Amsterdam Guide: Best Insider Tips for First Time Visitors

Amsterdam is more than hookers and weed. In fact, only 10 percent of Dutch people say they smoke marijuana. Want a more authentic Netherlands experience? Follow the advice of Audrey Sykes, author of the Amsterdam edition of the Moon Travel Guides (Don’t worry, we’ll still tell you the best places to smoke weed).

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Working Abroad: 6 Countries that are Great for Freelancers

Born in Bermuda, Lené Hypolite has lived in Venezuela, Canada, the U.S., Amsterdam, and is soon headed to Singapore and Tokyo. She loves the excitement of expat life, and also how its benefiting her career. On the Postcard Academy podcast, we talk about six countries where it’s a little bit easier visa-wise to live abroad, and how to find work there.

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Is Expensive Olive Oil Worth It? How to Find the Best in Italy

“That olive oil costs how MUCH? Why would I spend $15 when I can spend $4?” You’ve likely said this to yourself at some point. So what’s the difference between expensive olive oil versus the cheap stuff? Does it really matter? Yes. Toni Mazzaglia, founder of the food tour company Taste Florence came on the Postcard Academy podcast to explain how to find the best olive oil, when you should use it, and when you definitely should not. 

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Taste Florence: Where to Find the Best Food in the Heart of Tuscany

All summer, the streets of Florence swell with tourists, tired and hungry from museum binges and promenades under the Tuscan sun. Desperate for something to eat, they settle for stale panini in the city’s worst tourist traps. More than 10 years ago, American expat Toni Mazzaglia said, “Basta!” and started the food tour company Taste Florence to help visitors discover the best food in her adopted city. Here are her top recs.


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Skopje, Macedonia: What to See and Where to Eat in the Land of Coffee & Kitsch

Walk around Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje, and you’ll find yourself in three primary areas: the bohemian district, the old town, and the redeveloped downtown, which has been compared to Vegas kitsch on steroids. After snapping your photos of the 72-foot-tall (and unofficially named) Alexander the Great statue and those of his parents, you’ll want to focus your time on the first two areas. 

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Best of Bogotá: What to Do and Where to Eat

A few years ago the Colombian government signed a historic peace deal with the FARC rebels to end decades of violence, though Andrew Dier, author of the Moon Colombia travel guide, says the country has been a safe place for tourists for years. Here’s your insider list on where to eat and what to do in Colombia’s capital city, where Andrew, an American expat, has lived with his husband for 20 years.

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How to Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days Without a Visa

Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and citizens of several other countries can generally travel to any European country for 90 days out of 180 continuous days without needing a visa. But what if you want to travel to a bunch of European countries and you want to stay for longer than 90 days without having to get a visa? You can jump in and out of the Schengen Zone. 

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Animal Lover? This Belize Animal Sanctuary Wants Volunteers Like You

Belize Zoo (really an animal sanctuary) offers a hands-on internship program that lasts from two to four weeks. Just want to visit? The money from your ticket will go to taking care of beautiful creatures like Junior Buddy, the zoo’s 11-year-old jaguar. 

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How to Find Cheap or Free Accommodation while Traveling

There are several ways you can score cheap or free accommodation while traveling. We previously talked about how to live rent-free by house-sitting around the world. You can also use your credit card travel points, go camping, take an overnight train or bus, or simply sleep at the airport. Here are some more fantastic ideas to help you travel more and spend less on housing.

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World War II: History to Know Before You Visit Berlin

World War I and II tore Europe apart and killed millions, 11 million at the hands of the nazis alone. For decades, Germany has attempted to atone for its sins, which is why historical tourism here is very important. Here is a quick and dirty primer to help you get your historical bearings before your trip to Berlin.

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Berlin: Your Travel Guide to Europe’s ‘Poor but Sexy’ City

Berlin, Europe’s ‘poor but sexy’ city, is still recovering from World War II and the Cold War. The postcard? Think street art, low buildings, and people chilling in parks everywhere. There’s something for everyone, whether you like clubbing all night or hitting museums in the morning.

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Why You Probably Shouldn’t Volunteer Abroad and What You Should Do Instead

National Geographic Traveler of the Year Shannon O’Donnell literally wrote The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook. However, she says that, for most of us, volunteering abroad is not the best way to help the communities we visit. Here's what is. 

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How to House-Sit Around the World and Live Rent-Free While Traveling

Want to travel the world while living rent-free? Try house sitting! Here’s all you need to know on the best and worst house-sitting sites; how to write a profile that will get homeowners to choose you; and other important information you need to get into house-sitting.

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