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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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    Independence: Feeling Free in the USA

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Independence: Feeling Free In the USA Sometimes I feel as if the world isn’t spinning for me anymore. It’s as if the world is spinning but I’m not moving with it. I begin to feel congested with shallow thoughts that ultimately don’t matter, but I know how to always bring myself back. I know how […]

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    The Yauri I will never forget in Nigeria

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Do you know that a bird on hand is much better than many on tree? At times, giving eyewitness account only reduces a story to nothing but understatement or exaggeration. In the past, I’ve heard too many stories from my friends about their tour to various places where they could be themselves however it only […]

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    Free to Swim or Sink in the USA

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Free to Swim or Sink in the USA The water on the Ocoee River in eastern Tennessee was higher than usual. Luckily, higher water on this river meant my chance of meeting a rock while upside down was lessened. I sat in my borrowed whitewater kayak and, just below me, there was a fall aptly […]

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    Wide Open Spaces in Argentina

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    When was the last time you were in complete and utter silence? The last time you saw nothing but nature surrounding you with nothing man-made besides the clothes on your back? Have you ever been in such a place? This may all sound very underwhelming…but in fact in can be one of the most overwhelming […]

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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 […]

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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
2014-07-05_53b783094198d_PTWNewYearsTokyo.jpg
Aug
26

The parched sand of Tahrir Square, Egypt

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 […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b776630112a_IMG_8244.jpg
Aug
26

Freedom Fog in the USA

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 […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b76de400d15_woodsnew.jpg
Aug
25

Independence: Feeling Free in the USA

Independence: Feeling Free In the USA Sometimes I feel as if the world isn’t spinning for me anymore. It’s as if the world is spinning but I’m not moving with it. I begin to feel congested with shallow thoughts that ultimately don’t matter, but I know how to always bring myself back. I know how […]

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2014-07-17_53c79c2acbf27_fishh.jpeg
Aug
25

The Yauri I will never forget in Nigeria

Do you know that a bird on hand is much better than many on tree? At times, giving eyewitness account only reduces a story to nothing but understatement or exaggeration. In the past, I’ve heard too many stories from my friends about their tour to various places where they could be themselves however it only […]

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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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Puerto Rico
May
31

Puerto Rico: Filming with Richard Bangs!

When Richard Bangs invited me to travel to PUERTO RICO to film with Orbitz and the Puerto Rican Tourism Board: I SAID YES! Please enjoy Richard’s article about our journey and the many videos from our visit! Lisa When Christopher Columbus made landfall in Puerto Rico during his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, a young […]

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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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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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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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Mar
24

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights.  During a recent […]

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