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    Women’s Travel Fest: San Francisco 2015

    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Women are the biggest group of decision-makers in the United States travel industry, yet millions of women are intimidated to travel by themselves and choose simply to stay home. A ground-breaking event called the Women’s Travel Fest is here to help change that. After the 2014 inaugural Women’s Travel Fest sold-out to over 350+ women […]

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    Half-light in Israel

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Concave apricot slices are belly up towards the desert sky, their wet insides unaware of the drought to come. In three days time, they’ll shrivel to brown. Lulu and I have just finished spreading hundreds of these slices on four white tables, singing Hebrew nursery rhymes all the while, laughing as I echoed her words. […]

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    So, what’s culture shock?

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Enjoy this excerpt from Culture Shock – A Practical Guide by H.E. Rybol A Matter of Perception Culture shock is often talked about in terms of symptoms or phases. It’s about a series of ups and downs. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings because they are a gateway to what lies beneath, but we shouldn’t […]

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    Indonesia: The Village Road to Luxury

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    As the car turns left from some joint in the Tabanan Regency of Bali, we get a feeling of entering a best-kept secret land which is actually not that far away. A Balinese village atmosphere beams right in front of us. The temporary stupas in front of the temples stand tall and elongated made of […]

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    Bright Lights, Big City in the USA

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    I have always been interested in both film and music and the way the creative process works for both, but was unable to choose which brought more passion to my life.  It wasn’t until I started back at college, this past year, to complete my degree, that things started to turn around.  It has taken […]

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    Moonplay in Egypt

    Friday, January 30, 2015

      Moonplay in Egypt We were lounging in a felucca on the Nile River, ripples of eternal water lapping at the sides of this sailboat of ancient design. We were waiting, and some were getting tired of waiting. The tour guide—young, handsome, and rather sexy—and another member of the tour group—also young, attractive, and rather […]

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    A Celebration in Pebble Beach

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    The bright green, perfectly manicured grass illuminates the giant pink and white rose petal heart, and a guitarist strumming a Beatles Love Song amplifies the cheesiness of the situation to everyone within earshot. I stand, dizzy with anticipation and sweating despite it being a comfortable 65 degrees, on the deck overlooking the 18th tee of […]

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    Barbados Holidays

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Does sipping on a cool cocktail on a nearly deserted, pure white sand beach with a turquoise blue ocean in front of you sound like a bucket list item?  If so, a Barbados Holiday is a great item to scratch off of your to-do-list.  Located just east of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, […]

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    USA: Reflection Return

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Finding one spot where I’m filled with gratitude is incredibly hard. I’ve moved a lot, slept under various skies, eaten many different kitchens, and said “good morning!” in a few languages.  I’ve returned to places I had initially felt good, but found the scenery had changed. I’ve visited friends who at one time ignited a […]

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    Be Brave & Lisa on Nasdaq: Jan News WSGT

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    We Said Go Travel Newsletter 59: Jan. 27, 2014 Happy 2015! I hope your January has been filled with progress on your resolutions. My trip to Bermuda as a travel host for Orbitz and White Nile Media was picked up by Nasdaq.  I like this part: “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun a seven-part online video series […]

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Jan
31

Half-light in Israel

Concave apricot slices are belly up towards the desert sky, their wet insides unaware of the drought to come. In three days time, they’ll shrivel to brown. Lulu and I have just finished spreading hundreds of these slices on four white tables, singing Hebrew nursery rhymes all the while, laughing as I echoed her words. […]

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Jan
30

Indonesia: The Village Road to Luxury

As the car turns left from some joint in the Tabanan Regency of Bali, we get a feeling of entering a best-kept secret land which is actually not that far away. A Balinese village atmosphere beams right in front of us. The temporary stupas in front of the temples stand tall and elongated made of […]

Read More
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Jan
30

Bright Lights, Big City in the USA

I have always been interested in both film and music and the way the creative process works for both, but was unable to choose which brought more passion to my life.  It wasn’t until I started back at college, this past year, to complete my degree, that things started to turn around.  It has taken […]

Read More
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Jan
29

A Celebration in Pebble Beach

The bright green, perfectly manicured grass illuminates the giant pink and white rose petal heart, and a guitarist strumming a Beatles Love Song amplifies the cheesiness of the situation to everyone within earshot. I stand, dizzy with anticipation and sweating despite it being a comfortable 65 degrees, on the deck overlooking the 18th tee of […]

Read More
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Jan
29

USA: Reflection Return

Finding one spot where I’m filled with gratitude is incredibly hard. I’ve moved a lot, slept under various skies, eaten many different kitchens, and said “good morning!” in a few languages.  I’ve returned to places I had initially felt good, but found the scenery had changed. I’ve visited friends who at one time ignited a […]

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Jan
28

Nigeria: My school My tale

My admission to a State University made me a somewhat traveler. From my house to School was a two hours journey which I do almost every week. My admission was a thing of joy. Running out from the computer village where I checked my result and straight to our house, in high spirits, my heart […]

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Sep
26

Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

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Sep
22

The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

“Makgadikgadi? I asked what was out there, and they said ‘Nothing-only idiots go there.’ I thought fine, that’s the place for me.” Jack Bousfield, 1963 It was indeed this quote by the famous hunter, adventurer and safari operator, Jack Bousfield that convinced us to plan the most memorable breakaway imaginable. A Saturday in June marked […]

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Sep
20

Flamingos in the Atacama Desert of Chile

I knew flamingos were pink and I knew flamingos were big – it wasn’t until viewing them in the wild at Laguna de Chaxa in Reserva Nacional “Los Flamencos”  did I realize what a large and gangly bird they are. Their necks look like a crooked drain pipe. Compared to a blue heron or a Canadian […]

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Sep
19

PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

Prambanan temple compounds came in as one of the first world heritage sites of Indonesia in 1991. This site was inscribed under two criteria: as a masterpiece of human creative genius, and as an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble that represents a significant stage in human history (i.e., spread of Hinduism in the East). It happens to […]

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Apr
2

#RBQuests: Northern Lights Award: “Walking with the Polar Bears”

Canadian Tourism Commission announces 2013 Northern Lights Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism.   Winner Online Writing: Leisure, Adventure, Lifestyle: Richard Bangs “Walking with the Polar Bears: The Next Great Safari” Huffington Post “Walking with Polar Bears” receives a Northern Lights Award April 2, 2014 by Quest TV ·  The Canadian Tourism Commission has honored Richard Bangs with a 2013 Northern Light Award for the story “Walking […]

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Apr
1

Frankly Penn: Penn Quaker filming in Puerto Rico with #RBQuests

Filming Puerto Rico with #RBQuests By: Lisa Niver Rajna This article first published on Frankly Penn for the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Blog. Recently my friend, David, told me, “Walk through the open doors.” It reminded me of the inspiration from the gate at the University of Pennsylvania: We will find a way or we will […]

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Mar
31

UnRetire: Finding Your Way to Home Sweet Anywhere!

Home Sweet Anywhere tells the story of Lynne and Tim Martin who decided that their American dream did not involve a white picket fence and a retirement of babysitting grandchildren, watching television and staying in one place. They sold their home and started a Home Free Lifestyle of travel in their seventies so they could […]

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Mar
30

#RBQuests: Healing Waters and the BEAST in Puerto Rico

There are so many reasons to visit Puerto Rico but on March 27, 2014 I found a few more! It was hard for me to leave CopaMarina Resort and the great diving with Captain Frank but I did enjoy my day exploring new adventures. Our first stop was to Aguas de Coamo where I hula […]

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