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.…

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.…

Christmas Gift Ideas For Frequent Travelers In Your Life

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‘Tis the season of corruptive and consumptive behavior joy and gift-giving to those we cherish in our lives!

Christmas shopping is easy for some and a bit more challenging for others — especially those who have that expensive hobby of traveling.

We all have that one person in our lives who’s never at home and we secretly hate them as they go from one exotic destination to the next, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.…

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