Author Archives: Jose Valentin

Top Things to See and Do in Northern California • The Blonde Abroad

If your jumping-off point is San Francisco and you’re wanting to explore all the beauty that there is in Northern California, your options are endless. You’ve got coastal views in Mendocino and all along Pacific Coast Highway, there’s the wine country of Napa and Sonoma, there are forests as a far as the eye can see in Tahoe and the Redwoods, and even some really cool pioneer/gold-mining towns. Here are the top things to see and do in Northern California! Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Whether you’re […]

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Tips and Highlights for Visiting Zurich

Switzerland is one of those places people know from photos or postcards, but have rarely had the chance to visit. With the allure of the Swiss Alps, towns like Lucerne and Zermatt, as well as the chocolate and the cheese, there is so much to visit in this country, it is often hard to choose! No matter where you decide to spend your time in Switzerland, one place you will often end up is Zurich. And although most people are in a rush to leave this bustling […]

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Helpful Tips for Working from Home as a Freelancer • The Blonde Abroad

Being a digital nomad is amazing. You can work anytime from anywhere. It’s liberating, empowering, and can make you completely crazy! But…it comes with its own particular problems. Keeping your sanity working from home five days a week isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you have been working from home for a while, you are probably already familiar with some of the pitfalls. From eternally greasy hair to 18-hour workdays, things can get out of hand if you let them. BUT it’s simple to keep things […]

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Gear Guide: Must Haves for Camping and Hiking

When the summer months come around, campers start gettting excited to carry on with their long-awaited hiking trips. Of course, every trip would be incomplete without a great selection of high-quality essential gear. Forget the cool gadgets for camping, these are the essentials, the must haves for camping and hiking. Packing for a camping trip also depends on what kind of trip you have in mind. If you’re driving to another city or planning small day hikes from a populated town, you can carry a big stove. If you’re hiking […]

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Princess Cruises Returns to Australia’s Kangaroo Island

Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess became the first cruise ship to return to Kangaroo Island this past weekend as a show of support for the local community that begins to recover from the impact of the recent horrific bushfires. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Kangaroo Island’s community leaders and firefighters along with Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific Stuart Allison were on hand as Sun Princess anchored off Penneshaw. “Princess Cruises visit to Kangaroo Island today is an expression of solidarity with the local community and […]

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The Best Places To Go Hiking In The UK

The UK features a lot of amazing places to go hiking, so picking just 4 places is tricky. I’ve tried to include something for everyone, from stunning strolls through the countryside, to nail-biting scrambles over ridges with steep drops either side. So, without further ado, let’s get started! The Best Places To Go Hiking In The UK Snowdonia, North Wales Snowdonia features the second highest mountain in the UK, Snowdon standing at an elevation of 1,085m. Though there are lots of walks to do in Snowdonia, Snowdon […]

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The Best Destinations to Travel to in March • The Blonde Abroad

March is one of the best months to jump on a plane. Depending on where you are in the world, the weather can be starting to warm up or you might still be getting that late winter chill. Whether you’re looking to stay in a beachy resort in a coastal town or you’re looking to frolic in gorgeous flower fields, there are plenty of destinations that make for the perfect vacation in March. Here are the best destinations to travel to in March! The Galápagos March is […]

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Viking Cruises Enters the Expedition Cruise Market

Viking Cruises made an exciting announcement last week at a gala event in Beverly Hills, California.  The cruise line revealed they are launching an expedition cruise division and building two new expedition ships. Viking Expeditions and Two New Expedition Ships I had heard rumors but this made it official.  New Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with their first expedition ship, Viking Octantis.  The new ship will embark on voyages to Antarctica and, closer to home, North America’s Great Lakes cruises. Eight months later, Viking […]

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7 Great Tips to Planning a Round-The-World Trip

The RTW traveler: a breed of road veteran surpassed in experience perhaps only by the steely-eyed, scarf-wearing newspaper foreign correspondent. The idea of round-the-world travel has been gaining traction in recent years, with more and more people, from a widening variety of age ranges and backgrounds, deciding it’s not only possible to add a big trip to their life-plan but to do it with an economy that doesn’t force them to struggle for survival when the trip comes to a close. I’m going give you a few […]

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Flood Warning, New Viking Skadi and Our Grand European Tour Continues

Week two of my Viking Grand European Tour This is the second part of two whirlwind weeks on a three-river, four-country Viking river cruise, from Budapest to Amsterdam, now aboard Viking Skadi.  To start from Day 1: Viking Grand European Tour Began in Budapest, Hungary.  And now… Day 8: Same day, New ship – and Nuremberg – a city of contrasts Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, is a walled city with much of the medieval fortification still standing.  With Nuremberg being so […]

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