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A Trip to Rome: Tips for the Wary Traveler

Rome is a dazzling metropolis, full to the brim with famous works of art, culinary wonders, and unbelievably expensive clothing. The city has been one of the most important cultural centers in the world for thousands of years, which means you can hardly stroll through the center without stumbling upon a remarkable site. The sheer number of historical artifacts can be overwhelming. For some, it’s difficult to know where to start, how to see it all, and how to cut your list down to make sure you aren’t full of that terrible traveler’s regret: did I miss something essential to the Roman Travel Experience? This planning guide will help you answer these important questions.

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Koh Tarutao

For me, Koh Tarutao was an adventure island. Originally a prison, the island’s history is wrapped up in pirate stories full of vengeance, hidden stashes of loot, and crocodile caves. I got to try all sorts of activities that I had never done in Thailand before, like kayaking through mangroves and mountain biking along dirt roads through the jungle. But the best part? There were only a handful of visitors during the 5 days we were there. After spending virtually my entire trip surrounded by other foreigners, it was exciting to visit a place frequented by locals. And more importantly, a place that wasn’t over-developed or over-priced. Continue reading Koh Tarutao

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is most well-known for being the diving mecca of Thailand, if not Southeast Asia (or Asia at large). However, there’s so much more to do than just dive! There is awesome snorkeling right off the beach in most areas, small beaches located along the coast of the whole island that you can reach by boat, moto, or taxi (Shark’s Bay, anyone?), delicious cafes and restaurants to check out, small walking streets, and of course, the typical island life veg-out (swim, read, have a beer, nap, repeat). Accommodation, while more expensive than the smaller islands, is very reasonable and there is an atmosphere here for everyone, from budget backpackers to family resorts to remote getaways. I’ve been to Koh Tao twice, once to dive and once to relax, so let me share my insight with you. Continue reading Koh Tao

Koh Phayam

Out of the Thai islands I’ve visited so far, Koh Phayam just might be my favorite (though I have plans to visit another island soon, so things may change!). What I love most about Koh Phayam is that it’s more or less cut off from the rest of the world. Internet can only be found in one or two places, electricity is run on generators for only a few hours a day, and there are no cars on the island (which would be silly, because there’s no roads big enough to hold them). It really feels like a secluded and secret place.

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