The Ultimate Guide to Cappadocia, Turkey | Hot Air Balloon Heaven

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Hot Air Balloon Heaven aka Cappadocia, Turkey is one of the few places in the world where the real-life version looks better than the photos.

This Turkish town has blown up in the last decade thanks to Instagram, and though you may come here for the photos and picturesque scenery, you’ll end up leaving with friends, fun memories, and a newfound appreciation for Turkish culture.…

Why Egypt Should Move to the Top of Your Bucket List

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If your idea of what Egypt is like stops at the image of the Pyramids of Giza, then you are greatly mistaken about the layers of history and beauty that’s waiting to be found in this country.

Egypt is a country that’s been on my mind for a while, and it’s a place many of my friends have expressed the desire to travel to, but they’re typically hesitant about doing it alone.…

Online Travel Booking Scams & How to Avoid Them

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5.2 billion dollars — that’s how much travelers are spending every year on fraudulent and misleading online booking transactions.

That’s why the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) are launching a “Search Smarter” education and awareness campaign this summer to educate travelers on the benefits of booking directly through company websites.

While I’m an optimist at heart and believe the world is made up of innately good people, the reality is that there are a few sour apples both in person and online with ulterior motives to mislead travelers that could cost them money.…

Introducing ili: The World’s Fastest Offline Translator for Travelers

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Introducing ili: The World's Fastest Offline Translator for Travelers | TheBlogAbroad.com

One of the biggest struggles of long-term travel is finding ways to communicate in foreign countries. While English is very much a universal language, it shouldn’t be expected for other countries to always cater to you, and that’s why I try and learn at least 10-15 words of the local language before I arrive so that my effort is acknowledged and people are more likely to help with my needs.…

How I Edit My Travel Photos with Adobe Lightroom for Mobile

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This post is sponsored by Adobe Lightroom, but as always, all opinions, words, and sessy @$% photos are my own.

Photography has been a passion of mine for several years, and ever since I discovered the magic in capturing and sharing art as you see it, with the world, I’ve been hooked.

Of course over time, my style has evolved and I cringe to the point of pain when looking back on my first did I really call this art?

I get paid to travel the world. Here are the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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I woke up in Turkey this morning, my 61st country. Ringing in 28 beautifully messy years on this planet. Warning: this post is gonna get pretty raw, so get ready for some brutal honesty, painful vulnerability, and striking revelations.

My birthday started off great. I meditated. Ate breakfast. Then opened my Spotify and saw a new “Guilty Pleasures” playlist on my home page.…

Sitting down to take a stand: Greensboro, North Carolina

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U.S. Civil Rights Trail. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sitting down to take a stand was the powerful method of operation for a young group of black students Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond, who were refused service at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, but stayed and sat in until it closed anyway.…

Attending the Sake Festival in Japan

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There are so many reasons why Japan is my favorite country in the world, from their collective mannerism, to their nearly 100% literacy rate, to their stunning fashion, to their overall dedication to excellence.

When I think about my childhood, Nintendo64, Yoshi, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon come to mind. My guide immediately exclaimed, “Ooooh, you’re that generation.” Haha!…

Announcing Group Tours: Take a TrovaTrip with Me to Portugal!

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UPDATE: The Italy trip has been postponed until further notice.

I couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of my group trips this year, where I’ll be welcoming 20 people from around the world to a couple of the most beautiful countries in Europe — Italy and Portugal!

Even better, I’ll be partnering with a company called TrovaTrip who have a finely-curated itinerary that’ll help us highlight the best of both countries.…

I’ve seen a third of the world’s countries, these are my 10 favorite…

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When I think about how much beauty around the world I’ve been blessed to see across 60+ countries on 6 continents, I can’t help but have every destination flash before my eyes.

But it’s no secret that there are some places that tug at your heart just a little stronger than others.

This list might change by the year or even month, but as of January 2018, these are my current thoughts on the most-coveted question of which countries are my favorite.…

The Blog Abroad’s Top 10 Hate Comments From 2017

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People, for the most part, suck. But most importantly, their sucking ways aren’t limited to a specific region, gender, religion, or mental illness cause.

As a blogger, part of my job is getting criticized daily by idiots strangers who have pent up anger from being the product of multi-generational incest, so they harass people online from their lover’s [aka mother’s], basement.…

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