Lebanon

I was very interested in visiting Lebanon, especially because many American travelers have blacklisted this country ever since they’ve been at war with Israel. Most people asked me, “Why Lebanon?” and I was like, “Why not Lebanon?” Everyone in the Middle East that I talked to said they have some of the best food. The…Read More

Meet the Unofficial Traveler

Traveling has always been an important part of my life. It was something my family did a lot while I was growing up. Normally our travels were to see relatives throughout the southeast and east coast. I imagine it was during my younger years of visiting family in new places that sparked my interest in travel….Read More

Adventures in Egypt

Don’t miss the amazing photo gallery at the end of this post, packed with photos from my trip to Egypt. Egypt is an amazing place. Once a cradle of dynasties along the Nile, it’s home to some of the most ancient history in the world. Cairo Cairo doesn’t look as modern as you’d expect for…Read More

Visiting Cyprus Island

The island of Cyprus is one of eighteen islands that contain territories of multiple countries. According to Wikipedia: The Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west and comprising about 59% of the island’s area, and the…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 7, Plitvice Lakes National Park

I didn’t know such beautiful places existed in the world. Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia has some of the most magnanimous combinations of waterfalls and lagoons I have ever seen, including places viewed on TV. Plitvice Lakes National Park The waterfall system at Plitvice Lakes National Park has a grand waterfall, and you have…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 6, Krka National Park

I love waterfalls and lagoons and travel the world to see them. Have I seen them all? No, but have I seen movies and videos of tons of them? Yes.  Krka National Park takes the cake for me. The Krka waterfall system is unique in that there are two large waterfalls that you can view…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 5, Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum

Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum have great mountain views and small gardens and quiet cobblestone streets. You can sit outside and have coffee at one of the cafes right on the edge of the wall in Motovun and just enjoy leisure conversations and read about the history of why the Italian language is priority spoken in…Read More

Speaking of Croatia, Part 4: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is by far the most spectacular, beautiful, and magical city in all of Croatia, and probably all of Europe, considering its size. Walking around this port city fortress, with towering steps on either side of one main road, was nothing short of a fantasy. To never visit this place is to live life without…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 3, Kayaking

I’m excited to share my adventurous kayaking experience in Croatia; the blue caves off the coast of Pula are fascinating! I booked this excursion for two specific reasons: I’d never been kayaking before, and I’d never been to an ocean cave, let alone gone cliff diving. Man, did this excursion deliver one of the most…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 2, Villages and Waterfalls

Groznjan, Motovun and Hum During my kayaking tour (which is a story of its own), I ended up befriending my guide, who recommended I visit three small (and I mean very small) villages in the mountains of Croatia called Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum. Many local Croatians and Italians often take day trips out to Groznjan…Read More

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