How I’ve Saved Hundreds of Dollars to Travel By Couchsurfing

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Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth, Israel | TheBlogAbroad.com

I can already hear the voice of naysayers now — “Wait, surfing without water? What is this sorcery?!”

Trust me, I echoed your same concerns, but before you write something off as crazy, you need to understand how it works. So allow me to explain.

Couchsurfing, beyond its name, is so much more than landing free accommodation on your travels.…

7 Reasons Why Everyone is Visiting Puerto Rico

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While 2017 has already sprung upon us and everyone is fine-tuning their bucket lists for the new year, I had to make an article about why Puerto Rico should be near the top, because it’s one of the easiest travel destinations I’ve been to recently.

So much goes into perfecting a vacation, and when it comes to first-time travelers, backpackers, or fashionistas, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for all of the above and more.…

The Best Way To See Peru + Machu Picchu

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While it’s no secret, people travel thousands of miles across the globe to witness one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in Machu Picchu, the reality is, if you come to Peru, just for that, there’s a multitude of beauty you’ll be missing out on.

Peru is a magnetic and diverse country, full of some of the most kind-hearted and warm-spirited people you’ll ever meet.…

Street Art Photo Essay | Our Road Trip Through Germany

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Anyone up for a roadtrip? Well, a virtual one — because there was way too much street art in Germany, to contain in one post.

First off, it’s worth mentioning that our itinerary was an ambitious one. While no day was the same, every morning was quite similar, jumping out of bed, trying to remember what city I was in, rushing down to breakfast to greet the bright-eyed crew, and then hitting the road to meet with the first local street artist of the day before moving on to the next city.…

Visiting Puerto Rico and Becoming an Island Queen

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As a part of the Choice Hotels Caribbean Campaign, I was invited to the gorgeous island of Puerto Rico alongside Derio to explore the sights and highlight all the fun and adventurous things that can be done around the island.

Now there’s a few reasons why Puerto Rico should be near the tops of your bucket lists, especially for Americans, of which 60% still don’t own passports (but that number is shrinking!

Discovering the Urban Street Art Scene in Germany

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While it’s easy to visit a country like Germany and focus on the beer, architecture, and men sights that bring in millions of tourists a year, I was so excited to be invited to go explore the urban street art scene that people may have overlooked otherwise.

Street art is such a powerful and often political form of expression that allows the public to have a voice, and use it in a creative way.…

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

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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.…

How To Get Paid To Teach English Abroad

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One of the secrets most travel bloggers won’t tell you, is that a lot of them started off as English teachers to be able to afford to live and travel abroad.

And there’s some pretty amazing companies out there like English First, that are a TEFL certification away from landing you in a country like China, where they not only pay for your flights there, but also give you a signing bonus and travel voucher to get you started!…

10 Honest Thoughts At My First Music Festival | Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia

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Ultra Europe Music Festival | TheBlogAbroad.com

Let’s start by at least trying to ignore the fact that it took me 26 years to finally catch the rave (t’hehe) of a music festival.

You hear about these things, you see your friends upload photos at them, but you never really picture yourself actually attending one. At least I never did.

But all that changed thanks to an incredible opportunity to experience my first music festival with Busabout and dozens of other eager passengers, and I was so ready to finally sit with the cool kids — festival goers.…

6 Things I Loved About Visiting Jordan

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While the year is barely at its halfway mark, I can easily name Jordan as one of my top 5 destinations from 2016 so far.

And I’ve been to a loooot of places this year. We started with my book tour across North America, from my alma mater at Baker University to Chicago to Toronto, then New York, Ireland, England, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Italy, and now Switzerland where I’m currently writing this from.…

5 Reasons Hostels Can Be Better Than Hotels

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The first time I heard what a hostel was, my mind did everything to convince me that they’re just not for me (aka I was brainwashed by mainstream media and horror stories like everyone else).

But there are so many misconceptions about hostels that people have no idea what they’re missing out on!

Traveling with Busabout these past few weeks has reminded me how much a proper hostel stay can add to your overall travel experience.…

How To Travel & Not Make Your Friends Jealous

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If you clicked this article, chances are, you can relate to going on a trip, posting about it, and feeling the subconscious guilt from friends who commented, “ugggh, JEALOUS!” or “OMG, I want your life!” or my personal favorite, “I hate you!”

Ahhh, yes. Friends are great, aren’t they?

You see, before I left my 1-year home of Barcelona last July, I went on what turned into a crazy 4-month and 10-country spree around Europe and Southeast Asia with Busabout (see my 2016 itinerary here)!…

The Irish Scavenger Hunt | History, Hills, and a Husband

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When we visit countries like Ireland, we tend to think of its capital as the only major shining point, and sorry Dublin, but it’s time to give your distant cousins some love.

While my love for Irish men Dublin is quite clear, and my St. Patrick’s Day celebration more than solidified my opinions of the city, I think it’s only fair to show you guys that to experience gorgeous ocean view sunsets, countryside villages, and cobblestoned roads, you’ll have to get outside of the capital.…

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