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Preparing for Winter Wonderland: Walking Tips in the UK

Walking holidays in the UK do not end because it’s wintertime. I was shocked when our British friends suggested an outdoor getaway to Scotland in December last year! When it gets cold, I immediately think of fleeing to somewhere tropical. Not a place covered in snow. Or at least, I’m going to stay inside if there’s a blizzard outside. But I’ve learned that it’s wildly refreshing to spend time outdoors in the winter – especially as the short days make for less hours in the daylight. My mood was greatly…

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How to Choose Great Broadband as an Expat in the UK

One of the first things I praised the UK for was it’s crazy fast Wifi. You’d think in major cities in the U.S. we’d have comparable coverage – but we don’t. As an expat in London, I was floored at how quick service was – and how affordable. No longer did I need to worry about the mobile bill and broadband in the apartment killing our utilities budget. It was a small expense compared to rent and other necessities. Not to mention, it worked flawlessly. I do wish before I…

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Perfect Pubs in Ireland!

Ireland is full of mystery and romance. The ancient ruins and buildings still standing (and being used to this day!), the old mysterious castles and monasteries – they will all get your imagination flowing and you’ll yearn to get out there and explore. Pubs are an inseparable part of Irish culture and history. Weary travelers let their feet carry them to the nearest watering hole – an important part of the Irish experience. This is not just an excuse that you might present to an overbearing travel partner. Irish pubs…

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A Hands-On Experience in the Algarve region of Portugal

Men and women dancing a traditional Portuguese dance in Loule, Portugal

The woman looked at me warningly as I hacked away at my bamboo reed. The attempt at making a bag clip was not going smoothly. Everyone else seemed to gracefully cut a long slit through the reed and had already begun sanding. I still was wedging my sharp blade bit by bit into the tough material, coming dangerously close to my thumbs. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t survive very long in rural Southern Portugal. Memories of the Algarve often included lots of fruity drinks, beach time with optional clothing…

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Best Things to Eat Along Spain’s Costa del Sol

Spain has so many wonderful destinations on the Mediterranean coastline and in the south, it’d be a shame not to see all of them! A good place to start is the Costa del Sol and Andalucia, which makes for a great road trip route for you and your travel crew. Grab some beautiful seaside places to stay, sip some sangria and just relax. And what’s the most perfect part about exploring Spain’s sunny spots? The FOOD. Now some of Spain’s cuisine can be wonderfully complex and beautifully presented, but I…

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Iceland in the Summer vs. the Winter

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Not many landscapes in this world are so polarized as Iceland. This is especially true as the seasons change and the entire environment evolves. A few winters ago, I conquered the icy wasteland of this seemingly hermetic country in January. While it wasn’t what you see online – sweeping northern lights, rolling green meadows and warm waterfalls, it was an adventure all the same. Visiting Iceland in the winter has its perks, I’m sure it does during the summer months. Want some comprehensive tips no matter what time of year…

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Healthy Foodie Havens in London

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It’s all the rage. Sustainable, organic, low calorie, colorful, delicious food. London has an antiquated reputation of being total crap when it comes to mealtime, but I’ve easily found how to debunk these myths after living here just a short time. It goes without saying, discovering healthy restaurants in every corner of this city is a breeze. But I think cooking at home, utilizing local products and attending events with a taste of everything is the best way to conquer the landscape of urban eating. Looking for something indulgent first…

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7 Ways to Slay Your Ski Weekend in France

bridge view morzine france

I said goodbye to last year in style with a quick winter weekend in Morzine, France. While I love skiing and had a blast skiing in Chamonix before, I decided to use the time to rest up instead before the holiday mayhem. Instead, there was tons of wintry activities to look forward to, delicious cosy meals, and plenty of bubbles by the hot tub. Yas girl, I was ready. I strongly suggest you use up a bit of you holiday time to try a snowy weekend this year before the…

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: A Night Out on Brick Lane, London

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Hype men yell out they are certainly the BEST curry on Brick Lane in London. No no, not that other guy, us. Definitely. We have the awards to prove. Alright so does he, but WE are offering a deal. Come on in. Right now. Table is waiting. Now? Walking down Brick Lane in London in hopes of a tasty curry can be a daunting task. There are some wonderful curry houses, and some not so good ones. Without a plan, you’ll end up being convinced by the loudest shop owner…

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Fresh baked goods in London and Boston: Better than Paris?

Bread and bakery items from Pan D'Avignon in Hyannis, Massachusetts

Sweets. It’s a horrible habit, but give me a bowl of ice cream or a just baked pastry any day over a big savory meal. I practically judge new destinations based just on how good the desserts are in the area. This is why France wasn’t always my favorite place in the world, but it made up for a little stuffiness with incredible eats. Although I haven’t made it back to Paris since we moved over to London, I hope to visit as soon as the weather changes. In fact,…

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