Exploring the Grand Canyon: What you need to know

Set within a vast desert landscape of Arizona, sits one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is made up of 277 miles of layered rock that has been craved down by the Colorado River for over 6 million years. At it's deepest it reaches a depth of over a mile and spans up to 18 miles across. The canyon is so big that not only can it be seen from space, it also influences the weather around it.

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So you want to live in Italy: Figuring out Italian visas

If you've ever thought about going to Italy long term as an American, you've probably come across the Italian visa system. You may have also seriously debated how badly you want to go to Italy because of it. Unless you're a student, retiring or somehow managed to land a job working there, it can easily feel like you don't fit in to any of the offered visas. The Italian visa system is long and confusing so I've put together a short list of things you'll need to know to help with figuring out Italian visas. As well as what you'll need to have ready in order to make the process as smooth as possible. 

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So you want to live in Italy: Budgets and Saving Money

This past September I can to the great decision that I was going to try and spend a year living and traveling through Italy. Something That I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. If you want to read more about that check out my blog post ‘So you want to live in Italy: Things to think about before you Move.’ Once the decision was made I had a lot of information and details I needed to figure out. The most important and first on my list was to figure out how I was going to afford to do this.

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So you want to live in Italy: Things to think about before you Move

Through a series of events within the last year I have come to one well known conclusion, life is short. It's far too short to spend stuck behind a desk doing a job that has no personal meaning. That's not to say my job is horrible by any means. I work with nice people and for nice people, but I'm restless and life moves to quickly for 'nice'. So I've decided to take the step and do something that I've wanted to do since I was a teenager.

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Spend the Holidays Overseas

Traveling is fun and amazing and all the positive wonderful adjectives you can think of to fill in the blank. There are a few times, however, where it can feel lonely and the winter holidays are one. It's in these times that you can start to feel homesick and isolated, especially if you are traveling alone. Images of gathered families and cozy homes can leave you feeling less than fearless on your journey. So I've come up with a few ideas on how to turn your holidays aboard into something special that will last a life time.

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In the Land of Dragons: Komodo Island

When I was living in Indonesia I had the chance to fulfill several lifelong dreams. The first was to go to arrive in Bali to the sounds of Bali Hai' and the second was to walk with dragons. I'm not sure when I got the notion in my head that I wanted to see Komodo Dragons but it was strongly on my mind during my stay on the Indonesian archipelago.

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How To Book The Cheapest Flights

There is so much information on the internet about the perfect times and sites to use in order to get the best deal on flights, that it can become overwhelming. Buying an airline ticket shouldn’t be a chore! It should be an exciting step on your next adventure. Sadly more often than not it becomes one of the more stressful parts of planning a trip, what with airlines and sites tracking your every move and raising prices when they smell a sale. Some people will tell you to buy on Tuesdays after 4 pm others will tell you should travel on a Tuesday at the crack of dawn.

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Gift Giving Guide for the Minimalist Traveler

This year I’ve been trying to go more minimal in general, which is great for my everyday life and has left me feeling better as a person in general, but sadly it has made my problem of gift ideas even worse. My standard answer is that I really don’t need anything. But telling your family not to get you anything doesn’t always fly, so I’ve come up with a short list of ideas a minimalist traveler can ask for. Or if you know a minimalist traveler I hope these can help inspire some good ideas for this holiday season. 

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Eating Well and Not Dying: Avoiding Food Poisoning while Traveling

If you go…almost anywhere and don’t eat the street food, friend I am sorry to tell you You Are Doing It Wrong. Who doesn’t want to eat a bat on a stick? Or a choco-avocado smoothie? (I see more hands for the second one, I don’t know why, avocados are disgusting. Yes, I’m really from California, I have photo ID to prove it.) If you don’t eat street food you are missing out on a huge part of travel, and quite frankly, I have definitely gotten food poisoning more from restaurants than street food anyway.

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5 Books to Give You Serious Wanderlust

I love reading, if I could find a way to get paid to do nothing but read, I'd be a happy camper. Sadly I have yet to find such a perfect job. Instead I settle for reading when I can, mostly after work and on weekends. I also come from a family that loves to read. I can't even begin to guess how many books have passed through my childhood home. In all that time I have found a few books that have stocked the flames of my travel addiction. They have ignited something with in me that many other books couldn't, they leave me up all night imagining how it feels to walk their streets, taste the flavors on my lips and see the sites I've only ever dreamed about. 

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Interview with Anne and Jackie from Dual Voyage

We are both from Melbourne, Australia. Ever since we could remember, we travelled growing up with the family. Whether it be camping trips or family vacation to the beach, we were always on the go. I guess this kind of spiked our desire to travel and see more of this beautiful world. 

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Ghost Tours and Other Nontraditional Tours

It’s Halloween time once again and in honor of one of my favorite holidays my sister, Laurel, and I have decided to share one of our favorite travel activities, ghost tours! We have a habit of looking for ghost tours, haunted houses and ‘murder walks’ in every major city we go to. If they have one, we will take it.

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Gili Air and the Island Life

Located off the north west side of island of Lombok, sits three small islands; Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Gili Air sits closest to Lombok, and remains one of the quieter and calmer islands compared to the larger and more popular Gili Trawangan. In a sea of paradise Gili Air is a hidden gem of lad back days and chill nights.

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Bali Ha’i is Calling: Ubud, Monkey Forest, Jimbaran and the Dream of Bali

The island of Bali, is where the majority of Indonesia’s Hindu population lives and it is evident everywhere. Small offerings are scattered throughout the city streets so watch where you step. Statues of Hindu gods and deities can appear anywhere and are often decorated with a black and white checkered cloth and either real or fake flowers.

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6 Tips for the Female Traveler

Traveling is a learning experience. It's not just about the history of the place you're going, the things to see and foods to eat. It's about learning who you are. The way you handle stressful situations, how you deal with being in unfamiliar environments and hopefully, meeting your self somewhere along the way. 

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What Spending One Month In Thailand Taught Me

Coming from a small place in a small country, I've never traveled outside Europe, never been on a plane, never been away from home for more than two weeks, except one time when I was visiting my brother in Switzerland for one month. But this year, in April, me and my partner traveled to Thailand for a month... 

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The Northern California Bucket List

This year, I fulfilled a dream I've had for as long as I can remember: to visit California. (It's also been a lifelong dream to live there, too, but visiting comes first, right?) It really wasn't something I had thought I would be doing anytime soon—maybe never, if you saw where my life was a year ago. 

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A Road Map to Greece: How to easily navigate Greece and her islands

I was recently asked by a fellow blogger about the best ways to get around Greece. After our conversation I thought back on my own adventures and how intimidating it can be to try and navigate through a country when you’ve never been there before.

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