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Offbeat NYC: Quirky Things To Do In New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York

New York City consistently ranks in the top ten of destinations for American travelers, and for good reason. With a population of over 16 million people and countless buildings and sights instantly recognizable around the world, NYC is always a “must-see” destination for both US citizens and foreign tourists alike. But few experience the real … Read More

5 Things To Do Before You Leave Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat

Bolivia was my first experience of South America where I enjoyed three months of Spanish lessons, a homestay, volunteering and exploring the country. It remains one of my most memorable travel experiences to this day. It was also one of the most thought-provoking. Before you leave Bolivia be sure to soak up as much of … Read More

FriFotos: Enjoying The Frozen Mountaintops Of The World

North Shore Mountains, Vancouver, Canada

When asked to choose between beaches or mountains I invariably opt for higher altitude. Don’t get me wrong, beaches can be nice, but after seeing several hundred all around the world they are essentially all the same — sand and water. However all frozen mountaintops offer both a unique view and a different method of … Read More

Indonesia Travel Advice: What To Know Before You Go

Cloudy morning sunrise over Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, a world famous UNESCO site

Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago that continues to impress and surprise longtime expats and even locals. To think that because you’ve seen Jakarta and done Bali then you “know” Indonesia is to be sorely mistaken. There are 17,508 islands here! How can I even summarize that much information and Indonesia travel advice in … Read More

What Is Your Travel Personality (Quiz)

Contact Derek Freal, founder and head traveler of The HoliDaze

I’ve traveled to nearly 50 nations, lived and worked in six different countries and combined a long term career break with shorter adventures, holidays and weekend escapes. As a result my own travel personality, style and preferences have evolved with each experience and I have met many other travellers (and travel personalities) along the way. … Read More