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Revisiting Hong Kong and Its (Disappearing) Neon Signs

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I still remember my first impressions of Hong Kong. Racing through Kowloon in the back seat of a red taxi at midnight in 1990, I saw the neon. Bright and colorful, flashing and still, the neon signs peered at me through the side streets as my taxi made its way to the quiet of the […]

Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

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The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

The World Outside Your Window,USA

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As I sit in my airplane seat, I look at the backpack full of workbooks in which I must address. “Alright, I should use these four hours wisely. I have enough time to finish at least one workbook. I can do this.” It seemed only a matter of seconds before realizing the plane was in […]

Daruvar, Croatia: From Holes to Healing

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Daruvar, a small town of nearly 9,000 people in northeast Croatia is my place of freedom. It’s the only place I can ever remember that made me feel truly grateful for being alive. Growing up, I frequently traveled to Daruvar because my mother was born and raised here and her entire family continued to live […]

How Salamanders led me on my travels

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When I was little my mom, sister, me and our dogs used to get lost on purpose. We lived in the country of the deciduous North Eastern United States. Maple, birch, apple, cherry, oak and ash trees rooted themselves on our rolling hills. No matter if it were early spring or late fall, leaves would […]

Finalists for Inspiration Travel Writing Contest 2014

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WRITING CONTEST: Our fourth Travel Writing Contest ended on February 14, 2014 with 505 people from 55 countries involved. The judges and I are happy to announce the fifty finalists! Winners will be announced May 27. The next contest also opens May 27! PLEASE ENJOY THE ENTRIES FROM THE FINALISTS:   Alexander Heaven and Hellhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/heaven-hell-day  Amy An […]

Mts. Iglit-Baco, Philippines: Into the Savannas

One of the rangers of the park who doubled as our guide. He is a Mangyan, and treats this place as a sacred space. It is part of his job to make sure that there is no poaching happening in the area.

               

The Peace of Green: Slovenia

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What is an inspirational place to me? I can think of only one. It takes me to emotional places that I’m never at. It makes me feel unique and special. This place makes me feel confident like I have wings and I can fly anywhere. In this particular place, I am optimistic because it motivates […]

Something Unexpected in the Philippines

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Searching frantically for scraps of food, like ants trapped inside a lunchbox, it was that all too familiar look of confusion mixed with a hopeful desperation that brought us together. We were the only Americans in the international terminal of the Manila, the Philippines Airport, five minutes into a four-hour layover on Christmas Eve. There […]

Live in London or Die Trying

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I now cherish time ever since time was nearly taken away from me. I am in the passenger seat, flustered and frustrated, wondering why the driver that the bride’s father hired keeps missing the proper turns. I have to photograph this wedding and I need to be on time. I politely ask why he’s not […]