Monthly Archives: November 2011

Visiting Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park in Croatia

When visiting Croatia, most people find it hard to drag themselves away from the beaches to visit to more inland sites. Although I also spent most of my time on the coast during my visit to Croatia in August 2011, we did find time to stop at several of their national parks. In my experience, it’s well worth your time to take a day and visit at least one National Park. Although my favorite has to be Plitvice Lakes National Park, I also really enjoyed our visit to Krka National Park. [Note: When planning our trip, we were trying to decide … Read More

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Misadventures in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Highland Villages:The Drive from Sarajevo to Mostar

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Before I get into what this post is about, let me set the stage a little for you. Me and my three friends were at the start of a two week trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. We had spent the last two days in Sarajevo and we were planning to rent a car and drive south to Mostar. We weren’t exactly super prepared – we had booked a rental car with a GPS, but we didn’t have any map to speak of and we had only one guide book. (There is actually only one English Guide book to … Read More

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Money Management Part II: It’s all about the Lincolns

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As I discussed in my last post, one of the most stressful parts of traveling is budgeting your money. Usually when I travel, I feel like money is just flying out of my hands left and right which is not a pleasant feeling at all. This stress can usually be mitigated in two ways: 1) by effectively tracking your spending and 2) by spending less. Since I usually spend around $20 or less a night on lodging, every sent cent counts when traveling. This means looking for ways to cut costs for all possible travel expenses. There are a few … Read More

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Photo of the Day – Hungarian Parliament

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Money Management Part I: Tracking Your Spending

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is budgeting your money. Usually when I travel, I feel like money is just flying out of my hands left and right which is not a pleasant feeling at all. This stress can usually be mitigated in two ways: 1) by effectively tracking your spending and 2) by spending less. I feel much better when I can account for where my money went and know that it wasn’t wasted. Nothing is worse than finishing a day with an empty wallet and not remembering where it all went. I’m not going to lie, this … Read More

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Fall in DC

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Tree near the White House   One of the great parts of living somewhere is that you get a chance to see it all year round. I’ve never been to Paris in the Spring, and I’ve only ever seen Eastern Europe under a foot of snow, but I get a chance to see DC in every season. Right now, its fall in DC and the trees are beautiful. These are some of my favorite photos from around the Mall, Union Station and the White House. Union Station Sup? Vietnam Memorial Clearly I got sidetracked…. Korean War Memorial Korean War Memorial

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Photos of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden

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Last Spring, I visited the Magic Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Magic Garden is a house and outdoor space that displays the work of Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar. According to the organization, much of the art is inspired by Zagar’s international travel and his time in the peace corps. The Garden is located near the famous Philly Cheese steak stands, so its an easy visit. Its $5 for entrance and you can see everything in about 45 minutes. Most of the exhibit is outside so its worth waiting until a sunny day so you can get the full effect of … Read More

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8 Tips for Filing a Complaint with a Travel Service Provider

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Photo: Lindyy, through a Creative Commons Attribution License Nothing is more frustrating than shelling out money for a hotel or flight and feeling like you didn’t get the service you were promised. Worse yet is when you feel like you were swindled or overcharged by a deceitful company. It can oftentimes feel like you are alone – one person against a huge company. The key to getting your voice heard is to communicate effectively with the company. The 8 tips below give some thoughts on how to get the best response. However, before you file a complaint, make sure you … Read More

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Today’s Photo: Peral Harbor Memorial

 
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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem: Photos of the Palestine Wall

Photo of the Wall in Bethlehem dividing Palestine and Israel

Barbed Wire Fence in front of the wal During our stay in Jerusalem, we took a day trip to the West Bank to visit the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron. Although I had been really looking forward to Hebron, the most moving part of the day ended up being the city of Bethlehem – home to the wall between Palestine and Israel. The wall separates the Palestine territory from the rest of Israel. It looms almost twice as large as the infamous Berlin wall which once separated East Germany and West Germany. But, much like the Berlin Wall, the concrete barrer in Bethlehem has … Read More

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