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The Most Common Stereotypes About the Balkans

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The Balkans is a region in Europe that has quite a few stereotypes attached to it. Learn about the most common ones from a local.

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down stereotypes or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

Without further ado, I’m happy to introduce the next guest poster on this blog – Allison from Eternal Arrival and Sofia Adventures, who is discussing the Balkans and the common misconceptions people might have about this area of the world.

Take it away Allison!

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20 Things to Do in Richmond, VA (From a Local)

20 things to do in Richmond VA

The best things to do in Richmond, VA from a local! Find out the best attractions and areas of the city to explore for your upcoming trip, all in one post.

We are Samantha and Chris and we run Boozing Abroad! We help connect travelers with local cultures through booze, which is why our mantra is always to “Drink Locally. Travel Globally”.  

While we love tasting and exploring all of the interesting local libations and cultures that this great world has to offer, our hometown of Richmond, Virginia has its fair share of local experiences (and drinks, of course) to keep us busy all by itself. 

Samantha was born and raised in Richmond and has lived here her whole life (except for college), while Chris has lived here since graduating college in 2010. 

We have literally watched Richmond evolve and grow up before our eyes, offering visitors many things to do, see, eat, and drink, and making it an ideal weekend (or longer) getaway. 

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The Complete Guide for Where to Stay in Brooklyn for Every Budget

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Where stay in Brooklyn! A complete guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and the best accommodation options no matter what your budget is.

The pulse of New York City stretches far beyond a visit to the Empire State Building and Central Park. Explore these Brooklyn neighborhoods for an authentic look into the backbone of the five boroughs. 

New York City is the city that never sleeps, where skyscrapers touch the clouds and the fast paced lifestyle runs 24 hours a day. A trip to New York City wouldn’t be complete without seeing all the required tourist stops, like the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and Times Square. But just across the Brooklyn Bridge live culturally vibrant neighborhoods that are now receiving more tourist traction than ever. 

With widely diverse areas, planning a trip to these Brooklyn neighborhoods gives a new perspective on sightseeing in the city.

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The Best Hotels in Cleveland + Neighborhood Guide

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The complete guide on the best hotels in Cleveland, aka The Land. No matter your interests, travel style, or budget, there is a Cleveland neighborhood with the perfect accommodation for you. 

Congratulations on your choice to visit the city of Cleveland.  This mid-sized city located in Northeast Ohio has a mixed reputation, and unfortunately ends up being the butt of jokes all too often. 

Your decision to visit means you have excellent taste in beer and food, and that you are able to ignore the negative connotations the city sometimes gets. Those characteristics are valued in Cleveland.

It’s true that the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, and yes, Clevelanders will likely hear about it forever. Being Cleveland though, we ignore the haters and instead use it as fuel to do things like name a beer after it and create a festival called “Burning River Fest”. 

Of course, I would be remiss to not include all the jokes about our sports woes! Go ahead and laugh about those because they are mind boggling and just down-right depressing to even Clevelanders.

Despite all that negativity, Cleveland is truly a great city. For one, it’s located on Lake Erie, with stunning views to rival any other Midwestern city. Plus, a visit to Cleveland is warranted to check out its impressive brewery scene and amazing restaurants. 

There are variety of neighborhoods and hotels in downtown Cleveland and its surrounding areas, so there are plenty of options that are central to the action and near popular tourist attractions. Keep reading for the best neighborhoods to visit in Cleveland, the best hotels in Cleveland, and general travel tips for getting around and things to do in the city.

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If You Don’t Like Something in Your Life, Change It

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I’m writing this post because if I didn’t it would be all too easy to go back on my goals and keep living a life that doesn’t make me completely happy. It’s much easier to keep with the status quo, the hamster wheel I’ve been on for the past six years.

If you live a fairly comfortable life, it’s easy to forget to check in with where you’re at and if it’s actually a life that you’re satisfied with.

This has happened to me. A lot.

I get into my routines, my comfort zone, and I forget to keep working at what I imagined my life to be by 30. Or, when I’m not in the best mindset, I think that it’s too late to change things up because I already made so many wrong decisions in my 20s to make that life possible.

But that kind of thinking is just wrong. With the risk of sounding cheesy AF, it’s never too late to be who you want to be or to build a life that makes you inspired, proactive, and grinning from ear to ear on a daily basis.

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Where to Stay in Dublin: Best Hotels, Neighborhoods & Travel Tips

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Where to stay in Dublin! A guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and the best accommodation options no matter what your budget is.

It's hard not to be stunned by Dublin. Craggy cliffs, wildflowers, and rolling green hills perfectly set the backdrop for Ireland's gorgeous capital. Dublin's rich history and majestic landscapes make the city a must-visit if you're planning a trip to Europe. There's a reason why Dublin is considered the best place to live in Ireland by many.

As for where to stay in Dublin, the city has plenty of accommodation options suited for any travel style, whether that is traveling solo, with friends, or with family. From staying local in the suburbs, to central B&Bs and grand hotels, there's a little something for everyone in this Irish city.

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The Best Things to do in San Francisco at Night (From a Local)

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The best things to do in San Francisco at night, whether you’re looking for nightlife, romantic activities, or family-friendly options.

San Francisco is an interesting city at night. Depending on which neighborhood you’re in once the sun sets, you might think of the city as completely dead or a great place to party.

San Francisco isn’t like New York where you can go anywhere and find nightlife options or events going on in the majority of the city, no matter what day of the week it is. Sometimes you have to know where to look for fun things to do in San Francisco at night.

That’s one of the great things about the city though, there’s a little something for everyone around San Francisco.

With locals who are as equally into outdoor activities as they are with going out to trendy new bars on the weekends, there’s a good mix of options for things to do around the city.

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100+ Things to do in LA | The Ultimate Bucket List

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The best things to do in LA! From the top attractions to favorite local experiences, best beaches, festivals, and recommendations for where to stay and eat.

There's no doubt that Los Angeles gets a bad rap, mostly from people who have spent a weekend in the city and spent the majority of their time in Hollywood.

Don't get me wrong, LA isn't perfect, but it has a lot more going on than what you might see on the surface (read: smog and traffic).

The city can be a headache to get around due to its lacks of efficient public transit and notorious traffic jams, but the City of Stars is magical in its own right. And not just because of the famous people.

You just have to know where to look for that magic.

Luckily, there are endless things to do in LA. It's a city where you would find it hard to be bored, there's a ton to do no matter what you're into.

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The Best Time to Visit Greece (And Where to Go By Season)

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The best time to visit Greece depends on what type of trip you're looking for. In this post, I break down the best time to visit based on weather, price, and things to do!

Whether you're more interested in sightseeing, beaches, island hopping, or local experiences, there's an optimal season for you.

You might think that the best time to visit Greece is anytime of the year. And that's true, to an extent. But that's probably because you think of Greece as an ‘endless summer’ destination.

It makes sense.

The country is known to have some of the best beaches in the world, and most of photos you’ll find in travel guides and on Instagram show off blue skies and glistening aquamarine waters around the islands.

Greece is blessed to have beautiful weather, long summers, and a temperate climate year around, but there are still plenty of rainy days in spring and cooler weather in the winter that brings snow to a few select areas around the country. 

The weather might not be quite as diverse as the 6,000 islands and islets you’ll find in Greece, and you usually won't find distinct changes in the seasons like you do in other parts of the world, but you should still be prepared for different weather depending on the season and area you’re traveling to.

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101 Things to Do in Montreal | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Montreal | The Atlas Heart

The best things to do in Montreal! These are the places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my favorite city in Canada.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Montreal? Is it poutine? Francophone culture? Maybe cold weather? The aspect that I love about Montreal is that it doesn't fit into one box.

Yes, the poutine is wonderful, but you can find authentic cuisine from all over the world throughout the city. Yes, it is very Francophone compared to other parts of Canada (outside of Quebec), but it's also a multilingual and multicultural cosmopolitan city.

Yes, the winters are freezing and the city goes into hibernation for a good part of the year, but as soon as spring and summer hit, it's one of the most vibrant cities in Canada. There's always something going on.

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