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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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    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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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
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 […]

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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 […]

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They Said

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May
30

Namaste India

After vowing that we would be on full alert, all systems go, eyes peeled and ears cocked, money changed, visas opened and as on guard and vigilant as we could possibly appear- Delhi airport was nowhere near as scary, hectic or confusing as we were incessantly warned it would be. In fact, it was one […]

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May
29

Why You Should Go to Melaka, Malaysia – Video

Melaka, Malaysia is not a city in the traditional, busy sense — there’s this sense of history and charm that breathes through the place and keeps you captivated for days. Life goes at a slower, deliberate pace and while you’re just about 2 hours from the traffic and hawking and noise of Kuala Lumpur, you may as well be worlds away.

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May
28

Wandering in Tuscany this Summer!

Wondering where to Wander this Summer? It is nearly June and I am wondering where to go this summer. My very close friends from my days as Julie McCoy, Assistant Cruise Director on the Love Boat, invited me visit them in Sardinia. I have never been and I cannot wait to go. I am trying […]

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May
28

Hatteras Escape in North Carolina

Hatteras Escape The world is a busy place, so much to do, so much to be. If we are very lucky in life, we find a destination that frees us, if only temporarily. This is a destination we can return to again and again, both physically and mentally, because we find a certain magic there, […]

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We Said

Condado Plaza Hilton
Mar
24

#RBQuests: From Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I am on location in Puerto Rico filming with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media! This week we are creating videos for PRTourismCo 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. My first night […]

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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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Le Meridien Chiang Mai
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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