If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here’s what to do

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If you travel somewhere and end up hating it, here's what to do | The Blog Abroad

First and foremost, I’m extremely aware of my passport privilege and this lifestyle that allows me to travel more than the average person.

But the truth is that if you travel enough, you’ll find that some places either don’t live up to its expectations, albeit slightly unrealistic (thanks, Instagram!), or feel a little bit overrated once you finally land.

My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018

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My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018 | The Blog Abroad

It’s a talent to look so poised, yet be so clumsy.

While I’d like to believe I piss glitter and walk on water, the truth is, I DO I’m just short of a hot mess, and that sh*t is a skill.

It’s my most treasured talent the way I’m able to finesse my way out of the strangest and most awkward situations, but just like I did last year, let’s toast to my inability to function like an adult and recount my ten worst travel moments of the year.…

The single greatest gift to get your friend who always travels

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The single greatest gift to give your friend who always travels | The Blog Abroad

If there’s one thing that frequent travelers can all agree on, it’s that we dread airports. It’s a stressful and lawless place. Sandwiches cost $50, people will pass out literally anywhere, and beer is pretty much the liquid fuel of champions when you have to catch a red-eye flight.

It only took me three years to understand how much easier life is when you don’t show up to the airport an hour before your flight in a frantic panic and how the airport and everyone else is to blame except you.

Living Abroad and Teaching English with a TEFL Certification

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I can’t help but think how privileged we are as native English speakers to have a world of opportunity around us, as the need for English teachers globally will always be a job in demand.

And if you’re someone who’s looking for a new challenge, adventure, or direction in life, I couldn’t recommend this career switch enough.…

Top 10 Ways to Gain Weight While You Travel – Results Guaranteed!

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Let’s be real, calories are just glorified souvenirs, and after successfully mastering multiple (read: every) way to gain weight while traveling the last five years, I thought I’d share all my secrets in case any of you somehow struggle with this seemingly effortless task!

I have to put a disclaimer though, as our bodies are all different, some of you will succeed more efficiently and likely faster than others.…

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

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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.…

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.…

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 Ultimate Guide to Immigrating to Canada in 4 Easy Steps

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Did you know that Canada is the second largest country and first hottest prime minister in the world? Named 2017’s top destination to travel to by The New York Times and Lonely Planet, it’s no wonder why everyone is trying to visit the land of jaw-dropping national parks, friendly faces, and the infamous Tim Horton’s.

Canada is also the world’s most educated country with over half of its residents bearing college degrees, so it makes sense that there is global appeal to both visit and immigrate to Canada.…

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

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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?

And even after all these years, I still get slight anxiety every time I hit the PUBLISH button with my subpar intro sentences and sometimes debatable/clickbait[able] content.…

7 Interesting Ways Travel Turned Me Into an Introvert

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Extrovert turned introvert, for the love of travel.

No doubt travel is transformative, but I wasn’t prepared for all the subconscious ways it would change me for the better.

I’ve seen almost a third of the world now and what a blessing that has been. Because all those cultures, countries, and conversations I’ve seen and had in the last four years, without a doubt shape so much of who I am today.…

My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

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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.…

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