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Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey. Follow me on my wonderful <3 social media - click on the orange icons below!
How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

Let´s start with a nasty secret, shall we? Right on: I used to think Turkish coffee was blueh. You know, all the weird stuff floating in it and getting into your teeth…well, you get my point. Those were the times my only experience with Turkish coffee was the one at the buffet of the Poprad train station – and believe me when I tell you you don´t want to try that brew! (Or any other train station coffee in former…

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Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is mostly visited and praised for its historical downtown, UFO bridge and castle. While these are certainly worth seeing, what about all of the history that happened in the second half of 20th century? If you are interested in how communism shaped the face of the city, you came to the right spot. In this article, I will walk you through the communist architecture waiting for you to experience in Bratislava and hopefully inspire you…

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Visiting Cabo de la Vela, Colombia: Practical Guide For Adventurers

Visiting Cabo de la Vela, Colombia: Practical Guide For Adventurers

Cabo de la Vela is one of those less crowded and more withdrawn places on the Colombian Caribbean coast, but if you have a sense of adventure and a spirit of an explorer, you should definitely give it a shot. The region of Guajira is culturally distinct from the rest of Colombia and the desert makes for a whole different experience than the rest of the Caribbean coast. The village has an easygoing vibe that captured me in spite of…

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How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How can you avoid getting dengue fever on the road? This question seems to immediately start bugging many who set foot on the ground of a tropical country, “tropical” in this context being loose enough to contain all the hot places where a “tiger mosquito” (the one with white stripes) can thrive. I would even say the dengue is haunting the minds of all the travelers who travel to hot and humid regions – except for those who have contracted it already…

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No, you can not travel for “free”. Here is why.

No, you can not travel for “free”. Here is why.

I am sorry for the click-bait in the title, but this topic has been bubbling inside of my mind like a nauseating potion. The point has come where I can´t shut up about it anymore. In the age of cheap airlines and online visa applications, it seems that every budget travel blog that respects itself must answer the omnipresent “How to travel the world for free” question with some smartass insights. Yet, here I am with this ugly assertion: you can…

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A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

Southern Italy is overflowing with abandoned buildings and Sicily is no exception. Among those, hotels are not seldom. Seeing this favorable situation, we have decided to test a couple of those to relieve our wallet and entertain you, my readers, with an adventure at the same time! There was a little complication though – what was meant to be a comfortable way of spending the night, turned into a test of courage for the little fearful me… I enjoy a…

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How To Hike From Trapani to Erice + On To Tonnara di Bonagia

How To Hike From Trapani to Erice + On To Tonnara di Bonagia

Erice is one of those little towns that are a reason to love Sicily. If you catch a cheap flight to Trapani and are wondering where to get some spectacular views, head over to Erice. While Trapani is not huge, it has a feel of a city, still. Erice, on the other hand, is a small village you can tour in a few hours, time for a capuccino included. While literally all the Erice guides recommend taking the cablecar to…

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Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Every hiker who decides to walk the Lycian way from Fethiye must pass through Kayaköy; however, most of its visitants are whether tourists (unsurprisingly few this year – 2016) or local youth who is looking for a fun place to spend their Saturday evening. Most of the time the village is truly abandoned, more so in the light of the dropping tourism numbers following the Syrian conflict. Abandoned village of Kayaköy About 500 houses, empty and crumbled, attract the eyes…

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Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

The Lycian way is an amazing path for people who love long hikes and unspoiled nature – you can spend even months walking it! While I have only walked for a week, I enjoyed it to the fullest. If you are planning to hike the Lykian yolu, this post is for you! Here is my itinerary from Ölüdeniz (Fethiye) to Letoon / Karaköy, which is around 70 km. The reason it took us whole week to walk this distance is…

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How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

The Lykian yolu is known as the ancient path in Turkey that has been used by merchants for many centuries, providing contact between far away countries and exchange of goods, spices, but also information. Nowadays, you can walk the Lycian way as a tourist, following the red and white sign which will lead you from Fethiye to Antalya. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey. Follow me on my wonderful <3…

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