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Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Dubai

5.2 billion dollars — that’s how much travelers are spending every year on fraudulent and misleading online booking transactions.

That’s why the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) are launching a “Search Smarter” education and awareness campaign this summer to educate travelers on the benefits of booking directly through company websites.

While I’m an optimist at heart and believe the world is made up of innately good people, the reality is that there are a few sour apples both in person and online with ulterior motives to mislead travelers that could cost them money.…

The post Online Travel Booking Scams & How to Avoid Them appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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One of the biggest struggles of long-term travel is finding ways to communicate in foreign countries. While English is very much a universal language, it shouldn’t be expected for other countries to always cater to you, and that’s why I try and learn at least 10-15 words of the local language before I arrive so that my effort is acknowledged and people are more likely to help with my needs.…

The post Introducing ili: The World’s Fastest Offline Translator for Travelers appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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I edited myself into a Nubian Queen. More tips on that below, jk // Cairo, Egypt

This post is sponsored by Adobe Lightroom, but as always, all opinions, words, and sessy @$% photos are my own.

Photography has been a passion of mine for several years, and ever since I discovered the magic in capturing and sharing art as you see it, with the world, I’ve been hooked.…

The post How I Edit My Travel Photos with Adobe Lightroom for Mobile appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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This is what 28 looks like! Apparently it IS possible to still make something of your life without a 5-year plan?! What is this sorcery? // Cappadocia, Turkey

I woke up in Turkey this morning, my 61st country. Ringing in 28 beautifully messy years on this planet. Warning: this post is gonna get pretty raw, so get ready for some brutal honesty, painful vulnerability, and striking revelations.…

The post I get paid to travel the world. Here are the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned. appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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Greensboro, North Carolina

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U.S. Civil Rights Trail. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sitting down to take a stand was the powerful method of operation for a young group of black students Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond, who were refused service at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, but stayed and sat in until it closed anyway.…

The post Sitting down to take a stand: Greensboro, North Carolina appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan

There are so many reasons why Japan is my favorite country in the world, from their collective mannerism, to their nearly 100% literacy rate, to their stunning fashion, to their overall dedication to excellence.

When I think about my childhood, Nintendo64, Yoshi, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon come to mind. My guide immediately exclaimed, “Ooooh, you’re that generation.” Haha!…

The post Attending the Sake Festival in Japan appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this past weekend, it’s both an honor and a privilege to share why the U.S. Civil Rights Trail should be your next road trip when traveling stateside.

America’s Civil Rights Movement spanned over many decades and several states from as far west as Kansas to as far east as Washington D.C.…

The post 100 Locations & 14 States: Explore the U.S. Civil Rights Trail appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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Huacachina, Peru

When I think about how much beauty around the world I’ve been blessed to see across 60+ countries on 6 continents, I can’t help but have every destination flash before my eyes.

But it’s no secret that there are some places that tug at your heart just a little stronger than others.

This list might change by the year or even month, but as of January 2018, these are my current thoughts on the most-coveted question of which countries are my favorite.…

The post I’ve seen a third of the world’s countries, these are my 10 favorite… appeared first on The Blog Abroad.

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