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After four months of sidelining my passport, Month 38 put me back abroad again. My time stateside was somewhat stressful -- I was forced to majorly transition how I monetize this site, I dealt with some surprise financial blows and I had some personal and family stuff going on in there too. I didn't feel…

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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…

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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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Pulling into the Santorini harbor felt like a warm hug from an old friend. We were in rough shape after the carnage that was Mykonos -- I pretty much feel that this snap from the ferry says it all. I knew we'd come to the right place to recover. I'd already spent five blissful days…

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