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    History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA My first morning in Gettysburg began with the boom of thunder overhead, and the patter of rain on tent canvas. As I stuffed my belongings into the back of the car, I could see the fronts colliding across the sky; the forces of hot and cold engaged in […]

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    Wishing upon a star in Iran

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    ‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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    My tryst with independence in India

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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    Forgotten Thank Yous in India

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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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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Sep
2

History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA

History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA My first morning in Gettysburg began with the boom of thunder overhead, and the patter of rain on tent canvas. As I stuffed my belongings into the back of the car, I could see the fronts colliding across the sky; the forces of hot and cold engaged in […]

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2014-07-14_53c3ff7672f33__MBA9279_mic.jpg
Sep
1

Wishing upon a star in Iran

‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

Read More
2014-07-08_53bbe5edb8ab7_DSC_0719.JPG
Sep
1

My tryst with independence in India

For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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Aug
30

On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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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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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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Mar
27

#RBQuests: Meeting Sports Giants in Puerto Rico, Day 3&4

Traveling around Puerto Rico to film with Richard Bangs and Orbitz has been an adventure! Lately we are meeting incredible athletic stars and sports champions! Our stay at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar included spending time with Golf Pro Jesus Rodriguez on the 16th hole on the Ocean Course. He is a wonderful man and even […]

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Hula Hoop Class Loews Group
Mar
26

In Nokia’s News!

From March News for We Said Go Travel: Thank you to Nokia for my Lumia 925 and for publishing my story about Manila! See photo on left and click here to read it! 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 […]

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Sunrise Wyndham Grand Rio Mar
Mar
25

#RBQuests: Livin’ La Vida Loca Day 2 Puerto Rico

Hello from Puerto Rico! I wanted to share a few photos from Day Two of filming with Richard Bangs andWhite Nile Media! This week we are creating videos forPRTourismCo and Orbitz Originals. Wondering what we are doing? I will be sharing social media with the tag #RBQuests. Use this link to the TagBoard or see below to follow along. I loved Sunrise […]

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