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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann has traveled frequently since he was a child, which sparked a passion for adventure, history, and cultural exchange. It was from this love of culture and adventure that brought Jack to the U.K. to study for his Masters in Ancient Greek and Roman Archaeology. While studying in Wales, he traveled around Europe by himself often, and it was here that the idea for Guidester was born. After returning home and working a full time job for two years, Jack was able to scrape together enough money to form a company and begin his great quest to help people travel better and smarter! You can follow Jack's personal travel adventures on his blog Travelin' Jack.

Coronavirus Travel Updates: Everything You Need to Know

The Covid-19 pandemic has left most international travel at a standstill, and people are understandably worried about what’s going to happen next. We have compiled key information on coronavirus travel updates, as well as prudent advice on what to do with travel in the months to come. UPDATES: Global confirmed cases: 112,458,095; total deaths 2,490,418; …

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Bern: Switzerland’s “Unofficial” Capital City

Old Town with Clock Tower Bern, Switzerland’s “unofficial” capital is perhaps the most underrated city in Europe. It’s a perfect destination for the history lover, the foodie, outdoor enthusiast, leisurely and relaxed, and the casual shopper. When traveling to Europe, the majority of Americans don’t make it to Bern. Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken and the like …

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The Cotswolds: What to See and Do

Defined by its rolling hills, or ‘wolds’, the Cotwolds captures quintessential rural England at its finest. The largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, the Cotswolds runs through five counties; Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. Geologically, the Cotswolds is a limestone mass stretching 100 miles with the towns of Bath to the …

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Where to Travel During Covid: Vacation Ideas for 2020

Covid has pretty much halted international travel, and yes it’s a major bummer. There are a few outliers in the Caribbean and elsewhere that you may currently travel, but beyond these few exceptions, Americans are more or less confined to taking domestic trips closer to home until the Covid crisis subsides. But, do not despair, …

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15 Incredible Places to Visit in France

France is one of those amazing destinations that captures the imagination and ensnares the senses.  Stretching back into antiquity, the region that makes up modern France holds a rich cultural makeup and stunning landscapes. As there are so many amazing places to visit, we have compiled a list of the absolute best places to visit …

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A Quick Florence Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors

I think it’s impossible for one to overstate the cultural and social impact Florence has had on the modern world. City of the Medici and birthplace of the Renaissance, this historic city is jam-packed full of priceless works of art, stunning architectural beauty, and a lively spirit that breaths life into the Italian city. From …

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11 Places You Can’t Miss When Visiting Ireland

With beauty around every corner, deciding on things to do in Ireland can prove difficult. In my opinion, when you visit Ireland it’s all about mixing together the major landmarks, the culture, and the landscapes. Balance is key. Here is a basic itinerary that offers a mix of city, country, and culture. This is especially …

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