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What comes to mind when you think of Colombia? There are so many stereotypes surrounding the country and its people - that it's dangerous, that you'll get kidnapped or shot by drug traffickers (mostly perpetuated by Hollywood's portrayal). Colombia has always been on my list of places to go, but I haven't made it there yet (it's a very long list).So, Brendan happily agreed to write a guest post for The Flyaway Girl telling you exactly why you should visit Colombia.

This is a guest post by Darrelle Thompson of Darrelle Thompson Writing. Thanks, Darrelle!

I can’t swim.

Do I fit all of the stereotypes of a non-swimmer? In my eyes, yes! I’m a 30-year-old African-American man with a fear of water, so when my wife mentioned a cruise for our honeymoon in 2014 I immediately thought of the Titanic or being stranded out at sea on a broken cruise ship. It took 3 months of talking about it for me to agree to take a cruise to the Bahamas, and it was an amazing experience.However, it was still expensive. We all want ways to enjoy a vacation and get the most bang for your buck, and today I’ll explain some key tips on how to enjoy a fun cruise for under $1000.

Learn the Lingo or "why learning a few simple phrases can improve your travel experiences for the better".

Thank you to Steven of QuinlanES for this great guest post about why learning a bit of the language when you travel somewhere can really make your trip! Connect with him on his Facebook page here!
Everyone loves the Netherlands.Well, let’s be honest, most people really only know it by reputation and even then only really know Amsterdam by reputation. You never hear anyone say, ‘Gee, I know, let’s visit the Afsluitdijk (literally the ‘closing off dike’), a twenty-mile long causeway that separated the North sea from what was once the South sea, and is now Holland’s largest interior lake.[caption id="attachment_1696" align="aligncenter" width="677"]Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 00.19.14 Source: wadvaarders.nl[/caption]And when you get right down to it, that’s not a problem unique to the Netherlands. There are plenty of countries that are known primarily for a single touristy place, usually with a catchy theme. Vegas, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam.A large part of the reason for that is that unless you’re willing to learn the local language you are pretty much limited to the places where you can make yourself understood. The amazing local sights, the restaurants that aren’t on the tourist maps, and the little secrets and nooks and crannies that make up the most interesting stories can usually only be found off the beaten track, and that almost requires the ability to speak to the locals.

This post was written by the amazing Alyssa Acree of She Went to Spain.

Alyssa just returned to the U.S. after a year in Southern Spain teaching English in a Spanish high school. The experience left her with the desire to share her travel adventures with others and encourage everyone to follow their dreams. Her goal is to see everything, to learn about other cultures, religions, and traditions and explore this beautiful, vast world.

Check out her amazing blog for destination reviews, travel tips, and a great "Ultimate Packing List" and read on to find out why you should visit Iceland, Morocco, Croatia and many other countries this year...