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I can't quite recall when or where I first spotted a photo of the mystery-shrouded, clifftop monasteries of Meteora. But I do know that ever since the moment when that image first entered my brain, I became obsessed with seeing it not through a screen but with my own eyes. After a few days in…

Week 180

Greetings from New York! What a week it's been. My last few days in Cambodia were perfection -- plenty of work time surrounded by a city I am energized by. Though staying put in Phnom Penh for the full eight days I was in Cambodia was exactly what I needed for this trip, I was…

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So this whole group travel thing -- it genuinely took me by surprise. I didn't expect how much I'd love getting to know my fellow Contikiers in Mykonos, how I'd love rediscovering Santorini with them, or how much fun my new friends and I would have raging and recovering in Ios. I couldn't have anticipated…

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Ios is an island that comes to life after dark. I mean, the beachfront daylight hours are fairly epic themselves. But people don't really come to Ios for the paddleboarding. It's a nice distraction from the hangovers, sure. But for the most part, backpackers flock to Ios for one undeniable reason -- to get their…

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Mykonos was a Vegas-style blowout. Santorini was a peaceful retreat. But Ios may have been the stop I was most looking forward to on my Contiki Greek island tour. The island is a notorious stop on the world's backpacker party circuit -- sun and fun enthusiasts flock there every summer, lured by the promise of…

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