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How to Keep Your Cell Phone Number While You Travel

Feature by Erin Zipperle | @survivingeurope

A little less than a year ago, my husband and I decided to sell our things, pack up four suitcases and move from the USA to Salzburg, Austria. Why? Because we were searching for a new adventure. Living abroad would allow us to step outside our comfort zone, become familiar with the unfamiliar, and, most importantly, travel throughout Europe.

There was a lot that we needed to accomplish before our big move. We had to get rid of some of our most prized possessions, which was not easy by any means. But there was one thing that we simply could not give up. One thing that we needed to save for our return to the USA years down the road…

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BMT 73: Life As A Serial Expat with Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg Legal Nomads

Jodi Ettenberg left her job as a corporate lawyer to pursue her dream of traveling the world for a year. That was over eight years ago, and she is still on the road. In today’s episode we get the inside story about why she left, what struggles she has faced along the way (including an emergency trip home), what she has learned about traveling with celiac disease, how she uses food to connect with people and cultures, and why she isn’t planning on settling back down any time soon. Read more

Hidden Gem: Lakeside Apartment Hotel in Ohrid, Macedonia

I almost don’t want to tell you about Macedonia, because it is so special, and once word of that gets out, it could create unwanted growth and change. However, if you happen to be traveling through and looking for hotels in Ohrid, Macedonia, I’ve got you covered with this one.

Hotel: Apartments Smakoski

Location: Ohrid, Macedonia – In the southwest corner of Macedonia, on the shores of beautiful Lake Ohrid. Macedonia (FYROM) borders Albania to the west, Kosovo and Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, and Greece to the south. The Macedonia-Albania border splits Lake Ohrid nearly down the middle. Read more

Venice City Guide for Budget-Minded Travelers

Venice, the floating city, is one of the most picturesque and enchanting places in Europe. With its mesmerizing Grand Canal, lover-toting gondolas, strange masks peering out of shop windows complete with winged lions standing guard, it’s no surprise that it makes most travelers’ bucket lists. It is unabashedly one of the most magical places on Earth.

Located in northeastern Italy, Venice hosts travelers from near and far for many reasons. The city and its scenic lagoons are a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its long and rich history, its art and architecture, and because of its unique foundation of a petrified forest-like system of wood and stone. Many go simply to be swept away by its fairy tale charm, lining up for their turn to cruise the canals at sunset and be serenaded by the famous gondoliers. As they quickly discover, the beauty around every corner is truly captivating.

Unfortunately, many who visit Venice feel there isn’t enough to do or see to warrant staying longer than one day or night, but Venice is so much more than gondolas and St. Mark’s Square. It has a wealth of places to explore, from parks to palaces and neighbouring islands to leaning towers. So, I encourage you to stay a minimum of three nights to maximize your time, slowly make your way through, and give Venice a chance to put its spell on you.

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Great Budget Find: Hotel Kinbe in Playa Del Carmen

Hotel: Hotel Kinbe

Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Close to the bus station and the ferry to Cozumel, and sandwiched right between the beach and busy La Quinta Avenida.

First impressions:  It’s in a prime location for lounging, site seeing, and nightlife. Plus, public transportation hubs are within walking distance. The staff I interacted with were welcoming and helpful. Read more