Uoleva, Tonga

12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 1

Brass notes hit us before the heat, rushing loudly through the opened airplane door. “Who called out the band?” I asked my boyfriend.  Polished tubas and trumpet bells glinted under the airport floodlights.  Above the instruments, locals cheered and waved frantically from a second-story deck. Smiling graciously, I felt like a celebrity, not a tourist. … Continued

Australia: Experiencing a Land Down Under

Australia is an amazing, natural wonder. From exploring the world beneath the waves in the Great Barrier Reef to road tripping on the Great Ocean Road, there’s an adventure to be had whatever your interests. I’ve travelled Australia a couple of times. White water rafted down the East Coast, surfed in Sydney, broken down in … Continued

Myanmar: Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd (video)

WATCH: 41 Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd, Myanmar (Burma) There are no traffic lights or stop signs. There are so many cars, motorbikes and vehicles. It is not so easy to cross the street. The traffic at the intersection of 26th and 83rd was incessant. I actually enjoyed it like a show! This is the … Continued

Vanuatu is What?

I can barely open my eyes without squinting as hours passed as I lay in almost a complete daze of whiteness. A rhythmic crashing keeps lulling me in and out of consciousness as life on Champagne Beach in Vanuatu passes me by. “Vana what?” “What country is that in?” “Oh, it’s a country?” “Where is … Continued

Venice: Crossing the Bridge of Sighs

Crossing the Bridge of Sighs  At my first job right out of college, I spent eight-plus hours a day getting people to “Call now!” and “Learn more online!” for clients of a small-but-ambitious ad agency in Chicago. Needless to say, I wanted to put my writing to work in a way that was actually productive … Continued

Dominican Republic: 27th Biennial of Visual Art

  27th Biennial of Visual Art, Dominican Republic The Biennial of Visual Art in Santo Domingo is a competition which is decided in August, but the exhibition stays open to the public for much longer, into November usually. The prizes are awarded by a panel of three; this year the panel were Chus Martinez, of … Continued

Palau: At the Edge of Paradise

We Said Go Travel Newsletter 34: Sept. 19, 2013 Two weeks in Palau: The Edge of Paradise Our time in Palau was filled with natural wonders and outdoor adventures like kayaking, snorkeling, double rainbows, incredible sunsets, Milky Way (below) and UNESCO sites: the Rock Islands(see beach photo below) and Jellyfish Lake. I loved diving Blue Corner … Continued

The Thiruvannamalai temple has several temple towers pointing in the four cardinal directions, each exquisitely carved.

Two “Foreigners” in Thiruvannamalai, India

I had a lot of trouble pronouncing the name of this town: “Thiruvannamalai”. It required me to roll my tongue too much and too many times. It had too many syllables. Hailing from North India, living in the south Indian city of Bangalore, I initially found south Indian names to be tongue twisters – especially … Continued

Trover Interview: Building a Personal Travel Writing Brand

Fight the Inertia – Building a Personal Travel Writing Brand Thank you to Trover for inviting us for an interview to talk about how to build your own Travel Writing Brand. Lisa Niver Rajna and George Rajna, founders of We Said Go Travel, host travel storytelling contests for emerging travel writers. They shared a few minutes … Continued

Feel the FEAR, Travel ANYWAY!

Thank you to Tiffany Hawk for including me in her article, “How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You’re Scared,” on the Huffington Post. The article begins: Feel the fear and do it anyway. More than 25 years after Susan Jeffers released a bestselling book by that title, the go-get ’em phrase remains a mantra … Continued

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