Discovering the best of Los Angeles with a local

Discovering the best of Los Angeles with a local

Eight hours. That’s how long the Urban Adventures Total LA Tour I’m taking today will last. I’ll be checking out the city’s iconic landmarks as well as venturing to its hidden gems. Best of all though, the tour’s description had promised I’d be escaping the LA cliché. Having visited Los...

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Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

One of my most fascinating days in Crete was when my family and I toured Rethymnon with a local guide. We walked through the city (and out of the city) on the Rethymnon Conquered and Bygone Crete Adventure tours, learning the region’s history and secrets, and hearing incredible stories about...

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Uncovering the real Rio… in just one day

Uncovering the real Rio… in just one day

I went to Rio while on my first ‘360’ around the world. I had spent a few weeks in Ecuador and Peru, and wanted to visit my family in Germany on my way back home to Australia. It would have been silly not to stop anywhere else along the way,...

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Treasures and treats in the hidden shops of Budapest

Treasures and treats in the hidden shops of Budapest

We meet our guide, Monika, for our Urban Adventures’ Made In Budapest Shopping Tour, at the front of the Grand Central Market — a fascinating place that we’ll definitely be back to. Monika is enthusiastic and keen to welcome us to some of the spots we’d probably never find on...

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Taking a ride through Castro’s Cuba

Taking a ride through Castro’s Cuba

“He’s not Castro to us,” said Rolando. “He’s Fidel.” Rolando, my friend Whitney and I were seated around a small table on a sun-drenched terrace, overlooking the Malecón, the main seaside strip in Havana, Cuba. The terrace was on the sprawling, manicured grounds of the Hotel Nacional, one of the...

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The secret side of Paris you need to know

The secret side of Paris you need to know

The Eiffel Tower isn’t the only standout attraction in Paris. Go beyond the Obelisk, stare down the Arc de Triomphe and lose yourself in the ornament, glamour and history of the city’s backstreets and iconic-worthy buildings to uncover a different side of this classic city. Here are some alternate angles...

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A spiritual tour of Nepal

A spiritual tour of Nepal

From the moment you touch down in Nepal, you can feel something different in the air. Nepal is one of the most deeply spiritual places I’ve ever visited. Beyond photos of Everest and the Himalayas, the images of Nepal most often circulated are of the painted, dreadlocked holy men, and...

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A lesson in Danish hygge and happiness

A lesson in Danish hygge and happiness

It’s a well-documented fact that the Danish are one of the happiest nations on earth. But what makes this Scandinavian country, that has one of the harshest winters in the world, so happy? Well, there are a lot of reasons why the Danes (and Scandinavian countries in general) seem to...

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Learning Toronto’s history is better with beer

Learning Toronto’s history is better with beer

I arrive about three and a half minutes late, and it’s not enough that people are irate, but it’s enough that I know to give a yielding nod. We’re standing outside Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame and Jordan, our boisterous and charismatic tour guide, begins to paint a picture of...

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My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

I visited Bangkok because I had to. I was headed to Chiang Mai and since it was my first time in Thailand, I thought it was silly to not at least stop by. Being from New York City, I should have known better. I had imagined Bangkok filled with tourists,...

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