Visiting the Pyramids: Essential Tips

Visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza is a must for any trip to Egypt. But when doing research for our trip, I was surprised to see how many travelers visit the pyramids as a stop-gap between their arrival in the country and their tours beginning—often jamming this ancient site into a two-hour slot. Considering how…

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What to Wear in Berlin in Winter

The city of Berlin mimics the fashion of the changing the seasons. In summer, the city is spilling out of itself, everything hanging out, loose and easy. In the winter, things button up tight again, with thick curtains and heavy doors as metaphorical layers and zips. But that doesn’t mean you should rule out a…

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How to Avoid the Cairo Scams

Cairo is pretty well-known for tourist scams, and falling for one can ruin your day (or worse, your trip). So, how can you avoid scams in Cairo? Research and street smarts will definitely help, but at the end of the day, a confident, firm voice is going to be your strongest line of defense.

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What to do in Cairo

Cairo is often in the American news for all the wrong reasons, but there’s more than a few reasons to dedicate a portion of your Egypt trip to Cairo. First of all, it’s huge—the largest city not just in the Middle East and Arab world, but on the continent of Africa. Nicknamed, “The City of…

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7-Day Egypt Itinerary Without a Tour

I entered my thirties with one goal: to get out of my comfort zone more often. Our recent trip to Egypt flung the door to my comfort zone wide open, and with surprising gentleness, ushered me out of it. What exactly does that mean? Well, it was way easier to travel through Egypt than I…

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Top South Africa Safari Sightings

Country 27: South Africa | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Our sweeping South Africa trip took us from Johannesberg to Cape Town and then back again. We finished in the Vredefort Dome, a lush and dramatic area about an hour and a half outside of Jo’Berg. We’d seen some animals in…

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5 Things to Do in Stockholm in Summertime

Country 25: Sweden | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here!   There are plenty of things to see in Stockholm, Sweden: but the first happens before you arrive. Flying into Arlanda gives you a fantastic view over the city. It’s clear why you were right to visit Stockholm before you even…

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Going Horse Crazy in Vienna

Country 24: Austria | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! “What does Vienna smell like?” The words hung in a crowded bar in the middle of the Tenderloin, thousands of miles from the city in question. My friend had just opined that Vienna smells worse than San Francisco—and I found it unfathomable…

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5 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Country 20: Colombia | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! If the plethora of swanky bars and burgeoning boutique hotels in the Walled City are any indication, While Cartagena is starting to boom as a hotspot Colombian destination, it’s still quite possible to tour the city as a budget traveler. Here are…

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Visiting the Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro

Country 19: Brazil | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Rio de Janeiro is perhaps the most awesome city I have ever visited, with heavy emphasis on the awe. It is the very definition of urban jungle, with plenty of concrete and plenty more greenery. But tucked between the beaches and…

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