WHAT’S NEW IN TRAVEL

7 DAYS IN ICELAND: ITINERARY AND TRAVEL GUIDE (+MAP!)

Ah, Iceland. So many sights to see, so many things to do! How in the world can one plan an Iceland itinerary knowing all the amazing experiences this country can offer? And is it even possible to do it when you can only spend 7 days in Iceland?

Well, don’t worry, because while one week in Iceland isn’t enough to “do it all”, it is absolutely enough to cover all the major must-sees, to get off the beaten track, and allow some free time to soak it all in. 

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT ICELAND ASAP

Let me preface this post by saying one thing. I do not dedicate my “10 reasons why you should visit” series to just ANY place, it needs to be really special. In fact, I only write these kinds of posts under one specific circumstance, that is when I am so ANNOYINGLY EXCITED about a trip I’ve just returned from that my friends basically want to murder me and I’m forced to take my yapping somewhere else: the Internet.

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GLACIER HIKING AND ICE CAVE TOURS IN ICELAND: WORTH THE HYPE?

I don’t know about you, but a glacier isn’t exactly something I get to see every day at home. Well I have seen glaciers on tv many times, but I was always under the impression that those otherworldly landscapes carved from living ice were not easy to reach, let alone hike.

And yet, as I recently discovered, if you find your way to Iceland a glacier is indeed something you get to see every day – and if you get in contact with the proper guide, you can even get the chance of walking on the surface of one.

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11 WEIRD BUT FUN FACTS ABOUT ICELAND THAT’LL MAKE YOU GO ‘HUH?’

Iceland can be a bit weird, but in a totally hot way. You know, like Johnny Depp weird. You can kinda sense it as soon as you land in Reykjavik, when all of a sudden you’re welcomed by all these beautiful blonde giants and a strong frittata smell. But I’m telling you, give it just 24 hours and I promise it will start getting even weirder, and weirder, and weirder. 
To prove my point and show you just how freaky things can get around here, I wrote down a few fun but weird facts about Iceland I discovered along the way. 

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A FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE TO VISITING LAKE BRAIES, ITALY

Soaring pine trees scenting the morning air, majestic mountains reflecting in deep blue waters, old-fashioned wooden boats serenely floating around – standing on the shore of Lake Braies for the first time, it felt as if I was looking at a grand en plein air painting. The forest frames the view into a perfect composition, and when the light is right, the landscape ranges in color from every shade of green, turquoise and blue. You’d think only an artist could ever envision such an image, but then again, who’s better at wielding the paintbrush than Mother Nature? 

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HOW TO VISIT THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA WITHOUT THE CROWDS

Spanning across China for 21.196,18 km – half the length of the Equator – the Great Wall stands as the largest engineering achievement in history.  
This ‘Wonder of the World’ always seemed to hold a certain aura of mystery and has managed to spark people’s imagination over the centuries. As Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei confirmed in 2004, it is not actually possible to see the Great Wall from the moon. You can, however, sort of see it from the International Space Station. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the American astronaut Leroy Chiao for producing this incredible photographic proof.  
It’s no wonder that visiting the Great Wall is on every traveler’s wish list. We’ve all dreamed about climbing those narrow steps and walking through the history of 2000 years of Chinese dynasties; admiring the walls as they snake through the placid, green valleys; standing at the top of one of the many observation towers with only the sound of the birds to keep us company.  

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WHAT’S NEW IN BOOKS

7 POWERFUL BOOKS ABOUT RACISM THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ

To help the fight against systematic and institutionalized racism in the long run, it is crucial that we understand it first. And to understand it, we must educate ourselves and gain full awareness of the policies, practices but also attitudes that are preserving these inequalities.

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10 BEST BOOKS ABOUT ITALY TO READ BEFORE YOUR ITALIAN HOLIDAY

This reading list includes travel memoirs, historical-themed novels, plus masterpieces of Italian authors that were translated to English for the whole world to appreciate. Whatever floats your boat, all these books set in Italy will have you learning about Italian culture, architecture, food, and all that good stuff, without ever leaving your home

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10 BEST HISTORY BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Historical nonfiction has the power to bring the past into sharp focus, revealing its relevance and importance, and making it easier for us to grasp and memorize. The right history book can even make a celebrated hero feel like someone we’ve known our whole lives, or turn complex events into thrilling prose. In fact, I believe the best history books are equal parts educational and entertaining, which is the distinctive quality of the titles I’ve put together here for you today.

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10 BEST BOOKS OF 2019, ACCORDING TO EVERYONE

2019 gifted us with a collection of memorable reads. But with so many “best books of 2019” lists out there, who has time to read them all? Turns out: I do. And to help you catch up, I scouted and rounded up all the best 2019 books, and then carefully picked the 10 most precious ones out of the bunch. You’re welcome!
So, if you’re looking for your next great read, look no further than this ultimate list of best books, 2019 edition:

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