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I Took a Leap of Faith to Travel, and it Changed Me

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The Traveler Stories Series. Each month we feature a story (or two) written by another fellow traveler, who shares with us their own travel experiences. This month, meet Evan Kristine, the beautiful travel blogger at Pretty Wild World. At the young age of 16, Evan made a brave leap of faith that would change her life forever. […] Read more…

Hagia Sophia: Making the Most of Your Visit

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – No visit to Istanbul will be complete without a visit to Hagia Sophia. Why do I love Hagia Sophia so much? Having seen so many churches and mosques around the world, the Hagia Sophia takes the cake. It is just magnificent inside and out. When […] Read more…

Travelling in Switzerland on a Budget

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Switzerland is a beautiful country… and not just because I am bias due to being part Swiss. From beautiful greenery and snow-capped mountains to gorgeous historical townships, there is just so much to do and see in Switzerland. And it is possible to travel through Switzerland on a budget. It is a pity that many […] Read more…

20 Things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul is a city where east meets west – a beautiful fusion of cultures and history. It is hard to get bored, when there are just so many things to do in Istanbul. I have visited this city several times and would go again in a heartbeat, even though I still have a long list […] Read more…

Travel to Turkey: 11 Must Visit Places in Turkey

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“What is your favorite country?” I get asked this question a lot. If someone asked me this question a few years ago, I would have found it very difficult to answer. I would have given some fluffy, beat around the bush answer, because I just could not pick one country as my favorite. If someone […] Read more…