MUST EXPERIENCE: GRANADA, SPAIN

Spain, as a country, is one of the most travelled in Europe. Every year millions of people fly in, drive through, or backpack around this peninsular kingdom. Cities like Barcelona and Madrid rank high among European destinations for food and architecture among other things.   Although both Barcelona and Madrid are surely great places to visit often times other great cities get overlooked. In the case of Granada (Eng: pomegranate) this seems to be somewhat true.

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TRAVELING WITH LANGUAGE SKILLS

Planning a trip that last longer than a week or two can be a daunting endeavor.  Besides trying to find the time to actually go there are many other aspects to give some thought to; where to go?, how long to stay?, and what to do? are the most obvious.  Another major concern for people is the question of communicating with locals.  Yes, English is widely spoken as a second or third language in many parts of the world; mainly in larger tourist destinations, but what about off the beaten path?  If you are backpacking you are guaranteed at some point to experience a language barrier, no matter how many languages you have acquired; there are just too many languages/ dialects to possibly learn them all.  You can, however, make and effort to learn useful phrases in many languages using the power of the internet.

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VACCINES: BECAUSE THE WORLD IS A DANGEROUS PLACE... POSSIBLY.

After doing some research online and talking with a doctor that travels frequently I have made a list of vaccinations I am going to get before my trip begins. Some of the vaccinations listed are optional, but I am going to let you choose which ones you need.  Most people have already been vaccinated for a number of common deceases such as: polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B so I will not really talk about them.  Follow the steps below to find out what you may need.

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PACKING LIGHT FOR MULTIPLE CLIMATES

Twenty days from now I set off for a trip around the world that could last anywhere from one year to several. If I play my cards right, by keeping to a strict budget and using working holiday visas, I might be able to pull off the later. One dilemma that I have been thinking about for some time is the fact that I can only carry so much in my pack, but I will be visiting both hot and cold climates. By the very nature of how I travel I could end up in very different climates with little notice. That is why I cannot just pack for one distinct location. In this post I hope to give some insight into my thinking behind the pieces of clothing I have chosen.

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ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC – HIDDEN, BUT NOT TOO MUCH

After a few weeks on the road in relatively expensive European cities such as Amsterdam, Munich, and Berlin I was ready for a budget friendly option. While in Berlin I started looking for my next destination, which at the time I was convinced would probably be Vienna, Austria. After researching the city more I decided I wanted a place that was smaller and more affordable where I could get some editing work completed in peace.

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