Looking at the coast of Spain from the ferry from Barcelona to Spain

Taking the Barcelona to Tangier Ferry: It was… Interesting

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We don’t have a car. A cheap, one or two-hour flight would have sufficed. But we’re curious people, it’s why we travel. Considering we had the freedom of time on our side, we decided to continue on from Barcelona to Morocco, via the Barcelona to Tangier Ferry. It was interesting… For those of you adventurous road-trippers heading from Barcelona to Morocco, or simply those with the same curious streak as us, I’ll explain the practical details throughout. That was our …

Colombia Travel Itinerary [1, 2 or 3 Weeks in Colombia]

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So you’re planning a trip to Colombia. First off, congratulations, you’ve made a great decision. There are few countries we’ve ever visited that offer such outstanding diversity and beauty. From idyllic Caribbean beaches and colourful villages strewn about Andean jungles, to cities overcoming their tragic past. Our Colombia travel itinerary will touch a little of everything that makes this country so amazing. The way this Colombia itinerary works is that it builds on itself. Whether you’re looking for a 1 …

Transportation in Romania [What to Take and How to Book]

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Getting around Romania was said to be a pain in the ass. At least that’s what we had heard from several travellers we’d met before actually visiting ourselves. The truth is, Romania transportation is very well-connected, and the costs are quite reasonable. There was almost nowhere we couldn’t get to either by train, bus or shared vehicle. Even during those times when we wanted a little extra freedom, car rental prices in Romania were remarkably affordable. One thing to note …

Experience a Moldova Wine Tour

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It should come as no secret that Kylee and I are huge fans of wine. We’ve tasted wine all around the world, travelled to dozens of wine regions and have even worked in wineries. So during our time in Moldova, taking in some of the incredible wine the country is producing was a must. Moldova is a tiny, landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Wedged between Romania and the Ukraine, it’s rarely on the radar of most travellers. But whether you’re …

25 Practical Travel Gifts for Under 50 Dollars

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Snow has officially begun to fall here in Moldova, which clearly signifies one thing: the temperature in the air is cold enough to turn air moisture into crystalized flakes… It also means that Christmas is fast approaching! Are you struggling to figure out what to buy your travel bug-bitten family member or friend? Are you heading off on a warm vacation in the new year, or planning a long-term journey? We’ve put together 25 of our favourite travel gifts under …

Backpacking El Salvador [The Ultimate Travel Guide]

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“Don’t Skip El Salvador.” It’s a slogan found all over the tiny country, grasping at the tourism market that seems to have passed it by. Wedged between three rapidly growing destinations of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; the smallest of the group is often overlooked. Having recently spent several weeks backpacking El Salvador, we’ve decided to help shed some light. Let us help you explore this fascinating little nation with our travel guide. El Salvador is eager to break …

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Colombia

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Twenty years ago, few would dare to venture into Colombia without good reason – very good reason. Even fewer would consider it a holiday destination. Even a decade ago it seemed only the brave ventured within its borders. Now, things are changing – and fast. With arms wide open, in less than ten years, Colombia has quickly risen to one of the top travel destinations on earth. Now more than ever before is the time to put this stunning nation …

How did we Save for Travel?

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A question we’re regularly asked: how did we save up the money for a journey like this? It certainly didn’t come easy, or without sacrifice, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as some imagine. First of all, we worked. Often jobs we didn’t like and often for long hours. When things began to become mentally straining, we simply reminded ourselves of the long-term goal. While this never really made working outside in -30 bearable, it did help to pacify the …

Jardin Colombia

Why you Need to Visit Jardin, Colombia

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When we first made our way to the sleepy village of Jardin, Colombia, the plan was to spend one or two nights before continuing on. Not wanting to spend a full day in transit to reach the towns of Filandia and Salento further South, we were simply looking for something to break up the journey. As the road twisted through high mountain passes blanketed in heavy fog, we still weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Soon, the late afternoon sun …

A dock at one of the villages of lake atitlan

Where to Stay at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Often, those who visit Guatemala are pressed for time and often struggle with deciding where to visit and for how long. We were definitely part of this group, especially when trying to decide which town of Lake Atitlan to base ourselves in. Seeing as our visit coincided with the Christmas holidays, we booked our accommodation several weeks in advance – in fear that we may not find anything. We decided to split the majority of our time basing ourselves out …