Adventures at Dawn:景山公园 (Jingshan Park), Beijing

I’m a morning person. And that means that there’s one thing I love about jetlag when flying from east to west: waking up before the world comes to life. There’s something so tranquil about being outside when the weakest rays of light start shining through the clouds, breathing in the crisp air and watching your […]

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Celebrating Like a Local: New Year’s Eve in Andalusia

Guest Post by Yvonne Schnoor Three years ago, my husband and I left Germany to run a bed & breakfast in Andalusia. We opened Cortijo El Sarmiento in late spring and had a good, but exhausting, first season. Related: Free Downloadable German Language Cheat Sheet When the last of our guests had left, we had […]

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Celebrating Like a Local: Christmas in Stockholm

Guest Post by Susann Aavanen from The Biveros Effect! December is here and it is time to get ready for a typically Swedish Christmas. In Sweden Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December. However, the whole month of December is a time for preparation. These preparations often start on the first weekend of Advent and […]

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24 Hours in Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest and busiest city, the 7th most populated city in North America, one of the world’s most liveable, multicultural, cosmopolitan, diverse, and accepting cities, and the place I’m proud to call home. This itinerary is perfect for you if you’re in Toronto for 24 hours or less, as it hits a mix of major tourist attractions and local hideouts for a comprehensive experience.

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German Language Guide for Travelers + Free Download!

English is a Germanic language, but that doesn’t mean that German is intuitive at all for English speakers. Because English also draws heavily on many other languages, especially romance languages such as French, German vocabulary looks almost unrecognizable to any English speaker! German is spoken mainly in Central Europe, in the countries of Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, […]

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See why Switzerland is the most beautiful place in the world

It’s no big secret that I adore Switzerland, maybe even more than my own native country (but don’t tell my fellow Canadians that!) Mountain ranges, skiing, villages that look like they haven’t changed a bit since the 1800s, chocolate, Bern, a hodgepodge of languages, fondue, the rail system, cobblestones, fresh air, and being able to […]

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Conversational French 101

  Going along our previous train of thought from Paris Do’s and Don’ts, I thought it would be a good idea to break out a very basic guide to speaking French. After all, trying something new can’t hurt, plus, you’ll earn brownie points from the locals for trying! Bonjour (bohn-joor): Hello Comment ca va? (kom-mon […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Paris

  Before you head on over to the city of light and love, make sure to check out these do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your trip! Do pick up a few phrases of French. I always find the stereotypical rude and condescending Parisian to be ludicrous and hypocritical. Parisians are lovely, […]

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belgium

2 months ago, a coordinated bombing attack occurred in Brussels. In the aftermath, controversy surrounding Belgium and its security issues began to swirl. Some travellers I know have put off their trips to Belgium because of their fears for their safety and security. However, my opinion is different. Read on to find out why I will […]

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6 Rules for Safety in South Africa

Is South Africa safe? This question seems to be at the forefront of every traveller’s mind. We’ve heard the horror stories, seen the statistics that seem to undeniably confirm our fears: South Africa is dangerous. However, in our scramble to get as far away from South Africa as possible, we’ve neglected to recognize a simple […]

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