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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Florence’s Famous Duomo

Posted by on 8:09 pm in Blog, Italy | 1 comment

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Florence’s Famous Duomo

It’s safe to say that every visitor to Florence will, at some point, stop by the Duomo. The city’s famous cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings in Italy; a 13th century masterpiece that towers over the city, with a Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

This vast Gothic cathedral is the centerpiece of the city, and its pink, white and green marble facade has become synonymous with Florence; as the Colosseum is to Rome, the Duomo is deeply symbolic of the city, and a major part of Florence’s identity.

It’s actually the 4th largest cathedral in the world, and but that may not be the only thing you didn’t know. Despite being one of the most visited sites in the country, the Florence Duomo still manages to keep a few secrets.

In fact, you may be surprised by the things you didn’t know!

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5 Reasons Croatia is the HOTTEST Sailing Destination of 2019

Posted by on 3:11 pm in Adventure Travel, Blog, Croatia, Travel Tips | 2 comments

5 Reasons Croatia is the HOTTEST Sailing Destination of 2019

My last trip to Croatia was 2007, though I still remember that summer vividly; jumping from the top of ancient fortifications to splash down into the sea, lazily drinking cocktails on the beach, and exploring the country’s island speckled coastline via sailing.

Oh, the sailing!

Croatia has seen a massive increase in popularity of late, but its status as a sailor’s paradise has been known for decades. And, whether you want to rent a boat in Croatia to be your own captain, or jump on a skippered trip just for a day, everyone visiting Croatia should experience sailing.

Croatia is home to more than 1,000 islands, all with amazing beaches, historic ruins, and Game of Thrones style medieval scenery. And of course, connecting them all is the dazzling sapphire water of the Adriatic Sea; so mezermizing that it ‘sparkles with a jewel-like intensity’.

So, take in Croatia’s national parks, and don’t miss its spectacular walled cities. But definitely don’t miss out on the chance to go sailing. The following are 5 reasons Croatia has just been named as the hottest sailing destination of 2019.

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Things to Consider if You’re Buying an RV For Travel

Posted by on 11:45 am in Blog, Road Trips | 2 comments

Things to Consider if You’re Buying an RV For Travel

Whether you’re going out of town or crossing borders to a neighboring country, a road trip can be an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure.

While many road trips entail a regular vehicle, and booking hotels for each night you’re away, you might also consider getting or renting an RV, especially for long distance travels.

Modern RVs come equipped with everything you need to make the journey easier for you, and everyone else who comes along for the ride. From bathrooms to recreation areas, RVs have the amenities that add to your overall comfort.

While it’s many people’s dream to own their own RV, finding one that’s both right for you and fits your budget can be the tricky part. Fortunately, there are many strategies for finding the right RV. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

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Hidden Gems of New York City

Posted by on 2:19 pm in Blog, United States | 4 comments

Hidden Gems of New York City

The world’s most famous city has a tourist to-do list longer than the east coast, but for those returning to New York City, or who like to go off the beaten path a little bit, there are plenty of local adventures that await once you’re finished with the top attractions.

So once you’ve ticked off The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park and everything else the guide books list for you, why not check out some of these more hidden gems throughout the city?

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10 Things to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

Posted by on 4:48 pm in Blog, Cuba | 7 comments

10 Things to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

Cuba has been a popular tourist destination for many years, and especially now that their relationship has warmed with the United States, tourism to the island has never been higher.

And for good reason! Cuba is so different from any other country; travelers can seek romance in its old colonial streets, step back in time thanks to an old-world spirit, feel the heat of the Latin culture, or turn to nature for a relaxing quietness.

Everyone has their own reasons to visit Cuba, however, all travelers agree on one thing: Cuba is a unique country with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, the result of several centuries of complex history and mixed culture.

While Cuba’s uniqueness is it’s main appeal, this can also be the cause of much confusion. Life on the island flows at its own pace, so it’s not uncommon that first time travelers rock up unprepared.

To help you out, the following are 10 things you should know before traveling to Cuba. Some of them may seem surprising, or even unbelievable, but all may be of great help while planning your trip, as well as during your stay.

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The Best Countries to Live in as an Expat

Posted by on 12:05 pm in Australia, Blog, Canada, Expat Life, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore | 6 comments

The Best Countries to Live in as an Expat

While we don’t have a choice over the country we’re born in, these days we often do have control over whether or not we choose to stay.

There are 195 countries in the world today, which presents almost endless possibilities for those wishing to live overseas. And when it comes to setting up your life in a new country, most nations are very welcoming!

People move abroad for many different reasons; for business, study, wanderlust, or simply to seek better life opportunities. Either way, to experience life as part of a new culture and have the chance to discover an exotic new land is a romantic adventure quite a lot of people entertain.

If you’re considering moving abroad but haven’t yet figured out where you want to go, the following are the best countries to live in as an expat, as well as important things you need to know!

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The Importance of Car Hire Excess Waiver Insurance

Posted by on 1:18 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Road Trips, Travel Tips | 4 comments

The Importance of Car Hire Excess Waiver Insurance

Our most recent road trip saw us hire a car in Cancun. We were wary about driving in Mexico, but ultimately wanted the freedom to get around without being stuck on a tour bus.

And while the trip itself went smoothly, picking up the car hire almost took longer than the flight did.

Despite the ridiculous wait, I didn’t plan on complaining; the Hertz girl was copping an earful already. The guy in front of us was trying to return his vehicle, and wasn’t thrilled that his credit card was being charged $5,000 for, what he argued, was minimal damage.

He had taken out car hire insurance, but didn’t have an excess waiver, and had a really shitty deductible.

After having listened to an hour of his yelling, we finally got the keys to out own vehicle, and, drove out of the lot having learnt a very valuable lesson.

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The Best Palaces and Forts in Rajasthan

Posted by on 11:31 am in Blog, India | 4 comments

The Best Palaces and Forts in Rajasthan

Welcome to Rajasthan! Perhaps no other place on earth can match the colorful history and royal ambiance of this Indian state riddled with legends of gallantry and valiance.

While Rajasthan has all of your typical attractions, what makes the region stand out is the myriad of palaces and forts. A throwback to ancient India during a time of warring dynasties, these structures offer a unique insight into the architectural practices of the time.

To walk inside is like walking into a living museum. Today, many have been converted into heritage hotels, though others remain publicly accessible in their original, often decaying, form. Many are shrouded in legend, myth, and ghost stories, which makes a visit even more mystifying if you’ve read up on your history before you go.

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Things to Do With 48 Hours in Marrakech

Posted by on 3:48 pm in Blog, Morocco, Writers | 4 comments

Things to Do With 48 Hours in Marrakech

Bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, the North African country of Morocco typically attracts visitors for its 3,600 km of sun-drenched coastline. But with a rich history and diverse range of cultural influences many people travel to visit its cultural cities.

One of Morocco’s main cities, Marrakech, has become somewhat of a trend among intrepid travelers over the past decade, mainly thanks to its mysterious allure and unforgettable landscapes. Here you’ll find yourself gazing up at the beautiful peaks of the Atlas Mountain range, while wandering through a walled medieval city from the Berber Empire days.

From the Moorish minaret of the famous 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, to the warren of alleyways and souks, Marrakech is a city where different sights and activities unfold from hour to hour.

A weekend in Marrakech promises to be an interesting one, but as there is much to see and do, you do need to do a little planning so you don’t miss out on anything. Below you’ll find some recommendations for how best to spend 48 hours.

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Here’s How to Find the Cheapest Flights this Summer

Posted by on 10:51 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Travel Tips | 5 comments

Here’s How to Find the Cheapest Flights this Summer

Last summer my friends flew from LA to the Caribbean for $89. They hadn’t been back more than two weeks before they flew off to Switzerland for $227 return.

Most people’s reaction to that is “Nice for some“. Because not everyone works for an airline, can figure out how to accumulate millions of points, or has the time to watch airline fares like moving points on the stock exchange.

But here’s the kicker … neither did they.

They don’t have airline discounts, despite my constant badgering they haven’t signed up for any frequent flier programs, and they don’t spend any time researching to find cheap flights. So how the hell do they do it??!!

It’s because last summer, I told them to sign up for Cheap Fly Club, which is a free email subscription that sends you notifications of stupidly cheap flights.

I guess they do listen to some of my advice!

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