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Cape Town Is The Most Lekker

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South Africa is so lekker bru! I lived in Cape Town for my last month of Remote Year, and it was the perfect place to close out the unreal experience of living and traveling throughout five different continents in 2018.These are some of my lekker mates embracing lekker van cultureWhat does "lekker" mean? Ah, good question. It's Afrikaans slang and I'd say the closest equivalent...
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Marrakech Broke Me

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It was bound to happen eventually. After 10+ months of international travel, despite the many *insert all of the positive adjectives* experiences I've had, the challenges that come along with the one-suitcase country-hopping lifestyle caught up with me.I started to feel the mental fraying at the end of October, in Croatia. Activities and sights that I normally would have gotten excited about (murder mystery party!...
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+61 Restaurant in Marrakech

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After four weeks in Morocco, I might prefer death over eating another tajine. On the menus at the mainstream Marrakech restaurants, there is not a lot of diversity. Tajines with chicken, beef or vegetables. Couscous with chicken, beef or vegetables. Pastillas with chicken, beef or vegetables. All sporting the same spices and flavors. Yes the food is fresh, yes it is flavorful, but sometimes you...
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Review of Ryad Dyor

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Since I was not going to be with my family on Thanksgiving, I decided to book a staycation in Marrakech for the holiday. I invited one of my fellow hotel-loving friends and we quickly set about pouring through Instagram feeds and hotel websites to find the perfect place for us to spend the holiday. We finally settled on Ryad Dyor. A riad (or ryad) is...
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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

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The holidays are fast approaching! I am done with all of my Holiday Shopping. I sent some gifts to my sister and brother-in-law's house where we will be celebrating. I have also picked up some gifts along the way this year. If you are shopping for the traveler in your life, I wanted to share some of my top picks for gifts! I also reached...
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Sea Ya On The Split Side

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title credit - BizSplit, Croatia: real or default desktop background?I truly felt I had to be dreaming when I arrived in Croatia. I had just spent three days in Munich celebrating Oktoberfest, which was arguably one of the best weekends of my life to date (been saying that a lot this year - will elaborate in a forthcoming post).somehow Oktoberfest was even better than I...
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Thoughts on a Year of Travel

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I can't sit still when there's space up in the road. That is a lyric from a song by Wild Rivers. I deeply resonate with this song and listen to it often.  The obvious problem with this is that there is always space. You can only see so far in advance, and you work towards the distant horizon, but then more space appears. There is...
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1,200 Miles in Patagonia

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After realizing I'd be spending the first two months of Remote Year in Argentina, I knew it was finally time to fulfill my dream of visiting Patagonia. So I called upon 3 of my closest friends to pack their bags and meet me in the Southern Hemisphere. Our tickets were purchased before we even had a plan in place.Over the next few weeks, we devised...
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Attention Please!

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I was recently hired by Parse.ly - an analytics startup for publishers and content producers. And as a newcomer to the company and industry, I began noticing a strong emphasis placed on the word "attention". Some examples:The headline of our latest product, Currents, is "What's Holding the Attention of Millions of People?". The headline on our website reads "Audience attention is precious. We help you...
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Adventures in Colombian Medical Tourism

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Having spent two months and two thousand dollars on pills, drills, razors, and lasers, I left Colombia feeling like a new man. Health insurance be damned.It all began on a sunny day in April as I was strolling down the streets of Medellín, chewing gum, and admiring the city's lush foliage. That's when I felt a piece of gravel embedded in my gum, except to...
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