Tips For Traveling with Friends

Traveling alone has many benefits and rewards. You get to do whatever you want, whenever you want without the fear of inconveniencing… well, yourself. But there is something about traveling with a companion or a close group of friends that can make a trip even more memorable.  Being in a foreign place is already mildly […]

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Fez’s Medina and The Friends Within

My bedroom was inspired by the deep hues and dark wood tones of a place I had never been to. In my mind, the aubergine purples, deep burgundies, rich fabrics, and fanciful pillows encapsulated my idea of an entire country. An epiphany came to me in a flash! I decided that I wanted to sleep […]

Anne, the Voluptuary

A Multilinguist’s Manifesto

As we continue to travel the world and engage with other cultures, we often encounter difficulties communicating. As someone who has formally studied four foreign languages and claims proficiency in two, I can say language learning is no easy task. Technology such as Rosetta Stone, Google Translate, and DuoLingo have certainly made it easier, but […]

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Survivor: Managing a Group Getaway

When most people think of group trips they think of a disaster waiting to happen. Most people I know wouldn’t dare go on a vacation with more than three other people, if that.  As someone who regularly travels with a large (15+) group of women I definitely feel your pain.  It can be a hassle […]

Danielle Pointdujour

Bonding in Bangladesh

When I stepped out of the airport, after arriving in Bangladesh, the air was heavy with the fragrance of spices.  Someone must have been preparing a curry nearby.  Dhaka, the capital, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and it becomes most apparent while sitting in traffic.  It moves at a […]

Andrea Bediako

Instinctive Style

I come from country people. We are resilient, kind, and most of all—resourceful.  Creativity is a way of life, right down our style of dress.  If you couldn’t buy it, you made it.  If it was overpriced, you grew it yourself.  In my veins run the blood of a country boy from Jamaica and a […]

Nikiesha

The Spirit of Soweto

With the recent passing of the great Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, I’ve found myself reflecting on my time in South Africa – specifically Soweto, a township located 20 miles away from Johannesburg. Soweto was home to the Mandela family from 1946 to 1962 and was my home for a mere five days. My time in Soweto […]

Danait Kidane

The Love Life of a Nomad

As I sit here on Valentine’s Day, another Valentine’s Day spent alone, complete with Prosecco and a Martin marathon, I figure it was as good a time as any to write this post. A few weeks ago I came across two articles, One titled “Don’t date a girl who travels” and the other titled “Date […]

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Getting Intimate with China (Part 2)

There we were, four American travelers in Beijing scheduled to leave for home in the morning. We had a snag in our plans however. Our visas had expired earlier in the day and now, being illegally in the country, we had no place to sleep the night before our departure. In a last ditch effort […]

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Lessons from Haiti

  “Every native would like to find a way out, every native would like a rest, every native would like a tour. But some natives—most natives in the world—cannot go anywhere. They are too poor. They are too poor to go anywhere. They are too poor to escape the reality of their lives; and they […]

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Getting Intimate With China

In my experience, the most valuable things I have gained from my travels are the relationships I’ve made while on the road. I have shared many of my best adventures, such as sky diving, cave crawling and walking the Great Wall, with people who I now consider very good friends. Few things build companionship more […]

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Connecting with Different Cultures

I’m a Postcolonial Feminist, and when that travels it means I am always looking for “the people” wherever I am.  The minorities.  The once (or currently) oppressed. The societal outcasts.  The strangers in their own native land.   I seek to learn their stories and how they connect to mine as a Black woman.  Doing so […]

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Finding Love Abroad

You’re somewhere foreign and you’ve just met the most beautiful person on the planet. You immediately begin planning your life with them — when will we get married? Where will we live? What will we name our four kids? Maybe that’s just something I do, on my trip to the Dominican Republic, I fell absolutely […]

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The 5 Travelers You Meet While Abroad

Whether you’re nestled in a cozy hotel bar in NW Washington, DC or staggering into a busy Macedonian Hostel escaping the biting Balkan air, you are bound to meet interesting people. One can always recognize fellow foreigners, but who are these folks? 1. The Wandering Soul Having ascribed to Tolkien’s Wanderers Manifesto, “Not all who […]

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Tips for Escaping the Resort

Every year for those sacred few days off from work, people from all corners of the globe board trains, planes and buses in order to get to paradise. They arrive at a beautiful resort where sun is almost certainly guaranteed, room service is just one call away and those blessed holiday reps are there to keep […]

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