Hamburg Travel Guide

This beautiful northern German port city is nearly running over with old-school charm and picturesque romance (with a few raunchy winks to boot!). And with the opening of its new philharmonic hall, Hamburg launched itself into the cultural consciousness, being swiftly named to both NatGeo’s and the New York Times’ lists of Places to Visit…

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Trip Tips: Packing a First-Aid Travel Kit

Nothing can ruin your trip faster than getting sick. I’m someone with the un-luck to consistently get sick right before leaving for vacation, so I’ve gotten very good at stocking the little pharmacy in my purse with both homeopathic aids and classic remedies. Here’s what I keep in my first-aid travel kit:   The basics:…

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A View on Viewing Animals – Featured on Written From

I’m super excited to share today that I’m a featured contributor on Written From! Check out the story—a reflection of what I’ve learned about interacting with animals while traveling—here! Written From is a really interesting blog—a conglomeration of posts that reflect, think deeply, and even critique the travel experience. From their mission statement: “We want…

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Moving Your Dog from the U.S. to Germany

  One of the reasons Tim and I love road trips is because it gives us so much time to talk—to dissect current events, compare our childhoods, and make intricate plans for the future. On the road from the Great Karoo to Cape Town, we had such a planning talk and decided that it was…

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Self-Drive vs. Guided Tour Safari

So, you’re planning your epic adventure somewhere in Africa. Obviously, you want to incorporate a safari of some sort—the question is, do you want to splurge for a guided tour? Or do you want to drive yourselves? There are pros and cons to each, it just depends on your travel style. Should I do a…

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Three Alternatives to Kruger Park in South Africa

Kruger National Park is highly lauded and applauded as being the best park for safaris in South Africa. As one of the largest game reserves in the entire African continent, I guess it’s not hard to see why. But if you are looking for something less touristy and more off-the-beaten-path, here are three varied and…

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ChaZen, the honest safari

Joe’s bright eyes pierced into mine. “If he charges the fence,” he said, “You need to stand your ground. Don’t run away. You got it?” I nodded. We were standing knee deep in the bush, alongside a thin wire fence where, just beyond, a massive male African lion was thoughtfully sniffing the air. But this…

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Discovering Pilanesberg National Park

The car in front of us was stopped next to a huge acacia thorn bush. Behind them, we looked impatiently at each other. What could they possibly be looking at when parked next to a bush? The question answered itself not two seconds later, when a gigantic horned head swung out in front of the…

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Is Namibia for me? 

One of the questions I frequently get asked by friends or family when I get back from a trip is, “Would I like it?” Most times it’s a fairly easy answer, “Sure, it’s not that different from [home]”. Maybe you, like me, don’t have a great idea of what Namibia is, beyond a vague connection to…

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