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How to Screw up Your Phi Phi Island Visit

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Countries, Thailand | 0 comments

How to Screw up Your Phi Phi Island Visit

Summary: Phi Phi Island is known as one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand—maybe in the world. Check out our crazy “one-day trip” to Phi Phi to avoid the mistakes that we made, and make your visit a really good one. After almost three weeks working in a hotel room or lobby, going out only at night to get food (just like vampires!), we finally decided that it was time to have some fun. So we checked out the prices for Phi Phi Island, as it was the only trip where they offered snorkeling and that’s usually what we’re looking for. The girl at the booth was really nice and she told us that we could go with a speedboat or with a cruise boat....

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Don’t Visit France Until You Read This

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

Don’t Visit France Until You Read This

Summary: France is a beautiful country to visit. Nevertheless, for different reasons it needs good planning. Below are six things to consider in order to not screw up your trip to France. Although France is my native country, I’ve started looking at it with a traveler’s eye since I’ve been living abroad and traveling for quite a long time. Traveling has made me conscious of things about my own country I would never have thought about before. If you’re planning a trip in France, just like for any other country, there are several things you need to take into consideration to make your trip more pleasant and enjoyable. Check the weather prior to traveling...

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Why Is Rouen Such an Attractive City?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Countries, France | 2 comments

Why Is Rouen Such an Attractive City?

Summary: One of the most attractive cities in Normandy —and our favorite—is Rouen, where we had the chance to spend five weeks. What is so special in the city, and what kind of treasures does it hide? Let us tell you about the city where Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille, and Gustave Flaubert fulfilled their destinies. “Rouen has an unique historical heritage, but the thing the visitors will feel above all is the soul of the city.” This is the first sentence of the summary written on the tourist map of the city, and I must admit that I can’t find any better way to describe Rouen. Indeed, every traveler knows that a city is not only a collection of people, streets, history,...

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The Four Norman Cheeses

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Countries, France | 6 comments

The Four Norman Cheeses

Summary: Here are four famous Norman cheeses that we recommend you taste if you’re in France. So if you’re a cheese lover, this post is for you. This almost sounds like a book title! Well, with more than four hundred kinds of cheese in France we could write a book about French cheeses, couldn’t we? But we’ll just introduce you to four kinds of Norman cheese here, as we spent most of our time in France in Normandy. If you’re not French, you might need some time to appreciate our cheeses. It took Bassel four trips to France to take the first step and taste a “real” French cheese! Here are tips to not screw up your French cheese experience: First point You have to get over...

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Paris on a Budget, $590 for a Week

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

Paris on a Budget, $590 for a Week

Summary: Everyone knows that Paris is quite an expensive city. But why should you miss such a great place just because of your budget? Nothing is impossible. One week in Paris for $590 including accommodation, food, public transportation and museums. Here are a few tips that will help you visit the French capital without spending all your money. Accommodation in a room for up to two persons: From $270 to $400 per week Accommodation is usually what costs the most. Still, you can find good deals by renting for a week instead of staying in hostels, which are not less than $50 on average. We suggest you check “petites annonces Paris” online (which refers to the classifieds...

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12 Visits You Shouldn’t Miss in Normandy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

12 Visits You Shouldn’t Miss in Normandy

Summary: Normandy is for sure one of the most beautiful regions in France. First, it is very diversified in regards to geography and architecture, but there are also a lot of different things to do and to see. In this post you will find a complete list of the most beautiful things and most interesting activities in Normandy. Besides the fact that Normandy is a beautiful area and has a lot of different amazing landscapes (such as seashores, green and hilly terrain, and cliffs), the region has also been the theater of several historical events, which makes the place interesting on different levels. Here are all the places that you shouldn’t miss in Normandy: Etretat...

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Kangaroos are Everywhere

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Australia | 4 comments

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Kangaroos are Everywhere

One of the highlights of my last year’s visit to Australia was my trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Honestly, the journey to this amazing land was not part of my original tour plan in Australia, but when I searched about the wildlife attractions near Canberra, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve comes out as a major attraction. The Reserve is no far from the Australia’s capital, Canberra. It took me just an hour to reach Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from my hotel in Canberra on my car. At the start of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve that covers almost 55 square kilometers of an area, there is an information centre that can give you the detailed maps of the area and gives you...

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12 Benefits of Travel that Will Change Your Mind

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Countries, Planning | 2 comments

12 Benefits of Travel that Will Change Your Mind

Summary: Why do people travel? Why do some of them travel and never stop traveling? There must be some benefit to traveling. An Arabic quote says that there are seven advantages to travel. We have found out that there are many more than that. Don’t ever think that you will come back from a trip unchanged. In addition to the fact that you will learn a lot of things, travel changes you (in a good way!). Here are the main things that we’ve learned from our travels and how they have affected us. There are many practical skills that you will have to learn while traveling (whether you like it or not). Otherwise you may screw up your trips and not enjoy them as much as you...

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Our Year of Travel

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Countries, Monthly Expenses | 6 comments

Our Year of Travel

Summary: one year of travel, check out where we’ve been, how we travelled, the highlights of our trip, our ups and downs. Here we are, celebrating our first year of traveling around the world—our first year of continuous travel and adventure. Time flew by so quickly! One year ago I was still living in Toronto and Bassel was in Cairo finishing his paperwork. We agreed to meet in the mythical city of New York, where we started our trip. During this first year of travel—with the exception of some small details—we stuck to our original plan, which was to do the United States, two countries in South America (Ecuador and Bolivia), and later Europe (France specifically)....

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Galapagos Islands Budget Tour, One Week for $975

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | 9 comments

Galapagos Islands Budget Tour, One Week for $975

Summary: Instead of spending all of your budget on an expensive cruise, here are a few tips that will help you plan an affordable trip to the Galapagos. While the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are known for being extremely expensive, we have figured out a way to enjoy the stunning views and wildlife on the Galapagos Islands on a budget. In this post, we aim to share our experience and design a tour that can be done in one week without breaking your budget—and that allows you to enjoy most of what the Galapagos can offer. Transportation to the Islands ~ $500 by plane You may want to consider buying Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Country Guide) The...

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