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The Truth Behind Instagram Envy

How often do you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed with an overwhelming sense of travel envy? Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of it. “Damn, I wish I could go there. Damn, look at that hotel. Damn, that is freaking magical.” Yes, sometimes the only way to describe the perfectly shot, perfectly filtered pictures on Instagram… Read more »

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Working Under The Table and Why Everyone Does it in Italy

It doesn’t take long to realize that things work … differently… in Italy. Or sometimes, they don’t work at all.  A large part of the Italian workforce gets paid in nero, meaning that all or some of their income is paid in cash, “under the table.” As far as the state knows, they’re not working at all. “Those… Read more »

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Bothered in Bali? That’s Your Fault

After the jam-packed days in ultra-modern Singapore and the dusty and sensory streets of Yogyakarta, Marco and I moved on to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart. Described as updated, vegan and surrounded by the verdant green rice fields of Bali, we were curious to see how this burgeoning destination would truly be. It seemed like the green oasis of relax that every honeymoon… Read more »

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How to Survive Italian Bureaucracy

Anyone who has spent more than a brief stay in Italy has likely had some sort of experience dealing with the Italian bureaucracy. Whether it’s studying abroad, getting a visa or even getting a speeding ticket as a traveler, the system is draconian. Blogs detailing the horrors of the Italian bureaucracy abound from a more positive… Read more »

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Photo Essay: Slow Travel in Spain

I’m all for slow travel. I am. But the truth is, I’m not sorry for my weekend trips. I’ve already written my strong defense for weekend trips – I love ’em! – and my summer weekend trip to Spain was no less amazing. I admit, I usually jam-pack my short trips in an attempt to… Read more »