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My 138 item travel bucket list

Every year, I try to update my old bucket list page … and it gets tougher and tougher each year. As I knock things off my bucket list, I add harder and harder things to the list. Years ago, I thought I would chronicle my experience/bucket list just like so many others before me … nothing special really, just a …

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It’s 12/12/12 … so here’s my travel year in review …

As we come to the end of the year, you can’t help but reflect on the year that has gone by. For D* and I, the adventures are almost over for the rest of the year, since we’re going to Guatemala again on December 27th. So as I sit here at the Westin in Edmonton at 5am, I’ve had some …

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5 surprise expenses for travellers … and surprise in a shitty way

Visa fees Visas are required for Canadian citizens traveling to some major countries, and the fees can really escalate. Countries like Brazil charges Canadians citizens, a “reciprocity fee” (which is basically a “you want to fuck with our citizens and charge them an arm and a leg to get in your country, then you can take the same thing back …

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I’m finally past the halfway mark … 50 wonders done, 50 to go …

The best part of travelling are the random experiences that happen along the way … that’s a main reason for compiling the experience inventory. Getting hopelessly lost in Morocco, getting stuck in a public restroom in Versailles, marvelling at the rice terraces in Batad, having a gun pulled on me in Palestine, discovering the best pizza and steak in Buenos …

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How much does 31 days in Spain, Portugal and Morocco cost?

The most frequently asked question I get circles around the aspect of trip financing and time off. A random sampling of comments and questions I’ve gotten over the years are: “Are you a millionaire or something, because you’re always traveling” “What type of job pays that much? Can I get your job?” “How do you get so much time off?” …

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Adventures on buses, trains, ferries from Asilah to Porto

If you’re like me and like to subject yourself to various amounts of self flagellation and sado-masochist torture, then one can attempt to make the trip from Asilah to Porto without stopping. There are no direct flights from Asilah (obviously!) to anywhere; hence one must get either to Tangiers to Casablanca for flights to Portugal or Spain. Flying in Morocco …

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What not to wear in Spain and Portugal …

a Djellaba! Well not if you don’t want to create confusion amongst all the people you will pass on the streets, police officers, rail officials and more importantly, older arabic women. I have no issue with creating confusion amongst people; it stimulates discussion and always brings up a story, however when a nice older Moroccan woman in Sevilla, comes up with …

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It’s raining in Morocco …

without even having to check, I know it means the following: Taxi drivers will not be on the road for a while The trains will probably not be running since the tracks will have water The ferry from Tangiers to Tarifa/Algiceras will not be running or will be delayed Finding a bus to take you anywhere will be a bit more …

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Since I live here now … I might as well take things slowly …

I can’t seem to escape Morocco. Everytime I plan to leave, there is some other gorgeous place that I have to visit and of course I don’t have unlimited vacation to travel the world, nor I am independently wealthy living off my parent’s trust fund. I thought I would blog this afternoon about my lunch. Nothing fancy, just a platter …

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Knowledge sharing and life story swapping in Asilah …

Everyday on the road, offers so many opportunities: Being in a different place, raises your awareness about your surroundings Different places offer different scents, customs, culture and food Everyone you meet, offers a different perspective on the shared existence that we are all a part of. We all have a story, and every story is interesting, glorious and tragic in its …

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