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Vago Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. He jumped ship from a sinking dotcom in 2000 and decided to reclaim his most valuable commodity, time. He bought a VW bus for $100, moved into it and set out on a journey to show the world that it was possible to live life on your own terms. That journey took him from waking up under icy blankets in  the Pacific Northwest to waking up under palm tress in Southeast Asia. Three years later, his first book, Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond was published. After diving into the Anthropology of Tourism and Electronic Anthropology at the University of Hawaii (with undeclared minors in film and surf) he hit the road again in 2008. Since that time,he's lived primarily in Morocco and Turkey, married a Moroccan girl he couchsurfed with, and become a proud father. He's been to more than 40 countries, founded a successful online travel magazine (this one!), and still doesn't have a boss. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook
Kings Landing

Travelling in Magic Movie Worlds – Game of Thrones Walter Mitty, and More

Films and television series are some of the best ways to see stunning backdrops from around the world. More and more, tourists are being inspired by familiar locations from their favourite box-sets or movies. They are getting off the sofa and venturing forth to sample some of these iconic views in real life.

You don’t need to travel far from UK shores in order to share a bit of the limelight; it’s easy to compare flights online and find tickets to some of the best film locations in Europe this summer. If you are looking for a place to go with a story attached, here’s three locations to explore.

Game of Thrones
For fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones there are plenty of incredible filming locations scattered throughout some of the most picturesque places in Europe. The old walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik was used by the production in season two to double for the fortress of King’s Landing.

Kings Landing - Image of Dubrovnik by Connie Ma

Dubrovnik is a stunning (and well-preserved) walled city dating from the Middle Ages and as it is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, it is very accessible from most European airports. The bay outside Fort Lovrijenac (the Red Keep in the show) was where filming took place for the naval battle of Blackwater in which Stannis Baratheon attempted a dramatic invasion to dethrone King Joffrey.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Enigmatic Sweden, with its huge forests, gorgeous towns and cities (not to mention its 95,000 lakes) has been made famous of late thanks to the Scandi-crime phenomenon brought about by Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. In both the Hollywood and Swedish film versions Stockholm plays a major cinematic role thanks to its cobbled streets, dramatic waterside views and arctic summer light.

For Stieg Larsson enthusiasts, Stockholm offers visitors the chance to follow in the footsteps of the antisocial computer-hacking heroine of the book and film series by following the self-guided detective trail. More information about this tour is available from the Stockholm City Museum where there’s a permanent exhibition.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has given Iceland a leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Filming took place at locations across the country that reflect the diversity of the landscape. Seyðisfjörður in the east fjords, surrounded by Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjólfur, is part of an energetic skateboarding sequence, which is both dramatic and inspiring. For the ultimate adventure (what the Walter Mitty film was all about) a trip to Iceland will not disappoint.

Film tourism may be a budding industry but it’s one that brings both magic and adventure to an otherwise ‘typical’ holiday. For the chance to walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest stars of today and behold the majestic vistas as your favourite characters, consider a cinema or television inspired holiday this summer.

world travel tips

27 Quick World Travel Tips

Here are 27 quick tips to make world travel better. What are your quick tips for world travelers?

1) Say hi to other people who are traveling
2) Don’t flash your bling
3) Catch a cab and talk to the driver about cool things to do (Cabbies are almost always multi-lingual)
4) Scan a picture of your passport and give it to someone you trust
5) Get a nice padlock and use it when necessary (It takes two to steal: the thief and the one who left an opportunity)
6) Wear long pants during long transport
7) Look at the mattress…know what bedbugs look like
8) Stay where you get breakfast for free
9) Make sure hot water is included
10) Find paperback exchanges
world travel tips
11) Stay longer and get cheaper room rates
12) Fill out your couchsurfing profile completely
13) Look for free fruit on the trees
14) Look for language exchanges
15) Don’t leave your phone in your room
16) Bring your own condoms
17) Don’t get so drunk you can’t take care of yourself
18) Trust your instincts about people
19) Eat the local food
20) Always ask for a second price
21) Don’t wander around alone late at night
22) Don’t give up your passport
23) Bring your valuables to the shower with you in a hostel
24) Eat lots of cheese if you get diarrhea
25) A handful of nuts makes hunger go away
26) Get a haircut and a shave (or a wax and a style)

This last one is my personal opinion only.

27) Drink the water.

What are your quick tips for world travel?

World Travel can be dangerous

World Travel is Risky – Get Travel Insurance

World travel can be dangerous and expensive. One thing you don’t want to do is get stuck somewhere with no money, no options, and no chance to save yourself. That’s where travel insurance can really come in handy.

As a blogger, I find it’s best to stay as unbiased as possible in what we offer to you. While many of us choose to travel without insurance, the risks are sometimes just not worth it. This can be especially true if you have a family or are traveling for long periods. From all the research I’ve done, there is one company that is the top rated provider for any kind of backpacker or travel insurance: World Nomads.

In terms of features and price no other company can compare with World Nomads. Their travel insurance is available in all countries – (with sensible exceptions – you aren’t covered for travel in places like Iraq or Afghanistan) – and they don’t leave out the most unusual or interesting places, as some other insurance companies do. Another huge benefit of World Nomads is that you can purchase your insurance when you have already departed!

Since most vagabonds leave their travel insurance until the last minute – and sometimes even later – this is a truly valuable feature. Along the same lines, if you should you decide to keep traveling on beyond your original travel expectations, you can easily get a new policy on the web without having to be in your home country.

It is for these reasons and more that I recommend unreservedly World Nomads.

World Travel can be dangerous

Why buy WorldNomads.com Travel Insurance?

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