35 Worst Countries to Visit?

I noticed this headline on My Yahoo home page and couldn’t help but click on it and read.  I tend to take this type of “don’t travel here, don’t go there” advice with a grain of salt.  It seems our media here in the USA is always trying to scare us when it comes to the world outside of the USA,

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Why Everyone Should Keep a Current Passport, Even if You Never Plan on Leaving the Country….

According to the US Census, in the year 2016 about 36% of Americans keep a current passport.  Believe it or not, that number is higher than in past years. This means that 64% of Americans did NOT keep a current passport in 2016.  This means that 64% of Americans could not fly to Canada or Mexico and were virtually stuck within the 50 states and the US territories.

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London UK: Odd Eats

In my opinion, one of the best parts of traveling far is sampling far-out foods and dishes.  Now, England is not usually known for its unusual food, which we will refer to as Odd Eats here on the Persistent Traveler Blog, however I did get to eat 2 unusual dishes while visiting London and I would like to share my experience with you.

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London UK: Westminster Abbey

One of the greatest things to do while visiting Europe is to be able to visit very old cathedrals.  In London there is the Westminster Abbey.  The Westminster Abbey was built in the 11th Century AD and still stands today.  On top of being a church, the building was used for Coronation Ceremonies for many monarchs such as King Harold and William the Conqueror.  Inside the church today there are saints buried in tombs and you can walk by their tombs on your tour.

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London UK: Thames River Cruise. Is worth it?

I was skeptical about taking the Thames River Cruise for a couple of reasons.  Number one, I get motion sickness very easily on most boats.  Number two, it seemed like a waste of time because there are so many sights to see off the river.  Despite my skepticism, I agreed to join my wife and kids and take the 30 minute cruise from the Tower Bridge to Big Ben.  Fortunately my skepticism was in vain, it was a very nice cruise.

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London UK: Tower of London

There are a lot of sights to see in London, probably more than you can possibly visit in a single 1 or 2 week vacation, so you will have to prioritize, pick, and choose.  Be sure to pay a visit to The Tower of London.  If you’ve never visited London before, you may think the Tower of London is some single Tower in the middle of the city, it’s not.  Instead, it’s a castle, and a few other buildings within a walled off space.

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Europe: Should I Visit Only One Country or Multiple Countries

Recently my family and I visited Western Europe.  The trip was a great experience that will never be forgotten.  Originally we were only going to visit England where we could tour London in detail, and visit areas outside of London such as Bath, Stonehenge, and many other places.

Well, we changed our plans and decided to visit England, France, and Spain.  More specifically we visited London, Paris, and Barcelona.  It was amazing to visit each country and city, and to take in the culture, eat the local foods, and see the sights in each.  All three of the countries are significantly different from each other.  It’s amazing what crossing a border can do.

Although I am satisfied by the vacation as a whole, I did take note of some advantages and disadvantages of staying in one country, versus traveling to multiple countries.

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