The 4 places on our “Expat base” shortlist

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I guess it’s a natural progression – working the 9-5 lifestyle, leaving it all to travel full-time, followed by the inevitable…finding a base somewhere.

We’re not quite there yet but, after 2 ½ years of full-time travel, 2017 might be the year we actually sign a lease somewhere. It is in no way a rejection of the full-time travel lifestyle – we love travelling and exploring different places as much as ever. [Read more...]

Highlights of Sevilla (Spain) – and how to see them on a budget

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We’re leaving Sevilla this weekend for Japan. We’ve been here 8 weeks and have loved it, Sevilla makes both an excellent “slow” base (as I’ve previously covered) as well as a great destination for a tourist on vacation. We’ve made a few day trips outside the city but honestly, Sevilla itself has kept us busy. There’s tons to see here. This post covers the “must-see” highlights in the city – it also includes tips on how to save money. [Read more...]

Córdoba (Spain) and the Mezquita – one of the most incredible sights you’ll ever see

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We’ve had the fortune to see some incredible religious buildings over the last few years (including the Vatican earlier this year). Of those, it is Córdoba’s Mezquita that made the biggest impression on me. [Read more...]

A month in Sevilla (Spain): observations, experiences and thoughts

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We’ve been in Sevilla just over a month as I write this (we have 3 weeks until we leave Spain for Japan). But it didn’t take us long to fall in love with this city – Sevilla is simply amazing and for full-time travellers like us it has made a fantastic base. In this post I’ll cover aspects of Sevilla that have stuck out for us (both positive and negative) and will include lots of photos to give you a feel for this beautiful city. [Read more...]

Avoiding Europe in the summer…and other places to go instead.

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We’ve seen way too many tourists this summer. Europe always has a lot of tourists, there’s a reason it is most people’s favorite continent (including ours). We’ve spent the last 3 summers in Europe. But I think we’ll be taking a break from that over the next few years. It wasn’t just our recent stay in Lisbon – we were in Split (Croatia) in July and it was unbearably packed with tourists. Split is one of the places we love but, as with Lisbon, the character of a place changes when there are too many tourists at one time: prices rise dramatically, locals are suddenly not as friendly, food quality drops. Parts of Europe also get unbearably hot in summer. [Read more...]

Wild, Wacky Skopje (Macedonia). One of the Strangest Places we’ve been

Wild, Wacky Skope (Macedonia). One of the Strangest Places we've been

Skopje is not the most beautiful place we’ve visited. But it might just be the most interesting and weirdest place we’ve ever been. Everywhere we walked we had “WTF?” moments: “there’s a pirate ship in the middle of the river! WTF?”, “look, there’s a London double decker bus! WTF?”, “those colors all over the monuments! It’s like the Cat in the Hat went crazy. WTF?”. Crazy statues, over-the-top buildings, stunningly contrasting architectural styles, Christmas music playing over loudspeakers in the middle of July…It was just all very bizarre. We loved it. [Read more...]

Driving Spectacular Mt. Biokovo, Croatia

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Mount Biokovo has some of the most stunning views I’ve seen anywhere. I’d seen photos before and wanted to visit – but when I went with Croatian friends Goran and Vedran (who had never been) we were all blown away by the natural beauty and incredible views in this Nature Park.

What makes Biokovo an easy place to visit is that you can drive to the very top of the massive, a 23 km drive that brings to Sv. Jure (the 3rd highest peak in Croatia). It is the highest road in Croatia. [Read more...]

Ziplining in Omis, Croatia

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A year ago I made a deal with Vedran, our Croatian friend. “If we come back to Croatia next year we’re going to go ziplining”. We shook hands on it.

Why ziplining? We were standing at the top of the Starigrad fortress in Omiš, a little town in Croatia that is also the country’s adventure capital. The views are incredible and looking at the high cliffs I could imagine what an incredible experience it would be to zip along their edges and over the Cetina river below. Omiš has the longest ziplines in Croatia. Neither of us had ever ziplined. So what better place to do it for the first time? [Read more...]

Flying Split to Munich on Lufthansa

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I love plane views. When I bought the GoPro a couple of months ago I did it precisely because I wanted to capture views from mountains, towers and especially planes.

In mid-June I left Spanky behind in Split (Croatia) and flew to Mexico to visit my mom. This video captures the first leg of my trip from Split to Mexico City (via Munich). It’s about 3 ½ minutes long and captures some of the highlights from the 65 minute flight, including takeoff, popping through the clouds on the way up, popping through the clouds when descending, and landing. It also includes the beer I had while watching a football game in Munich Airport. You might have to be a plane geek like me to fully appreciate it :)
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Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Rovinj is a very pretty small town and for many people that’s reason enough to make it a place worth visiting. Many will spend 2-3 days and will most likely rave about its romantic charm, colorful streets and glorious sunsets.  People staying longer (like us – we used Rovinj as a base for 5 weeks) will need more. I’ll cover that further below. For now here are some photos of beautiful Rovinj.

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