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15 Harsh Truths About Living In England

On October 12th, 2016, I got onto a plane in Minneapolis and moved to England. It was the culmination of a dream I’ve had for what seems like forever, and it was the chance to finally get to live legally… Continue Reading →

New York City: My Trip Of Dreams

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails…. Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Cities: Nottingham vs. York

It’s been nearly a year since I moved to England. What a year it’s been! But those who know me will know that I’ve already lived in England before, for a year during my study abroad in Nottingham. Somehow, I… Continue Reading →

September 2017 Recap

This month has definitely been a weird one. For the most part, I’ve been in York. Hanging out, working, job hunting, you name it. To be totally honest, I haven’t had much extra cash to justify many trips anywhere. And… Continue Reading →

Varna: Bliss on the Black Sea

The last destination of my big trip this summer was Varna, Bulgaria. After 6 weeks of traveling through Eastern Europe, we planned to end the trip with a few days of R&R at the beach on the Black Sea. While… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Podstel Hostel, Bucharest

Without a doubt, Podstel in Bucharest is one of the better places I’ve stayed throughout my travels. Why? It’s a hostel run by travelers, for other travelers. These people know what backpackers want, they know what makes a good hostel,… Continue Reading →

A Quick Guide To Bucharest

So many people skip over the capital of Romania, Bucharest, in order to visit the more popular tourist destinations in Transylvania (like Brasov). If I had to pick between the two, I’d definitely pick Brasov and Transylvania. But I am… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Kismet Dao Hostel, Brasov

During my time in Romania this summer, I was based in Brasov for half of it. I stayed at Kismet Dao Hostel, which I really enjoyed! Here’s my full review of the hostel: Location: Kismet Dao Hostel is in an… Continue Reading →

Brasov: An Introduction To Transylvania

Brasov is at the heart of Transylvania. A region that is shrouded in mystery and secrecy, and almost always associated with vampires. What so many people don’t tell you is that Transylvania is also bursting with the natural beauty of… Continue Reading →

Moldova: The Last Undiscovered Place In Europe?

I really struggled with what to write about Moldova. I spent 5 days here, based in the capital, Chisinau (pronounced Kish-in-ow), between time in Ukraine and Romania. Flying in from Kiev, I took a minibus across the border to Iasi…. Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Dream House Hostel, Kiev

Every once in a while, I stay at a hostel that is done right. There’s no other way to say it—it’s just good. Dream House Hostel in Kiev, Ukraine, is like that. You can clearly tell this is a professionally-run… Continue Reading →

Visiting The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In Ukraine

On my most recent trip to Kiev, I knew that one of the main things I wanted to do was visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It’s perfectly safe to visit today, with security checks in place, as well as restrictions… Continue Reading →

A Guide To Kiev

If there was one place this summer that stole my heart, it would be Kiev. I don’t know what exactly it was—the laid back atmosphere, the surprising beauty of the city, the passionate people who love their country, or the… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Revolucion Hostel, Minsk

Another hostel review! One of my goals is to start creating a resource of accommodation reviews here on Away With Maja. I love hostels and always prefer to stay in them during trips. Here’s my review of Revolucion Hostel in… Continue Reading →

August 2017 Recap

Wow! August was a crazy month. I spent the first third of it on the last leg of my trip—Romania and Bulgaria. The rest of the month was spent in England, looking for jobs and exploring. Coming home from a… Continue Reading →

A Daytrip To Mir Castle From Minsk

Two of the most popular places to visit in Belarus are located just outside of the capital, Minsk: Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle. While it’s (fairly) easy to get to either of these from Minsk, it’s tough to see both… Continue Reading →

17 Things To Do In Minsk

Minsk is the largest city in Belarus, the country touted as “Europe’s last dictatorship.” With strict visa restrictions and relatively unknown attractions, Minsk sees very few tourists. But now with visa-free travel for 5 days, Belarus may soon be seeing… Continue Reading →

18 Months Of Blogging!

I can barely believe that it’s that time already… but today I’ve been blogging for 18 months! A whole year and a half since I started Away With Maja and invited you all to follow along with my adventures around… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel, Riga

I’ve stayed at a lot of hostels during my travels over the years. Every once in a while, one comes along that you just absolutely love. A hostel so great you just want to keep it to yourself, and you… Continue Reading →

24 Hours In Riga, Latvia

Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is an absolute gem in the Baltics that should not be missed on a trip to Eastern Europe. I’ve got a whole lot of love for this city—it was the location of my first… Continue Reading →

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