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April has flown by in a whirlwind of non activity. Looking back, I honestly have no idea what I did this whole month. I spent a number of my weekends on home improvements. I installing some new curtains in my rooms and you really shouldn’t let me be near a drill. Right now all the parts and pieces are laying in a heap by my window and I’m crossing my fingers that some helpful elves will come one night and put it up for me.
The weather has been getting slowly better. This week we’re expected to crack 20 degrees. I’ll believe it when I see it. Such “warm” weather so early in the year is virtually non existent in Vancouver. I’ve been using better weather and warmer days to do some more exploring around Vancouver which has been nice.
Here & Elsewhere
This month I wrapped up posts on Vienna which made me fall in love even more with it. I can’t wait until I get to go see it again. I shared my thoughts on reverse culture shock and discussed the things I learned while teaching abroad. Elsewhere, I chatted with Vanessa of Turnipseed Travel about saving and splurging when traveling and shared a photo essay of Budapest at The Picktures. I also shared my safety tips for traveling solo with 17 other fabulous women at Heart of a Vegabond and talked about a favorite outdoor activity of mine at Treepot Travels.
Planning Your Korea Itinerary
Are you planning on visiting Korea anytime soon? Check out this fab guide from Waegook Tom, who lived there for 4 years, to make the most of your holiday.
A-Z in British Columbia
Many bloggers have been doing the A-Z challenge this month, where you write a post a day using the letters of the alphabet, and the guys over at Have Blog Will Travel did a feature on British Columbia. I didn’t even know some of these places existed and has inspired me to do more traveling within my own province!
Capturing Namibia with Gary Arndt
Ready for some gorgeous photography of Namibia?
Reconnecting With My Cuban Family (Part II)
Have you wondered what day to day life is like in Cuba? Then you’ll have to read this series over at Carmen’s Travel Tips as she goes back to Cuba and see family. You’ll look at your life differently.
Reality Check: Not Everyone Can Travel. Or Can They?
This thought provoking piece from Raphael over at A Journey of Wonder is a must read. If you only read one article this month, make this it. Is travel only achievable for those in the first world?
11 Reasons You Should Live Like a Local
When I travel I like to try and live like a local as much as possible. Yes, I still see all the famous sites, but also take some time to explore the non touristy side of a city as well.
15 Secrets I Learned Along the Road to Freedom
I think a lot of people dream of being location independent, me included, and this is a great round up of lessons learned from Robert at Leave Your Daily Hell
How to Have Fun Almost Anywhere
I love this post! Sometimes while out traveling on the road you have a bad day. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want it to. And that is okay. Here are some ways to help keep your spirits up and have fun anywhere.
Getting Fat for $5 Per Day in Vietnam
Umm chicken pho for 50 cents? 10 cent beers?! Banh mis for $1!! Someone take me to Vietnam ASAP.
Top 5 Best Cheap Eats in Berlin
Food in Berlin is unreal – so cheap and so diverse. I can’t believe you can get all these dishes for 5 euros!
Travel Writers’ Guide: 110 Street Markets Around the World
Hopefully by now ya’ll have realized how much I adore food and trying new things when I travel. You gotta check out this post full of info and photos of 110 markets around the world. Incredible.