Home to friendly camels, luxury campsites, and mouthwatering food, Jordan managed to surprise and delight me at every turn. When I vowed to make 2017 the Year of the Middle East, I never imagined how easily I would fall in love with every aspect of Jordanian culture. One of the many experiences that contributed to this borderline obsession was cooking with A Piece of Jordan. Click to learn more about my experience cooking with locals and with Jordanian hospitality!

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Despite being in Spain, Barcelona is distinctly un-Spanish, with its large expat population, Catalonian culture, and bustling international businesses. Even so, it’s on most people’s bucket lists and for good reason. Jaw-dropping architecture, beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and a vibrant food scene distinguish Barcelona from the rest. Having visited several times, I’ve put together this budget guide to Barcelona, which includes some of my favorite spots in the city as well as tips to help you save money both before and during your trip.

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Although I’ve visited Egypt several times in my teens, I spent way too much time hanging around with my cousins instead of seeing the sites. On this last trip to Egypt, I was determined to see some of the cool places Egypt has to offer. My research led me to the Black Desert and the White Desert. Once I saw pictures of these mystical places, I knew I HAD to visit, which led me to partner with Egypt Tailor Made to experience their Overnight Camping Black and the White Desert tour. This was my first ever camping trip and I did it in the desert, in Egypt, during winter. Click to read about my experience and learn how you can visit the breathtaking places I did!

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What keeps you from traveling to places, really? What makes a country safe or unsafe? Is it violent crime? Is it fear of terrorism? Is it because the media said so? Is it because the government issued a travel alert? What actually causes a fear of traveling? Know your facts. Before you let the media fuel your fear of traveling, check out these statistics and personal experiences traveling in “unsafe” countries.

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Lewis N Clark generously sent along a few of their popular travel products for me to try including the 25L Day Pack, the Electrolight™ RFID-Blocking Day Pack, the Electrolight™ Expandable Packing Cube, and the Immersion Heater. They take their travel goods incredibly seriously, and all of the items they sent me are high-quality and durable and will travel with me for years to come. Click to read my detailed Lewis N Clark review of the above-mentioned products.

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What’s my secret to getting the cheapest flight, every time? The Skyscanner website and app and all of its cool features! Some of you might have heard of Skyscanner. Some of you might not have. But are you aware of all the amazing features that Skyscanner has? As someone who frequents this website more than the average person, I’m revealing all its hidden tricks to help you find the cheapest flights, no matter what the destination.

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I have taken it upon myself to research (and purchase) the very best winter clothes for the other people who are lacking um, winter experience. I actively choose to avoid cold places in the winter but sometimes my wanderlust gets the better of me. I do like saving money and packing lightly (or trying to, anyway) in a carry on although I’m fully aware that packing for cold weather in a carry on can seem like an impossible task.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve finally learned how to pack for cold weather in a carry on. Read on to find out which items you need to pack for your next winter trip!

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Not only does Malaysia embody the fast-paced and modern development that is so often associated with the region, but it also holds old school charm in quaint ex-colonies and stunning countryside views.
Although I visited Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore on my Geckos Adventures Discover Bangkok to Singapore Tour, Malaysia unexpectedly stole my heart. And if you follow my recommendations, I guarantee you’ll go home and tell all your friends that it is Malaysia that needs to be their next travel destination. While I only spent 6 days in Malaysia, this 10 day Malaysia itinerary offers a slower paced taste of what this glorious country has to offer.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think that 2016 would bring me a remote job, five weddings, eight countries, and countless friends. I’m in awe of the support that I’ve gotten from my friends, family, and audience. I could never have done any of this without you. I am humbled and I am grateful.

December is always one of my favorite months, because as I look back at all the things I’ve accomplished and adventures I’ve had, I’m reminded that chasing my dreams was not the foolish endeavor I worried it would be. Keep reading to learn more about what I accomplished this year and what’s next in 2017!

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