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Izmir, Turkey | Exploring the Ancient World

Izmir is a city that serves as a gateway to the ancient world. It’s home to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city with ruins dating back to the 10th Century BCE. One of the most notable ruins is the Temple of Artemis, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is a place of pilgrimage for Christians, as it is believed that John the Baptist hid the Virgin Mary here after the crucifixion of Jesus.

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In Africa

Best Place to Stay in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park

Where is the best place to stay in Kenya? Many travelers assume it’s somewhere in the Masai Mara, but it can get a little overcrowded over there. If your goal is to be completely surrounded by Kenya’s incredible natural surroundings and have more space to breathe, then the best place to stay is right here in Tsavo National Park.

Welcome, friends, to Finch Hattons! In my previous video on Tsavo National Park, I spent four days in the wonderful wilderness of Finch Hattons. In this blog post, I will delve deeper into Finch Hattons and why it is the ultimate destination for experiencing the beauty of Kenya.

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Kenya Running Camp | A Complete Guide to Iten

Humility. You don’t truly know the feeling until you’ve spent a week at a Kenya running camp.

After four days of luxuriating in the heavenly confines of Tsavo National Park and the Finch Hattons campground, I head north to Iten –– a rural Kenyan village that’s built a reputation as the Home of Champions thanks to its incredible roster of locally produced runners, like Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany, and Wilson Kipsang.

For a week, I joined a Kenya running camp to run, eat, work out some more, and eat some more to fuel the next day’s run. When I’m not running, I’ll go to Iten town, hike to the nearby waterfall, shake fire ants out of my pants –– yowza –– and chat with Kenyans in an attempt to learn more about the secret sauce that makes runners from around here so successful. But hard as it may be to believe for some runners, there’s more to life than splits, paces, and PRs. So I’ll also head out to the countryside to learn more about how running is building homes for those in need.

Welcome to the Kenya Experience.

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Munich, Germany | A Two-Day Travel Guide

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Munich stands as a testament to the resilience and richness of German culture, effortlessly bridging the gap between ancient traditions and futuristic innovation. The list of things to do in Munich could absorb a traveler for months on end. This Bavarian capital tells a tale of destruction and rebirth, proudly displaying landmarks that have withstood the test of time alongside modern marvels of architecture and technology. The city’s historical significance is undeniable, with landmarks such as the Frauenkirche and Nymphenburg Palace offering glimpses into a regal past, while the sprawling English Garden invites locals and visitors alike to bask in Munich’s natural beauty. Yet, it’s the city’s commitment to preserving its heritage, as seen in the meticulous restoration of the Altstadt (Old Town), that truly captivates the imagination.

Munich’s unique appeal lies not just in its historical sites but in its vibrant cultural scene and the warmth of its people. The annual Oktoberfest is a phenomenon that draws visitors from across the globe, eager to partake in the revelry and sample the famed Bavarian hospitality. However, Munich’s charm extends beyond this famed festival. The city’s art galleries, such as the Pinakothek museums, boast collections that span centuries, offering a feast for the senses to art aficionados. Moreover, Munich serves as a culinary crossroads, where traditional Bavarian dishes share the table with innovative cuisine, reflecting the city’s diverse and welcoming spirit. In essence, there’s a unique blend of things to do in Munich, offering solemn history, artistic richness, and a lively social atmosphere, making it an indispensable stop for any traveler seeking to immerse themselves in the heart of German culture.

Want to extend your trip? Check out this list of things to do in Berlin and other unique places to visit in Germany.

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Vienna, Austria | A Two-Day Travel Guide

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Vienna is one of those cities I knew nothing about before I moved to Europe but presumed it should be at the top of my travel wish list. I first visited taking the night train from Düsseldorf. Then, I moved to Berlin and ended up visiting Vienna frequently for work on top of another tourist visit with the in-laws. Suddenly Vienna became one of the cities I visited most in the world.

Let me tell you, there are worse things that can happen than having to visit Vienna on the regular.

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Quedlinburg, Germany | A Two-Day Travel Guide

Germany does plenty of things well. At the top of that list just might be medieval villages.

I mean, let’s be real. This is why most folks from overseas travel to Germany. A stop in Berlin or Munich is a nice bonus. But what people really want is to traipse around medieval cobblestones in quaint villages older than the countries they came from.

So let’s give the people what they want. Let’s go to Quedlinburg.

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Berlin, Germany | A Local’s Travel Guide

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Berlin can be a polarizing place. Some love it. It’s the place they’ve been looking for their entire lives. The sense of freedom that you can be whoever you want to be is palpable. Others hate it. They describe it as a sprawling mess of concrete, devoid of sunlight and teeming with grumps.

If you’ve never been, then it’s hard to say where you’ll fall on the spectrum. Either way, you need to visit Berlin. And eventually, you’ll decide for yourself.

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In Africa

Tsavo National Park | A Three-Day Travel Guide

Where is Tsavo National Park?

Tsavo National Park is actually two separate national parks these days: Tsavo West and Tsavo East. This separation was done purely for administration purposes after the railway to Mombasa was completed. Together, the park covers 22,000 square kilometers or 8,500 square miles in southeastern Kenya along the border with Tanzania. That’s larger than small countries like Israel, El Salvador, and Lebanon.

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