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    Afire in the UK

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Afire By Nicole Mara T. Cruz Different things come to mind when people hear the word ‘Freedom’. It could mean independence, an escape route or making decision. The definition varies and changes for each individual and one of my definitions of freedom is a place where you feel that fire in you spark. It is […]

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    Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour – Part Two

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Welcome to Part Two of our “Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour” where I will delve into some of the other essentials you need when coming to visit Tallinn, Estonia: Souvenirs No tour in Tallinn is complete without souvenirs. Here are some of the most popular souvenirs you can buy in Tallinn: Look for signs that […]

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    Freedom on A Chicken Bus in Guatemala!

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Jostling in my seat like a rag doll as the bus navigates gaping holes in the road seemingly large enough to swallow us whole, I question why I have chosen this journey. I love traveling because it always opens up new horizons to worlds previously unimagined and brings out a sense of wonderment; but it […]

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    Home Is Where The Heart Is: USA

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Home is where the heart is. That’s what I’ve always been told. Get away from here there’s nothing for you. Go places see new things. But just remember one thing. Home is where the heart is. A place I would like to go. Is where the waters are pure blue. An the grass is green […]

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    Off-along-the rails in India

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    The babies are asleep, and all of us are rocked in the huge cradle with them; back and forth we sway. On an unexpected jolt I catch the eye of the old lady who got on at Shkodra and we smile at each other. My friend who joined us at Clapham Junction has caught the […]

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    Most Popular Post: @WhartonMagazine! #video #marketing

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Thank you to Wharton Business Magazine for publishing my story: Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power It is the MOST POPULAR POST on the site right now! When Junior Mapesone commented, “That’s in front of my house in Manono,” on one of my first travel videos from Samoa, my first thought was, “Wow! Someone watched my video!” […]

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    Freedom At The 22nd Level in Nigeria

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Freedom At The 22nd Level As I open the door of the car, my nostrils are bombarded with the incessant stench of garbage and urine. The parking lot is filled with random people; vagabonds who live here, with their never-ending arguments about everything from politics to football; trader women who provide the vagabonds with local […]

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    Solace in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Wilderness has long been a source of intrinsic romantic notion with all generations of man, perhaps because the word itself stems from the word “wild.” Uncultivated, uncontrolled, unrestrained wilderness beckons to many of us that seek to peel away the layers of cultivation, punctuality, and boundaries that modern life has imposed. Travelling is similarly intertwined, […]

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    Freedom by Truck in Canada

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    The place I feel most free may not sound free’: it’s dark, small, and I do a lot of sleeping there. No, it’s not a room under the stairs, a storage closet, or a woodshed. My place of ultimate freedom beat the lonely waves of the Pacific Ocean, the expansive sand dunes in the Gobi […]

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    A place that allows you to feel free

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    I would love to see the sun rise and set while I stand on the top tower of the great walls of China and then I would eat the delicious looking Chinese noodles I see on TV before I go to bed or I could go mountain climbing in Himalaya, China on Mount Everest where […]

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Jul
30

Afire in the UK

Afire By Nicole Mara T. Cruz Different things come to mind when people hear the word ‘Freedom’. It could mean independence, an escape route or making decision. The definition varies and changes for each individual and one of my definitions of freedom is a place where you feel that fire in you spark. It is […]

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2014-07-03_53b5d6e58ba0a_ChickenBus.jpg
Jul
29

Freedom on A Chicken Bus in Guatemala!

Jostling in my seat like a rag doll as the bus navigates gaping holes in the road seemingly large enough to swallow us whole, I question why I have chosen this journey. I love traveling because it always opens up new horizons to worlds previously unimagined and brings out a sense of wonderment; but it […]

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Jul
29

Home Is Where The Heart Is: USA

Home is where the heart is. That’s what I’ve always been told. Get away from here there’s nothing for you. Go places see new things. But just remember one thing. Home is where the heart is. A place I would like to go. Is where the waters are pure blue. An the grass is green […]

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Jul
29

Off-along-the rails in India

The babies are asleep, and all of us are rocked in the huge cradle with them; back and forth we sway. On an unexpected jolt I catch the eye of the old lady who got on at Shkodra and we smile at each other. My friend who joined us at Clapham Junction has caught the […]

Read More
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Jul
28

Freedom At The 22nd Level in Nigeria

Freedom At The 22nd Level As I open the door of the car, my nostrils are bombarded with the incessant stench of garbage and urine. The parking lot is filled with random people; vagabonds who live here, with their never-ending arguments about everything from politics to football; trader women who provide the vagabonds with local […]

Read More
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Jul
28

Solace in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Wilderness has long been a source of intrinsic romantic notion with all generations of man, perhaps because the word itself stems from the word “wild.” Uncultivated, uncontrolled, unrestrained wilderness beckons to many of us that seek to peel away the layers of cultivation, punctuality, and boundaries that modern life has imposed. Travelling is similarly intertwined, […]

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They Said

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Jun
13

Asian Tea House- Simply the Best: Pokhara, Nepal

There comes a point in every backpacker’s trip when scouting out exciting new options just isn’t that exciting anymore. Scouring menus, blindly trying to decide on something that warrants losing those precious pennies from your travelling budget, only to be confronted with a small portion or an overly western attempt gone wrong- well, it just […]

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Dubrovnik Summer
Jun
11

Croatia, Greece and Montenegro: Eastern Mediterranean Dreams

Eastward Bound — Cruising the Mediterranean Over 20 million people now take cruise holidays each year. One popular destination is the Eastern Mediterranean and there are number of reasons why this vacation option has risen in popularity. Obviously, cruises are an excellent way of visiting more than one destination within a week or two and […]

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Jun
8

Ready for a Risk? IndependenceTravel Writing Contest is OPEN!

FROM JUNE NEWS: Thank you to our winners and all the participants in theInspiration Travel Writing Contest. Enjoy all the entries. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! BE BRAVE! TAKE A RISK! Share a story in our Independence […]

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Jun
7

Bratislava, Slovakia – The Cost Effective City Break

Located between Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, is a charming city, the largest in the country and a gem waiting to be discovered. When I first looked up ideas for our second wedding anniversary, Bratislava and Prague (Czech Rep.) competed for “first place”. I was at that point when I had found […]

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We Said

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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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The Money Nerve by Robert Wheeler
Apr
15

Passover: Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat rice in […]

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Apr
13

Learning with Naomi Wolf at Stephen S. Wise Temple

I believe in books and that Benjamin Franklin was right when he said the library is the greatest American institution. I am a library evangelist and was delighted to be in Los Angeles for the “It Happens Every Spring: Annual Library Lunch” at Stephen W. Wise Temple organized by Roberta Lloyd, Library Director and the […]

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Apr
12

Beverly Hills is 100 Years Old! #BH100

15,000 slices of cake! Beverly Hills is turning 100 and celebrating in style! Donald Wressel from Guittard Chocolate unveiled his plan to turn 700 pounds of chocolate and one metric ton of ingredients into a giant chocolate birthday cake. Mayor of Beverly Hills Lili Bosse invites everyone to join in the festivities, ferris wheels and […]

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