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How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it
This is a how to guide to house sitting, wonderful opportunity that allows people to stay in a location rent free in exchange for watching someone's house.
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It was this post that first lured me to the idea of traveling. Let's face it. Accommodation is a huge expense, especially when thinking of traveling to multiple states, cities, and countries. Likewise for plane tickets. BUT! Here's an awesome way to SAVE. Basically, the idea is that you sign up with a trusted company who acts like a middle man to help you find a house to sit, and find the other party a house sitter (like yourself), and then you LIVE in their house, FOR FREE. Well, almost. Some houses require you to take their beloved pet dogs and pigs (yes, some rear pigs) out, and feed them, but the job's EASY when you think of house much you'd actually be SAVING.

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Prague: 8 hidden secrets - Lonely Planet

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Read Prague: 8 hidden secrets by Lonely Planet
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Cobblestone floors and huge granite stone buildings. Who wouldn't want to go to Prague? The entire place has a vintage and rustic feel that just entices me. Recommended by the Lonely Planet with several articles on places to go and things to eat, Prague looks positively enchanting!

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25 Reasons Norway Is The Greatest Place On Earth

25 Reasons Norway Is The Greatest Place On Earth | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it
Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's home to more natural wonders than we can count and it has stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people.

Norway's not cheap. But it's worth it. Here are 25 reason...
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Here's number 6: Norway. Primarily, because of the northern lights. However, upon more research, instead of the usual natural sites that I love such as mountains and rocks, rivers and lakes, (as evidenced from the previous 5 posts of places and why I like them), Norway has an amazing urban city view as well. And the wild life. Where else can you find wild reindeers and polar bears without having to ski across it to see (ie. North Pole)?

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Ten of France’s natural wonders

Ten of France’s natural wonders | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it
France smoulders with natural beauty, from the spectacular river-carved cliff sides of the Gorges du Verdon to the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune.
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France definitely makes it at Number 4 of my must-go-to places. Other than the natural hotspots to see in this post, there is of course lovely Paris, with the Eiffel Tower, and other touristy sites like the Louvre. The food I hear, is awesome. All I can think of eating when I get there is the excellent range of hearty French food like Foie Gras and Duck Confit. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water.

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Peru: Five Attractions off the Beaten-Path

Peru: Five Attractions off the Beaten-Path | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it

Travellers are always bragging about finding destinations and attractions that are off the beaten path. In fact, there seems to be some sort of underlying competition amongst globe-trotters to see who can veer the farthest away from the popular travel guides. In fact, some travellers will even... ( #travel source http://www.luxurytravel.org/peru-five-attractions-off-the-beaten-path/)


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Peru is on my list at number two! Mainly because of Machu Picchu. When I was younger, I watched a documentary on how Machu Picchu came to be - A king literally carved his kingdom out of the mountain rock in the 15th century. He made it terraced and had his workers haul large rocks up the mountain. Doesn't seem like much? Think about the fact that in the 1400s, there was limited machinery. How on earth did they manage to cut and haul the rocks up with the limitations of human strength? This fact alone puzzles and astounds geologists and architecturists.

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Switzerland’s summer secrets - Lonely Planet

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Switzerland's Summer Secrets - All the places to go and WHY go to Switzerland

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Introducing number 8 on my list! Switzerland is known for its peace and tranquility, as well as its zero-pollution problem. Its got a lovely backdrop of the mountains with a lake weaving its way through.

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Lost? Start Planning Here

Lost? Start Planning Here | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it
It can be hard to know where to start when planning your dream trip. What’s first? What’s second? Third? Fourth? This page helps solve that problem. Here on this site, I believe that you going away should be an adventure and, while each day shouldn’t be planned, a smart traveler reads up before they go. An informed traveler is a traveler paying less for more. On this page, you’ll find a curated list of all the best articles on this …
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This page has been my go-to page since I started taking an interest in traveling, and even more so when I decided I want to save up and tour the world in late Spring 2015. It has every thing on this site, from how to save to where and how you can find cheap accommodations, to free flights, and how to maximise your money so you have MORE TO SPEND.

 

Like the Lonely Planet, Matt also offers travel tips and recommendations (and reviews) of places to go and see, things to do, as well as awesome food to try!

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4 great stress-busting escapes from Johannesburg

4 great stress-busting escapes from Johannesburg | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it
Life in Joburg can be stressful. Luckily there are some exceedingly non-stressful places close by.
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And of course, how can I miss out Johannesburg? The safari filled with animals in their natural habitat call to me. I definitely want to take part in some of the volunteer programs they offer. Basically you work in their safari for 2 weeks and you are given free board and accommodation. The best part: you get to interact with the animals. My friend took a trip there last summer and was able to hold and play with the lion cubs.

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A Taste of Santorini: Gastronomy, Wine and Sunset Haven - YouTube

The Greek island of Santorini is a popular vacation destination for all the right reasons. Formed by volcanic eruptions, the island's special ecology produce...

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Santorini definitely makes Number 3 on my Travel-around-the-world list. Just look at the food they have and breathtaking views from the cliffs and of the lovely sunsets. The volcanic island offers a number of natural pristine beaches such as the beach of Perissa, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach. Though not a fan of wine, I wouldn't mind trying the awesome vintages they have to offer.

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X100S goes to Iceland! | Jack Kan

X100S goes to Iceland! | Jack Kan | Travel around the world! | Scoop.it

I was debating really hard whether or not to take the X100S as my only camera to Iceland, a once-in-a-lifetime type trip. What made the decision easier was that I had already ditched my APS-C DSLR gear to try to focus on the X100S and to get some new inspiration.  I brought the wide angle adapter with me too. I've already posted a similar thread on dpreview where it generated a lot of discussion about skill.  However, I would rather make a post here showing what I was able to do with the X100S in inclement weather.  I think it performed pretty well given the circumstances and my skill was the limiting factor.  I've decided it doesn't really suit my style and I've sold it, but I still like what I was able to get from it.  I think trying it out was a success overall.  I'm still getting through many of my shots and I'm uploading them slowly to my flickr.....


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Iceland - My number one destination to explore. Just looking at the breathtaking photos that people have posted about Iceland have fueled my interest in this place. The country is primarily uninhabited, with so many natural sights like valleys and plains, hidden caves, plus the fact that in Summer, the days are the relatively cool and stretch to about 20 hours long. Check out this guy's (Jack's) photos here:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blupic/sets/72157640376046425/

 

Aren't they just awesome to look at? It really makes me want to pick up a camera and head on straight to Iceland. The only thing that hinders me is the fact that it is primarily uninhabited (one would have to drive around the country to explore it), and therefore it could be a little scary.

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