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Featured Post: The Great Durian Quest Part 1 - Durian Cream Puff
In South East Asia, most people run away from Durian. But me on the other hand, I sought it out. But before trying the fruit, my first entry into the quest was for Durian Cream Puff. Putrid or delicious? Find out in the video!

AUGUST 28, 2012

Remembering 9/11 in New York City
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We are not ones to post sad articles very often on this blog. Unless extremely warranted, we like to write about the happier side of travel as much as we can. In extreme circumstances we visit a sight so hauntingly terrible that we cannot let the moment go by without sharing the feeling with everyone else. Not so much to make you feel bad or bring your day down, but to share the message the site represents. As was is the case with the war memorials of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, so is the case of the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Jeremy and Angie are a traveling couple that seeks out adventure, great food, and the unknown wherever they go in order to live their dream. At 35+ countries between the two of them and over 200+ days of travel, they are only just beginning.

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AUGUST 24, 2012

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Confessions of a Cirque du Soleil Addict
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My name is Jeremy, and I am a Cirque du Soleil addict.
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You've probably heard of Cirque du Soleil. Maybe even have seen one or two. But I have a confession to make to everyone here today - I am an addict. People ask me all the time what it is about Cirque du Soleil that gets me so excited, but I really have a hard time pinpointing it. For those who are new to the show style, I like to describe it as being loosely inspired by common circus acts, but amplified with the extreme nature of the X-Games. A simple tight rope act is taken to the extreme when the participants start to jump rope while balancing on a single line. A juggling act goes crazy when the performer begins throwing cowboy hats over the stage in boomerang style. A simple trampoline act gets the crowd going when they use existing set designs like a playground, jumping in and out of tiny holes with well timed precision. A loose theme ties them all together for a rough story, but you do not see a Cirque du Soleil show for the "plot", it is entirely for these boundary pushing acts.

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AUGUST 23, 2012

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Healing and Relaxation in Kerala, India
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Today's post is a guest post by Molly Austin. India springs up thoughts of busy, bustling cities, loud horns and colorful markets, yet a million miles away from the hustle and bustle is a little known place called Kerala. Believe me, this is quite the hidden gem. (Photo "Waterfalls" by itzsibi)

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AUGUST 20, 2012

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Our New York City Apartment with Roomorama
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Our recent trip to New York City was a bit of a last minute decision thanks to some unexpected comp time from our day jobs. Not wanting to waste that precious time sitting at home, we decided to make a long weekend trip to the city a place I have surprisingly never visited before. With only a few weeks before our intended departure date and a desire to save a bit of money on the weekend trip, we turned to an unlikely style for our accommodation - an apartment. As it turns out, finding an apartment in New York City is not as hard as you'd imagine, as there are thousands of individuals looking to sublet their units for often as minimum as 2-3 days booking and in much more enticing locations than the expensive chain hotels and hostels.

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AUGUST 17, 2012

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We Are Traveling and So Should You! - Guide Sale
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Another great weekend trip is upon us, and this time we are headed to a place I've personally never been to before - New York City! Like our recent honeymoon in Spain we want you to be traveling just like we are! To help out, we are having a brief weekend sale of our first book The Long-Term Traveler's Guide. For the next 5 days, the guide's Kindle edition will be approximately 25% off at the price of $7 per copy! But don't wait, this copy will only be available for just a few days at this discounted price as when we return from traveling on Monday so to shall the sale end. We have tons of adventures lined up for our brief weekend trip to New York, and you can expect the updates to begin when we return home Monday night!

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AUGUST 14, 2012

Italy at Its Best for Honeymooners
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The vows have been said, the cake has been eaten and the bouquet has been thrown; your life as the new Mr. and Mrs. has begun. What better way to celebrate your new life together than with a honeymoon in Italy? Italy is a honeymooner’s paradise. Its allure lies in its breathtaking romance, decadent foods, rich history and sweeping vistas. There are so many options for newlyweds in Italy, but using resources like The Knot can help you narrow your search. In my opinion, the following four locations stand out as the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon paradise.

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AUGUST 12, 2012

Why My First Trip Abroad Was a Contiki
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Four years ago, several months before this blog even existed, I went on my first trip overseas. With absolutely zero stamps in my brand new passport and having never traveled solo before in my life, you could say that international travel was a new experience for me. Looking back now, after having traveled over 250+ days in that four year period in dozens of countries around the world, filling my passport in the process, I can say that I've grown a lot as a traveler. But for that very first trip I was clueless and a little bit terrified. With limited time and a modest budget I decided to go for it all and book a guided tour. One that would end up shaping how I would travel forever. It was a Contiki tour.

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AUGUST 10, 2012

Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol - A Great Honeymoon Hotel
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It is no secret that we splurged quite a bit on our honeymoon to Spain. It was, after all, the only vacation worthy of going all out on in such a short period of time. Even though we wanted to stay in

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nice hotels, the price of a room is still a deal breaker to us in many cases as we just simply do not spend time in our room to get our money's worth. We decided that we were going to not care about price for one city on our itinerary, and Granada happened to be it due to us staying the least number of nights out of our whole itinerary. A long search later we found our hotel, the top rated Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol; a house located quite literally on the edge of the hill overlooking the city within a few minutes walk from the famous Alhambra. With descriptions like that, how can you not be sold on it in an instant? If you need a more detailed review to make your decision on staying here, read on.

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AUGUST 9, 2012

The Best Picnic Spots in London
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If there’s one thing the British public like to get involved with, it’s a good old fashioned picnic. And with sunshine steadily becoming a more regular occurrence in London at the moment, luckily this is one city where there’s no shortage of open spaces to enjoy one. So if you’re visiting London this summer and have a sunny day at your disposal, here are four places you can spread your picnic blanket on each side of the capital. (Photo "Sunday Walk on Hampstead Heath" by tonyhall)

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AUGUST 5, 2012

The Amazing Food of the Middle East
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The Middle East has loads of unique culture, much like any region in the world. Each country's sights are different, the people have their own traditions, and the food can vary from country to country and even city to city. But while the differences can be seen when traveling through, there are many similarities. Take Middle Eastern food for example. You may be thinking hummus and pita bread when thinking of the cuisine style, but there is so much more than that you may not be familiar with, each better than the last. The

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foods I discovered in Egypt and Jordan are some of the best examples of these culinary treats, and I highly encourage you to try them all!

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AUGUST 3, 2012

Branch Out in Gran Canaria this August
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The locals of Gran Canaria enjoy many quirky festivals throughout the year, yet the most unusual one of all could be the Bajada de la Rama, or ‘Bringing Down the Branches’, held this year on August 4th. During this popular and historical event residents of the island make their way to Tamadaba, the island’s pine forest located 3000 feet above sea level, to snap off branches from the pine trees as part of an ancient Guanche ritual.(Photo "Teide" by SizterS)

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JULY 31, 2012

Trip Planning in Paris this August
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If you’re planning a trip to Paris this August make sure you check out some of the great local events that are occurring through the month. From open-air cinemas to man made beaches, there truly is everything going on in the City of Lights in the month of August. Already in Europe? Book your flights to Paris available from our friends at Jet2.com from just £21.99. (Photo "Paris Metro Sign" by J-Stuart)

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JULY 26, 2012

The Best Travel Companies for 2012
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Several months ago we put together a post on "The Best Travel Websites" for 2012. That particular post was only focusing on websites run by fellow travelers, mostly in blog style format. This post introduced you to several great super blogs that are authored by many of the industries best solo-bloggers. But there is more to the travel universe than that. There are also up-and-coming travel companies that deserve an equal spotlight for those planning future travels, and this post serves as a spotlight of some of our favorite ones that have been released and increased in popularity in recent months! Disclaimer: This post does not feature any sponsored links. We do have industry connections with many of these companies and will be working with some in the future; however, none have asked or paid to be included in this list. To put it bluntly, we like these companies, and that is the sole reason we are listing them here for you to check out.

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JULY 19, 2012

Surviving Hostel Life: The Mini Guide
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Today's Post is a guest post from Tom Summerfield of Active Back pack er. Hostels are the quintessential lifeblood of every backpacker, it’s the fail-safe, the place where you can guarantee a reasonably cheap night and a good social atmosphere when backpacking Europe or Asia. They are like the Sanctuary for the knights of old, a haven to rest and recuperate (and, ahem, party and be noisy). However it’s important to note that they are NOT hotels, but to me this is a massive bonus. Hotels often seem sterile, are people chatting about travel and life in the restaurant or at the bar? Nope. Can you swap your dog eared but well read novel for another? Nope. Can you play the free guitar and drink supermarket beer and sangria in the common room? Nope!

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JULY 17, 2012

What's In an Asian Grocery Store?
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as many international grocery stores as possible. Not to source out cheap food like we discuss in our book, The Long-Term Traveler's Guide, but more just to see what is there. You see, Angie and I believe that one of the best ways to get to know a culture is through its food, and going to the source of this food is the best way to see how people like us shop, cook, and eat. While we prefer going to farmers markets as much as possible, in many big cities we do not have this luxury. Instead we turn to the common grocery store to see where the food comes from, and in Japan and China I did just that. The following are a selection of some of the most unique items I found while exploring two grocery stores.

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JULY 16, 2012

Missing Siesta Time in Seville
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Without a doubt, Seville was my favorite city we stayed in during our honeymoon in Spain. Angie and I bicker about this one quite a bit because her heart was left in Granada, but something about Seville keeps dragging me back. It is hard to say what exactly about the city has the allure to me, other than its amazing architecture and tasty, cheap food. Whether or not we settle this argument is one thing but one major piece of information is true, we both agree that our stay in Seville was one of the hottest during our time in Spain. Even though I have significant disdain for being excessively hot while traveling, as I found out while spending three weeks traveling the Middle East in August, something about this hot weather in Spain is inviting. It could be that it is a dry heat and not humid like we have at home, but there is something far more important at play that makes this weather bearable: the siesta.

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JULY 15, 2012

Men vs Women While Abroad?
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While searching the web for the latest and greatest travel news, Angie and I discovered a fun video style info-graphic that analyzed the differences between male travelers and female travelers from Britain. While we may be citizens of the US, we thought that the statistics presented couldn't be too much different from what we have in our own country. Even more

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interesting was that because the facts are presented in man vs woman style, we couldn't help but find ourselves making our own comments and opinions as a traveling couple. When it was all said and done we realized the commentary was quite thought provoking, and hilarious, and would be great to share with our readers. (Photo "Statistic from Brits Abroad") From the video, we've selected five of our favorite facts that had the best discussion points and outlined both of our views on the topic. For those who haven't seen the Brits Abroad: Men Vs. Women video, we suggest you watch it before reading our dissection on the facts presented!

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JULY 14, 2012

Churros con Chocolate: Death Battle Royale
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One of the things we were most looking forward to about our recent trip to Spain was devouring churros con chocolate. Fried to crisp perfection and served alongside rich dark chocolate, these are not your soggy elementary school cafeteria churros bathed in achingly sweet cinnamon sugar. No, these are grown-up churros. Everyone has their opinion on who makes the best churros and who makes the best chocolate, so we were eager to set the record straight on this matter while we were in Spain. The title of best churros con chocolate would be decided in a battle, a battle where only the best, crispiest churros and deepest, darkest chocolate sauces come out alive. This is Churros con Chocolate Death Battle Royale! Madrid seemed to be the epicenter of the churros con chocolate phenomena, so we decided the battle would take place there. The contenders? Restaurante Hegar, Chocolateria San Gines, and Valor. Three go in, but only one can come out the victor of this death battle.

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JULY 13, 2012

Win 250 GBP in Travel Vouchers from Thomas Cook!
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It is that time again. We are having another contest here at Living the Dream and want one lucky reader from the UK to be our winner of what we consider to be one of the best prizes yet on this site! Why is this contest the best one we've ever had? First off, the prize is 250 GBP (~$390) it travel vouchers to be used on

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the booking site Thomas Cook; essentially free money. Second, Thomas Cook can book nearly anything you desire for your next adventure be it airfare, hotel stays, car service with breakdown cover, day trips, or more. With very little limitations on how the vouchers can be spent, everyone in the UK could use this prize! We think that is just awesome, and are excited to be giving them away to one lucky reader. (Photo "Travel Vouchers" by Thomas Cook)

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JULY 11, 2012

The Moments that Escape Us
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In our travels, we take photos of everything. In fact, we have nearly 30,000 pictures of all the great places we've explored around the world from the grandest view of the Great Wall of China all the way to a simple sewer cover in Vatican City, a stay in London apartment rentals, or a delicious meal. They all have meaning, and even though sometimes may be excessive in number they are a priceless souvenir of the wonderful experiences we have while traveling. You could say that being robbed of money is a horrible travel experience, but to be robbed of our camera or memory cards would be a fate that much worse as these images would only be stored in our minds, never to be seen by a friendly face again. Still, some photos elude even our click happy fingers. These moments that escape us are fleeting. A rare animal encounter, a low light condition that makes an image blurry, or a once in a lifetime experience that lasts but a fraction of a second. We may not have record of these events to prove how true they are, but the stories that come from these experiences are often ones we tell the most. In many cases a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but the stories for the photos we did not capture are even better. This is the place for those stories.

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JULY 9, 2012

How Much is a Two Week Honeymoon in Spain?
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With all of the posts we have hosted in the past few weeks about our recent honeymoon to Spain, you may only have one question left: just how much did it cost? Well, we are not afraid to let the world know that we spent just about $5,885 for our 15-day luxury honeymoon in Spain, or about $392/day. While that number is high, as Spain is known for being relatively inexpensive for the budget traveler, keep in mind the fact that we went all out in nearly every aspect of the honeymoon with little regard to prices. Spain was actually our chosen destination for this very reason as we'd much rather spend more money in a cheaper destination doing everything we wanted to rather than skimping in a more expensive destination just to get by within a manageable budget. But like all things on this site, we kept a record of our spending. Yes, even on our honeymoon we still worked to log every penny spent to give you a complete idea on what it would be like to travel the way we do. Of course, as this trip was our honeymoon and is the opposite of what most people consider for budget or longterm travel, we'll do our best to highlight the reasons why our number was significantly higher than what should be required.

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JULY 7, 2012

Capture the Colour Contest Entry - Living the Dream Style
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In case you haven't heard, there is a new contest called "Capture the Colour" with great travel prizes. We have the link hosted on our sister site at Free Travel Contests, but for this one we are actually going to participate! We tend to not enter the make-a-blog-post style contests due to our limited time, but since the judges are fellow travel bloggers, and the prize is rather epic (2,000 GBP grand prize and iPads for five runners-up), we thought this would be a fun one to enter. The contest itself is simple, you have to share five (5) photos that match a color theme. One photo for each color: Blue, Green, Yellow, White, and Red. Each color has it's own judge, and each judge has what they are looking for from the photos on the contest entry page. But to make my entry extra unique, I gave myself the added challenge of finding photos from the farthest corners of the world that I have visited. Yes, this entry will not stay in one region, but rather take you on a trip to a unique selection of the amazing places that I have seen so far!

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JULY 6, 2012

It's a Church! It's a Mosque! It's Cordoba's Mezquita
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By the time we reached Sevilla, we had already spent several days exploring Spain's top cathedrals. In fact, between Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and the first day in Sevilla, we hit nearly a

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dozen amazing churches and mosques in rapid succession. At the rate we were going, we quickly came to the realization that there are only so many unique variations of architectural design and religious significance that can be put into a Spanish church. With the exception of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia that we visited a week later in Barcelona, we had to make the difficult decision on if we wanted to make a full day trip to Cordoba just to see another church, the famous Mezquita.

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JULY 3, 2012

Scenes from a Travel Blogger's Wedding
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One of our favorite parts about being travel bloggers is that we can be unique, purely by speaking our mind in every post. We answer only to you, our readers; and our experiences are exactly as we report in every destination we travel to without embellishment. It is our growing belief that to be good at what we do, we have to share this personal side of the story to you. In knowing us, you'll have a greater understanding of our personalities and travel style. Only in knowing those traits can you really see if our recommendations are worth your time, effort, and money when you go travel. So to get to know us better, we wanted to share something very personal in our lives, photos of our recent wedding! But how do these travel bloggers have a wedding? Well, one part classy and one part goofy - that's how; and

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But how do these travel bloggers have a wedding? Well, one part classy and one part goofy - that's how; and our photos came back reflecting a little bit of everything, just like us! Between fighting off family requests for digital copies, rolled canvas prints, and other formats for display, we've actually had quite a bit of trouble getting the time to sit down and post these all for you! So we invite you to sit back and be guests at our wedding, one photo at a time.

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JUNE 30, 2012

Granada's Best Kept Secret - La Oliva's 17 Course Dinner
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The 17-course tasting menu at La Oliva in Granada might best be described as a religious experience: for just one evening, Jeremy and I got to experience food and wine so good that words do not do it justice, food that made us feel like we were being let in on a secret of sorts. This might all sound a bit dramatic, but I’m being completely serious. The food, wine, and atmosphere at La Oliva were simply that good. But we can't keep this secret to ourselves, as the world must know about this amazing treasure of Granada. 0
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JUNE 29, 2012

That Time I Stayed at a Timeshare, and Loved It!
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I'm going to let you in a little secret I've never told anyone. While most of my stories published on this site revolve around budget travel with boutique hotels and hostels, before I began the quest for world domination I had an amazing experience when I stayed in an often misunderstood property type - a timeshare. Why did seven friends and I choose to stay at this timeshare during our college spring break? A fair bit of luck, you could say, that turned what could have been a nightmarish experience into one of the best spring breaks ever.

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JUNE 28, 2012

Country Escapes in the UK
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From top to bottom, coast to coast, there are great stretches of naturally wild countryside to enjoy in the UK. From days spent trekking through the untamed beauty of the Trossachs in Scotland, to a weekend of meandering through the rolling hills of the English Lake District, there is no end to the fun you can have in Britain’s natural spaces. The only question you have to answer is this: Where do I go?

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The following are three great places to check out the next time you visit the United Kingdom! (Photo "Trossach Mountains" by amypalko)

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JUNE 27, 2012

Moomin World - A Finnish Treasure
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Today's Post is a guest post from Sophie Burton. Yes, there is a world where Moomins live and it's a magical place for families, and many adults too. For the uninitiated, Moomins look like big, white hippos and are Finnish children's book characters by Tove Jansson, which though written in the 1940s and 50s, are timeless stories. It's not all fairy tale and niceness, oh no. The Moomins appear cute but the tales are darker making them much for interesting for adults too. (Photo "Moomin World" by markow76)

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JUNE 24, 2012

Madrid Day Trips - Toledo and Segovia
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When we were planning our honeymoon to Spain, Madrid always seemed like a no brainer. Not only because of all of the culturally important sights and museums the city has to offer, such as the Prado and Reina Sofia museums; but because of its proximity to several other amazing cities in Spain. Yes, one of the major reason we chose to go to Madrid was purely so we could leave Madrid, and of all of the options available Toledo and Segovia became our destinations. Are we crazy to think this way? Probably, but all the time spent outside of the city was certainly worth it!

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JUNE 20, 2012

The Quest for the Great Sacacorchos
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While in Spain, we may have inadvertently performed one of the biggest travel no-no's that exists today. We didn't offend any locals or screw up the local language too bad, but we did forget to pack what could be one of the very most important items to bring to a wine drinking European country, a corkscrew. It was apparent very quickly that being faced with a near endless supply of 3-4 Euro bottles of wine and already being in possession of a few of these bottles, we

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needed to go on a quest. A quest for the great sacacorchos!

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JUNE 18, 2012

A Sincere Apology to La Sagrada Familia
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On our recent visit to Barcelona, there was one attraction I had no interest in seeing. In fact, you could say that I was dreading going but knew that as a thorough travel writer I would have to eventually. That attraction was Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia cathedral, and I am happy to report that everything I had ever thought about the still-being-built church was dead wrong. That horribly ugly looking building is actually quite a beautiful sight indeed.

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JUNE 15, 2012

The Hiker's Lifeline - My Life Beacon
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Here at Living the Dream, we are not hikers by any means. In fact, short of a guided tour or popular day hike you probably won't be finding us on any uncharted trail or blazing a new path to an awesome lookout. While we are planning on doing some great trails in the future such as Everest Base Camp, the Inca Trail, and the W Circuit in Patagonia, we also have the luxury of going on a guided hike for these such that safety is not a huge concern to us in case something goes wrong. For all those who do go on such solo hikes, and even those who go on guided tours or "safer" treks, safety should be the number one priority. Enter Life Beacon, the newest safety tool for hikers and the brain child of one of my good travel friends. (Photo "Lakes in the Alps" by rolve)

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JUNE 14, 2012

Learning Foreign Languages Update 1 - Spanish
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It has been about two months since we began our one year foreign language challenge where we are tackling up to six foreign languages to become what we call "tourist ready" when we travel. Prior to starting this challenge, we had a bit of an advantage in already knowing a bit of some of the languages we are planning to tackle in the course of the year. I had a pretty good grasp on the basics in French and Arabic while Angie was slightly past tourist ready in Spanish, but we wanted to learn more of the languages we already knew and other languages to add to our knowledge base.

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JUNE 13, 2012

2012's Top Theme Park Rides
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With the summer season beginning in a few days, our thoughts turn to one of our favorite attractions here in the USA: theme parks. We're not just talking about the cheap roaming theme parks with Tilt-a-Whirls and Ferris Wheels. The theme parks we are interested in are all about taking the experience to new levels with taller and faster roller coasters, hitech rides, and new experiences that make you say "Woah!" In order to be the best, theme parks have to keep pushing the limits every year, making each season better than the rest and 2012 will be one of

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JUNE 9, 2012

The Worst Part About Long-Term Travel
4:45 PM JEREMY 3 COMMENTS

Most travel blogs tend to paint a very rosy picture about long-term travel. While I will agree that long-term travel is one of the most amazing things anyone can do in their lives, there are a few downsides. As writers, we tend to ignore these downsides mostly because a poor experience on the road is often significantly more enjoyable than the routine of living at home. Even with the ups and downs of long-term travel, there are a few worth mentioning, one of which is what we consider to be the absolute worst part about long-term travel: the friends.

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JUNE 8, 2012

Meet Angie - Living the Dream's Newest Author
10:48 PM JEREMY 3 COMMENTS

Although we have had Angie listed on this site for many months now, she has not been an integral

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part in the operations of Living the Dream. Other than working in an editorial capacity, she has yet to publish a single post on this website. After our recent wedding and honeymoon, all that has changed and Angie is officially on-board as a writer for Living the Dream and will be focusing on all things food related while traveling. Not only will Angie write here, but she will also be taking the lead author status for our slow-moving sister site The International Food Project. As we believe the best way to understand a blog and its presented destinations is through knowing its author, we want you to know a bit more about Angie and what makes her travel wheels turn. Needless to say, the following informational contains a lot of talk about cheese, chocolate, and Thai curry.

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JUNE 5, 2012

Park Güell - Go for the Architecture, Stay for the Entertainment
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Gaudi's Park Güell in Barcelona is a large complex of beautiful artistic designs, architecture, green space, and great views of the city. With Gaudi's fame comes the crowds, and with the crowds come the souvenir touts. As much as Park Güell is worth visiting for the architecture, staying for the free entertainment from the touts is almost worth the trip to the outskirts of the city itself.

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JUNE 1, 2012

Contest - Show Us Your Sunny Days and Win!
12:24 PM JEREMY 21 COMMENTS

To celebrate our on-going honeymoon in Spain, we're having another contest! Since we've been blessed with two weeks of sunny skies and zero days of rain, we want this photo based contest to be all about sunny days. Submit a photo of your favorite sunny day travel photo in the comments section below and you will be entered to win 100 Euro in airport transfer vouchers, just like that! Helping out with this contest is our friends over at Sun Transfers which offers airport transfer services in a number of cities around Europe including Paris, Madrid, and even Faro transfers.

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M AY 31, 2012

Top Ways to Celebrate the Olympics in London
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Whether you've been lucky enough to snap up tickets for one or two Olympic events or you missed out, the Games are a fantastic excuse to head to London and immerse yourself in an absolutely unique atmosphere. Check out the top ways to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics below. (Photo "London Image" by vineetagar)

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M AY 27, 2012

We Are Married! - Honeymoon in Spain
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If you have been wondering, we are a bit outside of our normal posting schedule over the last week or so. We are not abandoning anyone with our limited posting, and in fact it is quite the contrary! On May 19th Angie and I got married, and we are currently on our honeymoon in the wonderful country of Spain. We are one week into the festivities and have already visited Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Sevilla, and Cordoba. The next week will have some great highlights that include Granada, Barcelona, and Montserrat! But with all things, we are taking our honeymoon as a chance to unwind and relax from the last year (plus) without a vacation. Don't worry, we've got tons of great content from Spain, including Angie's first post on this blog, and many more from our previous travels ready to go when we get back in June. This is, as they say, just the beginning, and we are looking forward to bringing you some great content here in the very near future.

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In case you did not hear, as an added bonus, we are having a sale on The Long-Term Traveler's Guide while we are traveling. The digital package and printed editions of the book are on sale for 20-25% off and will only be available at this discounted price until June 5th when we return home! If you cannot wait that long for more posts, join us on our Facebook page where we are sharing real time photos from Spain during our honeymoon.

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M AY 23, 2012

Writing a Travel Book Part 10 - Final Thoughts
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During our time putting together our first self-published travel book, The Long-Term Traveler's Guide, we had to spend a lot of time learning about the self-publishing process and the travel book industry in general. In order to save future author's time and money, this ten-part Writing a Travel Book series was born! The following is a quick list of the entries into this special feature. To learn more about our book launch and other information associated, please check out the Travel Book sidebar on this site. Part 1 - Finding a Niche and Writing Part 2 - Editing and Formatting Part 3 - Evolution of a Cover Design Part 4 - Digital Packages and Special Features

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Part 5 - Developing a Website for Sales Part 6 - Distribution Companies Part 7 - Pricing Development and Launch Part 8 - Affiliate Sales Programs and Tips to Succeed Part 9 - The Cost of Writing and Sales Summary Part 10 - Final Thoughts

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M AY 21, 2012

Our 5 Favorite Hostels and Hotels Around the World
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After having traveled to 34 countries around the world (with number 35 next week) and over 220 days of travel, one thing is certain - we've stayed in a good number of hotels and hostels. In fact, we've got such fond memories of every single room we've ever stayed in that we have a review directory on this website to chronicle our opinions of each. But for every great hotel, there are several bad; and with having dozens of rooms under our belts, only five can be the very best. These are our five favorite hotel rooms we've stayed in around the world, and why you should too.

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M AY 19, 2012

We Are Traveling and So Should You! - Wedding Edition
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Today is a great day because, not only did we get married (yay!), but we are officially on the road again! To celebrate, we kick start our newest promotion for our first book, The Long-Term Traveler's Guide called "We Are Traveling and So Should You!" We feel very fortunate to be able to travel as often as we do, so every time we are on a trip; be it a weekend getaway, short vacation, or long-term trip abroad, we'll be discounting the guide! The best part about this promotion is that we don't know when it will occur as we have been known to book several long weekends at the last possible second.

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M AY 18, 2012

Life on the River: A Cruise on the Mekong Delta
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Today's guest post is a beautiful narrative by Terrance Richardson. Over the course of our marriage, my wife and I have seen a lot of territory. We have taken at least one extensive holiday a year for the past 20 years, and I am not talking about a quick flight

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over to Paris or Spain, but exotic detours to places like India, China and Nepal. My wife and I do not want to lose our adventuresome edge, for both of us believe that edge is the real fountain of youth. Despite the fact we are in our golden years, the idea of playing golf, tennis or bridge for the rest of our lives in a retirement community is about as exciting as watching paint dry on the walls. Of course, we cannot strap on a rucksack like the days of old. However, it was all of those budget holidays that we took in our twenties that are allowing us to travel in luxury today.

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M AY 15, 2012

Tracking Down Coupon Codes for Travel Savings
12:35 PM JEREMY 1 COMMENT

Online coupon codes are not often considered when booking travel. There is a mental roadblock on doing searches for discount codes for major travel websites when it is a common activity for nearly all purchases. Why pay for shipping when a quick search will come up with a free shipping code? Purchasing travel is no different, and if the right circumstances come together for your next trip, your ability to find online coupon codes could help save quite a bit of money. (Photo "Coins" by mihow)

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M AY 14, 2012

4 Tips for Buying Train Tickets for Spain on Renfe
12:26 PM JEREMY 8 COMMENTS

For those who have purchased tickets on the Spanish train booking website Renfe, you are probably cringing in recollection of your experiences. For those who are heading to Spain in the future but have yet to purchase tickets, you probably have heard the rumors about how bad the service is. For those who do not know what I am talking about, you're about to have an eye opening experience. Buying tickets on Renfe is quite possibly one of the worst travel experiences one can have, and after several frustrating purchase attempts we figured out 4 great tips to help make your purchasing experience a breeze! (Photo "Train Tracks" by M10tje)

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M AY 9, 2012

5 Incredible Train Routes for Sightseeing
7:00 AM JEREMY 6 COMMENTS

All aboard! Make your trip all about the journey, not the destination, and spend your next holiday on the rails catching the world's top vistas from angles not available in any other form of transportation. All you have to do is set back, relax, and let the world slowly pass by with your

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camera at the ready. Below, we list 5 of the world’s greatest train lines, perfect for long-haul travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery.

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M AY 6, 2012

Highlights from the Singapore Botanical Garden
5:03 PM JEREMY 2 COMMENTS

When thinking of Singapore, everyone's first thoughts are always about the country being a small city-state. It is true, Singapore is small. We drove across the entire country in a taxi in about 15 minutes, to put it all in perspective. While the country is one of the smallest in the world, there was an unusual feature that we were attracted to several times during our visit, the 183 acre botanical gardens. It is an unusual feature for a country that is famous for its urban scene to have such massive green spaces, but the gardens of Singapore are one of the best in the world. In order to truly understand the beauty of these gardens; however, we have to let our photos do the talking.

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M AY 2, 2012

Red Inn Hostel Review - Penang, Malaysia
6:33 PM JEREMY 4 COMMENTS

The island of Penang, Malaysia is one of the most visited destinations for travelers in the country. With a combination of amazing beaches, cultural attractions, and food styles, Penang has every aspect of Malaysia rolled up into one small island. In knowing that, I made my way there shortly after visiting the island of Langkawi, right on the border with Thailand. Picking out a place to stay in Penang ended up being a difficult choice as there are a number of good options with cheap rates and desirable amenities. Although I splurged on my choice of staying at The Red Inn, it did not take long for me to realize that my choice was a good one that everyone should take some time to check out. So pull out your airfare fee calculator, buy a plane ticket, and get ready for one of the best hostels Penang has to offer!

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APRIL 29, 2012

Writing a Travel Book Part 9 - The Cost of Writing and Sales Summary
11:52 AM JEREMY 5 COMMENTS

During our time putting together our first selfpublished travel book, The Long-Term Traveler's

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Guide, we had to spend a lot of time learning about the self-publishing process and the travel book industry in general. In order to save future author's time and money, this ten-part Writing a Travel Book series was born! The following is a quick list of the entries into this special feature. To learn more about our book launch and other information associated, please check out the Travel Book sidebar on this site. Part 1 - Finding a Niche and Writing Part 2 - Editing and Formatting Part 3 - Evolution of a Cover Design Part 4 - Digital Packages and Special Features Part 5 - Developing a Website for Sales Part 6 - Distribution Companies Part 7 - Pricing Development and Launch Part 8 - Affiliate Sales Programs and Tips to Succeed Part 9 - The Cost of Writing and Sales Summary Part 10 - Final Thoughts

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