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25 Unique Gifts for Travelers Man wheeling luggage through airport departures area Find creative and unique travel gifts ideas for the world traveler in your life. Find the perfect present or something f...

The Complete Travel Blog Linkup List List of travel blogs that offer link ups, link parties, linkys, blog hops. A comprehensive list of travel blog link up opportunities, blog hops and link parties that focus on travel articles and/...

It’s Not All Roses on Bali Bali isn't always a paradise. Here are some of the ways "living in Paradise" takes some getting used to when you have to adapt to a new culture and wa...

Sanur, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia

What’s It Like to Live in Bali? Surf Boards Canggu Bali Moving overseas requires adapting to cultural differences. Here are some of the lessons one new expat learned in Bali. R...

Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Why You Should Spend a Day in Guimaraes, Portugal Top things to see in Guimaraes No visit to Portugal is complete without a visit to UNESCO site Guimarães, The birthplace of the Portuguese nation is ju...

Guimaraes, Portugal

Ideas for How to Update a 1970s House Inexpensively A step-by-step journal of how we updated our house inexpensively to move overseas. Almost all is easy-to-do and DIY. Rea...

Franklin, NC, United States

Venice is Where I Found my New Travel Partner Venice is Where I Found My New Travel Partner Dear Luke and Leia, I know this will be strange for you two grandchildren to read, but Venice is where I found my new tr...

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Postcard from Clifden – Tracing Roots, Meeting Family Clifden Ireland as seen in the 1800s Clifden, Co Galway, and found Dan's family roots. The best part of visiting Ireland was meeting family--it was as if he'...

Clifden, Ireland

How to Meet the Embera Indians in Panama Linda buys a basket in an Embera Indian village Meet Panama's indigenous Embera Indians in Panama's Darien. This is the best way to buy an exquisite hand-woven basket....

Mogué, Panama

The Attack of Reverse Culture Shock Symptoms reverse culture shock Despite its scary symptoms, reverse culture shock isn't dangerous. Sometimes it can teach you more about yourself ... th...

Too Fat to Travel: How We Lost 170 Pounds of Weight Featured photo for how we lost weight Travel is only fun if you're healthy. Thanks to a foreign doctor we can finally fit into airplane seats again. Here's ho...

Calle Las Acacias, Panamá, Panama

Cades Cove in the Smokies: An Autumn Color Story Full moon over Cades Cove, Tennessee A stunning Cade's Cove photo essay from America's Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Read more

Cades Cove, Blount County, TN, United States

Journal: Confessions of a Coffee Snob A coffee lover learns a lot about herself from traveling the world, then returns to America and makes some coffee snob c...

The Day Ecuador Kicked Us Out Ingapirca, Ecuador Imagine flying home ... and immigration won't let you in. Here is our true story of when Ecuador kicked us out. Read mor...

Aeropuerto Jose Joaquin De Olmedo, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Journal: The Biggest Travel Trap The biggest travel trap isn't a tourist trap, it's something else entirely, something very personal. Read more

Our First Furnished Apartment in Cuenca’s El Centro church and cobbled street in El Centro Cuenca Ecuador Find out why we chose to move from Cuenca's modern Gringolandia to an older apartment in its historic El Centro. Read mo...

Octavio Cordero, Cuenca, Ecuador

How We Like Living in Panama City Panama City coastline and Costa del Este as seen from Ancon Hill We reflect on what it's like to live in Panama City and show you our Panamanian apartment. Read more

San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

Forced to Relax in Curacao Blogging from paradise. Few things can compare to being sick on vacation. Having planned a weekend full of sightseeing in Curacao, we were devas...

One Day in Willemstad, Curacao Willemstad map How to spend a day in Curacao's capital. Willemstad has a colorful waterfront, friendly people, sidewalk cafes and stree...

Queen Emma Bridge, Willemstad, Curaçao

First Impressions of Singapore … As We Saw It view of singapore skyline at night A visitor's first impressions of Singapore after spending one weekend in the country. What's to love, dislike, and is it...

Singapore

Visiting Dominica for the First Time Aerial view of Cominica If you are visiting Dominica, you will understand why it is the only island that Christopher Columbus could still recogn...

Dominica

Expat Life: Learning Indonesian Learning Indonesian Don't let learning the language scare you: It's possible to learn basic Indonesian words and phrases without a lot of ef...

Kerobokan, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Road Tripping Through Soe West Timor Soe West Timur in the mountains A Westerner's entertaining first-person account of how Indonesians road trip from Kupang to Soe West Timor. Read more

Soe, Kampung Baru, South Timor Tengah Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Expat Life: Fixing Up the House in Order to Sell When we decided to move overseas, we had a few essential things to deal with first. One of the most essential was to fix...

Franklin High School, Panther Drive, Franklin, NC, United States

How to Downsize So You Can Move Overseas Whether you are moving overseas or across town, begin your journey by downsizing possessions. Decluttering your life lik...

Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Porter Street, Franklin, NC, United States

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Roseau, Saint George Parish, Dominica

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25 Unique Gifts for Travelers

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Find creative and unique travel gifts ideas for the world traveler in your life. Find the perfect present or something for yourself, click here for some unusual ideas.

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