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Here you will find some reviews I've wrote about the places I visit. I love traveling! For me traveling is something different than holidays. I don't go to a new place to rest and relax. I want to meet new people and different cultures. I want to see the architecture of the houses, taste the local cuisine, observe the people's habits, feel the air. So you can imagine that I don't like package tourism and all inclusive holidays. I prefer independent traveling, especially with one or two friends who have the same thoughts with me. I like to do the preparations on my own. It's a part of the trip. Try to find out the local customs in a new country, learn some basics about it's history and find out some tips for a restaurant or places to visit off the beaten path. The internet is a great tool nowadays. When you go with all-inclusive package and let your travel agent to arrange everything, you loose a part of the trip. When you arrive, usually you don't know anything about the place and you can't understand what you see. You follow a group leader's itinerary and you don't have any idea apart from that. You usually stay in a luxury hotel, not getting in touch with local people and taste some mass producted food for tourists. When I go on my own, I try to avoid touristy areas, after a brief sightseeing. I try to mix with the locals, have a walk in a local market and enjoy the life in that place. I love walking and it's the only way to explore a new place and see whatever you want to. So you will return back full of memories, thoughts and images. It's not always expensive to travel. There are many ways for budget traveling, although people in my country (Greece) don't know much about it. So you if you like exploring the world, start right now. You 'll never have a second try, we live just once! Enjoy life, enjoy the world!

Useful info for trip planning.

Some of my favorite travel quotes are these:
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -- St. Augustine
"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." -- James Michener
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." -- Aldous Huxley

Places I've visited from the UNESCO World heritage list.

Places I've visited in the world:
Europe - Mediterranean

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