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Welcome to a Pin On The Map!  My name is Jen and I am a full time Spanish teacher with a reignited passion to travel.   This is where I share my crazy travel adventures, along with tips about traveling to various places and encountering different cultures.

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Taking Washington DC by Storm

Washington DC is one of those unique cities that is fun for couples, people who are single, or those traveling with family.  It has something to offer everyone, young and old.  The best part of DC?  Almost all of it’s main attractions are FREE.  Yup…you heard me right…FREE!!!

Now  that I have your attention, you are probably thinking, “Where do I start?”  Lucky for you, I am here to help!  Check out my suggestions for taking Washington DC by storm….

Washington DC

Having fun around the city

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5 Reasons to Airbnb a Tiny House

My best friend, Richard Brown, made a decision to live more simply and built himself a tiny house.  He literally built the house with his own two hands, and I have to say, it is pretty amazing!  Have you ever thought to Airbnb a tiny house for your next vacation?  I mean, why not?  Here are five reasons why you should…

Tiny House


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How I ACTUALLY Afford to Travel on a Teacher’s Salary

It never fails.  My travel life is an issue. Every time I mention to someone that I travel regularly, their first response is always, “Wow!” “You must be rich!”  UMMM….NO.  I am a TEACHER.  Not only do I not make a lot of money, but I have to travel in peak season.  This means no off season deals for this gal.  So how do I do it?!?  Just like some people have a passion for shoes or collecting baseball cards, I have a passion to travel.  One could say it is my hobby.  Just like any hobby, I find ways to fund it. With a little skill, and a lot of trial and error, I think I found my perfect formula.  Now, these are not the only methods out there, but these are what works for me personally.  Check out my favorite 5 ways to fund my addiction…..

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Top 5 Cairo

Believe it or not, creating the Top 5 Cairo was harder than I thought.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Cairo, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think everyone should go at least once in their life to see the Pyramids!  Between getting sick (whatever you do, don’t drink the water) and staying in the city too long, it was not my favorite place to visit.  There is not a whole lot to do in the actual city of Cairo.  My Top 5 Cairo list is a must see (and do), but I recommend only going to Cairo for 3 days tops….

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Top 10 Istanbul

Top 10 Istanbul was hard to narrow down because Istanbul is like no other city in the world!  The city is geographically unique because it straddles two continents: Europe and Asia.  On top of that, the city is filled with so many historical sites, restaurants, and shopping.  You could spend days there and never be left with a dull moment. Here is my favorite for Top 10 Istanbul:

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Crazy 45 Minutes Before Luxor Takeoff

Never in my travels have I ever experienced such an eventful adventure to get to a city!  The 45 minutes before we took off to go from Cairo to Luxor happened in a blur, but trust me, nothing was forgotten.  From the time we left for the airport to the end of that day in Luxor, there seemed to be one event after another!

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Taking the Pyramids By Storm

Everyone at one point has learned about the Great Pyramids. We have all seen pictures in history books or on TV.  As I was physically walking towards the pyramids, I was awe struck as to how massive they really are. I mean they are HUGE! My mouth dropped open as I approached them.  It’s crazy that these enormous structures are right there in front of you surrounded by the Sahara Desert and the only thing you can think to yourself is, “How on Earth could anyone build something like this?”  I had no idea what to expect when I got to the Great Pyramids, other than it was going to be HOT.  I went with an open mind and had the most amazing experience ever!

The Pyramids

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Part 3: Farewell Istanbul, Greetings Cairo

There are no words to describe the positive experience I had in Istanbul, Turkey.  From the exceptional history of the city, to the general kindness of the people, this will not be my last trip to Turkey.  I have deemed myself the new Goodwill Ambassador for Istanbul, and can not stress enough how amazing my experience in was.  I encourage travelers to get rid of any doubts and book your next trip to Istanbul, I promise it will be the best trip of your life…

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

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Part 2: The Turkish Bath Birthday Suit Trend

Birthday suits are all the rage right now in Turkey, and have been for thousands of years….in a Turkish Bath House of course! Stripping down and baring it all is just another day at a bath house, and let’s just say towels to hide behind are not encouraged. You either get over yourself or leave.  I had no idea what to expect when I went for a bath and massage, but let’s just say it was by far the most unique experience I have ever had…

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Part One of the “Series” – Rome

Part One of our adventure began with a quick stop in Rome since we had 10 hour layover on our way to Istanbul. We decided to make the most of it and ventured into the great city of Rome for a few hours. Now, it wouldn’t be a good travel story if we didn’t admit that we got lost, so I fully admit it. Bet you are wondering if we made our flight to Istanbul in time…

Colosseum in Rome

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