A Day In Aveiro, Portugal

This beautiful seaside Portuguese town is the perfect day trip from Porto, especially while on a backpacker budget. Day trips are the secret weapons of budget travel. You can venture out from the popular, well-known cities and spend a day wandering through unfamiliar streets and discovering hidden gems of foreign countries. In the northern region …

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Top 13 Things To Do In Florence

The best things to do in Florence, the famous, artistic capital of Tuscany. Florence remains high on many travelers' bucket lists, as it should. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, this beautiful area is home to legendary architecture and world famous artwork. As the capital of Italy's region of Tuscany, Florence is full of amazing …

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Riga, Latvia: Discovering Hope in the Bleakness of Winter

Originally published on In The Know Traveler It’s an icy January morning. I’ve just stumbled out of Riga International Airport after a 6AM flight, and I’m trudging through the exhaust-stained slush on my way to the bus station. Which is worse, the dry burn in my throat from the cold I developed overnight or the harsh …

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10 Reasons To Visit Porto, Portugal

For a relatively small European country, Portugal is packed with diverse natural scenery and a thriving sense of culture. From the bustling capital of Lisbon, to the stunning beaches of the Algarve, to the vast countrysides of the northern wine regions, Portugal never fails to attract travelers from every corner of the globe. Porto, the second …

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10 Best Things To Do In Quito, Ecuador

Affordable and fun things to do while traveling in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador’s capital city can easily overwhelm travelers on their first day. From the busy roads full of wild drivers and the constant sound of car horns, to the crowded streets packed to the brim with persistent street vendors and pedestrians, Quito can be a …

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Travels in Transylvania

A summary of my travels through Romania's charming Transylvanian towns. Two weeks in Romania has allowed me to explore five different towns with many similarities in architectural attractiveness, delicious food, and cozy Transylvanian atmosphere, yet each place offered something unique. Here are the various highlights of my tour through Transylvania, which included busy cities, serene …

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