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Six Steps to Find an Amazing Airbnb

How to Find an Amazing AirBnb

For those who are relatively new to using Airbnb, it may be kind of intimidating to try to pick the place that you’re going to stay for your next vacation.  I mean, there are so many options, how are you supposed to pick the best fit?  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some Airbnbs that were a little different from what I expected.  However, now I’ve figured out some of the tips and tricks.  So here are six steps on how to find an amazing Airbnb.

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Africa / Continental U.S. / England / Europe / Germany / Hawaii / Italy / North America / Spain / Switzerland / The Netherlands / Travel Tips

10 Tiny Bucket List-Worthy Towns Around the World

Tiny Bucket List-Worthy Towns Around the WorldWhile visiting big, booming cities is always great, some of my favorite trips have been when I’ve visited the most random tiny towns, and I’ve decided to share some of them with you.  So without further ado, here are 10 tiny bucket list-worthy towns around the world.

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Hawaii / North America

24 Local Words You Need to Know When Visiting Hawaii

local words you need to know when visiting hawaii

Hawaii, as a place of diverse cultures and languages, has developed its own dialect, known as “pidgin”.  Before I left Hawaii to go to school on the “mainland” (also known as the continental U.S.), I didn’t realize how often pidgin made its way into our everyday forms of speech.  So to help you out, here are a list of 24 local words you need to know when visiting Hawaii.

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Canada / North America

Is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Worth a Visit?

Is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Worth a Visit?

At first, I was a little hesitant to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada.  I mean, it had a hefty price-tag of $42 for an adult ticket – albeit $42 Canadian dollars so at least the conversion rate was a bit in my favor.  But still, that was a lot of money to walk across a bridge, right?  But with some prodding from other friends, we decided to do it, and I’m so glad we did. So is the Capilano Suspension Bridge worth a visit?  The answer is a resounding yes, and here are eight reasons why. Continue reading …

Hawaii / North America

Four of the Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Over the past several months, there has been a poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze sweeping across the country.  Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, typically made with ahi (not “ahi tuna”, friends – that just means “tuna tuna”), soy sauce (locals call it “shoyu”), seaweed, and other seasonings.  So odds are, if you haven’t had poke in Hawaii, you’ve had some weird version of poke with avocado or hot Cheeto crumbs (yes, I’ve seen poke with both of these).  To help you out in your search for some authentic poke, here are four of the best poke places on Oahu, Hawaii. Continue reading …

Continental U.S. / North America

I Found a SoCal Waterfall WITH WATER!

A SoCal Waterfall with Water

As most people know, California was in a severe drought from 2013-2017.  Even now, when the state is supposedly no longer extremely deprived of water, it is quite difficult to find water-based natural landmarks, like rivers, creeks, and waterfalls, that actually have a decent amount of water flowing through them.  I actually hiked a different waterfall a few weeks ago, and it only had a trickle of water.  But I was determined to find a nearby waterfall hike to satisfy by obsession (as seen by this post and this one and this one).  So when I found a SoCal waterfall with water, I was hyped.

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Africa / Egypt / Middle East / Yemen

The Cultural Secrets of Our DNA

The Secrets of Our DNAFor Christmas this past year, my mom got a DNA test from MyHeritage DNA.  I think most people are either quite firm in what they believe their ethnicity to be or they simply don’t care.  However, simply the possibility of discovering some unknown, secret part of one’s background is intriguing enough to urge one to swab one’s mouth and send it off to a lab for $99.  So it was our turn.  It was our time to uncover the cultural secrets of our DNA.

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Europe / Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

I’ve realized that I’ve made quite a few references to my experience of walking across a country on this blog (like here and here), but I’ve never told the story.  So today’s the day it’s going today happen.  Today’s the day I’m going to tell my story of walking across the country of Liechtenstein.
It was April 2017.  The snow in central Europe was pretty much fully-melted from the brightly shining snow.  We were officially into spring – so it was time.  It was time to frolic across the country of Liechtenstein.

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