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Discovering the Best of Niagara Falls to Montreal by Car

In Canada by Katelyn0 Comments

Image via Flickr by Paul Bica It’s a big year for Canada. Montreal is celebrating its 375th birthday, and the national parks are free for a 150th birthday celebration. Ever since I returned from my “Great Escape,” I’ve been itching to get out on the road for short trips. What better way to enjoy the last bits of summer than …

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Minneapolis: A City for Outdoor Lovers

In United States by Katelyn1 Comment

Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is the perfect state for outdoor lovers. With tons of lakes, rivers, and hiking trails, Minnesota has a lot to offer anyone who isn’t afraid to get outside in the cold. Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota’s major metropolitan area, is the state’s center of arts, culture, and outdoor adventures. Where to Stay Image via Flickr by …

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Hike Phoenix by Foot

In United States by Katelyn2 Comments

Image via Flickr by Bureau of Land Management Arizona is home to some seriously gorgeous hiking trails. Just look at the Grand Canyon! However, many visitors to Arizona end up in the metropolitan city of Phoenix for work or pleasure. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a 3.5-hour drive away, making it a difficult place to enjoy if …

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry in St. Louis

In North America, United States by Katelyn1 Comment

Image via Flickr by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton St. Louis might be known for its delicious barbecue ribs and gooey butter cake, but the Gateway City is about much more than just sticky fingers and sauce-covered chins. St. Louis is home to a thriving up-and-coming culinary city that rivals many of the big cities on either coast. From locally sourced …

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The Ultimate Guatemala Highland Trek

In Guatemala, Hiking by Katelyn0 Comments

“Are we there yet?” I’ve mentally asked myself that a hundred times already over the course of three days. We hadn’t moved far in the last five seconds since I last asked myself that annoying question only five-year-olds ask their parents in the car. Forty-five kilometers is a long friggin’ way. I continued to huff and puff my way up …

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Great Escape Monthly Review: April 2017

In Great Escape by Katelyn1 Comment

After a year in Australia, it was finally time to leave. My visa was up on April 3rd, and that meant I needed to leave my adopted country or else I faced some serious fines. It’s hard to believe that my Great Escape is almost over! I should have spent my final day in Australia exploring the highlights of Sydney, …

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Hostel Review: Hostal Antigua

In Central America, Guatemala, Hostel Reviews by Katelyn0 Comments

From the infamous party hostel, Jungle Party Hostal, to the eco-friendly, Home Earth Lodge, backpackers have a huge range of hostels to choose from in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Hostal Antigua is either of those hostels. During my travels through Guatemala during winter 2016, I stayed at two different hostels. I loved my stay at El Hostal and …

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8 Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala by Katelyn3 Comments

Most backpackers and travelers skip Guatemala City and head straight to the colonial city of Antigua. With its cobblestone streets, colorful and often decaying buildings, leafy plazas, and surrounding volcanos, how can you not spend a few days in Antigua? Whether you only spend 48 hours or several months, there are tons of things to do in Antigua, Guatemala. Located …