Survive Travel https://www.survivetravel.com Create Life of Travel Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:46:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Find the Best Traveler Accommodation http://www.survivetravel.com/best-traveler-accommodation/ https://www.survivetravel.com/best-traveler-accommodation/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 04:32:58 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=24774 Here’s my guide on how to find the best traveler accommodation. There are lots of options for finding the best traveler accommodation. The one you choose depends on what you want and how long you want it for. In this article, I will detail my favorites and a few I should have tried but never […]

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Here’s my guide on how to find the best traveler accommodation. There are lots of options for finding the best traveler accommodation. The one you choose depends on what you want and how long you want it for. In this article, I will detail my favorites and a few I should have tried but never got around to. It covers:

  • Hotellook
  • Couchsurfing
  • AirBnb
  • Housesitting
  • Local Rentals
  • Volunteering (working for accommodation)
  • Houseswaps

How to Find the Best Traveler Accommodation

HotelLook

For short stays, this is the first place I go. HotelLook searches all the major hotel comparison sites to find you the best deal. It’s much better than searching one comparison site alone. 99 times out of 100 it finds me the best deal. 

It searches all types of accommodation. From dorm beds in hostels to luxury holiday homes, and everything in-between. 

Visit HotelLook here. 

Couch Surfing

If you are a people person and want free accommodation, Couchsurfing is for you. I’ve only done it a couple of times… I’m not a people person. But the couple of times I did do it I had good experiences. 

What is Couchsurfing? People offer their “couch” for free to other travelers. It is a whole community. It’s great to meet travelers when you are at home also since you can offer your “couch”. 

It doesn’t have to be a couch of course. An actual bed is nice, but many people don’t even mind the humble piece of floor. 

AirBnb

AirBnB is my go-to when I plan to stay one week or more. Often, booking for at least a week will give you a discount. And it is not rare to get 50%+ off when staying a month or more. 

Besides the big discount, I like AirBnb because there are more places with the ability to cook and work.

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House-sitting

If I can get it, this is my preferred way to get traveler accommodation.

House-sitting is like a mixture of couch-surfing and Airbnb. Actually, it is like couch-surfing but with a whole house.  

One downfall of being a vagabond for me is not being able to have a pet. And more often than not, a house-sitting gig comes with one. You may also have to do other odd jobs around the place.

In exchange for looking after someone’s house, you get free accommodation. And it’s (usually) better than any hotel room since you will have a kitchen and other home comforts.

There are a few websites to check out for this one. Some are better depending on what country you want to housesit in. Two big ones to start you off are www.TrustedHouseSitters.com and www.Nomador.com.

Local Rentals

Depending on what country you plan to live in, this can be difficult. But if you can do it, its way cheaper than hotels or Airbnb’s.

In some countries, you won’t be able to rent locally unless you are a permanent resident. In most others, you need to make a 6 or 12-month commitment. 

Finding a 3-month or even 1-month agreement is possible, especially for a room or bed space. I like to have a whole apartment or small house, but finding them is fairly hard on a short-term basis. I tend to use Airbnb in these cases.

If not, then rent locally. Doing this is different depending on the country. Craigslist, Gumtree, Word of mouth, Facebook groups, etc.

Get accommodation for one week with HotelLook or AirBnb, then use that week to find a place. If you search online, you can often find a place before you go.

These last 2 traveler accommodation options are ones I have not done, but I’ve put them because they are good options. 

Volunteering

In exchange for a place to sleep, you work. Often you get fed as well. The jobs can be anything from farm-work, gardening, carpentry, teaching, etc. This can be through a volunteer organization or via an exchange website.

I researched doing this back in my 20s. I even paid the site fee and applied for a few places, but then never did it. Now days there are multiple sites you can use, but the one I checked out was www.WorkAway.info.

House Swap

If I owned a house or even an apartment, I would do this. 

It is exactly as it sounds. You have a house, and so does someone else. So you swap.

There are a couple of websites that help with this. HomeExchange is one of the better-known ones. 

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Well, that’s all the ways I look for accommodation when traveling, and a couple I don’t use too. In general:

  • For short stays (days) I go with HotelLook
  • For up to a few weeks I search HotelLook, Airbnb, and housesitting.
  • For a month or more I will skip HotelLook and prioritise housesitting. Airbnb is my backup.
  • Finally, for anything over a month, I will also look into local rentals.

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Here’s my 3-step guide on how to find the cheapest flights. Of course, the cheapest is not always the best. So you can also use this method to find the best flights depending on your criteria. Cost, timing, flight path, etc. 

Using this method I find all my flights in under 30 minutes. 

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How to Find the Cheapest Flights

1. Search Adioso – But Don’t Book Through Them

Adioso is a great website to start your search, especially if you don’t have fixed dates or even a fixed destination. It is especially handy to figure out the best combination for return flights. You can put in your destination and give a time frame for your flights, and it will return the best combinations for you.

Note: If you are not flexible on dates, you can skip Adioso and go straight to Jetradar.

2. Search Jet Radar – But Don’t Book Through Them

Take the flight dates you found on Adioso and put them into www.JetRadar.com. JetRadar will often have more choices and/or cheaper flights.

Visit Jetradar here.

3. Search the Flights on the Airlines Website

Whatever flight you choose from Jetradar, go to that airline’s official webpage and search for the same flight. There is a few reasons for this:

  • The airline may have the same flights at better times.
  • Sometimes the flights are cheaper through the airline.
  • If something goes wrong, it is easier to fix it with the airline direct than it is with a 3rd party.
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There are only 2 reasons I would book through JetRadar.com and not the airline directly. 

  1. It is much more expensive. If it is only a bit more, I still go with the airline. It is worth the extra for the convenience.
  2. If there are multi-carriers involved. You could book the separate flights with each carrier yourself, which often works out cheaper, but I do not advise this. Not only is it time consuming, but if a flight is delayed it has a bad knock-on effect, and that is all your fault. *If you book it through JetRadar, they will compensate you.

*This is in general. Please read the terms and conditions of any flight you book.

Extra Tips for Finding the Cheapest Flights

Here are some additional tips to help you find cheaper flights:

  • Search flights in incognito mode. Website cookies keep track of multiple visits and sometimes increase the price for returning visitors. To get incognito mode in Chrome or Safari on Mac hit Shift+Cmd+N. On Windows press Shift+Ctrl+N.
  • When you find the best flight, book it as soon as possible. The closer you are to the departure date, the more likely the price will increase.
  • For international flights with domestic connections, it pays to check about booking the connections yourself. Sometimes the cost difference is worth the trouble. If you do book them separately, leave plenty of time for connections. At least 4 hours.

In a Nutshell…

Ok, that’s it. I can usually find the best flights with this method in under 20 minutes. Remember:

  1. Adioso
  2. Jetradar
  3. Airlines official website

Also:

  • Use an incognito window
  • Book the flights as soon as possible
  • Consider booking your own connections on international flights with domestic connections

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100% without a doubt my favorite travel insurance for long term travel is World Nomads. I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember for both long and short-term travel.

Why is World Nomads my favorite travel insurance for long term trips?

Because you can renew or buy a new policy from anywhere in the world.

This is harder to find in other travel insurance companies than you think. Believe me, I’ve tried. I found a few others, but they were crazy expensive. Not only is World Nomads flexible, it is very competitive too. 

These 2 reasons alone are why I prefer to use World Nomads, but they also have many other advantages. 

Travel Insurance for Long Term Travel

Accessible Worldwide

World Nomads is available to people from 140 countries. Also, it is all online. This means you can buy, renew, and claim from anywhere in the world.

Trusted & Reliable

World Nomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.

Value for Money

World Nomads allows you to cover only the things you want. For example, for years I only wanted basic emergency cover. Everything I owned was cheap, so I didn’t want to pay extra to cover it. Now I have a more expensive laptop so I want to cover that. No problem. I can add that to my base premium.

Specializes in Adventure Sports

Most of the things I like to do are under the basic cover. Hiking, snorkeling, and general travel. But if you like more adventurous activities, you can get covered for that too. Anything from diving to skiing, to mountain climbing, and more.

Flexibile

I’ve already mentioned these but I want to again. World Nomads is the only travel insurance I have found that allows you to do both these things.

First, you can buy, renew, upgrade, and claim online. And you can do all these things from anywhere in the world. Even while you are traveling. Most companies make you buy your insurance from your home country before you travel.

Second, you can customize your cover much more than other companies let you. There are 3 base levels of cover. Nothing special there. Most companies are the same. But to any of those base levels, you can add cover for a range of adventurous activities and/or precious items. Because you can do this at an individual level, it works out cheaper too.

More Than Insurance

World Nomads also provides other services at no extra cost.

The World Nomads Travel Safety Hub gives members access to the latest travel safety alerts and other travel safety tips.

There are also iPod & iPhone Language Guides and access to an online travel journal.

Exceptional Customer Service

World Nomads prides themselves on customer service. If you have questions, you can contact them directly here.

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Travel insurance is VERY important. When I was younger, I would travel without it thinking it was too expensive. Unless you are mega-rich, you can’t afford not to have it. And with World Nomads being so affordable for such quality cover, there is no excuse to put yourself at such a risk.

Click here to get your WorldNomads policy today and have peace of mind while you explore this wonderful world.

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Spain http://www.survivetravel.com/moving-to-spain/ https://www.survivetravel.com/moving-to-spain/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:36:52 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=24238 One of the things I love most about being a freelancer is getting to choose when and where I work. So when the opportunity arose to set up my office from one of Barcelona’s many Chiringuito’s (beach cafes), of course, I said yes. The sea views, the light breeze cooling me from the July heat, […]

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Article contributed by Kayla Kurin.

One of the things I love most about being a freelancer is getting to choose when and where I work. So when the opportunity arose to set up my office from one of Barcelona’s many Chiringuito’s (beach cafes), of course, I said yes. The sea views, the light breeze cooling me from the July heat, and the sounds of people playing beach volleyball, sipping on mojitos, and chatting with friends certainly beat rushing to and from a damp co-working space in London.

With long, sunny days, beaches, mountains, and delicious foods like Pulpo de Galega (Galician Octopus) and Patatas Bravas (spicy fried potatoes), choosing to move to Spain is a no-brainer for a lot of expats or location independent folk.

However, the logistics of moving to Spain for the long-term comes with a set of challenges, the first and last of which is the never-ending bureaucracy (even for citizens of the EU). However, by practicing patience, and making new Spanish speaking friends to help you, you can accomplish everything you need to set up your life in Spain.

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Spain

Before I get started with the specifics, I want to recommend making your appointments for any paperwork process as early in the day, and as early in the week as possible. No matter how prepared you are, you’re still likely to get asked for something else or be sent to a different office. The earlier you get in, the earlier you can put together the puzzle pieces of your various applications.

So before you pack your bags, what do you need to know about moving to Spain?

Visas

If you’re a citizen of an EU member state, you don’t need to get a visa to stay long-term in Spain. You can skip to the next section!

Everyone else needs a visa to stay in the country for more than 3 months. There are a few different options for visas depending on where you’re from and what kind of work you do. If you’ve been offered a job with a Spanish company, they’ll likely be able to sponsor you and assist you with the visa process. If you’re self-employed, you have a few other options:

  • Entrepreneurial visa. You’ll need to be able to show that your business is going to create jobs in Spain and have a business plan ready.
  • Non-lucrative visa. You’ll have to provide proof of a significant amount of savings. You also won’t be able to work locally in Spain, but if you have only international clients or are retired, this can be a good option.
  • Student visa. Want to improve your Spanish? Signing up for a program that includes 20-hours per week of lessons can help you secure a student visa. There are also many universities in Spain that offer English speaking programs if you’re interested in pursuing a degree. With a student visa, you’re able to work part-time in Spain or continue your remote career.
  • Youth mobility visa. Your country may have a particular contract with Spain. Check your embassy’s website to see if this visa is available to you. This visa is open to people from participating countries under the age of 35. No proof of work/income is required, but you do need to show that you have a few thousand euros in your bank account, health insurance, and a police report.

You can’t apply for a visa from within Spain, so make sure you sort out the paperwork before you go. Also, leave yourself a buffer. I carefully followed the directions on the Embassy website in Canada only to be told, on arrival at the embassy, the instructions on the website were wrong.

When I asked how long the application would take I got the response: “soon.”

When I tried to specify, “how soon? In a week? In a month?”

“Yes,” the woman responded.

This is excellent preparation for your time living in Spain where patience is needed for everything.

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“Camino” (“Path” in Spanish).

Getting your NIE

Your NIE is your foreign identity number that will allow you to open a bank account, get health insurance, apply for a drivers license, work locally, etc.

Depending on which country you’re from and which visa you’re applying for, it’s possible you’ll be able to apply for your NIE from your home country. If this option is available to you, I highly recommend taking it. For everyone else (including EU citizens), you’ll need to make an appointment at your local police stations or foreigners identity office to apply for your NIE.

Turn up to your appointment with the correct paperwork and, ideally, a Spanish speaking friend if your Spanish is not advanced. Be prepared to wait long past your appointment start time to see someone.

Healthcare

Both private and public healthcare in Spain provides a high standard of care. If you don’t qualify for public health insurance, several private insurance options will give you a wide range of coverage for a reasonable cost.

As a student, you qualify for public healthcare only if you’re under 26. Mature students will need to fund their own healthcare costs. If you’re on a work visa, you need to be considered a resident of Spain which usually means staying in the country for 5 consecutive years and then applying for residency. If you’re an EU citizen, all you need is your NIE and EHC(European Health Card) to access public healthcare.

I recommend using Sanitas Healthcare for expats looking for private health coverage as they have English speaking customer services representatives and are knowledgeable on your plan requirements based on the visa you’re applying for.

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Statue of Colombus

Banking

The easiest way to get a bank account is to inquire with your bank in your home country. If you currently bank with an international bank, they may have a branch in Spain and may allow you to set up your account before leaving.

If you need to open a bank account in Spain, you’ll need your passport with your visa or proof of residence, your NIE, proof of address, and proof of employment. Double check with your chosen bank when you make an appointment to set up the account to make sure they don’t require any extra documentation.

Most banks will have English speaking tellers available so you can request this when you book your appointment!

Finding a Place to Live

The difficulty of flat hunting and the value of real estate varies widely within Spain. In Barcelona, rents are high, and space is limited. In Valencia, it’s easy to find a 2 or 3 bedroom flat for a very reasonable cost.

The main site people use to find apartment rentals and properties to buy is idealista.com. You can also check Badi, for finding a roommate, or explore expat Facebook groups — there are many dedicated to rental listings in Spain.
You’ll also have the option to work with an agency to help you find an apartment. If you get a good agent, this can take a lot of the hassle out of finding an apartment. However, agency fees are usually the equivalent of 1-2 months rent, so depending on your budget, and how long you plan on staying, it may or may not be worth it for you to use an agency.

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Language

While Spanish (Castellano) is the official language of Spain, depending on where you choose to live, it may not be the native or primary language spoken.

In the northeast you have Catalan, and moving west you’ll find yourself in Basque country, and then Galacia, each of which has their own distinct language. If you’re going to a part of the country where Spanish isn’t the primary language, don’t panic, pretty much everyone in Spain speaks Spanish (and most speak at least a little bit of English). But a little effort to learn local phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘please’, and ‘thank you’ in the local language goes a long way. The distinct regions in Spain are very proud of their cultural heritage and will appreciate foreigners who try to learn more about their history and language.

Remember, these aren’t just dialects, they’re entirely different languages — and if you refer to them as a dialect of Spanish, you’re sure to offend.

While getting your documentation in line in Spain can sometimes feel daunting or like you’re moving in Kafka-esque circles, it’s helpful to take a break (remember, nothing in Spain moves quickly, so you don’t have to either) and head to one of Spain’s many outdoor cafe’s for a litre of Sangria and a plate of tapas and enjoy the adventure.

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Kayla Kurin is a writer, yogi, and constant traveler. Originally from Canada, she’s traveled, lived, and worked in over 40 countries. Kayla will attempt to swim in any body of water she sees and has never met a 1 euro bottle of wine she didn’t like.

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How to Unlock Smart Bro Pocket Wifi http://www.survivetravel.com/how-to-unlock-smart-bro-pocket-wifi/ https://www.survivetravel.com/how-to-unlock-smart-bro-pocket-wifi/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:58:11 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=21550 Learn how to unlock your Smart Bro Pocket WiFi. This tutorial will also show you how to change the smart bro pocket WiFi password. I did this on my Smart Bro Pocket Wifi model FXPR3L but it should work for other models of SmartBro Pocket WiFis also. I haven’t tested it, but there is no […]

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Learn how to unlock your Smart Bro Pocket WiFi. This tutorial will also show you how to change the smart bro pocket WiFi password. I did this on my Smart Bro Pocket Wifi model FXPR3L but it should work for other models of SmartBro Pocket WiFis also. I haven’t tested it, but there is no harm in trying. The most that will happen is the code will get rejected. If you do try, please leave a comment with your results to help out other readers.

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How to Unlock Smart Bro Pocket WiFi – Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi FXPR3L

First, a little background story. I bought a Smart LTE pocket WiFi a couple of days ago. The latest model is an EVOLUZN FX PR3L. It was fast when I tested it in the shop, but when I took it home the signal was poor. I was not surprised since this happens a lot in the Barangays of the Philippines (I am in Puerto Princesa). Anyway, since it was not faulty, I can not return it. A friend of mine has a Globe Tatoo and while it is not super fast, at least it works. So I have unlocked my Smart FX PR3L pocket WiFi and put a Globe sim card in it. Now, whenever I travel in the Philippines I can use either globe or smart depending on who has the better signal.

Okay, so I got this information from a youtube video, but there were some little problems I came across. I noticed in the comments of the video there were some people having issues as well. So I have written this short guide to explain the process a bit better.

1. Ensure your Smart Pocket WiFi is at least 50% charged.

2. Put a non-Smart sim card into it.
I put a Globe one in, but any carrier will work.

3. Connect your device to the pocket WiFi
Do this via WiFi (not by cable). Any device will work, Android, PC, Mac, iPhone, Tablet, etc.

The default smart bro password is:

smartbro

If that doesn’t work, it means someone has changed the password. You can learn how to reset the Smart bro pocket WiFi under the next heading.

4. Once connected, go to the smart bro WiFi admin page.
The smart bro pocket WiFi IP address is:

192.168.1.1

Put the above smart pocket WiFi IP address into the web browser of your device. The following page should appear.

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If not, then you’re computer’s WiFi is not connected to the pocket WiFi. For example, mine was still connected to my home PLDT so it went to the PLDT admin page. In this case, connect to the pocket WiFi and go to smart bro dashboard login page again (192.168.1.1).

If you get an “error 404 not found” page, clear your browser’s cookies.

5. Sign in to the smartbro pocket WiFi dashboard.
The smart bro dashboard username and password is:

smartbro
smartbro

6. After you log in, navigate to “Internet” and then to “MEP Setting”

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7. Type in the following code and then press “unlock”

@2N@t1Tr3

In the above picture, I have already unlocked it, which is why it says “Lock” instead of “Unlock”.

Once you unlock your smart pocket WiFi it will reset to factory default settings. If you want you can change the password with the instructions below.

How to Reset the Smart Bro Pocket WiFi

You can do a smart bro pocket WiFi reset by pressing the buttons “ON” and “WPS” at the same time for 10 seconds. It will reset to factory default. Now you can use the default username and password to connect to it.

How to Change the Smart Bro Pocket WiFi Password

Log into the Smart bro pocket WiFi admin dashboard as explained above.

Go to Wireless > Wireless Security Settings

Tick “Unmask Password”

You can change your password and the Network Name (SSID) also if you want. Don’t touch anything else if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Once you press save the page will refresh.

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You will also get logged off your Smart Pocket WiFi. You can log in again with your new password.

If anything goes wrong, remember that you can reset to factory default settings.

This does not change the smart bro pocket WiFi dashboard password.

Here is the original video on youtube.

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10 Scrumptious Croatian Foods http://www.survivetravel.com/croatian-foods/ https://www.survivetravel.com/croatian-foods/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:09:21 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20959 Discover 10 scrumptious Croation foods. The food of Croatia has different styles and specialties from region to region. You can find the more famous Croatian dishes all over the country, with the region putting its own little spin on it. Save BIG on Your Next Adventure 10 Scrumptious Croatian Foods To be honest, I don’t […]

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To be honest, I don’t recall trying many of these dishes while I was in Croatia. I ate a lot of sandwiches and other things from the bakeries. They where cheap meals. I do remember my favorite meal was goulash. Anyway, here are 10 Croatian foods that I will be sure to try if I ever get back there.

1. Međimurska Gibanica

The first item on this list of Croatian foods is something I can not pronounce. Međimurska Gibanica is a type of layer cake from Međimurje County. Besides puff pastry, its main ingredients are apples, cheese, nuts, and poppy seeds.

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2. Grah

Grah is a mixed bean soup that can also have meat in it. It is very hearty, almost a stew.

It reminds me of Colombian frijoles, except grah rarely uses kidney beans.

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Grah is a mixed bean soup. Almost a stew. By Silverije (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Goulash

I remember ordering Goulash a few times while in Croatia, because I loved it. It is a hearty meat and vegetable soup. Can’t go wrong with that!

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Goulash was my favorite Croatian dish. A meat and vegetable soup. Via Pixabay.com.

4. Žganci

Žganci is like gritz or polenta. They make it from buckwheat flour, maize, wheat, or a combination of these.

They call it “pura” on the Croatian coast.

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Žganci is “pura” in the coastal regions. By myself (Own work) [GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

5. Štrukli

Number 5 on this list of scrumptious Croatian foods is Štrukli. Štrukli is a baked pastry dish. It contains cottage cheese with eggs, sour cream, and salt. It is more popular in the north of Croatia, such as Zagreb.

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Cottage cheese with eggs, sour cream, and salt. in baked pastry. Roberta F. [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Brodet

Brodet is one dish I would never order. It is a seafood stew, and I dislike seafood. Brodet is popular in the regions of Dalmatia, Kvarner, and Istria

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Brodet is a fish stew. Something I would stay away from. By Chiqui Teo (https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datoteka:Brodet.JPG) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Meso z Tiblice

Meso z tiblice is preserved meat. Actually, it is a way of preserving meat created by the Međimurje people. The Međimurje people salt pork and then bake or boil it. They then cover it in lard and put it in a tiblica. A tiblica is a wooden container.

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Meso z Tiblice is a way of preserving meat. By Silverije (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

8. Punjena Parika

Punjena Parika is meat, rice, eggs, tomato sauce, and spices stuffed into peppers. Different forms of this dish are throughout the region. Including Bulgari, Slovenia, Macedonia, and others.

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Punjena Parika are stuffed peppers. mic of Orion [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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9. Burek

Burek is a baked pastry dish. The filling can be almost anything. Some of the more popular options are cheese, meat, and potato. It is a classic bakery snack food in Croatia, at least it was for me.

Burek is also found in many other countries such as Turkey, Bosnia, Serbia, and more.

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Burek is a common bakery snack I had in Croatia. By Coralie Ferreira (Trip to Croatia-Day 1-Zagreb-Burek) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

10. Baklava

The last dish on this list of scrumptious Croatian foods is the famous Baklava. Baklava is by no means unique to Croatia, but it is there and I could not leave it out. I’m not a big sweet tooth but I enjoy baklava. It is layers of filo pastry with chopped nut and honey or syrup.

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I haven’t got much of a sweet tooth, but I love baklava. Via Pixabay.com.

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10 Amazing Things to do in Croatia http://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-croatia/ https://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-croatia/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:34:34 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20946 Discover 10 amazing things to do in Croatia. Besides the UK, traveling in Croatia is my only European travel experience. I loved it. I plan to see more of Europe over the next couple of years, but for now, here are my 10 picks for things to do in Croatia. Learn the Money Saving Secrets […]

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10 Amazing Things to do in Croatia

1. Trsat Castle, Rijeka

The first thing on this list of amazing things to do in Croatia is Trsat Castle. I enjoyed this quite a lot because it included more than seeing the castle. We walked up the many stairs and also explored the surrounding area around the castle. The walk is quite steep so there is a bus that goes up also.

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Trsat Castle in Rijeka. Via Berthold Werner [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

2. Pula Arena

Pula Arena is like a mini version of the Roman Collesium. They built t around the time Jesus was born and is one of the largest surviving Roman arenas in the world.

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They built Pula Arena around the time Jesus was born.

3. Bizovac Thermal Springs, Osijek

I never actually found the thermal springs in Bizovac but did find a cool lake. This day trip exploration from Osijek is one of my fondest memories from Croatia.

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Bizovac Lake. I never did find the thermal springs.

4. Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park is a must-see if you visit Croatia. It has beautiful scenery and many waterfalls. It rained for most of our time there but was still epic. Single and multi-day passes are available.

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One of the many waterfalls in Plitvice National Park.

5. Brac Island

Number 5 on this list of amazing things to do in Croatia is Brac Island. Brac Island is not far from the coast of Split. Is is an idealic island that we went to for a day trip.

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View from Bol Village on Brac Island.

6. Split Old Town

There are many Old Towns in Croatia, but Split was one of my favorites.They had ancient Sphinxs there!

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Looking into Split at night.

7. Secluded Nusist Beach, Makarska

Makarska was my favorite city in Croatia, and we didn’t even plan to visit it! We decided to stop there to break up a long bus trip. I’m glad we did because it was awesome.

Besides hiking to this secluded nudist beach there are many outdoor things to do. You can hike up the mountain, swim in the pristine beaches, go rock-climbing, and more. There is also a nightclub in a cave!

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The nudist beach in Makarska.

8. Dubrovnik City Walls

Dubrovnik is famous for being where they film The Game of Thrones. It is also a great place to visit in its own right. Amongst other things, you can walk along the city walls which. The Dubrovnik city walls are one of the great fortification systems from the middle ages.

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View of Dubrovnik from the city walls.

9. Zagreb City Fort

I never got around to going to Zagreb City Fort, but wish I had. It is the best preserved building of Zagreb’s defensive system and offers epic views of the city.

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The Zagreb skyline at night. Via Pixabay.com.

10. Kupari Beach, Dubrovnik

The last thing on this list of amazing things to do in Croatia was also moy favorite thing to do in Dubrovnik. It was to go see the abandoned hotels at Kupari Beach. The Yugoslav army destroyed the hotels during the Bosnian War in the 1990’s. You can walk through them at your own risk.

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One of the several abandoned hotels in Kupari Beach.

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10 Mouth-Watering Japanese Foods http://www.survivetravel.com/japanese-foods/ https://www.survivetravel.com/japanese-foods/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:18:10 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20883 Discover 10 mouth-watering Japanese foods. There are Japanese restaurants all over the world so many of the items on this list will not be a surprise. Traditional Japanese food is rice or noodles accompanied by seasonal ingredients. Learn the Money Saving Secrets from 15+ Years of Travel 10 Mouth-Watering Japanese Foods 1. Tonkatsu The first […]

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10 Mouth-Watering Japanese Foods

1. Tonkatsu

The first item on this list of mouth-watering Japanese foods tonkatsu. Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet, crumbed and deep fried. It comes with a sweet and savory sauce. The sauce is what makes it delicious.

Korea has tonkatsu as well. They call it don-gaseu.

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Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet, crumbed and deep fried with a special sauce. Via Pixabay.com.

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2. Karaage

Karaage is a method of cooking. Deep fried. Katsu and Karaage are both deep fried but the preparation is different.

Karaage is marinated, battered, and then fried. Katsu is panko crusted and fried. Katsu is like chicken tenders, assuming you are using chicken. Karaage is like larger pieces of fried chicken, e.g., a drumstick. Also, the sauces are different.

Both are delicious!

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Karaage is more like fried chicken whilst Katsu are like chicken tenders. Via Flickr.com.

3. Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a hot pot of meat and vegetables. The broth in the shallow iron pot is soy sauce, sugar, and a weak rice wine called mirin. After you cook the ingredients in the broth you dip them in raw egg before eating it.

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Sukiyake is like a hot pot. Via Pixabay.com.

4. Shabushabu

Shabushabu is another hot pot dish closer to the Chinese version. It is less sweet and more savory than sukiyaki.

Shabushabu got its name from the sound it makes when stirring the ingredients in the pot.

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Shabushabu is closer to the Chinese style hotpot. Via Pixabay.com.

5. Ramen

Number 5 on this list of mouth-watering Japanese foods ramen. Ramen is my least favorite type of noodles, but I still like them. It is Chinese style wheat noodles in a soup broth. Almost every region has its own variation.

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Japanese ramen is a noodle soup dish. Via Pixabay.com.

6. Sushi

Sushi may be the most famous of Japanese dishes. I’m not a fan of raw fish but they are many western versions of sushi I love. Califonia roll, katsu chicken, and tempura shrimp to name a few. I also love the Korean version, gimbap.

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Sushi may be Japan’s most famous food. Via Pixabay.com.

7. Udon Noodles

Udon noodles are like a thick spaghetti. They often come as a hot noodle soup, but I have also had them in cold noodles and as a fried noodle dish. I rate them better than ramen, but not as good as soba.

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Udon noodles are like a thick spaghetti. Via Pixabay.com.

8. Yakitori

Yakitori is Japanese meat on a stick. Many countries have some sort of version of this. The cook skewers the meat before grilling it. Seasoning comes last. Simple and delicious.

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The cook skewers the meat before grilling it. Seasoning comes last. Via Pixabay.com.

9. Tempura

I’m not a fan of tempura. It takes good, nutritious food, and then deep fries all the goodness out of them. Tempura shrimp is a different story. I love that.

Tempura is actually a Portuguese dish popularised by Japan.

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Tempura is actually a Portuguese dish. Via Pixabay.com.

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10. Soba

The last dish on this list of mouth-watering Japanese foods is my favorite type of noodles. Soba noodles are thin noodles made from buckwheat. Like udon noodles, soba can be hot or cold in soup or served dry.

Being buckwheat means soba has more nutritional value than normal wheat noodles. That is why they are my favorite.

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Soba noodles are made from buckwheat. Via Pixabay.com.

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10 Fun Things to do in Japan http://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-japan/ https://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-japan/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:56:30 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20868 Discover 10 fun things to do in Japan. Japan is a country full of culture and beauty. It is as modern and traditional at the same time. There are many things to see and do in Japan, choosing only 10 was hard. The truth is, I have never been to Japan. At least now I […]

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Discover 10 fun things to do in Japan. Japan is a country full of culture and beauty. It is as modern and traditional at the same time. There are many things to see and do in Japan, choosing only 10 was hard. The truth is, I have never been to Japan. At least now I know what I want to see there when I go.

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10 Fun Things to do in Japan

1. Mount Fuji

The first thing on this list of fun things to do in Japan is the famous Fuji Mountain. Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. You can find it on Honshu Island. It is actually an active volcano that last erupted in the early 1700’s.

It takes about 6 hours to summit.

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Mount Fuji is affectionately known as Fuji-san. Mr Fuji. Via Pixabay.com.

2. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

I chose this item because I love bamboo forests. Arashiyama is a little west of Kyoto and the bamboo forest is a big attraction. Standing amongst giant bamboo always gives me a very serene feeling. I imagine Arashiyama Bamboo Forest would be the same.

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Standing in a bamboo forrest is very serene. Via Pixabay.com.

3. Kabuki

Kabuki is classic Japanese theatre. There is singing, dancing, drama, and elaborate make-up. I assume it would be like Beijing Opera which I don’t enjoy. I would still like to see it though. My assumptions are often wrong.

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Kabuki is traditional Japanese theatre. Via Pixabay.com.

4. Onsen

Onsen is a Japanese hot spring. I compare it to bath-houses. It is like they build a bathhouse around the hot spring. Thanks to the volcanos, there are thousands of onsens throughout Japan.

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A monkey in a hot spring. Via Pixabay.com.

5. Sumo

Number 5 on this list of things to do in Japan is to watch a Sumo match. This has a special appeal to me because I’ve had an interest in martial arts since a young age.

Sumo is centuries years old. Many traditional rituals are still performed during the matches. In Japan, it is a professional sport.

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Two Sumo fighters getting ready to battle. Via Pixabay.com.

6. Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kyushu City

Kawachi Fuji garden is a 3000 square meter wisteria garden. There are 20 different species of Wisteria in a variety of colors. It is best to go during full bloom which is often at end of April.

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20 species of Wisteria in full bloom. Via Flickr.com.

7. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the south of Kyoto. Its rows of torii were in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. A torii is the entrance of a traditional Japanese gate.

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Rows of torii in Fushimi Inari Shrine. Via Pixabay.com.

8. Hanami

Hanami is the “Cherry Blossom Festival”. It is the Japanese way of welcoming spring. Every year people gather to picnic under the blooming cherry blossoms.

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Hanami is the Japanese welcoming of spring. Via Flickr.com.

9. Kenrokuen, Kanazawa

Kenrokuen is one of Japan’s “3 most beautiful landscape gardens”. It is 11.4 hectares and has something different blooming in every season.

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One of the 3 most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. Via Pixabay.com.

10. Sado Tea Ceremony

The last thing on this list of 10 fun things to do in Japan is a traditional tea ceremony. The Japanese call it Sado and Zen Buddhism was a big influence. A very formal tea ceremony can last up to 4 hours.

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Sado is the Japanese way of saying tea ceremony. Via Pixabay.com.

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10 Cool Things to do in Vietnam http://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-vietnam/ https://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-vietnam/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 02:58:56 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20855 Discover 10 cool things to do in Vietnam. Once you get outside of the cities, Vietnam is an amazing country to travel in. Even in the cities, there are plenty of things to do. Also, the food is amazing! I only wish my visa lasted longer than a month. Here are my 10 picks for […]

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Discover 10 cool things to do in Vietnam. Once you get outside of the cities, Vietnam is an amazing country to travel in. Even in the cities, there are plenty of things to do. Also, the food is amazing! I only wish my visa lasted longer than a month. Here are my 10 picks for things to do in Vietnam.

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10 Cool Things to do in Vietnam

1. Halong Bay Cruise

The first thing on this list of cool things to do in Vietnam is something I decided not to do last minute. I went to Halong and was even on a boat, but then changed my mind. After being on the boat I remembered that I hate boats and left!

I have spoken to people that have been on these cruises though and rave about them.

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A lone boat cruising in Halong Bay. Via Pixabay.com.

2. Hiking in Sapa

Sapa was not my favorite town in Vietnam, but hiking in Sapa was awesome. Instead of a mainstream tour, I hired a young village lady to take me to her village. Getting to know about her and her village life was very interesting. She was a real-life kidnapped bride!

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Sapa is a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Vietnam.

3. Hanoi Hilton

The Hanoi Hilton is an infamous jail. The French colonists jailed political prisoners there. Following that, the North Vietnamese held American POW there. These days it is a very interesting museum.

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A model of life inside Hanoi Hilton.

4. Water Puppet Show

Vietnamese water puppet shows are traditional music and wooden puppets acting on water. The puppeteers control them with a long stick from behind a curtain. The shows usually retell some type of Vietnamese folklore. Worth a look if you haven’t seen it before.

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During the water puppet show.

5. Cu Chi Tunnels

Number 5 on this list of things to do in Vietnam is the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam war, the Vietnamese built a massive underground tunnel system. As part of the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you can walk in these very same tunnels! You also learn a lot about the way of life during those times. It’s an interesting tour.

Most tours to Cu Chi leave from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

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Inside the Cu Chi Tunnels.

6. Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang

I remember getting a hotel a 2-minute walk away from the beach in Nha Trang for under 6usd a night. I was pretty happy with that. The other thing I remember about Nha Trang was the Long Son Pagoda. There are many pagodas in Vietnam. I got tired of them after a while, but Long Son was my favorite.

It’s a nice climb up the stairs and halfway up you can go inside a bell. Then a monk hits it! At the end of the climb, there is a massive Buddha.

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A monk hits the bell with you inside it.

7. My Son, Hoi An

My Son is a historical set of ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a Hindu temple complex built by the Champa.

Although it is quite famous, I remember it being a very calm place. There were people there, but it was not overrun. Also, it is easy to see from Hoi An without an organized tour.

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My Son is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Hoi An.

8. Motorbike Riding in Dalat

Dalat was one of my favorite places in Vietnam. When I arrived a man sold me a cheap hotel and a motorbike tour. I usually don’t go for tours but I am glad I did this one. There is no way I would have seen even half the things I did if it wasn’t for taking this tour. Also, it was only me and the driver.

There are many things to see in Dalat. Village, coffee plantations, waterfalls, the Crazy House, and more!

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One fo the waterfalls I visited in Dalat.

9. Tomb of Khai Dinh, Hue

There are several of these tombs around Hue, but this one is the most famous. I hired a motorbike for the day to go find it. It took me a while due to the rain and dodgy map but was worth the ride.

It is a nice place to wander around for an hour or two. Marvel at the carvings.

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Entering the Tomb of Khai Dinh.

10. Mekong Delta

The last thing on this list of cool things to do in Vietnam is the Mekong Delta. You can get multi-day trips down the Mekong. I only took a short one. Less than an hour. It was part of my Cu Chi tunnels tour.

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A crocodile in the Mekong during out boat ride.

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10 Awesome Things to do in South Korea http://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-south-korea/ https://www.survivetravel.com/things-to-do-south-korea/#respond Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:26:59 +0000 https://www.survivetravel.com/?p=20831 Discover 10 awesome things to do in South Korea. I went to South Korea as a layover so decided to spend 10 or so days there. In my trip, I only went to Seoul and Gyeongju. Next time I go I will be sure to see the rest of the things I have put on […]

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Discover 10 awesome things to do in South Korea. I went to South Korea as a layover so decided to spend 10 or so days there. In my trip, I only went to Seoul and Gyeongju. Next time I go I will be sure to see the rest of the things I have put on this list.

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10 Awesome Things to do in South Korea

1. Korean Bathhouse

The first thing on this list of awesome things to do in South Korea is to visit a Korean Bathhouse. A friend I worked in China with would rave about the Korean Bathhouses. I went to the Dragon Spa in Seoul. It is more catered to foreigners than others. I doubt they are better than bathhouses in Europe, but I was still impressed.

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Korean bathhouses have spas, saunas, game rooms, and more. Although, I can’t recall the Dragon Spa having a sauna or steamroom.Via Pixabay.com.

2. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace is a palace/museum in the heart of the capital. The Joseon dynasty built it in the late 1300’s. It is the largest of 5 palaces built by them.

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The changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

3. Yangdong Folk Village, Gyeongju

Yangdong Folk Village is a traditional village not far from Gyeongju and makes a great day trip. It is a working village, meaning that people live there. You can walk around and look the different houses. Some of them you can go in.

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One of the display houses in Yangdong Fold Village. There are many.

4. Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital

This abandoned hospital is one of South Korea’s most haunted places. It is closed to the public but you can still go there and “break-in”.

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This is not a picture of Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital. Via Pixabay.com.

5. Korean Demilitarized Zone, Paju

Number 5 on this list of things to do in South Korea is to go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. This is a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Many tours are available.

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A buffer zone between North and South Korea. Via Flicker.com.

6. Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul

There’s no better way to explore an urban area than checking out street-art. Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul is exactly that. It’s a nice part of an otherwise bustling capital.

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One of my favorite pieces in Ihwa Mural Villages.

7. Haesindang Penis Park

I first saw this place in a Facebook post. I found it really amusing… a park dedicated to penises! haha.

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A park dedicated to the humble penis. Via Flickr.com.

8. Oedo Botania

Oedo is a small island off the coast of South Korea. It was once barren, but some guy and his wife transformed it into a nature wonderland. It sounds right up my alley. I hope I get to visit it one day.

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What was once a barren island is now a nature wonderland. Via Flickr.com.

9. Bulguksa Temple and Tohamsan Peak

I don’t remember visiting Bulguksa Temple. It mustn’t have made a big impression on me. I’m sure it was nice while I was there. What I do remember is hiking up to Tohamsan Peak afterward. It was a lovely walk through the forest along a very well kept path. I only got halfway up but still saw some amazing views.

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The pond near the entry of Bulguksa Temple.

10. Tapsa Temple

The last thing on this list of awesome things to do in South Korea is Tapsa Temple. I never went here but it is 120 pagodas built by one guy. A hermit non-the-less! Amazing.

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120 pagodas built by one guy. dokaspar [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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10 Tasty English Foods

1. Toad in the Hole

The first item on this list of tasty English foods is Toad in the Hole. I remember someone giving me their version of Toad in the Hole when I was a child. It was a piece of bread with a hole ripped out of the middle and a fried egg cooked into the hole.

15 years later my housemate in Newcastle cooked up Toad in the Hole the proper English way. It was spectacular in comparison to what I had as a child. Sausages baked in a Yorkshire pudding with gravy.

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Sausages baked into Yorkshire pudding. Via Flickr.com.

2. Spotted Dick

The first time I heard about spotted dick was in the movie King Ralph. I admit that I have never tried it but would like to. It is a dried fruit pudding served with custard.

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Spotted dick is a dried fruit pudding. Via Flickr.com.

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3. Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in blankets are sausages wrapped in bacon. The first time I ate pigs in blankets was in China. An American couple served them up for Thanksgiving, and the wife was a vegetarian!

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Sausages wrapped in bacon. Not one for the vegetarians. Via Flickr.com.

4. Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and squeak is a great way to get rid of leftover roast vegetables. Use potato as the main ingredient. Shallow fry it with whatever leftover vegetables you’ve got.

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Bubble and squeak is a great way to use up leftover vegetables. Via Flickr.com.

5. Bangers and Mash

Number 5 on this list of tasty English foods is bangers and mash. It is also a favorite on any Australian pub menu. Sausages, mashed potato, and gravy. Simple, filling, and delicious.

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Sausages, mashed potato, and gravy. Via Pixabay.com.

6. Fish and Chips

I’m not a fan of fish and chips but it is classic English fare. There was a “chippy” in every town I saw, even the very small ones.

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Deep fried battered fish with chips. Via Pixabay.com.

7. Tea and Scones

I had an English girlfriend once and she LOVED tea and scones. To be more precise, teas and scones with jam and cream. If you have a sweet tooth, this one is for you.

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Scones with jam and cream is often for morning or afternoon tea. Via Pixabay.com.

8. Cornish Pasty

The Cornish Pasty is a baked pastry filled with minced meat and vegetables. It is great “on-the-go” snack from the bakery. The Cornish part fo the name is because of Cornwall region in England. I guess they made it there first.

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A pastry filled with minced meat and vegetables. Via Pixabay.com.

9. Full English Breakfast

Thought to be a great hangover cure, the full English breakfast is a big fry-up. The exact ingredients used depends on what is available. It often includes eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, blood pudding, baked beans, etc.

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An example of a full English breakfast. Via Flickr.com.

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10. Yorkshire Pudding

The last dish on this list of tasty English foods comes from the region of Yorkshire. You may remember the mention of Yorkshire pudding from the first item on this list, toad in the hole. Yorkshire pudding is an egg, flour and milk batter.

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Yorkshire pudding is an egg, flour, and milk or water batter. Via Pixabay.com.

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