Death and Despair: My Hiking Trip in the Calanques National Park in France

In which I do my best not to throw up on a 6.7 mile hike in the idyllic South of France at the Calanques National Park.

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24 Hours in Portland, Maine

Maybe this city doesn’t have a sketch comedy show named after it, but it still has all the gentrified hipster charm you’d expect from a city with its name. If you only have 24 hours there, let us show you how to spend them.

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How to Avoid Being an Asshole Tourist

I spent the last week hiking and eating blueberry everything in and around Acadia National Park in Maine. While the trip was wonderful, I once again encountered the same frustrating paradox that comes with traveling anywhere scenic: the most beautiful locations are filled with the absolute worst people. Only on vacation does one get to…

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Inspiration for Unique Eiffel Tower Photos

Say you’ve endured a sleepless night in the middle seat of a $900 flight to Paris. You arrive at Charles de Gaulle, book an Uber to the Champs de Mars, and gaze up at the Eiffel Tower in wonder. It is majestic, wondrous, a feat of engineering so spectacular it makes engineering seem interesting. You…

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A Foodie’s Weekend Guide to Philly

Featuring restaurants and cafes in the Rittenhouse Square area, the Italian Market, and Fishtown, this weekend itinerary will help you eat your way through Philadelphia.

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Visiting the Capuchin Crypt in Rome

The bone chapel: is it a Scandinavian metal band or an actual place? For those of you into avant garde interior design, you’re in luck, because it’s the latter. If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path attractions in Rome, look no further than the Capuchin Crypt.

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Visiting Tony Soprano’s House

Some people make pilgrimages to Mecca, others to the Wailing Wall, but for people like me (worldly, shallow, pronounces ricotta “rigotte” even though they’re not Italian), the religious destination of choice is Tony Soprano’s New Jersey McMansion. Know Before You Go There’s not much to it, honestly. The house is in a residential neighborhood in…

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Secrets nobody tells you about traveling…

Traveling isn’t quite as easy as Instagram makes it look. You’ll make mistakes, get lost, and have bad days. Here’s how to make the best of it.

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Meteora, Greece: Come Shit in a Hole!

I could tell you how wonderful Meteora is, but the internet has already exhausted that topic, and besides, there are much more urgent matters to discuss: the squat toilet. Well, okay, let me explain what Meteora is for the uninitiated. Built atop picturesque cliffs and mountains, this cluster of monasteries in northern Greece is home…

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Socrates’ Death Site: a Guide for the Confused

Google where to find Socrates’ death site in Athens, and you’ll find conflicting, confusing information. I did a little more research so you don’t have to.

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May I interest you in a lock of John Keats’ hair?

A review the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, the only place on earth where you can see an actual lock of poet John Keats’ hair.

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