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Day Trip to Lake Tahoe

Video Note: To skip to Lake Tahoe, go to 2:56. One of the joys of living in Sacramento is that I’m two hours away from Lake Tahoe. Although smoke did impact the lake at times during the course of the month-long battle against the King Fire, a spokesperson for the Eldorado National Forest said the […]

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Thumb Butte Hike

One of the most popular hiking trails in the Prescott area is a less than 10-minute drive from downtown. The iconic rock formation at the top of this trail is Thumb Butte. Since the Yavapai lived in the area, they have used the rock as a defense settlement. Now, the rock caters toward hikers and […]

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Egypt Beyond the Headlines

Some might think a trip to Egypt is daunting, but for Andrea Boland, it was a trip she has no regrets about taking. The year before had been the Arab Spring. Cable news was wrought with headlines about the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak from power. Protests were still going on when the Toronto-native arrived […]

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LifeofaBackpacker's Ayuthaya Temples album on Photobucket

Temples of Ayuthaya

 Most likely if you’re going to Thailand, you’ve heard about Bangkok and Chiang Mai. They are the two largest cities in the country, but in-between them is the medieval capital of Siam. Ayuthaya. Nearly 250 years after the end of its glory days, the former island capital and UNESCO World Heritage site is the home […]

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LifeofaBackpacker's Museums of Ho Chi Minh City album on Photobucket

Ho Chi Minh City Museums

One of the cheapest activities that you can do in Ho Chi Minh City is check out the array of museums in District 1. All of the museums I visited cost ₫15,000 ($.72 USD) for the entrance fee, and most of the exhibits can be seen in an hour, even for people who like to […]

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