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4 Things Vampire Movies get Right about Travel to Transylvania

Although most of us intuitively know that the context of vampire movies (often set at least partially in Transylvania) is fake during my two months wandering through Romania I was delighted to find that there are a few things that Hollywood got right. The myth of the vampire was born when Bram Stoker visited Transylvania …

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9 Reasons to Vacation in Transylvania (Really!)

If you’ve read my ultimate guide to travel in Transylvania, you know that I love this gem of Eastern Europe. With all the benefits of a great exchange rate, European history, and the vibrance of a nation bursting forth from a communist past, Transylvania is a nation of contrasts, folklore, and natural beauty. Here are …

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6 Family-Friendly Things to do on Lopez Island in Washington’s San Juan Islands

As a resident in Seattle’s Pike Place market neighborhood, urban life can get overwhelming sometimes. One of my favorite retreats near Seattle is Lopez Island, located in the San Juan Islands archipelago just north of Seattle Washington. Lopez Island is one of the smallest San Juan Islands that receives regular ferry service from Washington State …

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5 Amazing Romanian Foods to Try: Traveling to Transylvania

Romanian cuisine is some of my favorite in the whole world. Even now, 18 months after my visit to Transylvania, I regularly make meals using recipes and spice packets gathered in Transylvania. In fact, Romania was the destination that made me start adding packaged spice mixes for local foods to my Top 5 Travel Souvenirs. …

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Best Destinations for First Solo Travel Adventures

Solo travel is a learned skill, and like many things in life succeeding at being a solo traveler depends largely on setting yourself up for success. If you think that solo travel might be for you, start by reading, learning, and experimenting with local trips alone. In this article, will discuss the best destinations for …

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Plus Size Travel through a Health at Every Size (HAES) Lens

Although I’ve been plus size since I was a kid, I didn’t learn about HAES until I was in graduate school to become a therapist. Learning about HAE (and with it body neutrality and eventually body acceptance) transformed my relationship with my body. Over time, this experience completely transformed how I travel and see myself …

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Things to Do on Lokrum Island on your Croatia Trip

Typically, I don’t plan much of my trip in advance when traveling solo, but when I began researching a trip to Croatia, Lokrum Island made my list of things I just had to do. Read on to learn about my experience navigating the island and if I consider it worth adding to your Croatia travel. …

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Things To Do on Bainbridge Island without a Car

For Seattle tourists, Bainbridge Island can be an excellent day trip and an opportunity to see more of the Pacific Northwest beyond urban Seattle without needing to have a car. It’s easy to get from Pike Place market to Bainbridge Island, and the opportunity to take this unique form of transportation across the Puget Sound …

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How to Get from Pike Place Market to the Bainbridge Island Ferry

Pike Place Market and Bainbridge Island are two of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations, but getting from Pike Place market to the Bainbridge Island Ferry can be a little bit complex – especially for tourists who are unfamiliar with Seattle’s public transportation, waterfront, and ferry system. Read on to learn a step-by-step guide for getting …

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How to Store a Journal for Privacy & Preservation

Whether you’ve just begun journaling or you have a library of journals filled cover to cover, knowing how to store a journal for privacy and preservation can be a challenge. In this article, I show you how to prepare a bullet journal, travel journal, or travel scrapbook for storage and provide tips for storage that …

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