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How to Calculate a Short-Stay in Europe: Schengen Visa Calculator

Need to know how many days you have been in Schengen countries? Here’s your Schengen visa calculator! 

How To Make an Airport Bed

When saving money on flights, sometimes you hit the jackpot but end up with long layovers in random airports at weird hours of the night. The following steps will ensure you a good night’s rest.

Don’t Let Yourself Forget

In order to hold one down, the person must be willing to let go of everything they could possibly experience or witness in this short time we have. So why not cut loose the hands of time and watch the seconds move freely?

Say Goodbye to the old and hello to the unwritten.

This is a picture I took in Ios, Greece. I was on the highest point of the island, and I decided to ring the bell to let the world know I was alive. Instead of walking to the beat of the “American Dream” drum, I choose to dance across the world. These are the things I have learned that are of importance:

  • Love might be a mistake, but it’s worth taking.
  • The Aegean is the most beautiful thing in the world…next to the David, the Duomo, the Acropolis, the Venis de Milo, Santorini caldera, the grand canyon, Tuscany, Perugia dungeons, and French catacombs.
  • Don’t carry a 20 pound (10 kilo) suitcase and call it “backpacking.”
  • Shoes made in Greece withstand the apocalypse.
  • Bargain like hell.
  • Take Regional trains when traveling, it will save you money.
  • When alone, your camera, a book, and iPod are your three best friends.
  • Never settle for the path of least resistance.

Path to Happiness and Destiny

I found a good quote today by one of my favorite writer’s, Mark Twain. He is a very inspirational man that has written many novels about adventure. Adventure seems to be the main topic in my life at the moment, so this quote really means a lot to me:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Another book that I find is worth picking up and reading is “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho. Whenever I would tell someone I met along the backpacking trail about my philosophy of life, they would ask me if I had ever read the book. If you do not know the story, a quick synopsis:A young Shepard boy dreams of traveling the world for treasure. Not knowing what the treasure is, he is told by an old king to follow the “omens,” or signs, and his heart will lead his life to his ultimate destiny.

Inspired by The Alchemist

“Tell your heart that the fear and suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” pg. 124-125 of The Alchemist

So basically, I have always trusted how I feel about a situation. If you listen to everything around you…you will be led in the right direction.

For example, when I was living in Dublin, I was ready to go home December 20th because I could not find a job and my money was quickly running out. I did not want to go home, but I was almost forced too. The day I was about to book my ticket, a local club called me regarding my resume and wanted to hire me. Therefore, I stayed, got to have an Irish Christmas at a beautiful home in Dublin with my room mates family. Then, my boyfriend came up from Greece and spent New Years with me. And of course, I got to spend more time with all the new friends I had made in Dublin. I had two amazing things happen, and if I had not followed the signs, and refused the job in Dublin and went home, I would not have had those two extra experiences happen to me.

The motto of this is to just let things happen, and follow all the paths that your heart guides you down your trail.

“When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a Shepard to achieve.” pg. 125 of The Alchemist.

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Life Is A Dream

What is life? a tale that is told;
What is life? a frenzy extreme,
A shadow of things that seem;
And the greatest good is but small,
That all life is a dream to all,
And that dreams themselves are a dream.