Armenia Costs: How Much Should You Budget?
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Armenia Costs: How Much Should You Budget?

Spending is both personal and circumstantial. I try to maximize the overall trip, limiting costs where I can while prioritizing certain things over others. I’d much rather spend money on local cuisine and unique experiences than hotel amenities. As a budget-minded traveler, I prefer spending money on food and drink over accommodation. Of course, it’s…

Extraordinary Armenia: A Comprehensive Guide to an Underrated Country With Plenty to Offer
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Extraordinary Armenia: A Comprehensive Guide to an Underrated Country With Plenty to Offer

In the fall of 2022, I visited Armenia with few expectations. At first glance, tourism in Armenia seemed limited to the Armenian diaspora or Russians who were coming in by the droves to escape the Ukraine war draft. I hadn’t expected it to be such a delightfully easy country to travel around, and I didn’t…

How to Turn Ordinary Places into Memorable Destinations
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How to Turn Ordinary Places into Memorable Destinations

We tend to think of the world as being “discovered.” Every corner of the globe has already been mapped out, trod upon, or otherwise known to humanity in some way. As individuals, though, we haven’t been everywhere, nor can we hope to go to all the places that exist. Even in our own communities, we…

The Final Four: Completing a Quest I Didn’t Know I Began
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The Final Four: Completing a Quest I Didn’t Know I Began

I like to have quests. Well, at least now I do. Quests challenge me, help keep me motivated, and can dissolve monotony during a long trip. So, what am I really talking about when I say “quest” here? Defining a Quest A quest is defined as an extensive search for something, or more eloquently put…

Austin City, Unlimited: Investing in Myself and Exploring a New City
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Austin City, Unlimited: Investing in Myself and Exploring a New City

Thick plumes of barbecue-scented smoke drifting towards Zilker Park. Runners, joggers, cyclists and walkers, sweating profusely in the hot late September sun, crowd the parallel paths that run along side the wide Colorado River. Thumping music pouring out of air conditioned dive bars across the street from late night taco stands catering to a youthful…