Why We Should All Go to Auschwitz

Country 29: Poland | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here. Many of us know Ray Allen as an NBA player—I used to love watching him play for the Celtics when I lived in Boston. But I had no idea he was also a gifted writer. He penned an opinion piece on why…

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Top South African 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 (break for Namibia!) and then back again to the Vredefort Dome, a lush and dramatic area about an hour and a half outside of Jo’Berg. We’d seen some animals…

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Celebrating Halloween in Scotland

With its wild moors, haunted castles, heavy mists, and ancient stone circles, Scotland has always felt thrillingly spooky to me. And as a Scorpio born the day before Halloween, there’s little wonder that this windswept country haunts my imagination. Tim and I visited Scotland two years ago, timing our visit to coincide with both my…

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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, making it 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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3 reasons to visit the Carlsberg’s Brewery in Copenhagen

Country 23: Denmark | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Whenever I think of Copenhagen, I think of playgrounds—which surprised me as much it may surprise you. This graceful northern city is typically more associated with design, architecture, and sculpture than it is with play. But whether you love blocks,…

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Visiting the Baldi Hot Springs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an adventurous place. It was the final stop on a multi-country backpacking tour that swooped from Cartagena through the San Blas Islands to Panama City, and ending at La Fortuna, a small touristy town north of San José that’s famous for its volcano. In fact, the town used to be named for…

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Visiting the Panama Canal: A New World Wonder

Country 21: Panama | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Completely by accident, I arrived in Panama City on the day of the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal opening. After four days of touring the pristine San Blas Islands, I was a little reluctant to trade my beach vibes for a…

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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! While Cartagena is starting to boom as a hotspot Colombian destination (if the plethora of swanky bars and burgeoning boutique hotels in the Walled City are any indication), it’s still quite possible to tour the city as a budget traveler. Here are a…

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