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5 Unique Iceland Activities You Can Only Do in Iceland

In Europe, Iceland by Katelyn2 Comments

Out of the 31 countries I have visited thus far in my travels, Iceland is by far the most magical. From its incredible out-of-this-world natural landscape to the quirky art scene of Reykjavik, Iceland is a country you have to visit at least once in your life. Or twice. I’m already planning my return visit. Iceland offers a variety of …

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My Best Travel Photos From 2016

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I began my Great Escape on January 20, 2016. Over the course of the past 12 months, I traveled to 16 countries, two new states, and managed to take at least 32 GB memory cards of travel photos. One of which I still need to edit. I should probably get on that since most of my Europe photos are on …

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Great Escape Monthly Review: November 2016

In Great Escape by Katelyn2 Comments

  After several months of being “homeless,” I finally settled down for a while to work. And, it feels good. Much of October was in flux for me as I wasn’t sure if I would be returning home to Maine for my dream job or if I would continue to stay in Australia until my visa runs out in April. …

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The Bangkok Bucket List

In South East Asia, Thailand by KatelynLeave a Comment

One region of the world I have yet to explore is Southeast Asia. During my recent holiday in Fiji, I met two English couples who shared heaps of stories about their travels in Asia. Since I’m already nearby, I plan to spend two months traveling through the region after my visa expires in Australia. One city I’m excited to visit …

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Hostel Review: Alice Springs YHA – Alice Springs, Australia

In Australia, Hostel Reviews, Northern Territory by KatelynLeave a Comment

Alice Springs, Australia is the launchpad to Uluru and Kings Canyon. While most people tend to leave Alice Springs just as quickly as they came, Alice Springs is a “bonanza of a town” (Side note: If you’re heading to Alice, I highly recommend reading Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice). Alice Springs, often just shorten to Alice, offers a variety …

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Great Escape Monthly Review: October 2016

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October was a rather laidback month physically, but emotionally I was on a rollercoaster ride. Ever since I returned to Australia in August, I’ve been fighting homesickness that waxes and wanes. Just when I accepted that I would stay in Australia until my visa runs out in March 2017, I got an email from a dream publication about a possible …

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Christmas Markets in the Capital Cities of the UK

In England, United Kingdom by Katelyn1 Comment

Christmas is almost upon us once again and for towns and cities across the globe that means the beginning of the Christmas market season. For travelers planning to visit the United Kingdom in the upcoming months the country’s four capital cities Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London each have great Christmas markets to visit. Belfast Running from November 19 to December …

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The Paperwork and Steps to Moving Abroad

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Moving abroad for an extended period of time has many bureaucratic steps that need to be observed. This is particularly true when the expatriate has to overstay their tourist visa, which is typically around ninety days on average. Where this process gets complicated is that expats then have to explore their prospective options of being able to stay legally in …

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Great Escape Monthly Review: September 2016

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September was another whirlwind month of travel. I started the month in the Northern Territory and finished the month in Melbourne after traveling to two states and two territories. I saw heaps of amazing wildlife from wild horses to kangaroos to wild koala bears on the Great Ocean Road. Australia’s natural biodiversity never stops surprising me. As much as I …

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Discover San Francisco’s Unique Architecture

In California by KatelynLeave a Comment

San Francisco is a popular travel destination for many reasons. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and old cable cars to the delicious restaurants and cafes, there’s a reason more than 18 million people visit “The City by the Bay.” I’ve traveled to enough places to know what I like and don’t like about cities. One part that will either …