The Best Cafe in Lisbon – Cafe da Garagem

It really is the best cafe in Lisbon. We figured this out as soon as we stepped inside. The place is relaxed, well-decorated and offers comfy chairs perfectly positioned in front of huge windows overlooking the city below. There’s a great balcony with tables, too. I think the view from this cafe is one of the best views of the city by far. The food and drink here are excellent and cheap. We enjoyed coffee followed by a bottle of…

How to Enjoy Local Travel Experiences – The 5-Minute Rule

You want local travel experiences. You start researching destinations. You discover that so many cities are considered overrun with tourists. You hear about countries that appear to be so touristy, others say they’re not worth visiting. It’s true. There’s a lot of destinations in the world that have a lot of tourists/travelers in them. So, if you prefer to stay away from mass tourism, it can seem like a real challenge to find an ideal destination to visit. But…think about…

My Travels to Dakhla, Western Sahara: Straight Into the Unknown

Imagine an eerily quiet town in North Africa, set at the edge of the Sahara Desert, right in the middle of an impossibly narrow peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine a harsh and constant 40 kmh wind blowing into your face, with sand flying around, caught up in the gusts, and going straight into your eyes and mouth. Looking around, you find empty intersections and very few vehicles on the streets, and you quickly notice …

A Quick Travel Guide to Dakhla, Western Sahara

Guide to Dakhla – Part 1 Brief History Western Sahara is a disputed region in North Africa and is not a recognized country. About 80% of the territory is controlled by Morocco and 20% makes up the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. There is a sand wall that separates the two regions. From what I’ve gathered, after the Spanish gave up control of this entire territory…

Awesome Things To Do In Las Vegas (My Favorites)

I just returned from an 8 day trip to Las Vegas. It was my fourth time there. As always, I spent half my time in this city shaking my head. There is no other place quite like it and regardless of any pre-conceptions, it’s worth seeing at least once in my opinion. The main …

The International Towing and Recovery Museum. I Loved It.

I saw the sign on the side of the highway as I rolled into the small city of Chattanooga. Two days later, I drove past the sign again. I saw it a third time when I tried to find a gas station the next day. And each time I saw the sign, I shook my head, admittedly, with some internal laughter at what I thought was a …

How to Get Massive Hotel Discounts (it’s easy and free)

This is a simple one. In my never ending search for ways to get the best deals on all things travel related, I recently came across a website that makes it remarkably easy to get massive hotel discounts. The website, Club 1 Hotels, resells hotel rooms that were purchased in bulk by corporations. When bought in bulk, the rooms are purchased at much lower rates than what the public can get. Then, when some of those bulk rooms aren’t…

How to Save Money with Uber (quick and easy)

When I travel, I use Uber and other similar ride-sharing apps from time to time. The reason is convenience, ease and in most places, the ability to save money with Uber over using taxis. Let’s go back to three weeks ago. I stood on a street corner in the Romanian city of …

8-Day New Zealand Road Trip (Detailed Itinerary)

After a strange immigration experience at the Queenstown Airport, one that involved my girlfriend and I being interrogated in separate rooms about our online businesses, our 8-day New Zealand road trip finally began. Yes, New Zealand would prove to be spectacular, so much so that it far exceeded every expectation, every single day. If the country, …

A Perfect, Affordable Beach Destination – Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

I’m sorry, Sri Lanka. For many years, I chose to ignore you, to shun you, to shrug my shoulders and say “Eh” whenever you were mentioned. After a quick 3-day visit to Colombo back in 2002, I never thought about paying a visit to your shores again. This was despite 30 trips to India, your neighbor to the north…

A Quick Travel Guide to Dili, East Timor

If you’re thinking about visiting East Timor, this post is your quick travel guide to Dili and its surroundings. My goal is to provide the main information you need to start planning your trip, and all of the details below are based on my own recent travels to this country. Of course, once you have a …

5 Weeks in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (A New Experiment)

Wandering Earl On the wall is some graffiti that I can’t make much sense of. I think there are small round robots buzzing about, working on computers and talking on the phone. The table where I sit is long and white. There are four of us sitting here, laptops open, yet eight seats still remain empty. Inside this space it feels modern and industrial, yet welcoming enough, with wires hanging form the ceiling, a minimalist design and a front door that opens with the use of an app. Outside plastered …

Highlights From 12 Countries in Europe That I Visited This Year

Wandering Earl On October 26th, I’ll be leaving Gran Canaria and making my way to India. And with that trip, I shall say a big goodbye to all the countries in Europe as I won’t be back before the end of the year. I’ve actually spent a decent amount of …

Small Hotels in Prague – Hotel Anna (A Review)

Wandering Earl Two weeks ago, we were in Prague for a 5 night stay. It’s a popular city of course, with that impressive Baroque architecture, imposing castles and Gothic churches and an Old Town that everyone in the world seems eager to explore these days. As a result, it should’ve been no surprise when we ran into some difficultly finding accommodation. I’ll admit, we started looking for a room a little late, about a month before our arrival, but we still didn’t expect such a…