4th Anniversary of TheBlogAbroad.com + Advice to Aspiring Bloggers

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4th Anniversary of TheBlogAbroad.com + Advice to Aspiring Bloggers
Let’s ignore the fact that I poured beer into a wine glass for aesthetic purposes, mmk? | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I re-wrote the first sentence of this blog post at least 10x, only to have this lazy cop-out of an opener be what I ended up running with. *sigh* I suck.

But can you believe I’ve been blogging for a whole 16 [yes, SIXTEEN] years, and travel blogging for 4 of them?…

Introducing the New & Improved TravelSmart App

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Introducing New & Improved TravelSmart App | TheBlogAbroad.com
Kurashiki, Japan

If you’re accident-prone on the road like muah, then having travel insurance is simply non-negotiable. I’ve blogged before about the¬†importance of being insured abroad, but I understand if it takes a canceled flight or lost baggage for you to finally be convinced ūüėČ

I’m insured through Allianz¬†and you can get a free quote for yourself at the end of this post, especially after learning about the app that you can use in conjunction with it.…

An Open Letter To The Girls With Floppy Hats & Flowing Dresses Who Travel

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An Open Letter To The Girls With Floppy Hats & Flowing Dresses Who Travel | TheBlogAbroad.com
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

How dare you.

How dare you bother to be concerned with your looks and your photos while you’re traveling.

You’re not a real traveler. You should be in leggings or jeans, roughed up from your arduous trekking throughout the city, only able to truly experience another culture when you drop every effort to look decent while in public.…

My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

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My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger | TheBlogAbroad.com
Just scrolling through a few pages of hate mail, racist comments, and a couple sexist bastards asking who my sugar daddy is #ADayInTheLife

Look at you guys — falling over yourselves to read about my biggest mistakes and failures. Screw you all, I know why you’re here. JK.

But really, I always try to write posts like this every now and then for the sake of rare transparency in this field, especially if you look at my life or any other travel bloggers’ and think it’s perfect.…

3 Awkward Mishaps Abroad That Travel Insurance Covers

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Wadi Rum, Jordan | TheBlogAbroad.com

Traveling without insurance these days is¬†like going on a Tinder date without an escape plan.¬†Except you can’t undo and unmatch a real-life accident — which, if you’re of my special breed of clumsy, is probably inevitable.

I wrote about everything you need to know about travel insurance a few weeks back, and now I’m writing a follow-up post listing some of my quirky stories¬†and mishaps that happened while abroad that travel insurance would have my back for.…

Why I Stopped Letting Housekeeping Tidy Up My Room

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Bangkok, Thailand | TheBlogAbroad.com
Bangkok, Thailand

Being on vacation means that sometimes the hardest question you’ll have to ask yourself is ‘how soon is too soon for cocktails?’ and¬†‘do I keep the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign on so housekeeping skips over my room?’¬†

I empathize to the deepest degree with your dilemma.

And after a couple random run-ins and a few chats with housekeepers here in Brazil, it led me to ask my Facebook network about their thoughts which you could see/read their responses in its entirety here.…

Travel Insurance: Everything You Need To Know

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Travel Insurance | Everything You Need To Know | TheBlogAbroad.com
Interlaken, Switzerland

Something I’ve learned the hard way while traveling over the years, is how you’re never really immune to disasters or random mishaps on the road, no matter how experienced of a traveler you are.

You could plan every detail, confirm all your information, and the universe will still find a way to politely screw remind you who wears the pants in this travelationship.…

How I’m Finally Mastering A Foreign Language, And How You Can Too

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How I'm Finally Mastering A Foreign Language, And How You Can Too
Madrid, Spain

There is absolutely nothing sexier than speaking a second language. To me, it’s the closest thing we’ll ever get to having a super power.

People who speak more than one language are able to connect with more people, have more professional opportunities, and develop a newfound confidence that only comes when you’ve mastered a language other than your native¬†tongue.…

Published In Paperback: Signed Copies of My Book Now Available For Pre-Order!

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From Excuses to Excursions | TheBlogAbroad.com
Ain’t she purdy? *sniff sniff*

Hi Glo,

I just wanted to let you know that pre-order links for your book are live!

It was about 4AM when I rolled over in my bed in Prishtina, Kosovo to read that message from my incredible publishing team at Thought Catalog. I rubbed my eyes a couple times, marked the email as “unread”, and refreshed my inbox.…

The Price Of Living The Dream

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Santorini, Greece | TheBlogAbroad.com
Santorini, Greece

While I’m 100% aware of how fortunate and blessed I feel every morning to wake up and do what never really feels like work, I think there’s a voice¬†missing from the conversation that’s so important, especially if you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through my¬†or another traveler’s¬†Instagram¬†feed, feeling inadequate about your own life.…