Portland City Guide

The Grog Guide to Portland, OR Stumptown. City of Roses. Bridgetown. Home of The Daily Grog. Portland will always hold a special place in my heart. This is a weird, eclectic yet magical city that calls home to many of our favorite vices: the most strip clubs, breweries, and coffee shops per capita in the

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Sights in Portland

The Best Sights in Portland Worth Visiting

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email Parks, bridges, books, there is plenty of everything in Portland. Between all the booze and food, here are some of my personal favorite sights in Portland. Powell’s City of Books  This one probably isn’t much of a surprise. Powell’s is

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Christmas Market in Colmar

48 Hours of Christmas Markets in Colmar

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email I’m sitting on a bus up to NYC, swiping through various “Best of” lists, trying to plan my annual Thanksgiving trip abroad. It was late October, and all I had was a plane ticket to London; neither Steph nor I

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It’s Official, Credit Card Travel Insurance is a Scam

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email On my annual thanksgiving trip abroad this past year (this time to Paris), I had maybe one of the most nightmarish travel experiences of my life. It’s a long story for another post, but the short version is that about 3

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Road Trip

The New Landmarks of the American Road Trip

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email “What did it matter? I was a young writer and I wanted to take off. Somewhere along the line I knew there’d be girls, visions, everything; somewhere along the line the pearl would be handed to me.” – Jack Kerouac

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drink in Portland

Your Guide to the Best Places to Drink in Portland

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on twitter Share on email Share on reddit There are a few things that come to mind when someone mentions Portland. Likely you think about hipsters and Portlandia first, the second is probably beer. About 75% of the nations hops are grown in Yakima valley, so it should

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The Official Taxonomy of Drinking Beer

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on twitter Share on email Share on reddit The Local Beer When you’re in a new place, you gotta try the local brew, no? Drinking local is a small window into the soul of people. Maybe growing up in Portland, where I could try a new brewery every

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Eat in Portland

The Best Places to Eat in Portland, OR

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email Portland is a foodie city. Period. Where some cities shine in the upscale, fine dining varieties, Portland does things a bit different. Even though the city has gone through the transformations in the past few years, you can still feel

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coffee in Portland

Where to Drink the Best Coffee in Portland

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email As far as I’m concerned, Portland is where the coffee renaissance in the United States started. The words single-origin, fair-trade, were likely first uttered by some bearded hipster in this city. There’s so much to eat and drink here, you’ll

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Grind Your Coffee

The Best Way to Grind Your Coffee

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email Every morning, I engage in a sacred ritual. It’s a ritual that most people perform, one where you make the world suddenly turn and life resume. I’m talking, of course, about coffee. My coffee ritual might sound a little strange

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London City Guide

London City Guide

The Grog Guide to London London is a big ass city. I’m serious. The first few times I had been to this city, I underestimated the sheer size of the greater London area. But that means it has plenty to offer for any traveler, just be prepared to spend a few minutes on the tube.

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The Best Sights in London

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email So you’re in London and you want to feel cultured and cool. Well, between the coffee, the food, and the drinks, these are some of the best sights in London. The Shard Yup, that new fancy looking building you’ll see

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The Best Coffee in London

The Best Coffee Shops In London

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email There is so much to do and see in London, you’ll need to be aptly caffeinated and prepped to see it all. Fortunately for you there is some great coffee in London and our guide has got you covered. Between

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Ultralight Travel Gear

The Ultimate Ultralight Packing List

Ditch the suitcase, grab a backpack and set off on your adventure. Though only bringing a small backpack on a multi-week journey might sound crazy, the freedom and liberation is unparalleled.

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It’s Official, I Travel Like an Old Man

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email At the ripe old age of 28, I’ve finally realized that I travel like an old man. As an athlete, I’ve had a few bumps and bruises along the way; numerous sprained ankles, broken bones, torn ACL, bone spurs (the

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Lisbon

Lisbon City Guide

The Grog Guide to Lisbon I could talk about the beautiful sunsets. Or maybe the terracotta roofs. Or, perhaps, I could talk about the incredible azulejos throughout the city. But no, I’m going to talk about the sidewalks. Don’t get me wrong, all of the other aspects of Lisbon are great, but every time I

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The Best Coffee in Lisbon

The Best Coffee in Lisbon: Where to Fuel Up

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email With an influx tourism lately, especially Americans, there’s no surprise that the coffee in Lisbon has stepped up its game in the past few years. It’s definitely a big help while you’re trying to eat and drink your way through

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Lisbon Sights

The Best Sights in Lisbon Worth Seeing

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email The streets are so beautiful in Lisbon, it would be easy to just stroll through the city, awestruck for days on end. But between all the walking, eating, and drinking, there are a few good sights in Lisbon. Praça Júlio

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Sustainable Travel

Is Sustainable Travel Possible? There’s No Easy Answer.

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email I’m lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States at the moment. Maybe not necessarily lucky by coronavirus standards; we were one of the original hotspots and continue to grapple with it. But I am fortunate

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Rakia

Rakia Is The Best Drink You’ve Never Heard Of

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email Table of Contents Arguably the drink that started it all for me, rakia is a sneaky good liquor that you’ve probably never heard of until now. My first trip abroad, ever, was to Switzerland and Serbia. Yes, those are two

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prague

Prague City Guide

The Grog Guide to Prague Beautiful, old world charm packed into a modern and vibrant city. When you step out of the train station in Prague, you immediately realize that all the stereotypes are rightly justified. The city is impeccably beautiful but still manages to usher in a new age of travel and dining. Though

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Copenhagen City Guide

Copenhagen City Guide

The Grog Guide to Copenhagen Copenhagen is a quaint, charming city with plenty of food and drink options. In the winter months coffee shops and bars are filled with “hygge”, so much so that you’ll find yourself spending hours sipping on something warm by the fire. In the summer months, the parks and green spaces

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How to Plan a Group Trip with Friends

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email So where to begin… my best friend (let’s call her Jordyn) and I have always talked about going abroad for a girl’s trip. We imagined England or France – somewhere that seemed accessible. At the time, she had more experience

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Berlin City Guide

Whether it’s boozing your way through the city or eating all Dublin has to offer, our Dublin city guide has you covered. Start planning your trip!

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Why Slow Travel is the Next Big Trend

Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on google Share on twitter Share on email Table of Contents The last time you planned a trip, how many places were on the itinerary? Two? Three? If you’re anything like me, you probably want to see as much as you can during a trip, hopping between multiple

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Visiting the Azores? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

Table of Contents Between the plethora of natural wonders, viewpoints, and fantastic food, it’s no wonder the Azores are gaining popularity. But If you’re considering visiting the Azores (and you definitely should), there a few things you should know before you head to this Portuguese archipelago. 1. There Are Nine Islands Though all connected, there

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Travel and the Stages of Gentrification

Disclaimer, this is an utterly non-scientific, liquid-centric, take on the phases of the gentrification of a neighborhood. I am the problem. Without a doubt, I’m contributing to one of the most potent forces in nature. I’m talking about gentrification, of course. Whenever I’m planning a trip, I’m often looking for new trendy spots or up-and-coming

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Spending 72 Hours in Porto, Portugal

On the last leg of my trip to Portugal, I decided to head to Porto. The only thing I’d heard about Porto is that it’s a bit sleepier than Lisbon, and of course, it’s where Port wine comes from. As I’m generally a fan of moody cities and booze, I figured Porto would be right

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Oktoberfest in Munich: A Sausage Party

If you’re looking for quick, high level information about Oktoberfest, go here. This, however, is not that. This is a story about my last trip to Munich. For a recent bachelor party, my friends and I decided that going to Oktoberfest in Germany would be a great idea. I know, surprise surprise, a bunch of

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ultralight travel

The Top 8 Benefits (and a Few Considerations) of Ultralight Travel

You’re probably painfully aware by now that I’m a huge proponent of ultralight travel. For the uninitiated, ultralight, or one-bag travel generally means fitting your entire packing list into a backpack, usually about 30-40 liters in capacity. I’ve written about my packing list, which I use for every trip. What about a month-long safari, you

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