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15 Things I’ve Learned From Visiting 15 Countries

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Last year I wrote a post about 15 things I’ve learned from driving across the US seven times.  I thought it would be fun to share some things I’ve learned from visiting 15 countries around the world.  Some of these things are practical.  Some are glaringly obvious things I already know or are more of an observation.  And others are just things I’ve learned about myself along the way, or re-learned.   I’ve written one lesson per country in no particular order, so, here we go!

11 More Of My Favorite National Park Hikes

Last year, almost an exact year, I did a post on my favorite hikes in national parks.  Well, in the time that’s passed, I’ve gone to new parks and I’ve gone back to a lot of parks.  I’ve done a lot of new hikes in these visits and decided to share 10 more of my favorite hikes in national parks.  I would say they’re the best national park hikes, but I haven’t been to a lot of parks, so I’ll say they’re the best national park hike so far.  Just note, this is still only from parks that I’ve been to myself.  So, let’s get into it!

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Road Trip Series: Where To Go

Welcome back to the road trip series!  Today I’ll be sharing all the things you should do or see on your road trip.  Ok, not all of them, but the things I’ve done and things I would like to do.  Most of these are outdoorsy things because that’s what I enjoy doing.  I’ll let you know which I’ve done and which I haven’t, as well.  You’ll probably want to add some of the USA bucket list destinations to your trip while you’re at it.

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Port Barton: Philippines Hidden Paradise On Palawan

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Port Barton, Philippines was a total mystery to me.  I didn’t even know it existed until two weeks before I went there.  And even then I heard it’s not worth going.  But, like everywhere else, I heard it was awesome and totally necessary to visit.  This seemed to be how most things went in the Philippines.  Since I knew nothing about it, I was fine either way.

Things To Do On Bantayan + How To Get There

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When people asked where I was going next, I told them Bantayan, then usually got a question about where that is or what there is to do there.  I had no idea about either of those things.  I just heard it was nice so I figured I would give it a shot.  And it turns out there are tons of awesome things

I had a vague idea of what there was to do there, but it didn’t help much.  I mean, I barely knew how to get there.  I was just hoping what I read was right and went for it.  I’ll start with that.

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Delicate Arch Hike: A Must-Do On Any Visit To Arches National Park

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For some reason, I insisted on doing the Delicate Arch hike.

“It’s only, like, three miles I said.”

“It won’t be that bad.”  HA!  Good one, me.  Good one.

Central America Travel Tips I wish I Listened To

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Before leaving, I scoured the internet on how to stay safe and be prepared. While my research did help, I also didn’t totally listen to it or use the knowledge I picked up in the correct way, or at all.  Some of it just went out the window after and few days and some of it I just never knew. This is my advice to you from what I’ve learned in two and a half months on my own in a lot of new places.

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Aji, Figs, and Guinea Pigs: What To Eat In Ecuador

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Food is the best.  It’s exciting, delicious, and adventurous if you choose the right thing.  While I was in Ecuador, I got to try weird things, well weird for me.  This included llama, guinea pig, and cow skin soup.  It was all delicious, but the soup was a little weird, think soggy gummy bears in broth.  Very odd, but I’d still recommend you try it if you can!

Food is a great way to experience a different culture.  Not only is it exciting, but it opens your eyes to delicious food that you may have never been able to try back home.