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Strange, Unique & Quirky Museums in Central Europe

Zurich, Switzerland

There is nothing like a few good strange, offbeat or quirky museums to add a unique, memorable twist to your travels. For the last decade I’ve been crisscrossing the globe and visiting every weird museum I stumble across with a simple motto: the stranger, the better! If you plan on visiting Central Europe, be sure … Read More

Indonesian Food Cheat-Sheet: Tips & Translations For First-Timers

Mie Goreng Ayam

Indonesian food can be summed up in two words: delicious and inexpensive. Whether street food or actual restaurant, whether on Sumatra, Java, or somewhere further east, it is pretty hard to go wrong in this culinary country. I’ve eaten some amazing meals that cost only 15,000 rupiah ($1.00 USD) yet have left me so stuffed … Read More

6 Unique Types Of Alcohol Only Found In Iceland

Unique types of alcohol only found in Iceland. Try something different.

“During summer when it’s 24 hours of daylight, we drink to celebrate that. When it’s winter and only a few hours of daylight, we drink just to get through it.” Welcome to Iceland, a country with a complex and interesting relationship love of alcohol — including several unique types of alcohol that are available nowhere … Read More

The Ultimate Unique & Offbeat Indonesia Travel Guide

Nusa Penida island

Multi-colored volcanic lakes. Haunted resorts. The world’s largest mud volcano. The world’s most elaborate funerals. An abandoned chicken church and other abandoned structures. Welcome to the quirky and offbeat Indonesia few people discover. And the best part? Most of these places are near popular tourist destinations, meaning that you don’t need to go far to … Read More

Trekking Annapurna Conservation Area Guide: What (Not) To Do

Annapurna South, also known as Moditse, as seen from our hotel in Ghorepani

My first experience in Nepal was filled with earthquakes and relief work, so it was not until my third trip to Nepal that I finally got a chance to go trekking Annapurna Conservation Area, something most people do their first trip. Was great to cross another thing off my travel bucket list (because we all … Read More

Traditional Alcoholic Beverages To Try While Traveling

Sake in Tokyo, Japan

Do you love an ice cold bottle of beer or a glass of wine? No, I’m not going to tell you to stop! In fact I’m most likely the one urging you to have another glass. Just don’t drink the same thing on vacation that you would be at home — try something new! Like … Read More

Unique & Offbeat Kolkata Activities

Kolkata, India

Kolkata is a colorful mega-city rich in culture, architecture and of course food, but the best part of traveling the “City of Joy” is the sheer unpredictability! You never know what you’ll stumble upon around on the next street corner of what used to be India’s capital. Although this variety keeps locals and expats entertained, … Read More

20 Awesome Things You Do Not Know About Finland

Helsinki love locks with Uspenski Cathedral in the background

Hugs? Nope, not in Finland. Not kosher. But a bunch of nude men wrestling in the mud or relaxing together in the sauna? Perfectly normal. Welcome to Finland! 😀 The only Nordic nation on the continent that is not part of Scandinavia. Did you know that? That one was free — below are 20 more … Read More

22 Amazing Things You Don’t Know About Estonia

Look at that beautiful Tallinn skyline

Ahhhh Estonia. Totally ended up here by accident. One night we’re having drinks in Helsinki at the NBE Finland farewell party, the next morning I’m with a group of friends on the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Best decision ever! There are so many things you don’t know about Estonia. Plus … Read More

Whoa @Finnair Didn’t Rob My Luggage — They Repacked It!

Delsey suitcase in Bangkok

I have been crisscrossing the globe from 39,000 feet up in the air for nearly a decade across with countless different airlines and this might just be the greatest airline story ever. It all started yesterday when I flew from Helsinki to Bangkok via Finnair. I had to pause my winter fun to come to … Read More