Here is the route: After hotel pickup early in the morning, there is an hour drive to the terminal in Tres Puentes where you take the  2 hours 15-minute ferry ride to Tierra Del Fuego island. The arrival point is Chilota Bay and from there they drive you to Porvenir, where there is lunch at a restaurant and a visit to the Fernando Cordero Ruesque Museum. Porvenir is a sleepy cute little seaside town. Here you learn about the indigenous people, the Tehuelche, who once lived in Patagonia. They were here long before the Portuguese explorer Magellan who “discovered” these lands. Fun Fact:  Tierra del Fuego translates to “Land of Fire”.  When Magellan arrived by ship, he noted the native people burning fires around the coast of the island. This is where the odd name comes from. I would have named it Tierra del Frio (Land of Cold) We took a walk around the town and enjoyed some random street art. The Penguins. Finally! After lunch, there is a 110 km drive to get to the Pinguino Rey Park. (If you haven’t learned how to say “King Penguin” by now in Spanish…please learn!)  This is obviously the highlight of the day and you stay here 1 hour. It is the perfect amount of time to see them because longer than that and you may turn into an icicle! When you arrive you have to sign in at the office and pay. They do take credit cards here if you don’t have cash. A park ranger gives you a brief introduction about the park and the penguins. This is a privately owned facility dedicated to conservation and research of the king penguins. It is important to note that you must remain 15 meters (45 feet) away from the penguins. I highly recommend bringing binoculars and a good zoom lens. There are magnifying viewer devices (anyone know what to call those?) to look more closely. They are so sharp that you can actually see the fine fur of the penguins. This shot was taken with 100 mm zoom (and then cropped a bit) This one with 200 mm of zoom and then cropped a lot. I think a 300 mm zoom minimum would be ideal here. This sort of gives you a perspective of the distance. I heard some people grumbling about this but I’m ok with it if that’s what will protect the penguins. The penguins are really fun to watch. They are curious and basically stare at the humans. I was surprised by how loud they were. Their adorable sounds were audible even at a distance. You have to see a video just to appreciate their funny little walks. I thought they had swag, like tiny gangsters. Fun Fact:  King Penguins are the second largest species of penguin, the emperor penguin being the largest. They are around 90 cms(35 inches) in height and they weigh between 11 and 16 kgs (24 – 35 lbs) This grouping was having some beach time. Are you as in love with them as I am? The Journey Back After that, we drove north to visit the Cerro Sombrero camp, where oil was discovered in the area and now the project is run by the United States government, of course. We then had another ferry ride, a short one where we stayed in the van. Driving back to Punta Arenas took us by the Estancia San Gregorio. This is kind of a ghost town (that’s what I call it…it is officially a “monument”). San Gregorio was settled in the late 1800’s by European immigrants from Spain, England and Croatia. The community was mainly industrial but self-sufficient with its own dock and railroad. The sheep production of wool, tallow, meat and leather, was for almost a century the main economic resource of the region. There is a wreck of a 19th-century cargo ship to check out. By the time we got here it was already close to 2100. The sun was just setting and the lighting was beautiful. How to Prepare Bring WARM clothes. Even in “summer” it is really COLD!  Summer is December, January and February. I went in November which was right before the height of the season. It rained part of the day and when the sun came out it was windy as hell! I basically dressed as if I was going skiing. Here are the items that I wore. Ironically most of them were Patagonia brand (not planned I swear!). Waterproof insulated jacket with hood Fleece Base layer Hat Water resistant trekking pants I cannot find a photo other than me in them above. You can purchase them here: Patagonia Women’s Trekking Pants Also you need gloves, a scarf or gator and consider thermal leggings. I did not have thermal leggings but I wished that I did! More Penguins! If you want to see another species of penguins here in Patagonia you can do a half-day tour with the same company to see the Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island. I had this booked for the following day but it was canceled because of weather. I literally almost cried because I had flown all the way from Santiago to Patagonia for only 3 days to see lots of penguins and really didn’t have time to do anything else such as visit Torres Del Paine national park. Lesson learned to plan better in the future and have extra days to allow for this nonsense. Seriously, the weather looked perfect to me! Can you tell I’m still peeved? Oh well…I’ll definitely be back because I also want to hike in Torres del Paine! So much to do in Chile. Stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Chile!  Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley Have you ever seen penguins anywhere in the world? Tell me in the comments! Pin it!

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5 Amazing Street Food in Vietnam You Must Try!

5 Amazing Street Food in Vietnam You Must Try!


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Interested to know what are the street food in Vietnam? Here're five amazing dishes you must not miss out especially if you visit Hoi An!

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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A Perfect Weekend in Antwerp

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

There is one Belgian city that holds a special spot in my heart, Antwerp. It is the Fashion and Diamond capital of Belgium and it is such an awesome city. Antwerp is all about fashion, hip new coffee bars and has an excellent nightlife. Having lived here for five years, I've spent many perfect weekends here between my 9 to 5. Therefore it's the ideal city to spend a weekend away from home.

The best time to visit most European cities is in the summer time and this is no different for Antwerp. With pop-up concepts spread all across the city and plenty of greenery, the city is lively, exciting and relaxing all at once. With Belgian's national holiday coming up on the 21st of July, I decided to create my perfect weekend in Antwerp. It was so difficult to pick and choose as there is so much more to experience. This weekend is pretty perfect as it is, but I do think you should come back one day and do the rest. I hope you enjoy it! Continue Reading

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HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Twice-Baked Potatoes with Goat Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Whenever I make twice-baked potatoes, they are typically everyone’s favorite item on the days menu. Mine included! I love potatoes in general, but mostly as a vehicle for whatever I put on them. Whether it’s dipping french fries in aioli sauce or topping a potato with sour cream, the meager spud with its creamy texture […]

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Reasons to Visit One of Europe’s Smallest Countries – San Marino

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San Marino is the third smallest country of Europe. And that’s not the only distinction – the tiny country is perched on the Apennine mountain range and is completely surrounded on all sides by Italy. They have maintained this precarious position since 301 AD, earning themselves the bragging rights as being one of the world’s oldest independent constitutional republics. […]

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Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It was […]

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A Love Letter From a Woman to Her Jungle

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  When I touched you today it felt like the first time like the first time I touched you. And when I saw you I saw you more beautiful than I forgot to remember you.     No mildew of old stories no residues of past pains no expectations or plans. Just you and I […]

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Hot Snail Quest

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Hanoi is baking in hot summer sun and there hasn't been much rain about this year to take the edge off the heat. A savage storm or two but long periods with not a drop. The city population seeks respite...

Walking on the Clouds – the Salar de Uyuni

Walking on the Clouds – the Salar de Uyuni

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

If you ever wondered what it feels like to walk on the clouds then you should visit the Salar de Uyuni. Located in the southwest corner of Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is a blindingly white salt flat, which stretches for more than 4,500 square miles. To be fair, at an elevation of nearly 12,000...

Pasta Making Class in Bologna Italy

by Jen @ Venturists

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We arrived at the cooking class in Bologna and were met with a stern look from the chef. Due to a number of circumstances including the loss of a wallet, miscommunication and a little misdirection, our little group was late. 10 minutes by our understanding, but a full 40 minutes by the school’s. Not a great start. Unfortunately […]

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Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

by Jen @ Venturists

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Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked […]

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Look at the Beauty of These �Sh*thole� Countries

by emmazarah @ Fodor's Forum

I couldn't stop myself from thanking the people behind this article - Look at the Beauty of These �Sh*thole� Countries .It's really amazing! And...

A Guide to Vietnamese Spices and Their Usage You Should Know

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Vietnamese Spices are put into food to make it flavorful and fragrant which have been passed from generation to generation. Sometimes, the secrets of the delicious Vietnamese food lie on

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This is Where to Stay in Kampot for Comfort, Free Bikes, and a Peaceful Pool

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you’re wondering where to stay in Kampot, this modern hotel is right in the city centre. You’ll be a short walk from the best local cafes, bars, and restaurants, or a simple stroll along the river. Many Kampot hotels are a few kilometres outside the city, with gorgeous river views, but it’s a bit […]

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Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

I recently made my first trip to Panama on a work trip with 12 other travel advisors from around the United States. It such a fun way to travel because I get to meet new interesting people who also have a passion for travel, and because I can learn from other travel advisors in the industry that may have more experience in a certain destination or have a different way of approaching a trip. My absolute favorite day exploring Panama was our jungle boat adventure (we also hiked, did a Panama Canal Transit, enjoyed the beach and explored Panama City’s Old City – Casco Antiguo). Our jungle day was my favorite day in country because jungle’s excite me – the landscape is gorgeous, I always find it interesting that you are surrounded by wildlife – much of which you probably can’t see at any given moment. Panama – it’s a […]

Best Anti Theft Travel Bags and Accessories To Keep Your Travel Gear Safe

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

As full-time travellers, one of the questions we hear most often is “how do you keep your stuff safe when travelling?”. The answer may be that we have just been…

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The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Southeast Asia may not be famous for its hikes, but the region has its fair share of spectacular trails. It’s not that it’s difficult finding good hikes in Southeast Asia, it’s more if they’re worth exploring, given the proximity of Nepal, China and Japan. As adventure travel and hiking specialists in Asia, we say yes,

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My Crochet Christmas Wreath made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

My Crochet Christmas Wreath made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

This Christmas I have gone a bit mad on recycling (and crocheting). First I made dozens of crochet snowflake decorations using old plastic bags… Then I crocheted some trivets (hot-plate mats) for the Christmas table from some of my old clothes… And finally I crocheted a tropical Christmas wreath using single use plastic bottles and...

Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

by Jen @ Venturists

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Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chile peppers. The consistency of the chorizo […]

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Colorado’s Milkshake IPAs Sweeten Up The Craft Beer Scene

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Milkshake IPAs may not sound like a beer genre you’d gravitate towards, but this new craft style out of Colorado successfully straddles both worlds. Grab a long straw (if you have to), because this marvel of chemistry just might be here to stay. What is a milkshake IPA exactly? It’s a beer brewed with milkshake flavors like chocolate, vanilla and […]

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Bali off the beaten track: itinerary for the true wanderer

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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Bali just made it to the number one global travel destination in 2017  in TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards ahead of London, Paris and Rome. What makes Bali truly unique and popular among travelers is that it combines all things many travelers are looking for. It has a tropical climate, delicious food, a vibrant culture, stunning […]

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Discovering the Medieval Hill Towns of Central Italy

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In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, lies the province of Viterbo. The region doesn’t receive a great deal of attention from travel sites and guidebooks, but it is dotted with small cities and towns with history that extends back well before Roman times. Many of these towns were built on top of high rocky hills, […]

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Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

by Jen @ Venturists

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Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t […]

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61 Simple and Cheap (or Completely Free!) Bucket List Ideas

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

A bucket list goal doesn't always have to be expensive and time consuming. Sometimes it can be simple and cheap (or completely free!). Don't worry, easy doesn't mean boring, these budget goals can be just as fun as a larger one and more easily achievable. 61 Simple and Cheap (or Completely Free!) Bucket List [...]

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The Best of Georgian Cuisine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Knowing just three things about the former Republic of Georgia will explain all you need to know about why it is gaining momentum as an up and coming foodie destination. The first notable reason is its location. Georgia sits directly in the intersection of Europe and Asia. If you have traveled in Asia but found […]

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Thailand, Three Years Later

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

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Perfect Italian Meatballs

by Jen @ Venturists

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There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, […]

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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The Art of Assisted Serendipity

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

And yet the arc of a career is not entirely random or shaped in the end by factors beyond our comprehension or control. I have felt my whole life that I’ve been on a course and being guided, even though I didn’t know by what. — Steven Pressfield in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t […]

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Exploring Hanoi Street Food - Vietnam Food Travel Blog

Exploring Hanoi Street Food - Vietnam Food Travel Blog


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I posed the challenge of finding us unique eats to Buffalo Tours when we signed up for their Hanoi street food tour in the Old Quarter.

Sweet 16: Anniversary Reflections and Travel Inflections

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

As we celebrate 16 years of marriage today, I consider a few of our turning points, the mindset that motivated them and some of the emerging lessons that guided us to the next step. Sweet 16, of a total of 19 years that we’ve been together. (Yikes! Has it really been that long?!) For me, […]

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One Aussie bloke trawling the tables, market stalls and food baskets of Hanoi...

Playa Del Carmen Cooking School

by Jen @ Venturists

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We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history and culture are all tightly bound together. Plus, cooking the food after the class brings back wonderful memories of the places that we’ve been. So when we decided to Playa del Carmen, […]

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Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours


Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Street Food Tour is a tour organised by Hanoi Local Free Tours to help tourists get the best local experience during their trip in Hanoi. Book a Hanoi Street Food Tour, tourists will have a chance to explore best food stops that only local knows, share local tips with our enthusiastic student guides.

Where to Eat in and Drink at the the Best Turku Restaurants

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering where to eat and drink when you visit Southwest Finland? Start with these top Turku restaurants and then go to the Finnish Archipelago for more great food.  Turku Finland is a city that takes its food seriously.  From super fresh salmon at the city’s historic market to chef-driven dishes at the best Turku restaurants, the food in Turku impressed us with every bite during our recent visit. This shouldn’t be a shock since Turku, Finland’s oldest city and original capital, was named a European Capital of Culture in 2011. As ...

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Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi


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Hanoi was known for it's plethora of Vietnamese street food and I wanted to try it all. Everything from worm cakes to frog legs to delicious banh mi.

Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam Museum (Black House), and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Rong Khun may the most popular but it isn't Chiang Rai's only draw. There are two other attractions close to the city that are worthy of your itinerary – Baan Dam Museum, aka Black House, and Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. You can visit all three in half a day.

2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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Stellenbosch Wine Farm Itineraries

by Sean @ Venturists

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The Stellenbosch region of South Africa’s southern cape is a unique place that is best savored slowly.  The stunning valley is surrounded by towering mountain peaks with views to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second oldest settlement on the cape, after Cape Town itself, with the original town of Stellenbosch founded in 1679. Here you […]

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Street Food Isn’t The Only Bargain in Hanoi: Where To Eat When You Want A Restaurant

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

Vietnam is known for its street food but sometimes you just want a menu and maybe even an AC. Ain’t nothing wrong with that! The below range in price and ambiance but I can guarantee that all are damn delicious. Ngon Villa Restaurant $$ I […]

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Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

by Jen @ Venturists

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I’m a huge fan of yellow curry and am always looking for new ways to use it. I also appreciate something that I can make ahead and that has the flavors to impress. And if it’s easy to make and doesn’t use a long list of ingredients, then it ends up in the favorite recipe […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

How to Fly Cathay Pacific First Class With Miles

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

It’s been a long time dream of mine to have that ultimate luxury first-class experience. Many airlines these days are offering a fabulous first class product. Cathay Pacific First Class is considered among the best. When I found myself with the opportunity to fly from Miami to Singapore first class on this airline USING MILES, you know I jumped at the opportunity. Like literally, I jumped up and down on my bed for at least ten minutes. I bet you are wondering how I managed this?  I will spill my secrets for how I got to fly Cathay Pacific First Class and Business Class using miles.   Using Airline Points I am an avid American Airlines loyalist and have been using their Advantage mileage program for ages. In my efforts to build massive amounts of miles, I almost exclusively use credit cards associated with Advantage such as the CitiBank credit cards. Over the past few years, I have opened and closed a few different ones, but the one that really blasted me with those marvelous miles was the Citi Executive Card. At the time they offered a 75,000 mile bonus if you spent 7500 in the first 3 months. Right now the bonus is only 50,000 miles and at one point it was 100,000 miles so keep an eye on it! At the time of publication, there is an amazing limited time offer to get 60,000 miles bonus on the Citibank Platinum Card. This card has an annual fee of $95 that is waived the first year. If I didn’t already have this card I would jump on it!. The bonus is usually only 30,000 miles! You have to spend $3000 in 3 months to get this bonus. Do it people! Spending the money necessary was not so hard to do, so I got my awesome bonus, kept the card for the first year while the interest was still zero, then canceled it. I liked the card, but I didn’t want to continue to pay the $450 annual fee. It was worth it in the first year because I had Admirals Club membership, and 10,000 miles applied toward elite status. Also that $450 paid for itself when I landed an award seat worth over $15,000!  Getting the credit card award is only one of the strategies I use to obtain miles but that 75,000 was all I needed for my ultimate goal…to fly long distance in some pimpin’ first cast cabin. For more details on how to accrue miles and spend enough money to get the bonus, read more: Beginner’s Guide to Flying Free How to Actually Book Once You Have The Miles When you book with an American Airlines partner (with the exception of British Airlines), you cannot do this online and must call. Yes, you have to actually talk with someone in the Advantage program and they are actually quite nice. An alternative that sometimes works is to look on the British Airways website and see what’s available for the route you want on their partners (Cathay Pacific being one of these). If you see an award seat available, good chances that you can get it by calling American. This is a clumsy process and I wish American would allow you to book with partners more seamlessly. Not to mention that I had seen a Qatar Airways award seat available but when I called to book, it was not. I knew that several of their luxury partners flew to Singapore so I called to see what was available. I was very flexible with my dates, which helps, and I called almost a year in advance. I’ve heard that to secure these ultra hard to get seats, you need to book either super early or last minute to have the best chance.  What they offer truly changes day by day, one of the great mysteries of the airline industry. I booked this flight in March of 2016 for Feb of 2017. Yes, I’m that crazy. I’m like a dog with a bone once I get an idea in my head. I simply called the Advantage number (it’s on my speed dial, right after my parents) and told them where I wanted to go and that I wanted first class. They gave me the choice of Cathay Pacific, an airline I knew to be fabulous, so I said yes, yes, yes!!! My Flight I happened to get a flight from Miami to Chicago(this domestic leg on AA), Chicago to Hong Kong (Cathay’s Hub) and then Hong Kong to Singapore. For this review, I will focus on the Chicago to Hong Kong leg since that’s the most significant one. This flight is over 15 hours, one of the longest flights one can take and that give you ample time to enjoy this airline. The special treatment starts at check-in. The first class check-in has virtually no line and your luggage is tagged with priority tags so that it will be removed first. These two things alone thrill me. You also are the first to board the airline. When you board, an attendant walks you to your seat which is to the left of the entrance, in the front of the plane. It is delightfully quiet with no other boarding passengers walking past.  The Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 has 6 first class seats, one of the smallest in existence. It is a 1-1-1 formation and feels incredibly private and peaceful.  I had seat 1A by the window. The “Suite” It is a huge seat with 3 windows which allows you plenty of light should you want it. The suite has no door but still feels enclosed and private. There is a tiny closet to hang a jacket and a large cabinet to place any loose items you want on hand. There is an ottoman opposite the main seat which can be converted into a seat for a companion. They can even extend the dining table to accommodate said companion (if you have one) for meals. Otherwise, you just put your legs there. Complimentary bose headsets are available until landing. There is a 15-inch television screen with a touchscreen entertainment system which can be adjusted after takeoff but is easy to watch in the current position. You are introduced to your personal attendant for the flight.  I had a lovely Filipina woman who I adored. She was very happy to take my photo doing ridiculous things that I probably should have been embarrassed about. She also encouraged me to drink too much wine! You are offered Krug champagne before take-off and given a little introduction to the menu. They provide a care package (my words, not theirs) with toiletries, an eye mask, ear plugs, toothbrush, slippers and Aesop products. You are also provided with very well-made pajamas of the softest material ever. Plus you can kee them! Lunch I kind of wanted to order everything but alas, I am a tiny person. There are both western and Chinese meals available. The caviar starter, served properly in its tin with blinis and creme fraiche is something you want to stay awake for. For lunch, I chose the spiced black cod with coconut lentils If you still have room between the main course and dessert you can get a cheese course. I had an impromptu flight of wine with mine. As I do. My attendant seemed to be trying to get me drunk. She kept offering me more wine when I was clearly inebriated already. I couldn’t even finish the glass I had in front of me, but she insisted I have to try the French Chablis. How does one say no? She also refused to let me skip dessert. It’s like traveling with your ethnic grandmother. Of course, I made room for the orange curd souffle and dulce de leche ice cream. The Bed Needless to say, after the huge meal and all the booze, I was ready for sleep and those pajamas were calling my name.  I went to the lavatory to change while they prepared my bed. You actually get a real pillow and warm fluffy blanket. Of course I took a photo. How could I not? Your seat transforms into one of the widest fully flat beds in the sky, with a thick mattress and 500-thread-count cotton duvets, pillows, and cushions. Your sleepsuit, eyeshade, and soft slippers, tailored with touches of modern Chinese styling, are made with 100% organic cotton and designed by PYE, a quality Hong Kong brand. The women’s toiletry case include a variety of creams, including hand balm, facial hydrating cream and lip balm. I  slept for 8 hours (I try to get on the schedule of the place I’m going before I get there…if that makes sense).  When I woke it was time for”dinner” (it felt like it should have been breakfast but because of the time change, I guess it was dinner time). I had the chicken with the mushroom ragout. The chocolate pralines came in a cute little box kind of like a special gift. The Hong Kong Lounge The first class service doesn’t end with the flight. If you are lucky enough to have a layover in Hong Kong, Cathay’s hub, you have access to a world-class lounge. This is available for both first and business class customers but amenities are different for each. There is a noodle bar and for first class only…a champagne bar. As if that isn’t exciting enough (I can never have too much champagne), they have shower cabanas. They are spacious and have those delightful Aesop products. There’s nothing better than feeling refreshed after a long flight and then chillaxing with champagne while waiting for another flight. At this point I had no idea what time or day it was after over 15 hours of travel and a 12 hours time difference. Nor did I care, since I was having such a great time! My next flight was between HK and Singapore and was really nice, but sadly undocumented, probably because I was sleeping. Cathay Pacific Business Class On the way back from Hong Kong to Miami,  I was only able to get Business Class. I say that like it’s a bad thing but it was pretty darn awesome as well. It ended up “costing” me the same amount of miles…actually a bit more at 70,000 miles. Each way the fees were around $30. Again, this is one of the mysteries of the airline industry. I don’t understand how I only needed 67,500 miles for first class. If anyone knows, please enlighten me! It was interesting to be able to compare. One marked difference was upon entrance to the airline since you don’t get to go to the quiet private front of the plane but instead turn to the right like everybody else. Am I doing a good job of sounding obnoxiously snobby?  I hope you know me by now people. I’m poking fun at this whole experience but I just wanted to point out the differences. The cabin was very large and very empty! Clearly, there is great availability last minute for these seats! The configuration in this cabin is 1-2-1. The window seat is clearly the better option if you are travling alone. If you are with a companion the middle seat is nice so you can converse with a partner but it is still private enough that it’s not awkward with a stranger. The remote control, lights and bose headsets in the cabin are pretty much the same as in first class. The seat is notably smaller but still comfortable. They also provide a toiletry kit but a smaller one with a different brand of products. Meals The menu is slightly less gourmet than in first class, but still pretty swanky. I had the smoked halibut and roasted pumpkin as a starter, followed by the pasta with zucchini sauce. It was delicious. You are very well fed on this flight with three courses plus dessert. I can’t believe I was hungry enough to have a snack. Maybe it was because I was forcing myself to stay awake and watch movies so that I could more easily adjust to the time back in the United States…maybe it was because I just wanted to eat everything they had? English Tea was available as a snack. I can’t resist those little sandwiches and scones. After crying my eyes out watching every sad dramatic Oscar contender movie, I passed out from the carb coma and emotional exhaustion. Eventually, it was time for “breakfast” (I use this term loosely because with the time change and long flight, I have no idea what meal I’m eating). I decided to try the Chinese breakfast. While it was fun to have dim sum on a plane, I have definitely had better. Transfer to American Airlines Business Class Upon entry to the United States in Los Angeles,  I transferred to a domestic American Airlines flight back to Miami. Sadly they had to give me economy since I made a last minute date change. However, when I checked in I explained to them that I had flown business the entire way until now and could they please upgrade me if there was space. I must have looked tired and pathetic because they were extremely nice about this and upgraded me right away! The American Airlines 777 is the same plane I had just been on with a different paint job. The service wasn’t quite a nice as with Cathay but the business seat was exactly the same. I found myself right at home. LA to MIA is 5 hours so I was happy to be in comfort, especially after 2 days of travel! I can honestly say I didn’t want these flights to end. How amazing to lounge in comfort with endless amounts of movies, wine and food. I would fly every week if it was on this airline. I can’t say enough good things about Cathay Pacific now that I have flown First Class, Business and although I didn’t write about it, I had an excellent experience a few years ago flying economy. Definitely, make it a goal to use miles like I did and get this round trip luxury experience for under $60! At 67,500 miles for a one-way first class seat, this is one of the best deals in the airline industry! Pin it!  

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Hot dogs around the world

Hot dogs around the world

by Annie Bananie @ Annie Bananie en Europe

There seems to be a phenomenon where hot dogs have become popular all over the world. Putting aside local delicacies and cuisines, who could resist a good ol’ hot dog as a form of comfort food? Indeed sometimes a hot dog is the best thing out of a bunch of choices, especially for the budget-conscious […]

Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

by Jen @ Venturists

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What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference […]

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Look at the Beauty of These �Sh*thole� Countries

by emmazarah @ Fodor's Forum

I couldn't stop myself from thanking the people behind this article - Look at the Beauty of These �Sh*thole� Countries .It's really amazing! And...

Blood Tests, Birth Control, and Motorbike Accidents: My Experience with Healthcare Abroad

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

I’ve learned a lot over these past 20 months of travel (man, has it been that long?) and one of those things is that getting medical care abroad is totally not a big deal. Turns out, it’s actually way easier than getting it at home! This post is a bit of an informative letter to my past self… and anyone else thinking about leaving the U.S. for an extended period of time. It’s also for anyone curious about how healthcare abroad has been working out for me. Worries About Healthcare and Long-Term Travel I’d like to write the post I wish I’d read before leaving home. A post to let anyone (especially folks from the States) know what it’s like to be on the road and need healthcare or prescription meds, and how I handled it. The good news is that so far, it’s been way better – as in, more efficient and cheaper – than being at home. For me, at least. After I quit my job to travel, I was left health insurance-less. Like pretty much instantly. (Well, I opted for one month of COBRA so that I didn’t have to pay the penalty for being uninsured, and uh, it was […]

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Myanmar Travel – An Overview Itinerary

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Initially, I was reluctant as I’m used to managing my own itinerary. Also, I would be traveling without Lora. With her encouragement and my curiosity for a country which I know nothing about, even-though Myanmar is located next door to the country of my birth Thailand, I decided to embark on this adventure to learn about the foods, culture, people …

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Winter Wonderland in Jackson Hole

Winter Wonderland in Jackson Hole

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

You may remember from last fall that I spend time with family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few times a year. We always go for Christmas and so do my extended family. It’s such a fun week! Before Atlanta warms up too much {let’s be honest, warm up now please!}, I wanted to take the time to share photos from the week. Plus I saw that Wyoming got more snow over the last few days! Here’s photos from the winter wonderland in Jackson Hole over Christmas: Some of my family skis and some of my family snowboards but we always head down the hill together! We had multiple feet of snow within 24 hours so the fresh powder on the mountain was amazing. On a day off from skiing and snowboarding, my mom, sister and I walked around town. We popped into Persephone Bakery for hot chocolate and peppermint lattes. […]

Bowl of Funk: A Little Memoir on Texture

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The range of foods I can process has widened after so long in Vietnam. As a child, I had fairly typical aversions to certain vegetables, none of which have continued into my adult life. For no apparent reason that I...

The weird and wonderful of China

by Anna @ slightly astray

Every time I go to China, I make more interesting observations about the culture there. I absolutely love some of the traditions and customs, and some completely baffle me. About 1.5 years ago, I wrote a heartfelt piece about Lessons From Time Spent in China. This time, I thought I would put together a fun little list of the weird and wonderful things I’ve discovered about China, accompanied with some of my favorite photos from the past 1+ year. If...



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Northern Thailand off the tourist trail

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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The northern region of Thailand differs considerably from the rest of the country, both in climate and geography as well as culturally and linguistically. An area with hill tribes, green mountains, rivers and waterfalls, often set against a backdrop of swirling mists and fog. It is an area that is perfect for the more adventurous […]

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Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce) was one of our favorite dishes while traveling in Spain. It was served as one of many selections of tapas, or small plates, served in restaurants and designed to be shared with friends. The smell of garlic filled the air when waiters rushed by with sizzling plates of […]

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Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com

Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com


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A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me for advice on planning his week-long visit to Hanoi, a place I’ve called my home for over three years. After pulling together his list of must-see spots from the rounds on Google, he had a few extra days to spare and asked for my “local opinion” on what else would …

Surrender is What Will Save You

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  “Ultimate freedom has nothing to do with your life circumstances –it is the freedom of allowing the self to dissolve into the waves of the ocean. It is the freedom that is born through one’s absolute trust in life.” – The 55th Gene Key   (This post is part three in a series, you […]

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10 travel tricks that will save you a fortune

by Lance Whilst @ I Like Local Blog

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Heading abroad is great fun. Whether you’re off on your annual summer family holiday or a romantic city break over a long weekend, exploring a new place is exciting and rewarding. But going abroad can be expensive if you don’t plan well. You’ve got to think about how you’re getting there, where you’ll stay, what […]

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Things to do in Bologna, Italy

by Jen @ Venturists

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Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places […]

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What Da Lat Street Food to Eat for Your Vietnam Food Discovery

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Da Lat Street Food is one of the most wanted things for people traveling to this beautiful city on a Vietnam food vacation. Da Lat is one of the ideal

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Life List: 100 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

What's on your life list? This is the best 100 things to do before you die. Float in the Dead Sea, see a broadway musical, stand in front of the Taj Mahal, trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and so much more.

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Seoul Dining 3: Kalguksu Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

On our travels, we can meekly sit down at an uncrowded table and eat mediocre food. In fact, to us it might register as good food. How would we know? One principle that we espouse on our street food tours...

Private Island Paradise in Belize

Private Island Paradise in Belize

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself on a private island paradise in Belize. The Central American country had been on my travel list for years since I’m a certified scuba diver – did you know that the second largest barrier reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) is just off the coast of Belize? My company (I’m a travel advisor!) was lucky enough to receive an invite for 3 nights on Royal Belize Private Island…I’m still in disbelief that I got to go! Royal Belize is a private island buyout which means that only one party can use it at a time, whether it’s one couple (hello unbelizeable honeymoon!) or a multi-generational family or group of friends. The island can easily accommodate 10 adults and varies when kids are thrown into the mix. There are various ways to get to the island depending […]

Eating in Southeast Asia, part 3: Street food in Hanoi

Eating in Southeast Asia, part 3: Street food in Hanoi


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Street food is an essential experience in many Asian countries, Vietnam included. As someone who is fervently passionate about food, when my travel planner offered the option of a guided street foo…

Top Things to do in Seville Spain for Foodies

by Jen @ Venturists

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It was our second day on our first trip to Seville, Spain. We’ve had several trips to this beautiful country, including trips through Catalonia, Madrid and Barcelona and were ready to discover what was unique and special about this southern city. What we discovered was quite a bit. Here, the best meals are had late […]

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Visit These Top Pagodas in Myanmar (Burma)

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Growing up as a small child in Thailand, I routinely visited Thai Buddhist Temples wherever my family and I went.  This tradition remains with me to this day. Whenever and wherever I travel to a place that practices Buddhism, I make an effort to explore the spiritual sanctuaries of the area. Myanmar is one of the most devout Buddhist countries …

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Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour, and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling on the […]

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A Tour of the United Kingdom in Cakes and Biscuits

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

No journey to the UK is complete without a slice of cake or a nibble on a biscuit. We take you from Scotland to the south of England, listing their well-known and less commonly known tea-time treats.

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5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills

5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills


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Summon the culinary adventurist in you and try these foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: My Favorite Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai may not be as unique as Chiang Rai's White Temple, or as grand as Wat Pho in Bangkok, but for me, it's the most beautiful. It's a striking temple and my favorite thus far in Thailand.

Somewhere Near Rome?

by Dukey1 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be taking a cruise from/back to Civitavecchia next year and after that is concluded will take the train to Verona for several nights of...

Destinations

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 4 years of full-time travel, we have covered a lot of territory! Here is our collection of articles about our adventures and interesting experiences and people that we have encountered along the way. It is our hope to help our readers find a new location or off the beaten track activity to improve your […]

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Exploring the Caves of Barac

by Jen @ Venturists

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We discovered the Caves of Barać while visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. We arrived later in the day than originally planned during an overnight trip from Split. The caves and the national park are an easy three hour drive from Split and we should have gotten there about mid-morning. Word to the wise, […]

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Going Wild: 15 Treks in South America | South America

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Let’s think of South America as the world’s playground. Everyone has heard of the Inca Trail, but when it comes to treks in South America, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. You can get the most from your time on the continent by exploring its limits. You can cross borders on your own two feet or be at the top of a volcano before the sun has even peeked over the horizon. And that, guys, is what adventure travel is all about. There are thousands of trails to choose from in South America. Knowing just which trek to pick can be your first big challenge. I collaborated with some extra rad adventure travelers to detail the best treks in South America so you don’t miss a single one. Let’s get to it! Some photos have been edited by me and may not reflect the style of the photographer.  The Best Hikes & Treks in South America Huemul Circuit | Argentina Nearest City: El Chaltén, Argentina // Difficulty: Hard // Duration: 4 Days The Huemul Circuit may just be 63km, but it’s considered one of the most challenging treks in South America. The first day’s scenery is forests and hanging glaciers with a night spent […]

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Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


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An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Hanoi, Vietnam.

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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Travel Advisors: A Behind The Scenes Look

Travel Advisors: A Behind The Scenes Look

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Hi everyone! I’m here to explain why I’ve been so MIA the last 3+ months and to fill you in on what’s been happening with me in Atlanta. As some of you may know, I moved to Atlanta last October without a job, and only a faint idea of what I wanted to do for my career: social media/marketing or something in the travel industry. I didn’t have a very clear idea of where my life was about to take me. Thankfully, after two months applying to every job I could find, I began researching what travel advisors do in today’s day and age. This is the vision I had in my head: travel advisors sitting in their respective cubicles staring at their computers all day, every day. The career didn’t appeal to me but I had hit a dead-end in my job search. I interviewed with two agencies and […]

Sailing the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Sea Dreaming

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

6am, an early wake-up call. Time to get up, GoPro ready, camera charged. We're sailing the Great Barrier Reef!

It had been more than a year since my last adventure on the reef so excited was an understatement for how I felt that morning. Continue Reading

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Georgian Chicken Cooked in Milk and Garlic – Shkmeruli

by Jen @ Venturists

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Shkmeruli (chicken cooked in milk and garlic sauce) was one of our very favorite dishes when we traveled to the country of Georgia. It has very few ingredients, but after tasting it, it is very clear that it doesn’t need more. The rich flavor of crispy roasted chicken paired with the creamy garlic sauce is […]

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Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats


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This street food tour of Hanoi took us took us all the way from tame to adventurous sampling of the flavors that have made Vietnam a foodie destination.

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


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Pictures of a week of eating street food in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sample things like Vietnamese sticky rice, papaya salad, and famous noodle soups.

Vancouver in three photos

Vancouver in three photos

by Annie Bananie @ Annie Bananie en Europe

The third and final stop of my three-part trip in November 2017 was Vancouver. Here is Vancouver in three photos. The only (relatively) rain-free day out of my three days in Vancouver was a perfect one for a stroll around Stanley Park. It seemed like I wasn’t the only one who thought so. A gorgeous […]

Are You Hungry for Adventure and Exotic Food? Here Are Some of the Top Choices!

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Everyone loves to travel and to try out new and exciting foods. Sometimes people purposely take a trip to awaken their taste buds; here are some great choices to review.

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A Second Story (ft. Munich) | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with #SimplyMunich. I received a complimentary Munich sightseeing bus tour with Gray Line, but all opinions are my own! My approach to Munich was a bit like the Going on a Bear Hunt poem. If you can’t go over it, can’t go under it, can’t go around it, you’ve got to go through it. You see, I didn’t immediately feel a connection with Munich. It was beautiful, for sure, but it felt at first like the kind of place where you’re free to look, but not touch. There were palaces (oh the palaces!) and gothic churches. The city was littered with royal residences and the sidewalks weren’t caked with chewed gum like I’d come to expect in Berlin. There were refined restaurants and cocktail bars and designer stores that I wouldn’t dare enter in Levis. I needed another way to connect with the city that didn’t involve so much snubbing, and so I went up. Up to the second story of a sightseeing bus. While bus tours aren’t normally my scene, I’ve taken a liking to this method of exploring a city over the past few years. Rather than getting lost in a tangle of U-bahn […]

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The Art of Wine Split Croatia Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our one regret in taking this food tour of Split, Croatia is that it wasn’t the first thing that we did when we arrived. Instead, we spent our time in Split clueless about the craft beer, hadn’t known about the walnut infused grappa and had no idea that we walked by the best bakery in the area over […]

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What are Vietnam tours 2018 by trains like?

by thelittlenhi @ Fodor's Forum

In Vietnam tours, tourists prefer traveling by train. Where do train services in Vietnam can take you to? *Types of Vietnamese trains* There...

Charred Salsa Verde

by Jen @ Venturists

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Charred Salsa Verde, or Green Salsa, combines roasted vegetables with fresh herbs and lime juice to create a sauce that adds depth and freshness to even the “heaviest” Mexican dishes. The base of the sauce is the humble tomatillo, a green fruit covered in a thin husk that must be removed before eating. The flavor […]

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A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

6 Things You Need To Know When Visiting Hanoi

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

Take this with a slight grain of salt. Hanoi is one of those cities that people either love or once was enough. I fall into the later category but that being said, I appreciated my time there. Would I go out of my way to […]

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Schw�bisch Hall train station

by Adelaidean @ Fodor's Forum

I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to Germany by train. After visiting Nuremberg, I would like to spend a few days in Schw�bisch...

Two Months in Portugal: My Summer in Review, Part 2

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

I didn’t plan to spend most of my summer in Portugal. I didn’t plan to stay for nearly two months. But I did… and it was phenomenal. Ever just KNOW you’ll love a place before you get there? That’s how I felt about Portugal. Beautiful, affordable, sunny, great wine, amazing beaches? Sign me up. Last year I spent a month in Spain – I know, poor me – and I kept hearing how every backpacker moving through Seville was heading to the Portuguese beach town of Lagos. And I was sad. Because I was going to France instead. (Okay, okay, I ended up spending a great couple of days in the Loire Valley and a week getting silly with my friends in Paris, so it was an overall win. I’m not complaining.) So when I convinced my family to spend their summer vacay in Portugal, that gave me an excuse to finally make my way back to this much anticipated Euro-destination. Via Thailand, of course. Nothin’ like that Auckland > Gold Coast > Kuala Lumpur > Bangkok > London > Madrid > Porto flight path. (Yeah, holy carbon footprint, I should plant some trees this year!) First Stop: Porto Pushed out of Thailand because of that 30-day visa […]

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Cooking Classes and Food Tours Around The World

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love. This is the […]

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Best pizzas of New York City

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’m throwing out this bold statement: New York had the best pizza in the world. By the time I left New York, all my clothes were feeling much much tighter. Poor Ray and Carmela, they felt the weight gain too, and it’s probably mostly because of me. All I wanted to eat was pizza. Pizza is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. I love a good pie. But I’m super picky about it, so it’s hard for me to find...



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Whatever Happened To Shrimp Scampi?

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Shrimp scampi is the undisputed king of seafood pasta dishes, and deserves all the room in your stomach. But is it just us, or are we seeing the disappearance of this simple shellfish perfection from Italian menus? Once a reliable staple of red-and-white checkered tablecloth joints famous for chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo, this dish of shrimp, lemon, garlic, shellfish […]

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My Daily Food Expenses in Hanoi - Sunkissed Suitcase

My Daily Food Expenses in Hanoi - Sunkissed Suitcase


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It's easy to eat cheap or to splurge when eating in Hanoi! Here's a look at my daily food expenses in Hanoi.

Eating Vietnamese Street Food in Hanoi

Eating Vietnamese Street Food in Hanoi


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What is a Dassie?

by Jen @ Venturists

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It looks like an over-sized guinea pig but the “dassie” is actually more closely related to the elephant. Say what?!? We knew we’d encounter amazing wildlife while traveling in South Africa, but when we learned this interesting fact about the “dassie” we were all the more curious. Dassies, or Rock hyrax, have enlarged front teeth, like […]

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Reboot the Blog, Recalibrate the Palate

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

A period of neglect. Dormancy. Slackness. Call it what you will. This miniscule corner of the web still has some life. I'd like to make it sputter again from time to time. There are still stories to tell, observations to...

Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

by Sean @ Venturists

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We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even […]

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Figs, Cacao Nibs, Super Pigs: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We’re psyched about the Winter Olympics this week, so we rounded up some great Korean dishes to enjoy during the opening ceremony. We also showed San Francisco some love with news about chef Dominique Crenn’s upcoming dinner series and Dandelion Chocolate’s guide to using cacao nibs at home. Down South, one of our editors learned to […]

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 12 easy phrases to wish a Vietnamese person Happy New Year:

by Ali Waugh @ Emporium Hanoi

If you’re bored with the ubiquitous “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới “ (Happy New Year), here are some more interesting ways to greet your Vietnamese friends during Tet: Easy: Tiền Vào Như Nước — May money flow in like water Sống Lâu Trăm Tuổi — May you live to be 100 years old   Getting harder: […]

Trip Report Is Thailand safe enough for kids?

by mileelauren @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, We're planning a trip to Thailand this summer with our 2 kids (5 and 7). Please tell us if there's anything we need to pay attention and top...

Help with two nights in Bangkok

by hurrygirl @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I have been travelling in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for the last 6 weeks and are now in Thailand for only two weeks. We will be in...

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl


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Only Happy When It Rains (ft. Florence) | Italy

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

When it rains in Florence, Botticelli Angel umbrellas create an impenetrable fortress between human and sky. Lines to enter the Il Duomo di Firenze are almost as impressive as the cathedral itself, and you can forget about seeing The Birth of Venus without an iPad hovering in the foreground. Happy couples get caricature sketches while those that argued over getting lost all day slug back carafes of Sangiovese wine and binge eat pizza instead. It’s no secret there’s a dense collection of Renaissance art and architecture in Florence, and apparently, people are into it.  Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage city (population 370,000) welcomes 16 million tourists, and you can really, really feel it. It’s fair to say that pretty little Florence has a tourist problem. If you imagine Florence to be like a quaint photo, you might not like the city much at all. But if you don’t mind getting off the main streets and watching the crowds from afar, you’ll find garish window displays at high-fashion retailers, quirky cocktail bars, and local markets selling plenty of divine Italian food that isn’t even pasta. Want to get beyond the top 10 and see the secrets of Florence? Here’s some street photography […]

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Cooking Across Borders in Berlin

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

“Add a little sugar to the saffron,” Farzane said as she worked the combination in her mortar and pestle. “It makes it easier to grind.” Farzane, a 20-year old refugee from Afghanistan who’d come to Berlin with her family in the last year, was deep in the process of teaching us how to prepare several […]

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Wine in Split, Croatia: A Story of Family, Wine, and a Grape.

by Sean @ Venturists

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We’ve been on lots of wine tours. Traveling and sampling local wines just goes together so well, and as anyone who knows us can attest to, we love wine. But even more so than the wine itself, we love learning about the stories and history of a region’s wine. Winemakers are typically passionate about their […]

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Bun Moc

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Bún Mọc My #1 favorite breakfast in Hanoi – maybe anywhere in Vietnam! A small bún mọc shop on the west side of Ta Hien Street, 4 or 5 doors north of the intersection with Luong Ngoc Quyen.

Hanoi’s BBQ Chicken Street

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

BBQ Chicken Street  The BEST BBQ chicken in Hanoi – maybe in the world!  Also you must order the BBQ ban mi and BBQ sweet potatoes. Everything is delicious here!  The BBQ sauce is perhaps the best you’ll ever have!  On Ly Van Phuc just off Nguyen Thai Hoc. Go all the way to the [...]

Five Reasons to Visit Naples Italy

by Sean @ Venturists

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Fellow traveler Paolo Barissano offers up his reasons why we should have considered a visit to Naples during our last trip to Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t make it that time, but a visit to the city is definitely on our wish list. We have some mixed reviews about Naples. First, that it has a grittier side, but also some of the […]

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A different kind of blur this New Year’s Eve

A different kind of blur this New Year’s Eve

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

I have to admit I’ve had some pretty hedonistic New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world, which have left me counting-down to midnight in a bit of a blur. From all-night parties in Amsterdam, warehouse raves in Battersea (London), cartwheeling in the snow in Sheffield, discos in Damascus, a champagne street party for the Millennium...

Mini Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

by Jen @ Venturists

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A Spanish Tortilla is a deceptively simple dish. This potato, onion and egg dish has just a few very familiar ingredients. One taste will tell you all you need to know about why you will find this dish in most restaurant menus when traveling throughout Spain. The technique for cooking the potatoes and onions together […]

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Our Ultimate Guide to food in Hanoi Old Quarter

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

Eating out in Hanoi, or more specifically finding the best food to eat in Hanoi, can be a daunting prospect. This is our ultimate guide to food in Hanoi Old…

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Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi


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An unadventurous eater dives into Hanoi's sidewalk street food scene on a guided food tour.

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog


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One of the fastest ways to ruin a vacation is by falling sick! Here are some great tips on how to stay healthy during your time in Vietnam.

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Phnom Penh Tours: A Revealing Exploration of Cambodia’s Most Famous Buildings

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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Architecture fans won’t want to miss the Phnom Penh tours run by the team at Khmer Architecture Tours. This post will show you exactly what you can expect from the 1960s New Khmer Architecture Tour. For me, half the pleasure in visiting a city comes from looking up at buildings that make up its landscape. […]

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8 Korean Bites To Usher In The Olympics Opening Ceremony

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

The Olympics debut this Friday, February 9th, with an opening ceremony in PyeongChang. Plan your menu accordingly, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be craving kimchi and rice the moment the announcer says “South Korea.” Here are our favorite Korean bites to keep you fueled through what we’re certain will be a memorable performance. […]

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Braised Pork Cheeks (Carrilladas)

by Sean @ Venturists

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Slow cooked pork cheeks are a Spanish secret that I can’t believe we hadn’t discovered before a recent trip to Sevilla, Spain. We had ordered Cola de Toro, which is a braised oxtail that is cooked until it’s falling apart, at a small but well-reviewed tapas restaurant. The waiter explained to us that if we […]

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Hidden places in Nairobi, Kenya that few travelers know about

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

Nairobi is not so straight forward when visiting as a traveler. How should you spend 2 days in Nairobi? Most travelers look at TripAdvisor that offer a handful of things to do in Nairobi, but they don’t give a good impression of Nairobi as a city or of the Kenyan culture, in my opinion. This […]

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This is How You Protect Yourself From Getting Bumped From a Flight

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Tips from top travel advisors to help reduce your chances of being bumped from a flight.

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Five Popular Exotic Wedding Destinations to Say ‘I Do’ in Style 

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By Becky D Ziemba There was never a bride who did not dream of a perfect wedding —a beautiful dress, three-tiered creamy white cake, and that perfect kiss, which binds her with the love of her life. The trends in the wedding market indicate that one in every four weddings happening all over the world is opting for a destination …

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Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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How to safely and adventurously eat your way through Hanoi, Vietnam. A handy guide and video explains authentic street food, restaurants and local specialties.

27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and in our opinion it’s one of the region’s most exciting capitals. It’s a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis where countless adventures await. There’s so much to experience in Bangkok it can be hard to know where to start. There are temples to visit, markets to shop,

Read 27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go on Backyard Travel.

Hanoi’s best boutique hotels

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Hanoi might be famous for its impenetrable walls of Vespas, but the city isn’t quite as chaotic as it’s chalked up to be. Wandering about the capital of Vietnam, travelers expecting a wild urban adventure might be pleasantly surprised to also find quiet, leafy streets and hidden coffee shops. One of the most charming aspects of the city is the plethora of restored neoclassical and Gothic architecture — a holdover from the city’s stint as a... read more

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Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

by Jen @ Venturists

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Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a […]

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Day Trips in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Xcaret

by Sean @ Venturists

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You can’t visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret. You’ll see the eco-archaeological park advertised in flyers, on billboards, and particularly, on the whimsical and colorful park transport buses. Advertisements told tales of underground rivers, a Vegas-style cultural show, relaxing beaches, water sports and animal exhibits – all in one huge tropical jungle environment. […]

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Modena, Italy – Fast Cars and Slow Food

by Jen @ Venturists

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When you hear the words “Modena, Italy” what immediately comes to mind depends on your passions. If what pops into your mind is a flashy red sports car, then you know this to be the birth place of the Ferrari. If, on the other hand you enjoy a good balsamic vinegar or dream of sitting […]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its biggest city by far. It's a top tourist destination which is consistently ranked among the world's most visited cities. In fact, so popular and beloved is Bangkok that it was voted the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for four consecutive years. Spend a few days there and you'll get its appeal.

Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

by Jen @ Venturists

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While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better. In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla. The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked meats, […]

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This Phnom Penh Boutique Hotel is a Unique Retreat in the City Centre

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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This Phnom Penh boutique hotel is perfect for couples or families who want comfort, style, and a peaceful place to retreat after exploring the bustling city. There’s a special magic that happens when a hotel finds the right balance between comfort, design, and a welcoming atmosphere. TeaHouse Asian Urban Hotel, a welcoming boutique hotel in […]

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Be The Best Valentine And Make Your Own Chocolates

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Strap on your heart-shaped apron, it’s time to get romantic. And what could be more romantic than making sweets for your sweet with your own two hands? Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with tips to tempering chocolate to ensure ultra smooth silkiness. This recipe is a little more involved than the usual sous vide […]

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Wait, what do you mean I’ve left Glasgow…

Wait, what do you mean I’ve left Glasgow…

by Annie Bananie @ Annie Bananie en Europe

I left Glasgow almost two months ago after having lived and worked there for three years. As I embark on my travels in China, which are happening right now, as I reunite with friends that I’ve met in Glasgow I often marvel at how time has passed us by. For me, it hasn’t even been […]

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

by Jen @ Venturists

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Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling […]

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Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel

Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel


Trailing Rachel

Hanoi’s food scene was everything I’d expected it to be. I tried SO much new stuff in the week that I was there. Though with how crazy plentiful the street food is, the lack of sidewalk space to maneuver around on, and the absolute chaos of motorbikes zipping by, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what your next meal will be. So the solution is simple: eat all the food in Hanoi. Of course, I’m exaggerating. But really, what you should do is try everything you see that looks good (or smells good – literally, sometimes we just followed delicious smells to find the snacks we wanted). You’re never too full for another spring roll, or banh mi… or egg coffee. The best food I’ve had so far has been on the street or at a small place that specializes in only a few or maybe even just one dish. Don’t, just don’t enter a proper restaurant with closed doors or a man out front waving a menu and yelling at you. A big thanks to Anna at Slightly Astray for providing me with what turned out to be a pocket guide (more like a Bible, really) to the food in Hanoi, both in …

3 weeks in New York by the numbers

by Anna @ slightly astray

Despite the fact that I grew up in the States (with several years of it on the East Coast – did you know I lived in Pittsburgh as a kid?), I’ve never been to NYC. I know… I can’t believe it! It’s such an iconic city and everyone raves about how amazing it is, so it’s been high on my list of dream destinations. So when Ray and Carmela invited me to visit, how can I pass that up?! Technically, I stayed...



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An Experiential Travel Guide to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan: 25 Ideas to Get You Started

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

When readers ask, “I’m traveling to Karakol. Is there anything to do there? Where should I go?” We have a raft of ideas, often surprising them. Why? Because most travelers (and guidebooks) know Karakol, a town in eastern Kyrgyzstan, only as a jumping off point for popular day hikes and multi-day treks in the nearby […]

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Baked Apples with Rolled Oats and Dried Fruit Topping

by Jen @ Venturists

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There are several things that I love about this easy baked apple recipe. First, it’s so simple to make – so much so that it’s a fun recipe to make with kids! And it reminds me of fun fall days, picking apples with my family with leaves turning yellow, brown and red on the trees […]

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Playa del Carmen Restaurant Recommendations

by Jen @ Venturists

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Good Choices Near the Condo Las Hijas de la Tostada This place is right on 5th Avenue about 2 blocks from the condo. It’s frequently packed with locals and tourists alike. They have fantastic ceviche and seafood tostadas. If you aren’t into ceviche, they also have a nice cooked shrimp taco with cheese (holbox taco) […]

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Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Ubud, Bali is such a magical place. And as such, it’s a must on any Bali itinerary. I visited Ubud the very first time I was in Bali in July 2016 as one of my last Southeast Asian destinations before returning home from my year as an expat in Vietnam. When I had the opportunity to go back to explore Bali on a work trip, I jumped at the chance and was thrilled I’d be returning. Since it is a such a popular Balinese destination for travelers, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of hotels to choose from. I have my favorites after my visit – of course every client is different, so one person may love hotel A, while another client loves hotel B. While I can count a handful of Ubud hotels I love for clients, two of my favorite hotels are the COMO […]

Victoria Falls – What We Wish We Knew Before Visiting

by Jen @ Venturists

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Victoria Falls are arguably one of the worlds most beautiful natural wonders. We stayed in the area, on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, for four days. Before we arrived, we did some research and had decided that we were also going to visit the falls from the Zambia side, as well as doing a […]

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The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog

The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog


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Hanoi is a food heaven if you are a food lover. It provides you with the opportunity to spend at least 10 days eating your way through the city without having the same meal twice. Same with the number of great restaurants and street food stalls. You can eat the best food, more often than …

Dark Alley Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Dark alleys at night are supposed to be avoided. There are bogeymen lurking up them. Our western culture has prejudiced us against walking these passageways. All those books we read, all those films we watched, the stories we were told,...

Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi

Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi


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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, huh. Which is really weird considering that our travels are so food-centric. Looking back through my archives, I’ve only writte…

Hello Thailand, It’s Me, Amanda

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

Hello, friends and interwebs people Boy has it been awhile so once more, let me say hello! I took the last month or so off to enjoy time being with Sean and his family. Seeing friends and indulging in gin and tonics and it was […]

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10 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Food in Portugal

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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10 Things to do in Kampot

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

Kampot is a sleepy but utterly charming small city located close to the south coast of Cambodia, within reach of the Vietnamese border. It sits on the banks of the…

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Why You Need to travel to Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

The people of Myanmar have adapted well as the country transforms from colonial rule to military rule to now, a society with more freedom where the people and government balance control. My recent travel to Myanmar opened my eyes to many things that are happening in the country.  Myanmar reminds me of my childhood days in Thailand. Myanmar, like Thailand …

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Halong Bay Cruise Review

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

One of the reasons we chose to visit Vietnam so early on in our full-time travel adventure is that a boat cruise in Halong Bay has been on our bucket…

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Unique day trips from Jakarta that will refresh your mind

by Fransisca Angela @ I Like Local Blog

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While there are a lot of interesting things to do and historical places to see in Jakarta (I’ll save these for another post), as a local who lives here, I often like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a more laid-back environment. In this post I’ll share my recommendations of day […]

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8 Things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

We visited Mui Ne in November 2017, arriving there some days earlier than we had originally planned. We had fled  from the bigger beach city of Nha Trang in horror,…

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3 Reasons You’ll Love ‘Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine’

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine Have you ever arrived at your dream destination super-excited to dive into the local cuisine only to realize you have no idea where to start? That was me in Venice in 2013, a city notorious for its tourist traps. I arrived without a plan then spent the […]

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The Stuff in the Market

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The wet markets in South East Asia are shrines to food culture. Food is built up into displays, towers and installations to admire, catch the eye and tempt. It's colourful. Limes, chilies, dragon fruits, persimmons and hibiscus flowers project a...

Things To Do in Marrakech

by Sean @ Venturists

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Marrakech is an African destination on many people’s travel bucket list. And for good reason. From wandering through the old walled city, world class shopping, to exploring the exotic food, to seaside side trips, Marrakech has something to offer everyone. We recently spent a month in “The Red City” and compiled our list of things […]

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Review: A Wonderful Cultural Experience of TEH DAR

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Last Friday, 4 members of our team had been invited to watch the Teh Dar show – an art performance depicts the lifestyle and culture of South West Vietnamese – an another version of the famous Ah Oh Show by Lune Production.   Teh Dar is described as a version of A O Show which features an exotic Vietnamese tribes life with the untold stories from the mountains and jungles. The performance exhibits an enchanting stage craft... read more

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Teufelsberg: No One Listens Better than the NSA | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Berlin was still devastated from WWII in 1957, and you’ll find a mountain of rubble in Grunewald Forest to prove it. Debris too much to bury and too heavy to move was instead piled into a mound; On top of a Nazi military-technical college, at that. They called it Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain). Since its construction, Teufelsberg has served many purposes. For a time, it was equipped with ski jumps, but the jumps began to decay after 30 years of non-use. Next, it served as an NSA Listening Station. In 1963, US Allied forces selected Teufelsberg as a superior vantage point for listening in on Communist communications. The structure was abandoned after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. In the 1990’s, investors bought the site with plans to build a hotel and apartments, but the project was deemed unprofitable, so they never built. There have been talks of both preserving and destroying the harrowing reminder of  history, but the towers of Teufelsberg still stand. And today, where there was once ruin, there are murals. Closets overflow with unused supplies, and there are only beams where walls once stood. You tread through fields of shattered glass and concrete crumble. Handrails rust and canvas […]

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Market Moves: NYC’s Food Scene Gets Big News

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

New York’s food scene has no signs of stopping. It was announced yesterday that tech-giant Google is buying its New York neighbor, Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion. While no plans have been drawn up, The New York Times reports that this addition to Google’s real estate makes New York’s presence similar to that of the company’s […]

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The Oysters and Walls of Ston, Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Ston and Mali Stone are two small villages located in the Pelješac peninsula of Croatia, less than 60 kilometers from Dubrovnik. We hadn’t heard of them before we came to Croatia, but that soon changed. When we checked into our Airbnb in Dubrovnik, our host was curious about us. “No one stays two weeks in Dubrovnik,” he told us. […]

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Coron: Drinking and Diving in the Philippines

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

See what I did there, with the title? Hilarious right? Sometimes I hate myself… We left off as I made it onto a seven-hour ferry from El Nido to Coron in the nick of time… while suffering from a mild hangover due to the prior evening’s birthday festivities. So actually, it wasn’t that bad. Yeah we were packed in there, but there was also plenty of room to sit and read outside, rest my head on a pile of life jackets functioning as a makeshift pillow, and (surprise!) lunch was included. It was a beautiful – and calm, thank god – day out on the ocean. Gotta love spending your birthday in transit! But OH Coron, you were worth it. And I spent my birthday in luxury – because $90 a night in the Philippines will buy you quite a bit of luxury – with a king size bed, hot shower, and HBO Movies on TV. I mean I still didn’t have wifi, but ya win some, ya lose some, right?! I decided to treat myself to two nights in a real hotel with a pool and breakfast included. And then I did what everybody comes to Coron to do… ^ Take this picture.^ […]

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October & November 2017 travel re-cap: back in the U.S.A.

by Anna @ slightly astray

At the beginning of October, I said bye to my family in Beijing and flew back to Los Angeles. It had been exactly two years since I’ve set foot on home soil, so I was feeling equal parts nervous and excited. What would it be like? Would I feel at home or would I feel like an outsider who no longer belonged? Would I pick up with my friends or would I be like a stranger now? I said bye...



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Ultimate guide to food in Hanoi Old Quarter - the best local street eats!

Ultimate guide to food in Hanoi Old Quarter - the best local street eats!


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Eating out in Hanoi, or more specifically finding the best local street eats can be daunting. This is our ultimate guide to food in Hanoi Old Quarter

Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

by Jen @ Venturists

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We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little […]

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National Pizza Day: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Pizza Day! While we would like to argue that you can celebrate pizza on any day you please, we can’t argue with the idea of a special occasion prime rib pizza. Need last-minute plans this weekend? Check out some of the events below! Dale Talde’s Massoni in New York is celebrating National Pizza Day with a Detroit-style […]

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Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Slow Cooked Pork

by Sean @ Venturists

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Cochinita pibil, also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, is a traditional slow cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While it is available in many restaurants, the best cochinita is often found in small street stands throughout Yucatan cities. Due to the long cooking time of the dish, stands will […]

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Beef Borscht – Beetroot and Cabbage Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Borscht is one of those dishes that I honestly thought I wouldn’t like. When I was first introduced to the dish as a kid, the idea of a soup made out of beets just didn’t appeal. At all. Mostly likely because my introduction was likely those canned beets that you find on salad bars. And […]

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Simple Tomato Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking […]

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The Beaches in Dhërmi, Albania are Amazing!

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Wait… Albania? Easily one of my favorite experiences from the past year and a half was an impromptu trip to the Balkans at the end of the summer. When Western Europe was getting a little harsh on the budget and same-y, the Eastern Bloc countries with their unpretentious vibes and complicated history provided a much-needed reprieve. Especially Albania. There’s incredible scenery, great hospitality, an interesting mix of Islam and Christianity, shockingly good food, and uhhh Albanian beaches are like whoa. At the risk of sounding cheesy and all “I’m out here finding myself,” have you ever been somewhere you just felt instantly comfortable and at ease? That’s how I felt in the little coastal village of Dhërmi. Like I’d returned to a past life. Okay, now we’re getting really heavy. I’ll stop. It was so calm and stunningly gorgeous, and the people were so welcoming and friendly that I genuinely felt like I could just stay there. I’d read, I’d sit on the beach, I’d learn to make sheep’s cheese and bread from the lady who owned the small hotel where we stayed. All that is to say… I’ll have to return. It was the epitome of laid back. And that’s probably due to the fact […]

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International Cuisine and Recipes

by Jen @ Venturists

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Welcome to our collection of International Recipes inspired by our ongoing travels around there world. In our experience, the best way to learn about a new culture is to understand, and savor, it’s cuisine. We began collecting and developing recipes as a way to remember and celebrate each that we have visited. We have been […]

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Celebrating the Photography of Marcus Lacey

by Ali Waugh @ Emporium Hanoi

 

Hot Snail Quest

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Hanoi is baking in hot summer sun and there hasn't been much rain about this year to take the edge off the heat. A savage storm or two but long periods with not a drop. The city population seeks respite...

Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

Why You Should Learn German in the City | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with the Speakeasy Berlin. I received complimentary lessons in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. German is tough to learn. After one month of living in Berlin, I was still fumbling through the most basic interactions. I spent time with more international people than Germans, and the Germans I did know switched to flawless English the minute they saw me sweat. My accent was complete scheiße. Without grammar, I was nervous to speak. I’d managed to learn a few phrases on accident, but if I wasn’t ordering beer or catching a train, my German was next to useless. Even still, it seems learning German in Berlin is going to be a lot harder than learning Spanish in Ecuador. I realized if I ever hoped to tackle this feisty, lawless, not-so-romantic language, I was going to need German classes in Berlin, and lots of them. Thinking about learning German in Berlin? Here’s everything you need to know about learning German with Speakeasy Berlin. Where to Learn German Abroad Are you moving to Germany to learn German OR learning German because you moved to Germany? If your focus is on studying German, you should make […]

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If You’re Going To Eat Tide Pods, At Least Eat Edible Ones

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

The Tide Pod Challenge is somehow still alive and well. We provided cute and colorful alternative bite-sized snacks, but to no avail. That pretty much seals the deal: the urge to eat Tide Pods must be so strong that not even being industrial-strength detergent can quell the cravings of the soap-addicted masses. Trick your favorite pod-zombie into believing it’s the real […]

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Danang Seafood Barn

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

I like Danang. Whoever is in charge down there is making a nice city. Compared to Hanoi or Saigon it's a tad sterile, lacking that street-level frenzy and coating of old-world grime. But the traffic flows uncongested for the most...

The Yummiest Nha Trang Street Food – Nha Trang What to Eat Tips

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Nha Trang Street Food Guide : Nha Trang is a leading beach city in Vietnam, being well-known for enthralling beaches, fantastic scuba diving, and yummy delicacies with the freshest seafood

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Slow Cooked Barbacoa Beef Tacos

by Jen @ Venturists

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Barbacoa is one of our favorite slow-cooked beef recipes – with a Mexican accent! Barbacoa is actually a dish that comes from the Caribbean, where the term “barbecue” originated. Over time the recipe has evolved. In Mexico, where we became acquainted with the dish, barbacoa refers to meat that was originally slow cooked in clay […]

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How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Do You Need Travel Insurance or International Health Insurance?

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we tell people that we are full-time travelers, inevitably someone asks us about health care or travel insurance. It’s an important question. We, like everyone, get sick and injured at times. We worry about getting the proper care if something does happen. And, over the years, we’ve definitely had damage and losses to equipment […]

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The 15 Culinary Destinations in Europe That Will Make You Hungry! (Foodie Vacations)

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Do you want to go on a foodie vacation? Here are the top culinary destinations in Europe you can eat your way through during your travels!

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Boston in three photos

Boston in three photos

by Annie Bananie @ Annie Bananie en Europe

The first stop of my three-part trip in November 2017 was Boston. Here is Boston in three photos. The glistening skyline of downtown Boston by night, as seen from Cambridge, on the north side of the Charles River. At the Park Street T (subway) station in downtown Boston, a man was making friends with (i.e. […]

7 Ways How Female Travelers Can Create The Most Memorable Travel Experiences

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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A typical traveler rushes from the airport to their hotel or apartment booked via their favorite booking platform after which comes the mad rush to check off must-see places listed in the itinerary. A few days pass by, then it’s all about getting to the airport in time for the return flight or the next destination. […]

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What to Pack for Thailand – Thailand Packing List

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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What I’ve Learned From Four Years Without Sex

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

When people discover that I’ve been celibate for the past four years they always ask me if it’s by choice.   They must be trying to figure out if I’m a) totally repressed (by choice) or b) totally undesirable (not by choice)   And I don’t exactly know how to answer, because I’m neither… and […]

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From Saranda to Ksamil in Beaches – The End of Albania

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Sorry for the cliffhanger, guys. Things got a little challenging there for a minute – what with all the freelancing and entertaining guests while traveling. I do neglect the blog when I’m feeling less motivated. I’m sorry for being the worst. Look, Albania is awesome. My biggest regret (other than not spending more time there) is that I didn’t write this post sooner and it’s now the end of the summer season, and I may have deprived some people of a tiny source of Internet information for their Balkans travel planning… because there’s not a lot out there on Albania. Because, trust me, this place is exceptional. And it’s still cool in September even when the crowds have died down! When people ask me where I’ve got to return to, Albania is at the top of my list. Still. One year later and I feel like I haven’t delved beneath the enigmatic exterior that is Albania and it’s wonderfully welcoming yet stoic people. There are some places that are easy to love. There are some places with simple logistics and a well-worn tourist trail. And there are some places where you have to convince your travel companion that you’ve gotta […]

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Reuniting With a Long Lost Lover

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  Going home is such a strange thing isn’t it?     I mean, I suppose it’s strange to call it strange since it’s something so familiar.     Familiar spaces and faces reminding you of who you’ve been and what you’ve survived. Echoes of your past that almost ache when your bones remember.   […]

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Australia, Canada among 6 countries now eligible for Vietnam E-Visa program

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Citizens from six more countries will be able to apply for Vietnam visas online, according to new government decree. The updated policy was approved on November 29. According to VnExpress, travelers from Australia, Canada, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are now eligible to apply for an e-visa. The scheme is already available for tourists from 40 countries. The news source also added that the decision was made since arrivals from... read more

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10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Mid-February marks Vietnam’s most important date – Tet, the New Year’s period. It can be hard getting accurate insider information about Tet celebrations and what happens across the nation during its most festive period. It can be hard figuring out if Tet is a good time to visit Vietnam. Knowing what we know about Tet,

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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Some Common Causes for Which the US Passport Application Might Get Rejected

by Sam Cohen @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

  By Sam Cohen Had you applied for the US passport? Did you just get news that the passport application has been denied and rejected? Well, it is needless to say that the feeling at that moment is quite excruciating. It is true that getting a new US passport is not that difficult a job. The Department of State has …

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


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“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

Vietnamese Spices and Herbs to Know While Cooking The Local Food

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Vietnamese spices and herbs are important things when you want to cook the real Vietnamese food. Come to Vietnam, foreign tourists are not only impressed by a small country with

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Visiting David Gareja – Best Day Trip from Tbilisi, Georgia

by Jen @ Venturists

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David Gareja is a cave monastery near Tbilisi, Georgia. We visited similar sites during a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see this one. Particularly since it was so close, and that there is now a shuttle bus that travels there every day. According to their website, the bus leaves […]

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New England Style Seafood Chowder

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]

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Savannah Bucket List: 44 Fun Things To Georgia’s Historic City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Fun things to do in Savannah, Ga—What to see, places to eat and things to check off your bucket list in Georgia's top city.

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My 2017 Travel Recap – Month by Month

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Oh man, I think I’ve missed the whole New Year’s resolution and recap-of-the-past-year blog post bandwagon. But just for giggles, I’m gonna try it. Since I’ve been so slack giving you the latest on my life, here’s what I got up to this year… 2017 was all about making that change from full-time, carefree, backpacker-style traveling to freelancing. That meant camping, housesitting, and having our own car and (at times) our own temporary home. It came with some struggles and rough edges, and it was not always as pretty as these photos entail. But the flexibility to live in a different country every other month is just incredible. Destination wise, while it was awesome and beautiful, I found that New Zealand isn’t my most favorite travel destination in the world, that I’m still in love with Southeast Asia, that Portugal is really all it’s cracked up to be, and that it’s still good to go home occasionally. January Marko and I rang in the New Year sending off a paper lantern into the unbelievably beautiful night sky of Chiang Mai, Thailand surrounded by tons of other glowing lanterns. We ate great tons of khao soi and fried chicken, joined a […]

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Solta Island Day Trip from Split Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Šolta is a Dalmatian island located a mere 9 nautical miles from Split, Croatia. It is a lesser chosen destination in comparison to more mainstream islands like Hvar and Brač. That honestly was part of the reason we opted to visit Solta. Split is a beautiful place to explore, but during mid-summer, when we were there, […]

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How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick - Legal Nomads

How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick - Legal Nomads


Legal Nomads

Tips for eating street food without getting sick, gathered during 9+ years of eating it around the world! Includes packing suggestions & restaurant cards.

How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Don’t wait for that “perfect time” to make your bucket list, create it not because you are dying but because you want to live! With these easy how-to steps, you'll be living the your dream in no time!

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Dark Alley Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Dark alleys at night are supposed to be avoided. There are bogeymen lurking up them. Our western culture has prejudiced us against walking these passageways. All those books we read, all those films we watched, the stories we were told,...

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

by Jen @ Venturists

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This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings […]

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Halong Bay Cruise Reviews – Best Halong Bay Cruise

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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10 things to know before you go to Cambodia

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Cambodia is a beautiful country, rich in culture, customs and religion. Here are a few tips you should know before packing that will help enhance your trip to the Kingdom of Wonder. Buddhism Rules Monks walk through the streets of Phnom Penh |© Aleksandr Hunta / Shutterstock By nature, Cambodians are gentle so when you’re walking through the capital inappropriately sporting a bikini top or no shirt for men, don’t expect to be confronted. However, do... read more

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Cheese Bread and Dumplings! Making Khachapuri and Khinkali in Tbilisi

by Jen @ Venturists

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If you have never heard of Georgia, formally known as the Republic of Georgia, you aren’t alone. Similarly, if you have no idea where it is, and why you should be interested in the food in this place, then you are in for a treat. Lesser discovered places are some of the best to visit. […]

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Hanoi’s unusual eats | About Hanoi and around

Hanoi’s unusual eats | About Hanoi and around


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In addition to the traditional favourite street food such as bun cha and pho, it’s not uncommon to find dishes featuring goat, dog, rat, snake and porcupine...

That One Time Sean and I Got Scammed In Hanoi And What We Should Have Done Instead

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

So here is the thing, sometimes you will meet people who mean to cause you harm and you might get scammed. So don’t be daft. Research before you go somewhere. See what scams have impacted travelers in the past. Be aware but don’t be scared. […]

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What’s up with the Great Barrier Reef

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world. It's reached the news quite a lot of over the last couple of years because of a few big bleaching events (where coral turns white and almost dies). There is so much to say about this amazing underwater world that I've decided to do a whole series on it! Today we're going to explore what makes the reef so special. In the following articles, you are going to find out how to visit the Great Barrier Reef yourself and a review on the boats that I experienced plus tips on how to pick the best boat for you. Continue Reading

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Crochet Snowflakes from Plastic Bags

Crochet Snowflakes from Plastic Bags

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

I heard a report on the BBC World Service a couple of days ago about a little sea turtle named Kai which made me so sad that I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. Kai had been found floating helplessly on the sea surface because she had ingested so much plastic waste that her...

Ultimate Traveler Gift Guide

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

After over ten years of round-the-world travel we've learned a few things about what works and what doesn't when it comes to travel gear. So, we've put together some of our favorite travel gear into this gift guide for adventure travelers. If you're looking to buy something for an adventurous or curious traveler in your […]

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When Work Is Slow and Surgery Is On The Diary. A Little Update.

by Amanda M @ Arms Wide Open

The last two months or so things have been pretty slow for me when it comes to freelance work and it has been an adjustment. I’m not sure exactly what to do with myself during the day and some days I am on it, applying […]

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Hip YunLin in Taiwan is a must visit for any solo female traveler

by Cynthia Lin @ I Like Local Blog

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Yunlin is one of my favorite getaway places in Taiwan, as this was where I spent most of my childhood with my loving grannies. The place has changed a lot since I last visited it a couple of years ago. A city once considered the most underdeveloped area is now becoming a trendy hotspot and […]

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Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore

Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore


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It was a rare sight - US President Barack Obama sitting on a flimsy plastic stool, having a simple Vietnamese meal in a Hanoi restaurant with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Where Next? My 2018 Travel Plans

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

The answer is… not all that much! (Aha, clickbait! Gotcha!) Just kidding. Kinda. The real answer is… not much, yet! Man, how far we’ve come since I wrote this post over a year ago while sitting in Nepal watching Trump win the election. I was trying to figure out how to make money to keep traveling, hanging out with an Englishman named Marko, and internally debating if I would, in fact, enjoy a five-day hike in the Himalayas… Okay, so maybe we haven’t come that far. Though I’m no longer in that “I don’t know where I’ll be a week from now and everything I own is sandy” stage, I’m still taking this freelance-and-travel thing about a month at a time. It’s too tough to plan more than that! And it certainly keeps things interesting… Right Now I’m back in England at the moment in Marko’s little village of Shotteswell. Our only plans are to maybe go to the pub, book the massage he got me for Christmas, meet up with some of his friends for beers, see a rugby match, and ummm, do some puzzles and play some games around the house? I’m currently wearing my bathrobe for whole days while I […]

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The Stuff in the Market

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The wet markets in South East Asia are shrines to food culture. Food is built up into displays, towers and installations to admire, catch the eye and tempt. It's colourful. Limes, chilies, dragon fruits, persimmons and hibiscus flowers project a...

Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” […]

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Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

by Jen @ Venturists

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  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. […]

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Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

by Jen @ Venturists

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Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. […]

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Improving my embroidery skills by doing an East African bird design and some sewing classes

Improving my embroidery skills by doing an East African bird design and some sewing classes

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

A few months ago I joined the Kenya Embroiderers’ Guild in an attempt to develop and improve my creative sewing skills. Although I have previously taught textiles, my specialisms were knitting and crochet, and when I instructed the students in sewing it was really just the basics in hand sewing, how to use a sewing...

Expat Exposed: Raksha In Sydney, Australia

Expat Exposed: Raksha In Sydney, Australia

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Meet Raksha, an Indian girl who loves traveling! She mostly travels solo and loves to meet new people and explore new cultures. Traveling is her first love and photography is her second. She mostly photographs landscapes and skyscapes. What inspired you to become an expat? Traveling was the main reason. I wanted to explore the World and I wanted to experience staying away from home. Why did you choose Sydney? I had three options based on my job opportunities – Denmark, Canada and Australia. This was the first time I was moving away from family and I knew it was hard for my mother to accept this change. Because of which I decided on a place that was closest to home (India), which was Australia. Did you go alone or did you have a friend/significant other with you? Yes, alone. I had a job before I arrived in Australia, so […]

Go Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai Old City, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Many people who visit Chiang Mai do bucket-list-worthy activities like visiting an elephant sanctuary or attending the Yee Peng or Songkran festivals. But there's a lot you can do within the Old City as well, less epic but equally memorable things like cafe hopping or conversing with monks.

How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned about my job is that people have a common misconception about travel advisors and are unaware of the benefit to working with one to plan their travels. In this day and age, there is a wealth of information on the internet at our fingertips so a lot of people plan their own travels. Which begs the question: “Why pay someone to plan a trip when you can do it on your own?” Believe me, I was asking the same question less than two years ago so when I was looking for a job, the title of “Luxury Travel Advisor” didn’t appeal to me until I started doing my research. Not only did I find that it is an extremely fun and fulfilling career to have, but I also learned that Luxury Travel Advisors benefit the traveler in a number of unknown ways. First-hand […]

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

by Jen @ Venturists

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Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Tet Vietnam

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

The festival is the best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity Meaning of Vietnamese New Year The festival which best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity is Vietnamese New Year or Tet. “Tet” is the phonetic deformation of “Tiet”, a Sino Vietnamese term which means “Joint of a bamboo stern” and in a wider sense, the “beginning of a [...]

Chicken Caesar Salad Crostini with Pepitas and Cilantro

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Caesar Salad is one of those staple recipes that I’ve found, in one form or another, on restaurant menus around the world. According to legend, the dressing was originally made by an Italian chef who had immigrated to the United States but was working in Mexico to avoid prohibition in the 1920’s. During a busy day […]

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Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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How to Change Your Life With Coffee Enemas

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  Do you believe me when I tell you, that putting coffee up your butt just might change your life? Well, at the very least, I can tell you, that it changed mine. Not to say that the thought didn’t horrify me once upon a time.     Frankly I probably would have never even […]

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM?

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

One of the safest and cheapest destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination. Whether you are traveling solo or with friends, this is definitely a place that you wouldn’t want to miss. Below here, we have prepared a detail article for you to know when are the best time to visit each region of our country. Northern Vietnam Hanoi Hanoi has 4 seasons with each season had its own traits of beautiful. Summer... read more

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Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by. I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought, and that many restaurants peddle overprices glasses to tourists. Instead, locals in […]

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51 Unique + Fun Things to do in Chile | Chile

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

If you’re traveling down the Gringo Trail, Chile might feel unexpectedly familiar. There are no ramshackle busses or alpacas wandering the streets. Instead, there are arbitrary laws, expensive cups of coffee, and high speed internet connections. In some weird way, you might miss the chaos. I wondered whether I was making a mistake by blowing the rest of my travel budget on a place that looked so much like home (and cost as much, too). But there’s something special about Chile. After I really got to know it, Chile became one of my favorite countries. Perhaps it was because I finally started to speak Spanish or was traveling on my own for the first time in years, or perhaps it’s just because Chile is diverse,  dynamic, and completely fascinating. Want to experience Chile beneath the surface? I bet you’ll dig it too. From geodesic domes where you can spend the night to the otherworldly nature of Patagonia, here’s are some of the weird, wild, and totally fun things to do in Chile. Very Chilean Experiences 1. Start up north for the gentle surf & sun in Arica (Arica y Parinacota) 2. Head into Valle de Elqui for a pisco tasting tour by bicycle (Coquimbo) […]

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Non La – Symbol of Vietnamese charm and romance

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Non la (palm-leaf conical hat) is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people without the restriction of age, sex or racial distinctions Origin of Non la Like every custom of Vietnam, Non la has its own origin, coming from a legend related to the history of rice growing in Vietnam. The story is about a giant woman from the sky who has protected humankind from a deluge of rain. She wore a hat made of four round shaped... read more

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7 Iconic Foods That Will Make You Want to Be a New Yorker

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

You haven’t fully explored New York City until you’ve toured its unique multi-cultural cuisine. Every borough offers up its own gastronomic delights. And just when you think you’ve seen and tasted it all, a new food obsession explodes onto the scene. That’s what makes the Big Apple’s cuisine so exciting! But for every hot new trend, […]

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Top 5 Foods I Ate in NYC

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ve thought long and hard about how I was going to write about all the food I ate in New York. Should I organize it by categories? By days? For now, before I overwhelm you with all the food talk, I’m going to start on a high note with my top 5 favorite things I ate in New York City. Oh New York – why is the food so good there?! Seriously, I ate some of the best food OF...



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Up in the Air, Down to Earth: Our 2016 Travel Year in Review

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

When 2016 first began, I imagined it to be a relatively quiet year for us, at least in terms of travel. However, in these final flickers and embers, I peer back in reflection over our Instagram feed and photo stream and am struck by breadth and depth in turns that we've known over these last […]

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French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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Hanoi Train Street – Experiencing an urban phenomenon

by Sarah @ TripGourmets

When we decided to visit Hanoi, of course we started to look at the various sights and attractions in the city. One thing jumped out at us as being a…

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10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi

10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi


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The best Hanoi dishes are inexpensive yet tasty treats that can be found within Hanoi Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways and bustling street markets. Compared to other cities in Vietnam, Hanoi food tends to be on the sweeter side and utilises freshwater ingredients such as prawns, squids, shrimps

Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city. Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni. Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of ...

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Icewine: 6 Things You Need to Know About Canada’s National Treasure

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Icewine 101 Icewine is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific conditions. Temperatures have to be a precise -8 to -10 Celsius.  Even one degree warmer or cooler, and it’s not icewine. Although it’s made in Canada’s Niagara and Okanagan wine regions, icewine remains a bit of a mystery to […]

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7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you think India is the ultimate yoga travel destination, think again! These 7 places (plus 7 great alternatives) are our picks for the very best yoga adventures in 2018! A couple of years ago, we made our first trip to India. Having heard from all our yogi friends what a mind-blowing spiritual experience it […]

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Philadelphia cheesesteak wars: 12 hours, 4 cheesesteaks

by Anna @ slightly astray

“You can’t come to Philadelphia and not have a cheesesteak.” Given that the cheesesteak is practically Philly’s symbol, that statement is so true. But we’ll do one better. In fact… we’ll do three better. The best thing about hanging out with foodies is that everyone is enthusiastic about eating and hunting for good food. The best thing about visiting locals is that they know where all the best spots are. The perfect combination. And because everyone has a different opinion...



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Trip Report Is Thailand safe enough for kids?

by mileelauren @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, We're planning a trip to Thailand this summer with our 2 kids (5 and 7). Please tell us if there's anything we need to pay attention and top...

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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Hello From Cairns, Again!

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

Hey guys, while I have been settling into Australian life yet again, the blog has been a bit quiet. But not anymore! Most of you might not realize but in order to write on a regular basis, one need a routine and some regularity. You need to stick around in one location for a little bit and preferably not live out of a hostel. Continue Reading

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Let Alexa’s Gordon Ramsay Feature Ruin Your Meal

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Have you ever watched one of Gordon Ramsay’s acclaimed cooking shows and thought “man, I wish he’d scream at my risotto?” Good news! From the people who brought you such voice-activated entertainment experiences as “Biden’s Briefing” and “Sounds Fun with Mike Epps,” comes “Gordon Ramsay.” The program brings the distinct personality of the Hell’s Kitchen host right […]

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20 Tips for Eating Street Food in Asia Without Getting Sick - Rooftop Antics

20 Tips for Eating Street Food in Asia Without Getting Sick - Rooftop Antics


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Is there anything better than amazing street food that is both delicious and cheap? Here are my 20 tips for eating street food in Asia without getting sick.

Maximum of 900 guests allowed to visit Son Doong in 2018

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Oxalis tour operator, the only travel company allowed to organise tours to the well-known Son Doong Cave, in the central province of Quang Binh, officially opened its ticket sales to explore the world’s largest cave for 2018, with a route of four days and three nights. According to Oxalis General Director Nguyen Chau A, his company offered 460 slots in the first sale. This morning, about 250 guests already bought tickets. In 2018, Quang Binh province... read more

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Fall in Love with the Best Authentic Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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The Rewards of Traveling Outside of Your Comfort Zone

by Jen @ Venturists

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I became passionate about travel after my (now) husband took me on my first trip abroad. Instead of planning a typical vacation that involved lying in the sun and getting the darkest tan possible (which i have since grown to regret for so many reasons), he suggested that we plan a trip to Europe. That […]

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must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures

must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures


Travel Outlandish

Exploring the Vietnamese night market + must eat Vietnamese street food + the Urban Adventures street food tour you won't want to miss!

Chilaquiles with Black Beans and Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I first heard about Mexican Chilaquiles, I wasn’t so sure about them. A breakfast food made with tortilla chips and eggs, like breakfast nachos, could be either amazing or a complete disaster. As it turns out, they are delicious and are now one of my favorite brunch dishes. The tortilla chips become slightly softened […]

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16 of the World’s Most Colorful Places

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Let’s face it. We like colorful things. We are attracted to them the same way children scream for brightly colored candy at the grocery store. Maybe without the screaming. This is why food color like red #5 and yellow #6 exists and is perhaps giving us cancer. It’s just biology…or something.  Our eyes are drawn to bright pretty things and colorful places are no exception. I’ve been a lucky lady and have recently traveled to many places that resembled a candyland.  Consider me your color crack dealer as I take you to the world’s most colorful places. 1.  Portugal I had a hard time narrowing it down to only one city so I’m going to just give Portugal one big shout out as a collectively colorful country. Lisbon, Porto and Sintra are 3 places that should be on your color radar. Your “color-dar”, if you will. Tee-hee. Porto Lisbon Sintra Like most super cool castles, this one was built by a crazy king and for one am happy that he let his freak flag fly. I mean, who decides to make a red, yellow and pastel blue castle if they’re not slightly nuts eccentric? Portugal also happens to be a place that has been underrated in Europe for years. It is less expensive than much of western Europe and enjoys warm weather for more months. The secret is getting out, so go sooner rather than later! Read More:  5 Days in Portugal #2  Burano, Italy I know anyone with an Instagram account has seen a picture of this place and maybe drooled slightly. This island is a photographer’s paradise. In fact, there is little else to do here. There is one commercial street with restaurants, cafes and cute tourist shops, but mostly people simply walk around and gawk.  It is a nice escape half-day trip from Venice. I recommend going as early as possible to beat the crowds of googly-eyed tourists entranced by the rainbow of color (I was one of them btw). Note of caution…stand a few feet in front of people’s homes if you can. People do live here, although it’s easy to believe this kaleidoscope of a place was built just for our enjoyment! #3  Valparaiso, Chile Ok.  This place. Wow! I have never been as impressed by street art. It is EVERYWHERE. The city is a big free museum. Located on the coast less than 2 hours from Santiago, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Chile who loves art, color and fun happy vibes! Happily overdosing on art and color over here. Better than the things I usually overdose on…chocolate, wine, Netflix, Justin Trudeau pics. Oops there I go over-sharing again. Btw…watch my stories for adorable penguins in Patagonia! My posts are a few days behind as usual but stories always new! A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Nov 15, 2017 at 4:44am PST   Read More: Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile #4  Marrakech, Morocco Morocco seems to be having a resurgence in popularity. Instead of the 1970’s hippie trail, now there is the “Instagram Trail”. Photographers can’t get enough of the mosaic tiles, colorful markets and exotic flavor. Not to mention, Marrakech is known as the “Rose City” with much of the old city painted this soft pink color. Who can resist that? I barely know what any of this stuff is, but it was pretty and I definitely bought some. One of these crystal looking things may have been for my sinuses. They are really good salespeople! This type of tile is called zellij. The geometric shapes with Arabic calligraphy is a type of Islamic art and used commonly in Moroccan architecture. It is mind-numbingly intricate and spectacular. The photo below is from Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. Read More: Guide to Marrakech #5 Colmar, France I hardly believe this is a real place, even when I look at my own photos! I felt the same way in person as I roamed around looking at the quaint pastel half-timbered houses with a dopey smile on my face. Colmar is in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France on the border of Germany. The whole region is simply adorable and you find yourself waiting for Belle, Gaston, the seven dwarfs, or any number of fairytale characters to stroll by. Read More:  Walk Through a Fairytale in Strasbourg and Colmar #6  Guatape, Colombia I haven’t yet been to Colombia, but it is one of the top places on my bucket list for many reasons including places like this. This Andean resort town is close to Medellin.  I had placed Colombia on my top places to go in 2017 in a collaborative post with other bloggers.  Give it a read if you haven’t yet! Travel Inspiration: Places to Visit in 2017   #7  Cinque Terre, Italy Another very popular destination, Cinque Terre will fulfill many colorful fantasies. It’s more than just a pretty face. There is excellent hiking here and really good food. Despite becoming alarmingly crowded, they’ve managed to not let the food quality go down like some touristy places (I’m looking at you Venice!). The villages look like glittering gems in the sea. Cinque Terre is technically 5 different villages and some would include nearby Portovenere as the 6th village.  Portovenere (pictured below) is a great day trip and can be reached by ferry or hiking. It happens to be way less crowded here as well. This is the village of Riomaggiore. It’s almost like a 5-year-old girl was allowed to design this entire village with every shade of pink that she could imagine. Read More:  Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre #8  Sighisoara, Romania I haven’t yet written about Romania, but I plan to soon because it truly surprised me and I absolutely loved it. I was expecting a more run down, old communist Eastern European feel (just being honest), but instead, I got charming pastel villages galore! Score: Romania 1  Cherene -3 This was only one of many cute towns that I visited. Sibiu and Brasov deserve a mention as well. #9  Miami, Florida I couldn’t possibly write about colorful places without mentioning my home of 15 years, Miami! From the art deco district to the design district, there is plenty of color to go around.  You can’t throw a stone on Instagram without hitting a picture of the Wynwood art district. I remember when Wynwood was a place you only visited with a police escort and a prayer. Things have certainly changed! Read More:  Local’s Guide To Miami #10  Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is a fun city full of character. And bikes. Tons of bikes. The canals are lined with colorful homes, particularly in the famous Nyhaven area pictured below. Interestingly, Denmark is high on the list of happiest places. I guess color is good for the soul? I could hang here all day! Someone needs to invent a floating bar!🤗🍸 A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Aug 20, 2016 at 9:23am PDT #11  Wroclaw, Poland I am really sad that I haven’t yet visited Poland because I hear nothing but good things about it. Just look at this place! So grand and stately, yet colorful AF! That’s hard to pull off if you’re not a drag queen. Well played Wroclaw! #12  Rovinj, Croatia I definitely left my heart in this perfect little seaside town in the Istria region of Croatia, and you can see why. Beyond the beautiful exterior is a heart of gold. The people are just as charming as the buildings. I came here to decompress after a particularly crazy Italy visit and I almost didn’t leave. It was refreshingly relaxing with clear warm Adriatic waters to swim in and yummy Croatian wine to drink as you roam the pastel cobblestoned streets of the old city stopping in cute stores to sample truffled this and lavender that. #13 Bali, Indonesia This is one colorful little island. Where else can you see a rainbow of umbrellas and bean bags on the beach, bright fringy umbrellas in the streets, pretty floral offerings to the gods on the ground and brightly colored fabrics adorning the Hindu statues? Read More:  20 Photos of My Best Things to do in Bali #14 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm is pretty, elegant and one of those places you feel you need more time to visit because each island has its own character to discover. The Gamla Stan area is perhaps the most historic and colorful as well as most popular with tourists. It is like a pedestrian-friendly outdoor museum with winding cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings. This is Stockholm’s oldest square, Stortorget. It is the historic heart of Stockholm and located in the old town of Gamla Stan. #15  Salvador, Brazil Ah, Brazil. Home of some of the most joyous people I’ve ever seen. Brazil is a delightful mix of African, European and Latin American culture and in some cities, the buildings are as colorful as its people. Salvador da Bahia, is one of those cities. Once the capital of Portugal’s famed new world colony, it is now the Afro-Brazilian heart of the country. The descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage here better than anywhere else in the world. #16  Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An is on Vietnam’s central coast. The architecture reflects its interesting melting-pot history and is a mix of eras and styles with wooden Chinese shophouses and temples, as well as French colonial buildings and ornate Vietnamese tube houses. One of the most famous sites is the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda. It’s easy to see why this charming town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I personally was delighted by all the colorful silk lanterns adorning all the streets. Hope you could handle all that color! What are some of the world’s most colorful places that I missed? Where else do I need to go to get my color fix? Tell me in the comments! Pin It!    

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Holland America Cruise Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities Onboard the Amsterdam

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

From Holland America Line's specialty dining to fitness and cooking lessons, duty free shopping, endless entertainment options and a well-mannered and professionally trained crew to help you along the entire way, taking a HAL cruise onboard the MS AMSTERDAM is a memorable experience.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute “must visit” place in Croatia. That is, if enjoying a day discovering one beautiful waterfall after another all nestled into a forest surrounding a crystal blue lake sounds like your kind of day. It certainly is for me. It was a day I won’t forget and would gladly […]

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Street Food Isn't The Only Bargain in Hanoi: Where To Eat When You Want A Restaurant · Arms Wide Open

Street Food Isn't The Only Bargain in Hanoi: Where To Eat When You Want A Restaurant · Arms Wide Open


Arms Wide Open

Street food isn't the only bargain you can get when deciding where to eat in Hanoi. Plenty of restaurants that will deliver the taste within your budget!

Tet superstitions

by Ali Waugh @ Emporium Hanoi

There are many superstitions that guide behaviour around Tet time in Vietnam. Here are 5 common practices: For most Vietnamese people, it’s important to pay back all loans before the end of the old year so that they can start the new year with a clean slate. No sweeping on the first day of Tet […]

Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Journalist On The Run

Travelling to Vietnam's capital? There's no better way to get to know the city and its people than signing up to a street food tour in Hanoi!

The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Borneo that will inspire you to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Borneo. You probably know it for its rainforests, orangutans and world-class scuba diving. But there’s a lot more to this lush tropical island. Did you know that its jungles provide a rich habitat for rare creatures? It’s also home to the world’s largest (and most pungent) flower, its richest monarch and the highest peak in

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The best town to spot wildlife in New Zealand

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

When it comes to traveling, seeing wildlife will always be one of the biggest highlights for me. In New Zealand, the native wildlife consists mostly out of birds so if you want to get a bigger wildlife fix, your best bet is to head to the ocean. The cold waters that surround New Zealand are known for its abundance of marine life, amongst others Fur seals, Sperm whales, Blue whales, Killer whales and tons of dolphins. Almost every bay even has its own variety of dolphins that look and behave completely different. In search of seeing some beautiful animals, I headed to the wildlife heaven called Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand. Continue Reading

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Stay Strange: A Design Loft in Munich | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with The Flushing Meadows in Munich. I received a complimentary night in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own! “F…L…U…S…H…I…N…G…M…E…A…D…O…W…S” The light bulbs flickered on in sequence, both spelling out the name of the hotel and casting light onto the otherwise vacant Fraunhoferstraße. You’d never know that Munich is home to 1.43 million people if you happen to arrive on a Wednesday after 8pm. Behind the heavy door was ambient music and an elevator directing me to the fourth floor. The high ceilings and exposed pipes in the hallway felt unapologetically cool. I was impressed and I hadn’t even checked into my room yet. Looking for a unique hotel in Munich with a distinctly cool character? Let me introduce you to the Flushing Meadows. About The Flushing Meadows The Flushing Meadows is a design hotel located in the Glockenbach. The space was initiated by Arnold/Jäger/Werner. The trio are designers, gastronomists, and architects by trade, and you’d never even guess that The Flushing Meadows is their first endeavor into the hotel industry. Sleep There are 4 types of rooms available at The Flushing Meadows: the Single, the Studio, the Penthouse, and the Loft. Each […]

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8 Must Do’s in Darwin

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

Most articles about Darwin or fun things you can do in the city move straight on to the beautiful national parks, Kakadu and Litchfield national park, located a few hours out of the city. Even though those parks are absolute must-visits when you're at the top end of Australia, the city itself has a few cool activities to offer as well.

A bonified tropical city known for its party life, its resident crocodiles and for being a city so so far away from everything, it's quite a unique place to be all on its own. Continue Reading

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Danang Seafood Barn

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

I like Danang. Whoever is in charge down there is making a nice city. Compared to Hanoi or Saigon it's a tad sterile, lacking that street-level frenzy and coating of old-world grime. But the traffic flows uncongested for the most...

A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

by Jen @ Venturists

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Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both […]

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5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


The Culinary Travel Guide

Hanoi's food scene can be overwhelming with it's mix of smells and tastes, but it's well worth exploring since it's one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavorful cuisines in the world.

Overdose on Street Art in Valparaiso Chile (Bonus: Good Eats)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Valparaiso, Chile is one of the most colorful cities I have ever seen. The entire city is basically an open-air museum with colorful homes, murals, cute cafes, painted stairs, mosaics and all kinds of artistic eye candy to keep your senses occupied. Less than 2 hours drive from Santiago, this bohemian hotspot can be visited in just a weekend if you are short on time. I will tell you where to eat, play and find street art in Valparaiso. About “Valpo” Greater Valparaíso is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.  In the second half of the 19th century, Valparaíso served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. Valparaiso attracted many European immigrants during its golden age when international sailors called it “The Jewel of the Pacific” or “Little San Francisco”. Art, particularly graffiti, has had an interesting evolution in Valpo. Graffiti became a regular form of protest under the oppressive regime of the dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s. At that time it was subversive and anonymous. Chile eventually became more democratic but the graffiti continued to thrive. The government finally decided to make it legal but with regulation. Artists are permitted to create what they wish whether it be to express social criticism or simply showcase their artistic vision as long as they contribute to the urban scene. There are competitions where the winner is given the equipment necessary to paint over the bricks or concrete. Pretty cool huh? Random Cool Facts about Valparaiso Latin America’s oldest stock exchange is here It has the continent’s first volunteer fire department Chile’s first public library is here  El Mercurio de Valparaiso is the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world Basics Location:  Coast of Chile, northwest of Santiago Language:  Spanish (English is spoken minimally in Chile but more so in touristy areas) Currency:  Chilean Peso (1000 pesos = 1.57 USD). Easy to find ATMs.  Credit cards are widely accepted except for street vendors. Where to Find the Art There are 9 cerros or hills. Many have funiculars to reach the top where there are great views. They aren’t too bad to walk up if you want to get some exercise. In one day I was able to check out three of them, Cerro Bellavista, Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre. The art is literally everywhere. Buildings are painted with bright fun colors and there are murals in all kinds of unexpected places. I will point out a few of my faves as well as some famous ones, but please enjoy discovering these and more for yourself! There are hundreds more all around the city. I would love to have a week to wander around gawking at art. The Piano Stairs The musical steps are found (quite appropriately) on Beethoven Street. I don’t know the history of this one but I love the creativity. In Cerro Concepcion This one is on Beethoven street, near the Piano Steps. This one really captured the essence of Valpo. I wish I could tell you who painted these! If anyone knows please share! This one is on Almirante Montt as it meets Beethoven Street.  Who can resist posing with all that color! The Allende Mural Salvador Allende was the president of Chile from 1970 to 1973, but involved in politics many years prior. He was ousted and killed (some say suicide) in a controversial coup d’etat by his own military and the American CIA who opposed his leftist policies. This paved the way for the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet that lasted until 1990, ending decades of democratic rule. Allende is a hero to many and is proudly represented in this beautiful mural on Almirante Montt. This street is very beautiful with plenty of other buildings and murals worth seeing. Check out the quirky shop called Bazar PutaMadre (interesting choice of name for those who understand Spanish). Artsy Colorful Stairs I don’t know what the official name for this staircase is but you must see it. It is more than just a staircase. The stairs themselves have mosaic tile and bright colors but along the stairs are various buildings with graffiti, murals, flowers and the whole combination comes together in a unique, pretty and gritty way. Where to Find:  Hector Calvo Street. This area was part of the Museo de Cielo Abierto which I explain later. The photo below was some random little area along Yerbas Buenas The “We Are Not Hippies We Are Happies” Sign by Art + Believe This is probably the most visited site in Valparaiso. I don’t think your visit counts if you didn’t go. Painted on two steps by the UK art collective Art + Believe, this can be found on Cerro Alegre. They say that these words became the mantra of their travels. “The words originate from a very kind Chilean man who took us in whilst in Valparaiso. It captures the color, vibrancy and the philosophy of the Chilean people today, now free of dictatorship.” Where to Find: Templeman 672 Just down the hill from the Happies sign are tons of murals including another beautiful one by Art + Believe. Tower on Fire I sort of stumbled upon this one, then found out it was famous. It’s enormous and hard to miss if you are strolling along Paseo Dimalow on Cerro Alegre. The street itself is full of outdoor street vendors and artists, but there is a dramatic overlook where you can see part of the city as it meets the sea. Just look to the right of the mural and find this awesome little terrace bar! Best view in town right there! Where to Find: Dimalow 166 Museo a Cielo Abierto (Open Sky Museum) This little area is on Cerro Bellavista and is kind of an art walk. It traverses through different murals, viewpoints and there are plenty of cool things to see. I certainly couldn’t resist these mosaic tiled benches. Yellow is my favorite color also. No brainer! You can find all these places and more on the map below: Getting There Several bus companies go directly from Santiago to Valparaiso. The trip will cost 3300 to 5000 pesos each way (roughly $5 to $8 USD). A few bus companies that are good include Pullman, Condor or Turbus. The trip takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Of course traffic plays a factor in this! Once there you can see most things on foot or call an Uber. There is a local bus system called the V-line. Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley of Chile Where to Eat Ok let’s discuss the important stuff…food and drink. You will be spoiled for choice here. Walking along Cerro Concepcion or Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre offers many cafes, restaurants and bars. Here are a few I can vouch for. Cafe Turi Upscale Chilean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. There is a beautiful terrace and perfect for sunset. Try the Pastel de Jaiba (crab cooked in a yummy traditional way), the Congrito (fried eel) or the Squid Ink Lasagna. Be prepared for a richly satisfying meal! Even the dessert is art itself. Check out the chocolate funicular with the swirly spun sugar wind. I thought it looked like Trump’s hair but oh well. It was all scrumptious. Templeman 147   Taulat Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant with a nice terrace overlooking Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre. Jose Grosse 268 El Desayunador    Like the name suggests, this is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch. Beware of the pancake (panqueque)  as it is actual CAKE. A huge piece. With layers and frosting and all that. It’s not even pretending to be healthy breakfast food.  Apparently cake for breakfast is a thing here and I am down with it! Almirante Montt 399 Hotzenplatz There’s a sizeable German community in Chile and this cute authentic place on Cerro Bellavista is a great place for some traditional Kasespaetzle (dumplings with cheese and caramelized onions). To the right of the restaurant is also one of the entrances to the Museo a Cielo Abierto. Hector Calvo 331 Bar The Clinic Such a great name for a bar. The Clinic. It is kind of medicinal and therapeutic if you ask me. This place is in Cerro Concepcion and has great Chilean cocktails and an outdoor terrace. What more do you need? Read more for info on bars in Valparaiso Where to Stay Hotel Brighton The views here were spectacular. Breakfast is included and the location is perfect, right at the top of Cerro Conception. The staff were also very friendly. * I was not sponsored, just really liked it! Ok you’re on to me. I only picked it because it was yellow! Book your hotel here: Booking.com   If you decide to visit Valpo, I would recommend at least 2 days and maybe one more day to visit Vino Del Mar nearby. I didn’t have time on this trip but will definitely be back! Where is your favorite place for street art? Have you been to Valpo? What was your favorite piece?   Pin it  

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33 fun and interesting facts about Thailand that will surprise and delight you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

There’s no denying the myriad attractions of Thailand. Beaches, jungles, cities, spices – this kingdom of intrigue offers endless explorations into culture, nature and history. To help you get to know Thailand a little better, we’ve drawn upon our extensive knowledge of the country to share some of our favorite things about it. You’ll notice

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Markets around the World in paintings, sketches and photographs

Markets around the World in paintings, sketches and photographs

by Ali Dunnell @ Travels with my Art

market ˈmɑːkɪt/ (noun) a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities. Markets are a great place to people watch and to people sketch. Amid the hustle and bustle of a busy street market you can very quickly become invisible. And it is when you are invisible and unnoticed that...

Elephant Nature Park: A True Animal Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

What drew me to Elephant Nature Park is it's "no elephant riding" policy. There are no bull hooks here, no elephants forced to kick soccer balls or paint for the entertainment of tourists. Instead, the park functions as a true rescue center and animal reserve.

Best of 2017 in travels (and plans for 2018)

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ll admit: I’m lazy and wasn’t gonna do a year-end recap post. But I was inspired by posts like Shikha’s and decided to write one of my own. I do think it’s nice to have these to look back on, when the memories start getting fuzzy and the years start to blend together. It’s also a good time to sit down, reflect, and think about the future. So let’s recap! Find out my overall best part of the year, best foodie destination, best...



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Seoul Dining 2: Mung Bean Cake

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

At one convergence of halls at Seoul's Kwang Jang Market, there is jostling over mung beans. Not the raw ingredient but an enormous crisp pancake made of them. Called 'bindaetteok' or 'nokdujeon', it is reminiscent of Japan's 'okonomiyaki' in terms...

When the Jungle Burned Me

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  (Read Part One: A Return to the Wild)   My first two days back in the jungle were blissfully easy.   While I felt trepidation as I left Seattle, uncertain how Puerto Viejo may have changed or how I might see it through my new eyes, it actually felt so much better than when […]

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About 2017: Life According to Instagram

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

2017 started in South America. Dodging fireworks beneath the giant church in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, to be more specific. If you asked me what the year ahead was going to look like, I don’t think I could have told you. I didn’t know where I’d be in three days, much less, where I’d be at the same time next year. But isn’t it funny how, ready or not, next year always seems to come. I don’t share too much about my personal life on Travel Outlandish because I don’t consider myself to be “that kind of blogger”. But, what the hell. In case you were curious, 2017 was a big one. It was a year of some significant losses. It was also the year that I trekked in Patagonia on my own, the year that I finally learned Spanish, the year that some major relationships evolved, the year that this blog took off, and the year that I moved to Berlin. I’d be lying if I said it was all painless, but it wasn’t all bad either. It was a year full of monumental, messy, hard-to-handle lessons that will [hopefully] make 2018 that much better. So, from Peru to Germany, […]

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Help with two nights in Bangkok

by hurrygirl @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I have been travelling in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for the last 6 weeks and are now in Thailand for only two weeks. We will be in...

How To Pack for the Camino de Santiago: The Ultimate Camino Packing List

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

How do you effectively pack for the Camino de Santiago — light and prepared? This is the place to find out. But first, some quick background. A beautiful walk, a memorable journey — one that comes up in conversation over and over again. That is our Camino de Santiago. Lessons learned, a stack of stories […]

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Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

by Jen @ Venturists

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New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with he most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found […]

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas with Divers Den

by Marijs @ Rooftop Antics

An hour and a half drive north of Cairns, you can find a little town. It has everything Cairns doesn’t have, a beach and the real small beach town feeling. The best part about this town? The access to the… Continue Reading

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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Ultimate Asia guide for women traveling alone

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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Did you know that we, women, are making up nearly two-thirds of travelers today? If you also do a quick Google search on ‘solo female travel’ you can see that in the past 5 years, the interest in this topic has more than tripled. Even when we’re traveling with a male partner it is 85% […]

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Fun Things to do in Prague

by Jen @ Venturists

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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As a city that’s rich in history, food, and architecture, Prague attracts over 6.4 million people every year. From museums to historical attractions to churches and theaters, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of things to see […]

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Best budget eats in Hanoi

Best budget eats in Hanoi


the Guardian

In honour of Hanoi's 1000th birthday this week, Rosie Birkett savours the flavours in the Vietnamese capital's best canteens and street kitchens

Indulge in Guilt-Free Luxury at 7 of the World’s Best Green Retreats

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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These luxury green retreats may not be totally affordable but they are FABULOUS and guilt-free. Even if you travel on the cheap, these 7 eco retreats are all you need to fire up your 2018 travel dreams. Who doesn’t love to look at pictures of exotic retreats around the world? It’s even better when they […]

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Reboot the Blog, Recalibrate the Palate

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

A period of neglect. Dormancy. Slackness. Call it what you will. This miniscule corner of the web still has some life. I'd like to make it sputter again from time to time. There are still stories to tell, observations to...

Zagreb, Croatia: Broken Relationships and Bloody Bridges

by Sean @ Venturists

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Split and Dubrovnik get much more attention than Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Sure, Zagreb doesn’t have the coast, but this city has a complex history, incredible architecture, some strange museums, and a lively and friendly atmosphere. We spent a week exploring the city, and have outlined our favorite things to see, most of them […]

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Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

by Jen @ Venturists

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Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with […]

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Thank you

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Our very first post and we start by thanking you for checking us out...

The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Travelers often ask us for recommendations for the best family-friendly holiday in Asia. We’re firm believers that Asia is great for family trips, but we know it’s difficult figuring out what the best destinations are in this vast region for your specific family needs. To help you plan the most amazing family trip in Asia,

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Somewhere Near Rome?

by Dukey1 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be taking a cruise from/back to Civitavecchia next year and after that is concluded will take the train to Verona for several nights of...

Ha Long Bay among Top 3 places to visit in Southeast Asia

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Ha Long Bay has been ranked third in a list of the 29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia by Touropia, an international travel website featuring the most amazing sights around the world divided into various “Best of” lists. “Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story with its thousands of limestone karst islands of different shapes and sizes,” the website explained. “Some of the islands contain lakes while... read more

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11 of the Most Romantic Cities in Europe to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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We love all the continents equally, but when it comes to romance, Europe always wins. Our picks of the most romantic cities in Europe are guaranteed to make your heart pound, whether you’re looking for love or want to treat your sweetie to an intimate city break. We write a lot about the ways that […]

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Seattle is known around the world for its coffee culture, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But what about Seattle restaurants? We’ve asked a local expert to share her picks for the best places to eat in Seattle Washington. Read on to find out how to eat like a local in this wonderful Pacific Northwestern city. Seattle is famous for its cutting-edge coffee culture. But coffee is just one aspect of Seattle’s culinary landscape. Locals dine at the best restaurants in Seattle, shop at Pike Place Market for some of the ...

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Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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Cape Malay Lamb Curry

by Sean @ Venturists

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South Africa is a blend of cultures. Over centuries of colonization and immigration, the indigenous cultures were influenced by Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Great Britain. Europeans, in turn, brought slaves from Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which also had a unique influence on the culture. Each population brought their own […]

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How to Eat (and Cook) Like a Local in Rome

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

It’s not enough to know WHERE and WHAT to eat when you travel. You also need to learn a little about the HOW of it. Following the local food customs can significantly reduce friction between visitors and locals while increasing the overall enjoyment of your stay. When it comes to food and drink, every culture has […]

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An Experiential Travel Guide to Osh, Kyrgyzstan: 20 Ideas to Get You Started

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

If you visit Kyrgyzstan, it’s possible to overlook the Central Asian cultural mixing bowl that is the city of Osh. For many travelers, Osh serves as a transit point en route to the Pamir Mountains, Irkeshtam Pass to China, Dostyk crossing to Uzbekistan, or the newly marked trekking trails in the Alay Mountains. However, if […]

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Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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Must Eat Food in Hoi An – Tips on Hoi An Cuisine

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Discover some of must eat food in Hoi An and know why the local cuisine is one of reasons for people travel to Hoi An
There is a saying that

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Where are the best local street food in Hanoi Old Quarter? | ALO Travel Asia

Where are the best local street food in Hanoi Old Quarter? | ALO Travel Asia


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Hanoi – Heaven of street foods ranging from the snacks to main dishes that get you full up all night or sweet deserts for desert lovers. Everyone can find their favorite when strolling around Hanoi’s Old quarter. All the best street food are being sold here and you can’t try it all in one day I’m sure of this since there are too many good things to choose from. Let’s see some of our picks  and... read more

My New Favorite Island: Harbour Island

My New Favorite Island: Harbour Island

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

I discovered my new favorite destination this past April when I went on a long weekend away with my mom and sister: Harbour Island. This tiny little island only takes about 5 minutes to walk the width of at its center but there is surprisingly a lot of activity on this hidden gem. Plus the beaches aren’t hard on the eyes either…Harbour Island is dotted with colorful buildings covered in tropical blooms. We spent hours driving around our rental golf cart trying to decide which house we would live in if we moved here in our dreams.The crystal blue water is a sight to see in and of itself. If you look close enough, you can tell that the sand on the beach is pink! The pink of the sand doesn’t appear as vivid in photos but in person, especially at sunset, it’s a fun touch added to the island.  […]

Red Enchilada Chile Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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If you love Mexican food then having a good red enchilada sauce is essential. This versatile sauce is used not only to make classic enchiladas, but can also be modified to use with fish, as part of a base for slow cooked dishes such as Barbacoa Beef, or in one of our favorite brunch dishes […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Trip Report Travel guide/ Travel blog on places to visit in Chandigarh

by sethib @ Fodor's Forum

Chandigarh happens to be my hometown and is currently one of the best cities to stay in India. This well planned city is clean and green with wide...

Seoul Dining 2: Mung Bean Cake

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

At one convergence of halls at Seoul's Kwang Jang Market, there is jostling over mung beans. Not the raw ingredient but an enormous crisp pancake made of them. Called 'bindaetteok' or 'nokdujeon', it is reminiscent of Japan's 'okonomiyaki' in terms...

An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

by Jen @ Venturists

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Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, […]

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05 Best Spas in Saigon

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

When in Saigon and getting tired after the long adventure, we’ve all been there! Finding a nice place to relax, treating yourself with nice massage and sauna seems kind of difficult as Saigon has too many places to choose from. Thus, with that in mind, we present to you 05 top spas so you can have easy time picking the suitable choice without wasting too much time and effort. Temple leaf Spa – 32 Thai Van... read more

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Easy Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

by Sean @ Venturists

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I love oysters. But I almost never have them at home. It’s just too much work opening the shells, and I’ve sliced up my fingers multiple times trying to replicate the process that the experts at the oyster bar make look easy. During a recent trip to Maine, my father-in-law shared his recipe for grilled […]

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