Destination Guide

Destination guides and travel tips for countries around the world. This includes hotel, hostel, and restaurant reviews, transportation information, itineraries, reviews of museums and monuments, etc.

Funny sign in Krakow Poland

Around the World in 80 Drinks: Polish Vodka

Happy Monday! To celebrate the beginning of this week, I’ve decided it’s time to launch a new series: Around the World in 80 Drinks! We’re not really going to drink 80 beverages: we’ll have far more than that! Not at the same time or anything…no, we would never do that. It’s just a name, you guys! Jeez. …

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The A-Holes of History: Taiwanese Immigration and Foreign Affairs (AKA: That Time Geoff got Deported)

Ed note: Remember when I said that this blog belonged to me AND Geoff? Well, I wasn’t lying! And here Geoff is, ready to spin a true yarn about THAT TIME HE GOT DEPORTED from Taiwan! “Whaaaaaa,” you say? Deported? Don’t believe me? I give you, the passport stamp to end all passport stamps: Without …

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"Helsinki's White Church"

Red, White, and Rock (The Three Churches of Helsinki, and Other Photos)

I really liked Helsinki, but I can’t really show you why. Compared to the other cities we visited in the Baltic states, there wasn’t that much to see or do. I sat naked in a sauna, but photography is mostly discouraged during situations in which everyone is naked, so I can’t show you that. I …

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The Republic of Uzupis

The Republic and Constitution of Užupis (Best. Country. Ever.)

When you hear there is a self-proclaimed independent republic located in and surrounded by the heart of Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius — a republic proclaimed on April’s Fools Day, no less, and recognized by no other countries or bodies — you don’t hesitate, you just go. That’s how we found ourselves walking into the Republic …

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Helsinki Font Walk Hope Alto Sign

Helsinki Font Walk Review: You Disappointed Me

I have been avoiding writing this post. When it started out — this little idea in my head — it seemed like such a good idea. Something unique and different and offering a totally different perspective on a city we’d never been to. Good intentions and enthusiasm quickly turned to grumpiness, walking on eggshells, and …

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Student Prison at the University of Tartu: The A-Holes of History

Have you ever been to a student prison? During our trip to Tartu, Estonia’s second city and home to the country’s prestigious national university, we made a point of visiting the University’s old student prison or lock-up. Founded by Sweden’s King, Gustavus Adolphus, in 1632, the University of Tartu is kind of a big deal as the …

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The Hill of Crosses (and the Time We Took a Taxi to Another Country)

Sometimes, when traveling, it’s easy to forget how whacky things sometimes get – things that sound strange within the context of home are completely normal when traveling. A great example of this is taking taxis abroad. Depending on where we are, we take taxis multiple times per day or not at all. It just depends …

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The A-Holes of History: The Story of the Baltic Way

So the Soviets? They were kind of jerks. They really sucked. And I mean REALLY sucked. They bulldozed or destroyed what seems like everything they came across, making it seem nothing short of a miracle to find original sights within the former Soviet countries (at least, in the ones we’ve been to); they killed and …

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We Tried to Go to a Castle, We Ended up at a Golf Course

You can’t really blame Ralph Waldo Emerson for what has become probably the most overused travel quotes of all time. Sure, he said it first. But he’s not responsible for the hoards of people who’ve since scribbled it on (super cute) greeting cards, painted it on their walls, or pinned it to the Internet. He said …

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