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How to Pack Wine Safely in Your Luggage

Five years ago (2012), while in Madrid, I bought a bottle of random wine as a gift for my grandmother, back in the U.S. She declared it was the best wine she'd ever had; although, of course, she didn't remember the name or any other details about said wine. Throughout the years I'd hop from one incredible country to the next, none of which she was overly excited about. Her only concern was when I would be going back to Spain so I could bring her back that particular wine. Even during my time in Korea...

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Where to Stay in Mallorca, Spain: Astoria Playa Adults-Only Hotel

Where to Stay in Mallorca, Spain: Astoria Playa Adults-Only Hotel

With my birthday right around the corner, I had no idea how I was going to celebrate. All I knew that somewhere amid that celebration lots of sunshine, beach, and "me" time would be involved. I'd considered the Spanish islands, Tenerife or Gran Canaria perhaps, but when the opportunity came along to partner with Activity Fan in Mallorca, the choice was made for me. Mallorca it was. I'd heard nothing but incredible things about this place, and it was on my list of places to visit, so that made it all the more better. However,...

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Best Kitesurfing in Mallorca, Spain

Best Kitesurfing in Mallorca, Spain

Until recently, I knew next to nothing about kitesurfing. I knew it looked amazingly fun, seeing people on their boards, catching waves and whirling and twirling in the air. However, I also knew, it scared the beejeebees out of me. I could just see myself crashing face forward, then being drug, and flipped and flopped all across the water. No thanks. However, when I got the chance to collaborate with Watersports Mallorca Surf School (via Activity Fan) for some epic watersport adventures in Mallorca, Spain, I gave it a second thought. I still wasn't completely sold on the...

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How I Paid Only $23 for a 7-Day Trip to Orlando

There is a wide assumption that traveling is expensive. I'm not going to lie, it can be; however, it doesn't have to be. For me, I've adopted the mindset of "travel smarter, not harder (on my purse strings); because here's the thing, I'm currently a teacher. Teaching in Spain. Which means, I'm not exactly rolling in dough or making it rain Euros. Far from it, my friends. So, I have to come up with ways that allows me to still live this life of travel that I love. It's an absolute priority for me. I mean,...

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Food, Fun, & Facts: Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour with Devour Madrid

Food, Fun, & Facts: Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour with Devour Madrid

There's a word to describe the love I have for food, but I'm not sure what it is. I don't quite consider myself a foodie, because I'm far too finicky, but I LOVE food! Every time I sit down to eat it is an experience. I actually have a "happy dance" that I do when a plate of delectableness is set before me. I'm like a little kid who can't contain their excitement. Also, getting to try new and different foods is probably my favorite part of traveling (besides meeting incredible people along the way)....

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A Day in The Life of A BEDA Language Assistant

A Day in The Life of A BEDA Language Assistant: What Teaching in Spain is Really Like

Wondering what a day in the life of a language assistant in Spain is really like? Well, let me be the one to tell you, it´s not all glitz and glam. But, I can promise that no two days are the same, no two experiences will be the same; yet, everyday is an adventure.I'm here to give you a glance at a typical day for me. I teach primarily infantil (3-5 year olds), and a few 1st and 2nd grade classes. I chose Tuesday because it's the day that I teach almost all grade levels, as...

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5 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina

5 Summer Bucketlist Ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina

"Charlotte's Got a Lot" is the tagline for Charlotte, North Carolina, and it couldn't be more fitting. With food, fun, and adventures, Charlotte definitely has a lot. Thinking about planning a trip to Charlotte this summer? Here are five summer bucket list ideas: Get Adventurous at the Whitewater Center Satisfy the adventurer in you by heading to the outskirts of Charlotte. There you'll find the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where you can enjoy the best of nature's thrills. Ride the tides on the manmade river, which boasts Class II to Class IV rapids. Make it a team effort and take on...

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Carry-On Essentials for Long-Haul Flights (That You Probably Don’t Pack, but Should)

Carry-On Essentials for Long-Haul Flights (That You Probably Don't Pack, but Should)

We all know the typical things that most people carry-on a flight with them. Neck pillow, some form of entertainment (smartphone, tablet, etc.), eye mask, yadda yadda yadda. However, I'm going to share with you a few carry-on essentials that you may not have ever considered, especially for long-haul flights. They'll make your long flight just a little more comfortable and have you a little more prepared.  Water Bottle It is so important to stay hydrated during flights. It helps prevent dehydration and helps fight against jetlag. Instead of the tiny cups provided in flight, bring a...

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How to Start A Profitable Travel Blog

When I started my travel blog almost a year and a half ago, I knew upfront that I wanted my blog to work for me. I knew I wanted to partner with companies and brands, and eventually monetize my blog. Little did I know how much hard work and perseverance it took to run a successful and profitable blog. But, I'm here to tell you, it is very much possible. I'm going to walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your own profitable travel blog. Here goes:[spacer height="20px"] STEP 1: Choose a Name and a...

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Why Phoenix Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

Why Phoenix, Arizona Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

If Phoenix isn't at the top of your list for your trip, it should be! Here are 5 reasons why Phoenix should be your next vacation destination. The Outdoor Adventures Looking for some outdoor adventure? Gear up with your water and sunscreen and hike Camelback Mountain, the highest peak in Phoenix. With its peak reaching 2,704 feet high, Camelback's incredible views will certainly not disappoint. Want to reach even higher? Drift across the Arizonan skies on a majestic hot-air balloon ride. Soar over the Sonoran Desert and catch glimpses of its inhabitants. Be sure to book a sunrise or...

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