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Amar Hussain

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About Amar Hussain

Amar was born and raised in England and sadly didn’t catch his bout of wanderlust until his early twenties.

Playing catch up, Amar embarked on an 11-country round-the-world gap year after graduation and then became well and truly hooked. The first gap year inspired a second which ended up being a 23-country down-the-world trip along the Americas.

Since then Amar has endeavored to turn his gap year into a “gap life” and has spent the last 13 years traveling the 7 continents. He has also lived in places such as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Amar is also an avid travel and outdoor product reviewer and tester. From the blistering Sahara Desert to the glaciers of Antarctica, he has put travel gear through its paces on 7 continents.

Amar holds a B.S. in Management & Strategy from Aston University, still runs the travel website OnlyWanderlust.com, and has contributed to publications such as ForbesEntrepreneurHuffington PostElite Daily, and Business 2 Community. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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The 17 Best Museums in Vienna, Austria [2024]

The 17 Best Museums in Vienna, Austria [2024]

Vienna is one of Europe’s most well-known cultural hubs. The city is home to world-renowned museums that showcase history and art from around the globe. Whether traveling solo or with your family, there’s a museum in the Austrian capital fit…

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Silver Falls State Park Guide — Camping, Trails, and More 

Silver Falls State Park Guide — Camping, Trails, and More 

Silver Falls State Park is often called the crown jewel of the Oregon State Park System because of its captivating beauty and scenery. This park is the biggest state park in all of Oregon, and it offers something for everyone,…

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Natural Bridge State Park Guide — Hiking, Programs, and More 

Natural Bridge State Park Guide — Hiking, Programs, and More 

Virginia’s Natural Bridge State Park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts with its fantastic mountain and valley views, lush forests, and meadows that stretch on and on. This park has a host of activities for visitors to enjoy, including hiking…

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The 12 Best Museums in Portland, Oregon [2024]

The 12 Best Museums in Portland, Oregon [2024]

Portland is known for its eclectic culture and has enough museums to suit virtually any interest. Whether you’re a fan of oddities, photography, or learning about other cultures, there’s an exhibit in the City of Roses for you. Here’s a…

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Echo Bluff State Park Guide — Lodge, Trails, and More 

Echo Bluff State Park Guide — Lodge, Trails, and More 

Echo Bluff State Park is a hidden gem in the Ozarks region of Missouri. The park allows visitors to experience the beauty of Missouri’s rugged wilderness, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. With various trails available for hiking, biking, and horseback…

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Huntington Beach State Park Guide — Hiking, Camping, and More 

Huntington Beach State Park Guide — Hiking, Camping, and More 

Huntington Beach State Park is in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and covers a 3-mile stretch of the Grand Strand beach. This park offers many exciting activities, including exploring historic landmarks, hiking on scenic trails, participating in educational programs, fishing, and…

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The 12 Best Museums in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [2024]

The 12 Best Museums in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [2024]

Music, history, and science are just a few of the topics visitors can learn about when visiting Pittsburgh’s galleries and exhibits. No matter what your interests are or who you’re traveling with, there’s a Pittsburgh museum that belongs on your…

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The 25 Best Zoos and Aquariums in the U.S. [2024]

The 25 Best Zoos and Aquariums in the U.S. [2024]

Nearly every city in the U.S. has at least 1 zoo or aquarium, so choosing which attractions to visit can be daunting. From facilities that focus on rehabilitating animals to those that prioritize education and conservation, there are hundreds of…

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Rock Island State Park Guide — Camping, Trails, and More 

Rock Island State Park Guide — Camping, Trails, and More 

Rock Island State Park is renowned for its roaring waterfalls and rugged beauty. You can enjoy a variety of activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring historic sites. The park is home to the Caney Fork River Gorge, one…

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Indiana Dunes State Park Guide — Camping, Beach, and More 

Indiana Dunes State Park Guide — Camping, Beach, and More 

Indiana Dunes State Park is a stunning park in Chesterton, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. The park features vast dunes, 3 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and fantastic hiking trails. With almost 2 million visitors annually, it’s an…

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The 20 Best Museums in Montréal, Canada [2024]

The 20 Best Museums in Montréal, Canada [2024]

As one of the largest cities in Canada, it’s not surprising that Montréal has some of the country’s best and most beloved museums. From art and culture to science and history, there’s a facility to suit anyone’s interests. Whether you’re…

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Travelpro Pathways 3 Hardside Luggage Review – Is It Worth It? [Video]

Travelpro has become synonymous with high-quality, reliable luggage that is still affordable. Offering both softside and hardside luggage options in multiple materials has allowed the company to expand its designs to include checked bags, carry-ons, and even underseaters. When it…

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Valley of Fire State Park Guide — Hiking, Camping, and More 

Valley of Fire State Park Guide — Hiking, Camping, and More 

Nestled in the heart of the Mojave Desert, Valley of Fire State Park is a true gem of Nevada. With its vibrant red sandstone formations and ancient petroglyphs, it’s a natural wonderland that attracts visitors from around the world. As…

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Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Spinner Luggage Review – Is It Worth It? [Video]

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Spinner Luggage Review – Is It Worth It? [Video]

Travelpro is slowly but surely rising in the ranks when it comes to the luggage market. The brand’s durable and versatile pieces have prompted many travelers to become loyal customers. Offering both hardside and softside luggage in a variety of…

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Slide Rock State Park Guide — Orchard, Camping, and More 

Slide Rock State Park Guide — Orchard, Camping, and More 

Slide Rock State Park attracts nearly half a million visitors annually. The park’s primary attraction is the 80-foot-long natural waterslide, but there’s more to this park. Visitors can explore historic homesteads and long-standing apple orchards and hike through the park’s…

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The 10 Best Museums in Santa Fe, New Mexico [2024]

The 10 Best Museums in Santa Fe, New Mexico [2024]

Santa Fe is one of the country’s most artistic cities, so it’s no surprise that it has dozens of appealing galleries and exhibits. Whether you’re an art lover or a history buff, there’s a museum in Santa Fe worth adding…

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Travelpro Platinum Elite Hardside Spinner Luggage Review — Is It Worth It? [Video]

Travelpro Platinum Elite Hardside Spinner Luggage Review — Is It Worth It? [Video]

With more than 35 years of experience, Travelpro has slowly but surely become a mainstay in the luggage market. Trailblazing the first rolling trolley in 1987, the brand continues to innovate, developing luggage built to last. Founded by commercial airline…

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Travelpro Bold Softside Rollaboard Luggage Review – Is It Worth It? [Video]

Travelpro Bold Softside Rollaboard Luggage Review – Is It Worth It? [Video]

Slowly but surely, Travelpro is becoming a leader in the midrange luggage market. With its selection of high-quality bags that can withstand the toughest adventures, the company offers travelers a chance to invest in pieces that won’t break the bank….

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Lost Maples State Natural Area Guide — Hiking, Stargazing, and More

Lost Maples State Natural Area Guide — Hiking, Stargazing, and More

Lost Maples State Natural Area is famous for its stunning fall foliage but offers year-round opportunities to enjoy nature. Visitors can enjoy various activities, including birdwatching, hiking, camping, and fishing. With its beautiful hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking fall…

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Gulf State Park Guide — Hiking, Nature Center, and More

Gulf State Park Guide — Hiking, Nature Center, and More

Gulf State Park is a wonderful destination for experiencing nature and enjoying the beach. You can engage in a wide range of activities, such as saltwater fishing, sunbathing on the beach, hiking and biking on the fantastic trails, and learning…

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The 15 Best Museums in Lisbon, Portugal [2024]

The 15 Best Museums in Lisbon, Portugal [2024]

Lisbon, the vibrant and picturesque capital of Portugal, stands out as a premier destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of European art and culture, offering an enchanting blend of historical landmarks, world-class museums, and a…

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Jarrod West

Senior Content Contributor

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Alex Miller

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Nick Ellis

Editor & Content Contributor

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Juan Ruiz

Senior Editor & Content Contributor

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