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Travelling Through Europe By Train

Travelling through Europe by train – it’s how it all started for me. The feeling of freedom, the joy of independence, the ability to see the world out the window, just there, right there. I was 22 when I took my first solo adventure, a summer backpacking trip that would forever alter the course of my life. That summer made me grow into the person I am today, ten years later. And when I think of that trip, I think of trains.

From May until August of 2006, I took trains across Europe. I remember the face of the man who validated my train pass that would last me for the entire summer, a flimsy ticket that, if I lost, could not be replaced. I still have it; it’s stamped May 14th, starting in Amsterdam.

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Where To Find the Sinking House of Paris

Over the past year or so, as I’ve enjoyed Instagram more and more (and simultaneously less and less with the new algorithms, if I’m honest), there have been some photos that have actually inspired me to travel somewhere new, or to explore a different part of a place I’ve already been. I fell in love with Cinque Terre through Instagram, for example, which inspired not one but two trips there this year.

In doing research for my recent trip to Paris, I noticed that a particular photo kept popping up – the “sinking house” or “tilting house”. Although I’d been to the French capital a few times before, this seemed like a fun and unusual spot to visit, and so I decided to try to find out just how exactly to find the sinking house of Paris.

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2014: A Year in Review

This time last year, I could have never predicted where I’d be at this exact moment: sitting on the patio of my family’s rented casa in Nicaragua, a spiced rum and coke beside me, the sun dipping low in the sky before it sinks past the ocean’s horizon and out of sight. I thought that 2013 wasn’t a very big year for me, but it was; it was one of transition, of finally moving to London. 2014 started off slow, with almost no plans – soon it grew into a year of travel, a year of accomplishments, and a year of maturing (both in numbers and in mindset). Here’s a little review of the past year.

Be warned: there are lots of photos!

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Expedia Pioneer: Your Dream Job?

I almost never talk about work on my personal blog, but this opportunity is so fantastic that I really wanted to share it here. For the past six months I’ve been working with Expedia on two different but related projects, both of which I can finally talk about. The first is a new travel blogging platform called Traveller Notes, where I am the Community Manager and Content Creator. I am also the Community Manager for the amazing new Expedia Pioneers project…

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You Will Discover Wanderlust

There’s a time in most adolescent lives when everything starts to change, when the things you did last week now seemed juvenile. We all become misfits for some brief, difficult years, lured by the different and the dangerous. We become obsessed with something with the zeal that only teenagers possess, purposefully ostracize ourselves from the adults in our lives. Some kids turn to music. Some kids turn to drugs and alcohol. My obsession became the world itself.

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Happy 4th of July (And Reflections On The Date)

I don’t have one of those, “I quit my job and left my cubicle life behind to go and explore the world!” type stories. I’ve worked in offices, yes, and worked for companies I hated and companies I knew wouldn’t advance my career – hell, I’m working at an office right now, for six weeks. I’ve always known this work is temporary, though, and that the money earned would allow me to travel (or in this case, allow me to save money while I wait for my UK visa). I’ve been offered full-time positions and turned them down. I’ve never worked a day in my life that didn’t contribute, either directly or indirectly, to the life I’ve always known I would live, a life of travel.

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How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

  Budapest, Hungary   Seoul, South Korea Varna, Bulgaria   Istanbul, Turkey   Melbourne, Australia   Chiang Mai, Thailand   Paris, France   Pokhara, Nepal   Pisa, Italy   Luang Prabang, Laos Winnipeg, Canada One of my resolutions for 2012 was to become a little bit stronger; I feel that I’ve been accomplishing that slowly […]

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Midnight In Paris

Paris, France On this Christmas Eve night, we watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and accompanied it with red wine and lots of beautiful cheeses. The movie brought back so many memories of wandering around Paris – I went in 2001, 2006, and 2008, and visited so many of the same spots that are featured […]

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Orange You Glad

Listvyanka, Russia Beijing, China Lagos, Portugal Kyoto, Japan Marrakesh, Morocco Edinburgh, Scotland Valletta, Malta Paris, France One of my favourite things to photograph is colour. I love bright, bold hues, red and purple and green and orange, so I thought I would start posting some of my favourite photos of each colour. Orange often represents […]

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Parisian Sweet Tooth

Paris, France Over the years I’ve noticed my taste buds changing, so that I now often crave savoury food instead of sweets. Give me antipasto and cheese, give me olives and prosciutto, give me platters piled high with hummus and baba ganoush…with one exception. I can’t stay away from French desserts. If there is a […]

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