How to Spot an American Tourist When You’re Traveling Abroad

The United States, like everywhere in the world, has its own way of doing things. This includes how we speak, interact with others and the cultural and social norms we admire and those we find odd. Having been all over the world and seen thousands of my fellow countrymen checking out the latest and greatest many different corners of the…

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6 Unexpected Surprises You’ll Encounter in Paris, France

Paris is such an interesting place. I love that city! It’s super-easy to get around and aside from being perhaps the most iconic and romantic city on Earth, it’s a place you’ll walk around and occasionally get the notion that you might even like to live there one day. Aside from being filled with nostalgia, expectations of grandeur and romance,…

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2 Days in Antwerp, Belgium & What To Do There

Not long ago I spent a little over 3 weeks wandering around Europe. In an effort to see all the friends I know who live there, I stopped off in Antwerp, Belgium to see a friend and thought, since this is such a significant historical city, I’ll explore it as much as possible and see what it has to offer….

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The Tourist & The Traveler – Which are you?

As you travel the world it won’t take you long to see that there are really two very different ways to experience new places. Regardless of whether you travel in luxury or on a budget, it’s really not the style of travel that defines you but the way in which you travel that categorizes you. The two different classifications of…

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Discover Serbia’s 7 Wonders of Nature

Serbia, known officially as the Republic of Serbia is a European nation positioned right between Central and Southeastern Europe. It has no oceanfront, so it is landlocked and is bordered on the north by Hungary with Bulgaria and Romania to its east, to the south is Macedonia and Bosnia with Croatia and Montenegro situated on its western border. Belgrade, one…

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The Top 8 Things to do in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland is an awesome city and a great place to visit from April through October with summer being the best weather. I personally like to visit Zurich in late May or early June when it is getting warmer, and when the crowds are still not too overwhelming. This city is nothing like Munich, Amsterdam or Barcelona. Zurich is reserved,…

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3 Weeks Traveling Europe – Learn to Travel Like the Pros

Extended travel scares the hell out of most people. I’m not pointing the finger here, I used to be in the same boat. The excuses not to travel are endless (believe me, I’ve used them) – kids, finances, work, danger, the plague, civil war and aunt Thelma’s not doing very well these days and could go at any time. You…

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20 Cool Facts About The Roman Colosseum

The first time I walked around a corner and saw the Roman Colosseum, it was like seeing something out of a dream.  I had seen it thousands of times in photographs, on television and in videos, but seeing it for the first time in real-life is something to cherish.  When you take a tour of the Colloseum and begin to…

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The Guaranteed Way to Appreciate Your Everyday Life

Location:  Charles DeGaulle airport – Paris, France I’m tired, my feet are sore and I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to backpack western and central Europe for the past 24 days.  I’ve backpacked miles-and-miles of major cities in 9 countries, I’ve made friends in places previously unknown to me and have acquired basic conversational capabilities in four languages.  So…

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