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24 Hours In Irpinia – Italian Wine Country

"Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai" ...or in English, 'age and glasses of wine should never be counted.' This speaks to the philosophy of life for many Italians. Enjoy life, minimize the stresses of work, and focus on the company of good friends and great wine. I may never again live so [...]
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8 Things To Do In Malta Over A Long Weekend

Malta is a tiny country, but don't let the size fool you. I often hear the assumption that it's simply an island for beach lovers. Not true. Over the years societies have blended together here to make something really unique. Yes, the beaches are great and the water pristine, but the history adds a novel [...]
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12 Unique Museums In Europe You Should Visit

Museums aren't typically at the top of my must-see list. I make an exception, however, for something unique and different. Every European city has their archaeological and ethnographic museums, but not all histories are as exciting as Rome. I list here my favorite European museums that have a novel twist. An unforgettable 'thing' that makes [...]
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Herculaneum – Sister City Of Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii shared the same fate, though not in the same manner. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD is one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history. Ash from the eruption covered Pompeii, causing mass asphyxiation. Herculaneum was closer to the Vesuvius crater. Volcanic gases and material of extremely high [...]
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Fear And Travel – How Do They Relate?

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius My travel experience that started in 2013 was the beginning, in a sense. For the first time in my life I went off script. A responsible man would’ve taken my free time and money and [...]
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21 Photos To Make You Island Hop In The Azores

Planning your Azores itinerary can be tricky. The main island of Sao Miguel can easily consume 5-7 days. Should you then start hopping to the other islands? After my experience, I vote yes. I’ll tell my story in slideshow format, recounting my Azores adventure in twenty-one shots from Pico, Faial and Terceira. 1. These bluish-purple [...]
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12 Traveler Personalities – Which Are You?

Most of my excursions have been solo travel, but over the years I've had the privilege of wandering with some great people. Different people mean different personalities, and some are compatible, others not. I've listed the various personalities I've dealt with. These categories aren't mutually exclusive, as one can relate with many. So...where do you [...]
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11 Cities In Europe You Can Skip

I wrote a blog that will piss some people off, but honesty is the best policy when it comes to travel advice. I've listed cities that, if I won a free trip to, I would probably still visit while hiding my disdain. I live in Europe and love it here, so I would literally travel [...]
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12 European Trip Ideas – One For Each Month

Timing is everything. People often ask the question, when should you go somewhere? Travel books tell you the 'must-see' time for every European city is anytime between May and September. The truth is, not everyone gets to travel those months. People visit Europe during off-peak times for many reasons...e.g. job, school, family situation, etc. I've [...]
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8 Non-Dracula Things To Do In Transylvania

Transylvania is a famous region in Romania. I visited the country years back for a business trip in Bucharest. People told me I probably wouldn't like it, citing its gritty look and chaotic atmosphere, and maybe because of these low expectations I ended up really enjoying myself. I always said I'd go back, but to [...]
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9 Reasons To Live In An Italian Village

“There you'll find the place I love most in the world. The place where I grew thin from dreaming. My village, rising from the plain. Shaded with trees and leaves like a piggy bank filled with memories. You'll see why a person would want to live there forever. Dawn, morning, mid-day, night: all the same, [...]
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5 Off-Beat Attractions In Rome

When you think of Rome, you think ruins and religion. Most visitors stick to the standard list of attractions on their first trip to Rome, but what about the second or third? People can remain on the beaten path, and risk the typical sights losing their shine. If you experience certain symptoms - e.g. cursing [...]
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