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    Personal Liberation in Europe

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Personal liberation in Europe Personal freedom to me is an awareness that we are able to live and travel freely, and in that awareness also realize that there are a lot of people who are not able to leave or return to their homes and country for even a short while, or not at all. […]

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    Home is Where the Heart is in the USA

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Home is Where the Heart is It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized some places were more liberating than others. I had never really traveled as a child, at least not outside of family vacations to see more family, and I had lived in the same small Midwestern town my entire […]

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    Rediscovering the Mara in Kenya

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    The engine shudders and is silent. Outside the vehicle, jewelry adorned limbs jostle for position. A nimble hand slides my window open and forearm displaying almost a dozen colorful, beaded Maasai bracelets is thrust across my lap. ‘Miss! Miss! What is your name?’ ‘Jina langu ni Malee,’ I say. I ask the woman’s name in […]

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    Discovering Freedom in the USA

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Discovering Freedom in the USA 6:05 a.m. – groan and wake up 6:10 a.m. – have coffee, one cup 7:00 a.m. – sigh and start work 12:00 p.m. – go completely berserk 5:30 p.m. – stuck in rush hour 7:00 p.m. – frozen dinner, devoured 7:30 p.m. – have travel day-dreams 9:30 p.m. – concoct […]

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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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Jul
31

Personal Liberation in Europe

Personal liberation in Europe Personal freedom to me is an awareness that we are able to live and travel freely, and in that awareness also realize that there are a lot of people who are not able to leave or return to their homes and country for even a short while, or not at all. […]

Read More
2014-07-02_53b4453960ec8_flowers20and20hay20bales20contr.jpg
Jul
31

Home is Where the Heart is in the USA

Home is Where the Heart is It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized some places were more liberating than others. I had never really traveled as a child, at least not outside of family vacations to see more family, and I had lived in the same small Midwestern town my entire […]

Read More
2014-07-03_53b5dd1ebb888_lion800x613.jpg
Jul
31

Rediscovering the Mara in Kenya

The engine shudders and is silent. Outside the vehicle, jewelry adorned limbs jostle for position. A nimble hand slides my window open and forearm displaying almost a dozen colorful, beaded Maasai bracelets is thrust across my lap. ‘Miss! Miss! What is your name?’ ‘Jina langu ni Malee,’ I say. I ask the woman’s name in […]

Read More
2014-07-17_53c7ce59cea11_3.jpg
Jul
30

Discovering Freedom in the USA

Discovering Freedom in the USA 6:05 a.m. – groan and wake up 6:10 a.m. – have coffee, one cup 7:00 a.m. – sigh and start work 12:00 p.m. – go completely berserk 5:30 p.m. – stuck in rush hour 7:00 p.m. – frozen dinner, devoured 7:30 p.m. – have travel day-dreams 9:30 p.m. – concoct […]

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2014-07-03_53b5d77e086c9_lol.jpg
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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The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour- Winter Palace
Jun
4

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two

Welcome to the The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two, which discusses where to stay, what to eat, and what souvenirs or worth purchasing during your visit to the “Cultural Capital of Russia.” Where to Stay If you are not arriving by cruise ship you will need a Tsar’s residence to […]

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jasper
Jun
2

The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road. Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring But, as with any venture, travel can have its pitfalls and pitsprings, […]

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Jun
2

Planning Our Trip to Europe

Planning a trip to Europe can be time consuming, difficult and frustrating.  Even though each country is roughly the size of a state in the United States, most countries have their own language and some still have their own currency, such as the UK and Switzerland.  For these reasons and many more, foreigners can find […]

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The beautiful, fresh ingredients
Jun
1

A Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany: Rolling hills, fine wine, fascinating history and, of course, phenomenal food. While visiting Tuscany it was only appropriate that to supplement our (impressive amount of) eating we learn to create as well. Our family enrolled in an afternoon cooking class at the Badia a Coultibuno, a beautifully preserved eleventh-century abbey-turned-vineyard, restaurant, inn and cooking school. […]

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home sweet
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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Ramon Lisa Agua de coamo
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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franks fan
Mar
29

#RBQuests: Adventure in Western Puerto Rico

I have traveled to Puerto Rico many times by ship and always enjoyed Old San Juan. This week traveling to film with Richard Bangs and Orbitz has taken me all over the island! In the West, we found underwater adventure and sunset in the dry forest on March 26, 2014. If you are wondering where […]

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thrive
Mar
27

Finding Your Flow: From Survive to Thrive

In Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive, she asks: “What is a good life?” How do you find a flow to move from simply surviving to loving every minute of your life and thriving? Huffington says: “To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a […]

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