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Naturally Sweden

November 12, 2019 1 Comment »

The fire crackled as Sofie put the juniper branch in the fire. This warmth was welcome on this damp, cool hiking day in Jämtland – the southern part of northern Sweden. We had been hiking for about 3 hours through the soft, spongy, treeless tundra towards the border of Norway. This stop for fika, otherwise […]

You Are Never Too Old for a Mother Daughter Trip

October 31, 2019 7 Comments »

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Sponsored The yurt was chilly so I quickly got into bed, shivering. I snuggled in under the covers, and my mom put her arm around me pulling me close to her and her body heat. That simple action sent my brain spiraling backwards 45 years ago when I would beg my mother to lay with […]

Don’t go to Saba Island in the Caribbean

June 18, 2019 20 Comments »

Saba Island Caribbean

Don’t go to Saba Island if you are looking for a beach, you won’t find one on this Caribbean island. You also won’t find a stop light, bugs, fast food, buildings over 4 stories, crime, or cruise ships. If you are looking at this list and thinking, “This sounds like travel paradise! This is my […]

Leave the City Behind on this Day Trip from Rome

May 8, 2019 6 Comments »

Rome Day Trip

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Linda Martinez. I met Linda at her hostel, the Beehive, in Rome 7 years ago! Linda and I connected on many levels (she’s an American expat in Italy), and we have remained friends ever since.  When I […]

Travel With Me to Ireland For a Unique Adventure

March 17, 2019 Comments Off on Travel With Me to Ireland For a Unique Adventure

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Normally I ask people to ‘travel with me’ figuratively; follow my travels on social media and read my stories in my blog. However, this time when I say ‘travel with me’ I mean I want you to pack your bags and come with me…really!   I’m excited to announce that after my first pilot of Ottsworld […]

What to Eat in Naples, Italy

March 8, 2019 1 Comment »

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I know many people skip over Naples in order to get to the Amalfi Coast, however it’s a big mistake! Naples has one of the most vibrant street and food cultures in all of Italy. It wasn’t that long ago that I used to be scared of going to Naples since you tend to hear […]

12 Reasons To Walk The Camino de Santiago

February 19, 2019 2 Comments »

Why walk the Camino de Santiago

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from artist, writer, and hiker, Kate. I met Kate when she contacted me about her Camino de Santiago art business. I thought it sounded like such a great idea and way to have the Camino live on in a […]

Surprising Things To Do in Nuuk Greenland

December 31, 2018 3 Comments »

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I eagerly looked out the window as we landed on the world’s largest island, but all I could see was white. Snow was everywhere. I looked again at my watch where the date read April 12th. Seemed a little late for all of this snow cover. But in Nuuk Greenland, they have snow on the […]

Have Yourself a Poopy Catalan Christmas

December 18, 2018 5 Comments »

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There is no Santa in Catalonia. That’s right – none. The kids in the northern part of Spain are told that Santa passes them over and doesn’t stop in Catalonia. No, they aren’t being punished because they were ‘bad’. They simply don’t need Santa in Catalonia…they have something else, something better. A Christmas log named […]