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    Soul Food in Santa Fe, USA

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    “Santa Fe is a special place,” informed one of my travel companions, as we made our way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe one late spring afternoon. As a native Texan, my new friend had been traveling to the city for years, and she had recently spent her honeymoon there, so I figured she might be […]

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    Freedom From Concentrate in Turkey

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    I break through one of the many crowded entryways to the world famous Grand Bazaar and let out an audible, astonished gasp. Never in my life have I seen so much activity in one place and it’s happening all around me; 360 degrees. It’s crowded, noisy, stiflingly hot and smelly-in ways both pleasant and not. […]

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    Saharan Sands in Morocco

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Sugar-packed mint tea coursed through my blood, and the light, quick pounding of Berber drums resounded throughout the tent. Travelers brushed aside the weariness setting upon them from a long day of camel riding through the Moroccan Saharan, and filled the colorful tent from edge to edge with their multi-language babbling. A hand callused by […]

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    Introducing Float Plan One: The App That Can Save Your Life

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Introducing Float Plan One: The App That Can Save Your Life…and a special WeSaidGoTravel Reader Discount! ATTENTION ALL BOATERS, DIVERS, AND WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS: It saves lives. It saves property. It is taught by every water safety expert, endorsed by every search-and-rescue agency and both the Candian and U.S. Coast Guards, and strongly recommended by every […]

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    A Dhow Day on the Sea of Oman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of […]

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    Nicaragua:Unexpected places the truth hides

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Sitting on a beach is perhaps the most stereotypical place to ‘find yourself’ but my experience was a little different. Yes it was a ‘tropical’ beach with white sand and clear warm waters in Mexico but it represented to me everything I didn’t want and everything I wanted to be free from. Hundreds of burnt […]

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    Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour – Part One

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The center of Tallinn has a medieval feel and charm that sweeps you away to another time and world. Tallinn has a rich history that is remarkably preserved and showcased for visitors. Although Estonia was a Soviet state for many years, the people feel themselves more Nordic. This mix is evident throughout the city and […]

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    Nigeria: A Surreal Africa

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    I could not believe my eyes. There i was, amongst dignitaries from all works of life. I must have been the youngest in the bus. I was not sure how how i found myself there, but i knew that was where i belonged. Omotola Jalade had sat behind me, and Chimamanda Adichie, in front of […]

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    Silence of the Rivers, Allahabad, India

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Silence of the Rivers……Allahabad The cool trickling sand between my toes, the muddy Ganges tentative steps towards the twirling frisky Yamuna, the orange-robed Sun take its evening dip in the serene, muddy waters of the Ganges, to disappear into the horizon. Scenes photocopied over time as I stood ankle deep at the confluence of the […]

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    The Fabled Montropolis Is Found: Jackson Hole

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    In the evolution of a place there is sometimes a waymark between free-spirited childhood and the discreet somberness of maturity. But what if the in-between actually signifies the third point of a classic Hegelian dialectical triangle? A rough and rowdy cowboy town at one point, an overly-wrought sophisticated metropolis at the other, and the third […]

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Jul
25

Soul Food in Santa Fe, USA

“Santa Fe is a special place,” informed one of my travel companions, as we made our way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe one late spring afternoon. As a native Texan, my new friend had been traveling to the city for years, and she had recently spent her honeymoon there, so I figured she might be […]

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Jul
24

Freedom From Concentrate in Turkey

I break through one of the many crowded entryways to the world famous Grand Bazaar and let out an audible, astonished gasp. Never in my life have I seen so much activity in one place and it’s happening all around me; 360 degrees. It’s crowded, noisy, stiflingly hot and smelly-in ways both pleasant and not. […]

Read More
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Jul
24

Saharan Sands in Morocco

Sugar-packed mint tea coursed through my blood, and the light, quick pounding of Berber drums resounded throughout the tent. Travelers brushed aside the weariness setting upon them from a long day of camel riding through the Moroccan Saharan, and filled the colorful tent from edge to edge with their multi-language babbling. A hand callused by […]

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Jul
23

A Dhow Day on the Sea of Oman

There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of […]

Read More
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Jul
23

Nicaragua:Unexpected places the truth hides

Sitting on a beach is perhaps the most stereotypical place to ‘find yourself’ but my experience was a little different. Yes it was a ‘tropical’ beach with white sand and clear warm waters in Mexico but it represented to me everything I didn’t want and everything I wanted to be free from. Hundreds of burnt […]

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Jul
22

Nigeria: A Surreal Africa

I could not believe my eyes. There i was, amongst dignitaries from all works of life. I must have been the youngest in the bus. I was not sure how how i found myself there, but i knew that was where i belonged. Omotola Jalade had sat behind me, and Chimamanda Adichie, in front of […]

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They Said

Diane Fallon Mount Washington
May
27

New Hampshire: Fully Alive in the Dead of Winter

Each night on Mount Washington, I set my alarm for 6:30 a.m.  If a sunrise is happening, I have to see it.  If the weather conditions are bearable – say, above minus 20 F, with winds in the 40 to 50 mph range – then I must get outside to witness the dawn over the […]

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May
27

The Winners of the 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Independence Travel Writing Contest opens today and closes July 4, 2014. Five hundred and five writers from fifty-five nations participated in this contest. Over one thousand writers from over seventy-four […]

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May
26

How Tilos; a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

I enjoyed the book, “Falling in Honey; How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart” by Jennifer Barclay and wrote about it for the Huffington Post. I asked if we could share an excerpt and she said YES! From the book, “Falling in Honey; How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart:”  Tilos is a tiny […]

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Exploring-Myanmar
May
25

Exploring Myanmar: Traveling the Dusty Roads of the New Burma

We waited somewhat impatiently for our complimentary transport, from our hotel in Mandalay to the highway bus stop, for our overnight journey to the Inle Lake area. We had a lovely VIP bus ride from Yangon to Mandalay, with only three seats across, air conditioning, private TVs with English movies and a welcoming hostess to […]

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We Said

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Mar
22

Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S. military background; I also was aware that in […]

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Mar
19

Charm of Chiang Rai, Thailand

For our first visit to Chiang Rai, I searched on Asiarooms.com for a place with a pool. I found the Mantrini, which was recently featured in the magazine, Chiva and shared the Chiang Rai Charm of the property. While we stayed there, we enjoyed being next door to Centre Plaza and seeing a brand new […]

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Mar
15

Luxury in Chiang Mai with AsiaRooms.com

After traveling in Asia for the last eighteen months, I have to admit Thailand is my favorite country. I love visiting new places, but I think I could live in Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. I hope that you have the chance to explore Chiang Mai! Are you wondering where to sleep in Chiang Mai, […]

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Mar
13

Not Your Father’s Shop Class: Learning to be a Maker at the Exploratory

Jean Kaneko is a tinkerer. Being around her and the Exploratory, no adult or child can help himself or herself, you feel swept up in the ability to gather parts from open containers and start to make. Perhaps you are drawn to scraps of fabric to design your own plushie animal or you prefer to […]

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