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8 Haircuts. 8 Countries. 20 Months.

Getting a haircut while travelling can be the greatest souvenir ever or the biggest mistake that you just have to live with until you get home to your normal stylist.

In my 20 months in Europe, I had some fantastic haircuts and some not so fantastic haircuts.
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Travelling through food in Vancouver

I recently returned from a 4-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. For a $13 Amtrak ticket, it couldn’t be passed up. Once I decided to go, I discovered my Dutch CouchSurfing host from Amsterdam last year had just moved there, a Chinese surfer I met in Bellingham could host me and there were a few CouchSurfing meetings organized for the Cherry Blossom Festival and Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Celebrations! I knew the four days would be packed with CouchSurfing activities, but in the end, the focus was all on food.
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Turkey: 3 sites beyond Istanbul worth visiting

Turkey is a beautiful country, but to those who haven’t been there before, I’ll tell you the secret: there’s a lot more to Turkey than Istanbul.

Outside the capital, there is an amazing amount to see and compared to busy Istanbul, it’s much calmer and relatively tourist-free.

The further east you go, the less European and the more Asian or Middle Eastern it starts to feel.

It’s a long bus ride from Istanbul to central Turkey, but the trip is well worth it!
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Vampires, Gypsies and horse-drawn carts: false images of Romania

What images come to mind when you think about Romania?

Thieves? Dracula? Castles? Poor, rural life? Country-side?

I’ll admit that before I went to Romania, I planned on watching my back around Gypsies, getting a hold of some garlic and holy water to keep the vampires away and riding on horse-drawn carts around the country.

Luckily, I didn’t get any bite marks, I held on to my wallet and I moved between cities quickly on Romanian motorways.
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6 online ways to keep safe abroad

Everyone wants a safe trip.  If your trip leaves you in a dangerous situation, ill or missing documents, it can change your trip for the worse.  The US State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) is there to care for Americans, especially while traveling.  Knowing how to use the information they offer online can help you if a threatening situation arises while you are abroad.
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Dancing, shopping and living with the international communities of Seattle

When I was traveling Europe and people learned I was from Seattle I discovered the many things the city is known for. Usually people brought up Nirvana, Pearl Jam or some other grunge band, but often it was Starbucks, Microsoft or Boeing they knew. Actually, more often than not, it was Seattle’s rainy weather. As it often happens while traveling, I was expected to be an expert on these topics and on Seattle but I’ve never really been a tourist there besides the occasional day trip or stopover on our way somewhere else. Even though it’s less than 2 hour’s drive from my hometown, I didn’t really know much about Seattle, so I was looking forward to seeing what the Emerald City really should be known for.
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