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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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    Leaving The DPRK

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    “Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

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    A Final Goodbye in Thailand

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

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    Choosing the Southwest Airlines Card that Matches Your Travel Lifestyle

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Southwest Airlines is currently the largest domestic carrier in the U.S. They attract the flying public for a number of reasons. First, customers enjoy their competitive pricing and variety of expanding flight routes. Second, standard amenities are the norm, not the exception, on Southwest. These include free baggage checks on your first two bags, no […]

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    Bravery in Malawi

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    I’m sure my parents won’t like to hear this but taking risks is part of experiencing the world. To quote a favorite movie of mine, “A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived.” I keep reminding myself of this when I question putting aside my anxieties and having faith that something will work out […]

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    The parched sand of Tahrir Square, Egypt

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Cairo’s Tahrir Square is an uninspiring sandbox, lacking any color or foliage. It is surrounded by unloved concrete and internationally-notorious traffic. It is a feeble place to launch a revolution. But in 2011, Tahrir Square became an Earthly portal linking mortals and the Olympus gods. We jammed drinking straws through the sand and sucked up […]

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    Perfect Autumn City Break: London

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    As a budget traveler, ever since my very first independent trip, I’ve started to learn how to keep my costs down while still affording to travel. I’ve been traveling since I was in University and at that time my only source of money was the freelance work I would do (translations and ghost-writing). Shoulder season […]

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    Freedom Fog in the USA

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Freedom fog in the USA I woke up early on that magical morning and looked out the window of my grandparents’ lake house in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. That is, I tried to look out the window, for all I could see was a wall of white. The window squeaked as I rubbed it with my […]

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Aug
29

Mountain Freedom in Australia

The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b8398137c8a_23lPeraGuzel.JPG
Aug
29

Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b7cb50a004e_dipjyotidatrain_station.jpg
Aug
28

From Relatives to Absolutes in India

From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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2014-07-05_53b796695f817_picforcomp.jpg
Aug
28

Leaving The DPRK

“Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b79329d09d7_Mae-Hong-Son-Thailand.jpg
Aug
27

A Final Goodbye in Thailand

A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b78de8ae56b_DallaDallaBaby.jpg
Aug
27

Bravery in Malawi

I’m sure my parents won’t like to hear this but taking risks is part of experiencing the world. To quote a favorite movie of mine, “A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived.” I keep reminding myself of this when I question putting aside my anxieties and having faith that something will work out […]

Read More

They Said

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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Lisa and Barb LOVE
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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slovakia
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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lisa and joyce 2014
Jun
7

Reunion: Living Life “As Is” Or “So Perfect?”

My 25 Year Penn Reunion: Living an “As Is” life in a world that only wants “So Perfect!” Author:  Lisa Niver Rajna, C’89 Wandering on Madison Ave in Manhattan last week, I noticed paparazzi everywhere. After asking, a woman told us, with tears in her eyes, that JLo was eating lunch. I would have missed her. She did […]

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We Said

#RBQuests map March 2014
Apr
9

News: #RBQuests in Puerto Rico

Latest News with We Said Go Travel: Thank you to Richard Bangs, Laura Hubber, Didrik Johnck, White Nile Media, Orbitz and the Puerto Rican Tourism Board for including me to filming in Puerto Rico. Read the articles and see photos on our Tagboard! or search the tag: #RBQuests. The suite of ten videos will be available soon! I am continuing to publish three […]

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Lisa and George Nepal
Apr
3

TripWolf Featured Blogger!

Thank you to TripWolf for listing We Said Go Travel as featured bloggers! tripwolf’s travel bloggers of the month March, Lisa and her husband George from We Said Go Travel, are writers, speakers, but most of all, they are travelers. Up until now, they have visited more than one hundred countries and Lisa herself has worked […]

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Richard Bangs Northern Lights Award
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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penn
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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