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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Moscow, Russia

Moscow Map

Another 4 Day Visa Yes, you read right. The Schengen visa wasn’t the only 4 day visa Yagmur received. Russia decided to jump on the bandwagon and only gave her a visa for the days requested. For those who need a Russian visa, you’ll most likely need an invitation letter. Normally, the hotel you can …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Yamoussoukro, C么te d’Ivoire

Yamoussoukro

Travel Prep It was time to travel somewhere different than the usually places people go to. Having Morocco being the only country in Africa we have ever visited, I decided to look a bit south for our next move. At first, I had Cameroon on my mind but their visa process was very inconvenient. You …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland Map

Plan B Our trip was a few weeks away. I remember thinking about how happy I was with our cheap tickets. Round trip was only $240 pp! It was probably one of the cheapest international flights from the U.S. I have ever purchased at full price in my life. Suddenly, I look towards my left …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Rabat, Morocco

Rabat

An Early Morning Another sleepless night. Another overnight flight. We arrived to Casablanca at 3AM, exhausted. After blinking my eyes several times, I took a deep breathe as we exited the plane. It was time to wake up and figure out where the train station was so we could get to Rabat. Following the signs, …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ankara, Turkey

Ankara

Exhausted We barely rested the night before arriving to Minsk, Belarus. Now, on the same day, we had an overnight flight to Ankara, Turkey. To make the trip more difficult, there was of course a layover! Old Friends Fortunately for me, Yagmur was in her home country so I could sit back and relax once …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Minsk, Belarus

Minsk

The Russian Option We woke up extra early to catch our 7:05AM flight from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Minsk, Belarus with a layover in Moscow, Russia. The flight to Moscow was smooth. We followed the crowd and reached a point where you could go one of two directions. Left would lead you down to Customs where …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

No Visas Please I had 2 straight weeks of vacation that needed to be taken and a list of places I wanted to take Yagmur abroad. My one condition for this next international trip: no visa applications. From the 8 foreign countries we had set foot on, Yagmur had to get a visa/eTA for 5 …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Canada

Green Card Ready We decided to visit our neighbors up north for a quick, weekend getaway. Normally, Yagmur would have needed a visa but since she’s a U.S. permanent resident, she just needed an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) which is easily attainable online for only 7 USD. Before heading off to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, we …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – London, England

London England

The Work Trip Working for a large company that has a London office really has its perks. Throw in my bffl (Matt) from work who loves London, mix in some cheap tickets, and you’ve got yourself a week’s trip to London without using a single day of vacation! After meeting the London team at our …

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How To Visit Machu Picchu In One Day: Everything You Need To Know

Machu Picchu

What and where is Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel situated in the Andes Mountain of Peru. Given its hidden location, perfectly cut stone, and mysterious construction, it’s no wonder Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is a ~2 hour hike from the nearby town, Aguas …