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    Canada: Freedom in open air

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    I’d been living in a place of winter, of summer snows and spring shadows. Edmonton is a place where dreamers fall into reality, shave away their hearts on sleeves and hibernate in economic security and bored fantasies. At least, that’s what it was to me. Life on the road left me broke and with nothing. […]

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    The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    “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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    Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. […]

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    The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

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    Flamingos in the Atacama Desert of Chile

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    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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    PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    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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    Heroes Take Flight in the USA

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

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    A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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    @RitzCarlton #LosAngeles: Turn Your Daycation into a Residence!

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week’s holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived! I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I think it was 100 degrees […]

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    A Day in Bordeaux, France

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    The image in my head of Bordeaux was stuffy, snooty and uptight. I would think of the cost of First Growth Bordeaux and the pretense of collectors I have met over the years. But, when I stepped foot in Bordeaux, it was not at all what I expected. Bordeaux is a vibrant, exciting city thanks […]

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Sep
22

Canada: Freedom in open air

I’d been living in a place of winter, of summer snows and spring shadows. Edmonton is a place where dreamers fall into reality, shave away their hearts on sleeves and hibernate in economic security and bored fantasies. At least, that’s what it was to me. Life on the road left me broke and with nothing. […]

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Sep
21

Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. […]

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Sep
20

The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

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Sep
19

Heroes Take Flight in the USA

Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

Read More
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Sep
18

A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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Sep
16

Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

“How many pesetas?” “They don’t use pesetas anymore. Euros only.” The future lawyer rolled her eyes and placed coins in the machine. It spat out a ticket. “Oh.” I didn’t realize I’d said it out loud. I picked through the money I’d recently exchanged. How much? My friend Jessie snatched my change purse and plucked […]

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They Said

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May
6

The Contemplative Life in Kentucky

It’s the winter of 2009 and I find myself eager to take a holiday, to abandon my work and leave the cell phone and computer behind, but mostly to have a Christmas (since the death of my parents) that doesn’t involve my being an orphan at someone else’s table. It’s always a difficult decision, how […]

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May
6

May News on WSGT

From our May News at WSGT: WRITING CONTEST: I am continuing to publish three entries from our Inspiration Travel Writing Contest everyday. Our fourth Travel Writing Contest ended on February 14, 2014 with 505 people from 55 countries involved. There will be more entries published through  May 15. Read all the stories published so far: Click here. If you participated […]

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May
6

Balloons Over Cappadocia, Turkey

Maybe you never should have trusted a hot air balloon company whose name translates as Balloon Balloons. Maybe you should have backed out when the sunrise tour became the brunch tour. “Everybody in the basket,” the mustached Turk claps his hands. You and your best friend beeline for the balloon, trying to get a “window” […]

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May
5

Bangkok in the Raw

There’s no real reason to explain why I lost my mind one sunny afternoon in Bangkok. Maybe it was a vitamin deficiency, a desperate plea for action, or perhaps just a deep longing to get under the tough skin of Thailand’s capital city. Much like a scabby mosquito bite, Bangkok is an itch you already […]

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We Said

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Nov
6

Confessions: Teacher or Traveler?

Thank you to the Huffington Post for sharing my story: Why So Many of America’s Teachers Are Leaving The Profession John Owens in his book, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, shares that “America’s public school teachers are being loudly and unfairly blamed for the failure of our nation’s public schools.” As a 2012 nominee for the […]

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Nov
5

Mountain Travel Sobek: Adventure Talk with the Rajnas!

Thank you to Mountain Travel Sobek for interviewing us for Adventure Talk! We are honored to be included in their adventure series! Avid travelers and entrepreneurs, Lisa and George fell in love while exploring the world, and have continued to strengthen their bond while reaching out to inspire others to live their dreams.  They are […]

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Oct
19

Myanmar: Exotic Burma Webinar Oct 23 Join us!

Penn Alumni Travel: Explore Exotic Burma Join Penn grad Lisa Niver Rajna (C’89) and her husband George Rajna, founders of We Said Go Travel, for a special inside look at Myanmar travel. Myanmar holds a special place in the hearts of Lisa and George. They met online because Lisa told George, “The Shwedagon Pagoda is my […]

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Oct
18

Myanmar: Birthday Wishes Part 2 (video)

Today is my 46th birthday, October 18, 2013. Last year, I donated my birthday to raise money for Solar Cookers. I asked friends in Myanmar to help me have 45 people say Happy Birthday to me in 45 languages! What do I want for my birthday this year? I would love you to BUY OUR BOOK! Traveling […]

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