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Bosnia and Herzegovina: One of Europe’s Underrated Treasures

In my, traveler’s opinion, I would rank Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the most underrated countries in Europe.  Frankly, I almost never hear anyone talk about this country unless it pertains to the civil war that occurred there in the 1990’s. I never really expected to find myself in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  However, Instagram does a wonderful job promoting certain parts …

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Costa Rica: 5 Places Not to Miss

Latin America in general holds a special place in my heart.  When people ask what my favorite countries are I have an impossible time separating 3rd place between Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.  I share with you now my highlights of Costa Rica and what I recommend you to visit. Again, like in my articles on Nicaragua, don’t worry …

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Dominica: The Nature Island of the Caribbean

This island is usually not well known when talking to people about the Caribbean.  Other, more popular, Caribbean islands typically come to mind first.  This may be because it is not your classical tourist destination island.  The Caribbean create images of turquoise-blue or aqua-colored water, white sandy beaches, and all-inclusive resorts where you can lounge in a chair while drinks …

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Climbing the Pico of the Azores

I have always had a mild fascination with mountains and extreme geographies such as remote islands or desolate icy landscapes or infectious rainforests.  There is something mystifying about them that captures’ my attention.  When planning my Azores trip I scheduled in Pico island for essentially one reason: to scale mount Pico. The mountain is actually a volcano and it is …

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The Caldeirão of Corvo Island (Azores)

The smallest of the islands in the Azores archipelago is Corvo.  Isolated in the western section of the chain and neglected by most travelers to the Azores, Corvo has surprised me.  Prior to coming to Corvo all I really had to go off was photographs.  Indeed, the most impressive was one with the volcanic crater lake which engulfs most of …

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Hostel Review: Antwerp City Hostel

Travelers can agree that many wonderful countries get overlooked by the general tourist.  Within many wonderful countries there are particular cities or places that end up being overlooked as well.  In my opinion I feel as though Belgium is one of those countries and the city of Antwerp is another overlooked city. Antwerp sits at the mouth of an important …

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Hostel Review: Lê Village Hostel Montmarte in Paris

In the Montmarte district of Paris you can climb to the top of Sacre-Coeur Cathedral for a spectacular view over the city.  The Eiffel Tower looks like a tiny toy amongst the rest of the cityscape.  Buildings extend all around you as far as the eye can see. At the ground level this historic area of Montmarte is one of …

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Hostel Review: Astor Hyde Park in London

London is a world famous city like New York, Paris, Rome, Istanbul or Tokyo.  England became my 33rd country and London my 300th something urban jungle.  When visiting a city you also have to consider where you will sleep and from where will you set up your home base to explore the city.  Look no further than Astor Hyde Park …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude do Pico

As we rounded the bend of the road in São Roque we both said “wow.”  We knew we were staring at the next Pousada which we would call our place for the night.  Looking at the Pousada from the coast you will see the church to your right and a large connected extension to the left.  This extension used to …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge

When you think about a million dollar view or the vista you wouldn’t mind waking up to every single day of your life you will definitely look back on your stay at Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge.  Personally, I love a waterfront view, as many people do, and large mountains.  Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge has a view …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude da Terceira

The Pousada in São Miguel was aged appropriately and had a unique Portuguese flair.  I was expecting the Pousada on the Açoriano island of Terceira to be fairly similarly, but it was not.  Albeit, the hostel was in many ways better in my opinion and similar in others which could of course be improved upon. You will either arrive on …

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Hotel Review: Graciosa Resort and Business Hotel

The Açores are made up of nine islands that sit roughly midway between North America and Europe.  Each island is inhabited, though some differ greatly in the number of people.  One of the smaller islands is Graciosa which has less than 5,000 people and only covers 65 sq kilometers (25 sq miles). Naturally, you might not expect an abundance of …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude de São Miguel

Pousada de Juventude de São Miguel: When first walking up to this hostel you’ll be thinking it looks more like an antique manor.  Large like an estate, white exterior with black accenting and a roundabout drive away which offers plenty of parking should you rent a car. The entrance to the hostel is grand with plenty of information for things …

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Beaches of Nicaragua: San Juan del Sur and Playa Madera

San Juan del Sur probably needs little introduction for those in the surf community.  This is one of the prime places in Nicaragua to enjoy nice waves.  The town is known to be somewhat of a party zone since its economy is almost completely driven by tourism from the United States, Canada and Europe. What to do in San Juan …

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Ometepe: Two Mountains

Ometepe is definitely a ‘must include’ island on any trip to Nicaragua.  If not, you are surely missing out on some precious natural beauty.  The island is located in Lake Nicaragua and can be reached by a shady ferry ride that will be transporting tourists and locals (by shady I mean a thin layer of water flows around the bottom deck …

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Volcano Boarding in León, Nicaragua

León is the second largest city in Nicaragua.  The first time I laid my eyes on it I was in some kind of shock because it was so shaggy looking.  Every building looked to be in despair and needing repair.  The streets struck me as dirty and the population of people felt slightly congesting in between the compact infrastructure.  My …

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Exploring Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a dazzling city and is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua.  The city is situated right on the cost of the fresh-watered Lake Nicaragua.  Be wary about going for a swim here as this is the only fresh water lake in the world that contains sharks (specifically bull sharks).  Fun fact: these bull sharks swim upstream of the …

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Nicaragua’s Four Must See Locations

Traveling to Central or South America was something I had always wanted to do.  The desire was mixed though because of what I had heard most of my life growing up; between rampant disease, kidnappings, murders, and guerilla groups, those countries were apparently very dangerous. The opportunity to challenge those notions was presented to me sometime in late October of …

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Antigua: Paradise on Earth

At this point in my life I have already seen some very beautiful beaches – from Algarve (Portugal), Bocas del Toro (Panama) to Milos (Greece), and the Turkish Riviera.  However, Antigua in the Caribbean makes a running for one the absolute finest of the bunch. Sadly, I was in Antigua for only a little over than 6 hours during my …

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Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

Humans generally have some strange fascination with abandoned buildings or interesting scrap yards or historical lands that maybe once produced a monumental battle.  I think it has a lot to do with our desire to learn, seek adventure or attempt to satisfy our insatiable curiosity with the unknown.  Whatever the reason, we are drawn to the strange and mysterious.  The …