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If you enjoy travelling and learning about other people's experiences, then you've come to the right spot! If you don't enjoy these things, go ahead and check it out anyway. You might be surprised you like what you find :)

This blog focuses on travelling, and all the different aspects of travel. You'll read about adventures abroad, journeys through different cities, explorations of various countries, and discoveries of finding how great travelling is. Not only will you find how deep the passion for travelling runs, you may also find inspiration to help you on your next adventure!

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Year in Review: 2019 Year Highlights

2019 is coming to an end, and we’re about to enter into a new decade! Before heading into the new year, I decided to look back on this past year and see my 2019 highlights. Come check it out!

Every year I say the same thing: how crazy is it that the year is ending and the new one is beginning?! Although sometimes it feels like the days go by slowly, the years go by in a blink of an eye! This year I kicked off 2019 in a completely different country, and I travelled to several new countries. I spent time with some of my favorite people, and also made new friendships along the way. I tried new things and learned new things. This year has been filled with laughter and tears; joy and frustration; healing and pain. Despite it all, I have so much to be grateful and thankful for during this past year. Let’s take a look back at the 2019 year highlights:

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A Holiday Weekend in Marietta

Disclosure: I did receive a giftcard to Stockyard, a giftcard to experience the Square, and two complimentary tickets to a holiday show at The Strand; however, these are my honest opinions about my experience!

Who doesn’t enjoy spending a fun-filled weekend with their loved ones during the holiday season? Marietta, Georgia is the perfect place to admire Christmas decorations, snack on sweet treats, indulge in delicious meals, and even enjoy a holiday show! Located in the metro-Atlanta area, downtown Marietta is ideally situated for those who live locally or who are passing through during holiday travels!

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Experiencing the Marietta Pilgrimage: A Christmas Home Tour

Disclosure: I did receive two complimentary tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage; however, these are my honest opinions about my experience!

Did you know that Christmas is my favorite holiday? Most people assume it’s for the presents, but they’d be wrong. Believe it or not, I get ridiculously excited about Christmas decorations. The lights, the garland, the trees, the stockings, the gingerbread houses, the wreaths, and everything in between. What better way to experience all of that than by The Marietta Pilgrimage: A Christmas Home Tour? And honestly, if you’re looking for decorating inspiration, this is the perfect tour for you!

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and you have something fun and/or relaxing planned for the weekend. I’ve decided in an effort to make myself more accountable to reading more news around the world and keeping an open mind, I am going to start doing Five on Friday every other week. 

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REVIEW – Cuba Group Trip

I recently had the opportunity to go to Cuba on a group travel trip. This was my first group trip ever, and I was pleasantly surprised that I genuinely enjoyed myself! I was able to experience things I normally wouldn’t on my own, as well as learn from so many different people. Continue reading for a basic itinerary of the trip, a pros/cons list, and my overall impressions.

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A Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is the second most populated city in the country. Situated approximately an hour and half away by car, Abu Dhabi is a perfect destination for a day trip while visiting Dubai. The capital city is located in the largest of the seven emirates, and is home to many government offices, as well as the President of the nation. Not only that, but the city claims various attractions that pull people from all around the world. Fortunately, I was able to visit two of the most popular attractions by taking a day trip from Dubai.

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Top Things To Do In Dubai

It’s still hard to believe that I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai. We spent about 5 days exploring the magnificent city and everything it had to offered – or at least I tried to cover everything. To help us to do that, we invested in the Dubai City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour. We decided to go with the 7-day ticket, and it not only helped us see many different things, but also helped with transportation when we wanted to get from point A to point B. Most of my recommendations are covered by the bus tour, so I highly suggest looking into it, especially if you will not be renting a car.

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10 Things To Do In Singapore

Known as the ‘city in a garden’, Singapore has so much to offer! Delicious food that will have you coming back for more; rooftop bars with fabulous views; areas that celebrate the mixture of cultures; beautiful experiences that educate; and so much more! Listed alphabetically are my top 10 picks for Singapore.

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Top Things to Do in Ko Samui

Ko Samui is a tropical island paradise! The second largest island of Thailand, Ko Samui is a large tourist destination. People are attracted to the gorgeous beaches, the scrumptious food, and the fun adventures! We had a blast exploring the island, and surprising had enough time to make it around the entire island. Although we were able to partake in many fun things, keep reading and you’ll find out about some of my top picks for Ko Samui!

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Top 3 Temples to Visit in Bangkok

Named as the top tourist destination city in the world, Bangkok welcomes more than 20 million visitors each year. People are attracted to the diversity the city has to offers. Although we did not have a lot of time to explore everything we would have liked, we were able to see some of the more popular temples.

With the official religion of Thailand being Buddhism, and approximately 97% of the population identifying as Buddhists, it’s not too surprising to learn that there are over 30,000 temples in the country. Bangkok specifically is home to a little over 400 of these temples. Each one is unique and has its own characteristics and personality.

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