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About Kyle Ellison

Kyle Ellison is an American who has worked and traveled in many places around the globe. His blog, Kyle the Vagabond, chronicles his life abroad and serves as a way for him to inspire others to see the world. Follow him on Twitter for more travel stories and updates.

Explore Haunted Asheville on a Ghost Tour

Tadd telling us the ghost story of Eagle Lane.

Explore North Carolina’s eerie history on a Haunted Asheville Ghost Tour.

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October 14, 2015 by | Comments Off on Explore Haunted Asheville on a Ghost Tour

Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Get up-close with Alpacas on a farm in North Carolina.

Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goats, chickens, donkeys, and pigs that accompany them on this 42-acre property. As […]

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September 10, 2015 by | Comments Off on Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

How to Road Trip by Campervan

Road Trip By Campervan

Campervan road trips don’t run on gas—they run on unbridled freedom. It’s heeding the call of the open road and its maze of possibility, where every junction, twist, and turn can lead to new adventures. It’s the feeling of being self-sufficient and gloriously untethered, where an itinerary, route, or destination can literally change on a […]

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September 3, 2015 by | Comments Off on How to Road Trip by Campervan

Best Boone Activities for Families

Grandfather Mountain at sunset

At an elevation of exactly 3,333 feet, Boone is the highest city of its size found east of Colorado. It’s home to Appalachian State University and is the unofficial capital of the North Carolina High Country that spans the surrounding mountains. Thanks to the city’s lofty elevation, it’s a refreshing respite from the summer heat […]

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August 17, 2015 by | Comments Off on Best Boone Activities for Families

Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

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When the city of Savannah was first established in 1733, the entire area was free of lawyers, liquor, slaves and Catholics. I pondered this bit of historical trivia while strolling the cobbled streets, sipping on a Chatham Artillery Punch made with seven types of booze. Savannah’s original liquor law, it turns out, only lasted for […]

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June 19, 2015 by | Comments Off on Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

The Hobbit’s Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

Matamata, the famous setting for Hobbiton

Luckily for travelers to New Zealand, this fantasy-world of rings and hobbits was shot in a very real place, and thanks to the convenience of movie-themed tours, it’s easy to visit the same outposts where dwarves and trolls once voyaged. To take a walk in the footsteps of The Hobbit, here is a guide to […]

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December 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Uruguay: One of South America’s Best Coastal Road Trips

Road trip Uruguay

With the exception of Motorcycles Diaries, most travelers don’t associate South America as a place you go on road trips. Uruguay is different, however, and there is a feeling of freedom that comes with cruising down the coast on entirely your own agenda. Add in the fact that that there aren’t any freeways and you […]

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August 19, 2013 by | Comments Off on Uruguay: One of South America’s Best Coastal Road Trips

A Guide to Hawaii Island Hopping

Pu’ukohola Heiau

Of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, six are openly accessible to tourists. Only four, however, are regularly frequented by most Hawaii visitors. Whereas Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii (commonly known as the “Big Island”) all see millions of visitors annually, the islands of Lanai and Molokai see only 50,000-75,000. Of the two inaccessible islands, Kaho’olawe—a […]

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November 28, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Country

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Mexican wines are proving themselves to rival vintages found anywhere across the globe. In fact, the soil in Baja was historically so amenable to grape production that in 1699 Spain banned the production of Baja wine because of the dire effects it was having on wine exports to the New World. In modern, independent Mexico, […]

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November 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Country

Follow the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Edoras

While Middle Earth may be a fictional combo of legend and lore, the actual setting for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies couldn’t be more real. Shot on location in some of the most scenic corners of New Zealand, a series of Lord of the Rings tours and Hobbit tours now allow […]

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September 13, 2012 by | 2 Comments

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