Posts in Travel Guides
Visiting Niagara Falls: Must-Have Experiences that Go Beyond the Boat Ride

American expat Andrea Jones started out life in Miami, then moved up to Atlanta, and now she finds herself living in a small Canadian 15 minutes away from Niagara Falls. She ended up in Fort Erie after meeting her Canadian husband on YouTube, but you’ll have to tune in to the Postcard Academy to hear that story. On the podcast, Andrea also shares her favorite things to drink, see, and do in Niagara Falls.

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Folkestone: A Vegetarian and Vegan Paradise Tucked Away in the U.K.

Fellow veggie beach lovers, I have found our paradise: Folkestone, England. Take the train south from London, and in an hour, you can be indulging in vegan cheese cake at a pub quiz, or a full English breakfast with veggie sausage and halloumi instead of meat. Every restaurant has veggie options, and you’ll also find several vegetarian- and vegan-only restaurants, which is incredible considering this is a small town.

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Southern Italy: Food You Must Eat in Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise

Author Katie Parla not only knows her Italian food, she knows her Italian history. Her deep culinary knowledge takes cookbook writing to the next level, with stories beautifully woven between recipes and lush photos. She recently came on the Postcard Academy podcast to discuss her new cookbook, Food of the Italian South.

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Visiting Tirana: Your Local Guide to Albania's Capital City

I’ve always been a little afraid of Australia because of all its slithery and sharp-toothed creatures, but British expat James Cridland has me wanting to sip coffee and cuddle with koalas Down Under. On the Postcard Academy’s Brisbane episode, James and I talk about the best things to see, eat, and experience in Brisbane, Australia. Also, I learn the proper way to eat Vegemite; Australia’s tipping situation; and the proper way to ride in a taxi in this super-laidback country. 

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Brisbane Travel Guide: How to Enjoy Australia’s Most Relaxed City

I’ve always been a little afraid of Australia because of all its slithery and sharp-toothed creatures, but British expat James Cridland has me wanting to sip coffee and cuddle with koalas Down Under. On the Postcard Academy’s Brisbane episode, James and I talk about the best things to see, eat, and experience in Brisbane, Australia. Also, I learn the proper way to eat Vegemite; Australia’s tipping situation; and the proper way to ride in a taxi in this super-laidback country. 

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Santo Domingo: The Perfect Travel Destination for Beaches, Chocolate, and Culture

Lily Girma is a lawyer turned travel writer who’s spent a significant amount of time in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, including Belize and Jamaica. In the Santo Domingo episode of the Postcard Academy travel podcast, Lily explains why she now calls the Dominican Republic home.

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Exploring Mexico City with the World Wanderers

Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson are a Canadian couple who travel full time, but they do it slowly, often staying in one place for weeks or months at a time. Over the last year, they fell in love with Mexico City and its incredible food and culture scene. Did you know that Mexico City has more than 40,000 restaurants and the second-highest number of museums after Paris?


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A Perfect Day in Manhattan with Travel Expert Mark Ellwood

British-born Mark Ellwood is a fellow expat and travel podcaster who I’ve been listening to for a few years, first on Conde Nast Traveler’s Travelogue and now on Travel Genius. Whenever I hear him, I think, “This guy sounds like so much fun.” I knew he’d be the perfect guest to talk about the local experiences we should have in New York City.   


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Tallinn, Estonia: Old Fashioned Charm in the Most Digital Nation on Earth

Wired magazine has called Estonia “the most advanced digital society in the world.” The President of Estonia (a woman — yay!)  just published an article about how “Estonia is running its country like a tech company” and that “governments must learn to provide public services as efficiently as Amazon sells books: no physical presence, no cost of application, no opening hours.” Despite all the tech, Estonians still cherish nature and traditions like jam making and baking black bread.

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Bangkok Too Overwhelming? Get Off the Main Streets to Discover Its Charm

Bangkok can feel frenetic and overwhelming (and also underwhelming) to newcomers who imagined Thailand to be all gorgeous temples and beaches. But don’t give up on it just yet — once you get off the main streets, chances are you’ll enjoy this Land of Smiles.

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Best of Iceland: Traveling Beyond the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle 

Thinking of moving or traveling to Iceland? American expat Kaelene Spence did just that and shares her tips on how to land the job you want in a new country; the best and worst things about living in Iceland; and all her favorite off-the-beaten path travel recommendations in Reykjavik and beyond. Kaelene writes the blog Unlocking Kiki, a very useful resource for anyone planning a long or short trip to Iceland.

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Pisa in Pictures: There's More to This Gorgeous City Than the Leaning Tower

When I was 19, my friends and I hopped off a train in Pisa, snapped a photo of the Leaning Tower, and then hopped back on another train out of there. What a wasted opportunity! Pisa has Bologna's activist energy (without all the graffiti and snobbery of the punkabestia and well-to-do); Florence’s beauty (without all the tourists); and Naple’s timeless wildness (but a little less wild and less petty crime). This town has so much more to offer than just a photo of at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spend at least a full day here, if not a few days.

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Lucca, Italy: Your Insider Guide on the Best Food and Places to See

Enough with Florence and Siena already. You should be walking the medieval walls of Lucca; eating aperitivo in Pisa; sipping Chianti at Castello di Brolio; or lounging by the sea in San Vicenzo. We cover all this on the Postcard Academy podcast episode: “Lucca, Pisa, and Other Towns in Tuscany You Must Visit.” To make things simple, here I’ll focus on the best things to eat and see in Lucca, Italy. 

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