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

The Traveler’s Mindset

Going on a trip is nice. There’s a big, soft spot in my heart for all inclusive resorts, ski in/out chalets, and tightly organized tours. But going on trips is not quite the same as true traveling. While the former is mostly associated with leisure, the latter requires a special sense of adventure, resilience and […]

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How to Choose a Volunteer Vacation

What’s a volunteer vacation? A volunteer vacation is when you donate your time and money to help out a worthy cause. In exchange for your endowment, you receive the experience of a lifetime: living in a foreign country and helping out those less fortunate than you. I’ve done 4 different volunteer vacations with 2 different […]


Glass Blowing In the Nation’s Capital

I stood about 15 feet back but the intense 2,000 degree heat warmed my cheekbones as I squinted to get a look in the oven.  This amazing production was taking place in front of my eyes and I stared in amazement at the melting and shaping of the glass experiment. What excited me most was […]


Life in Korea

As I returned home from a long day of teaching and program planning (as well as a short sit at my favorite coffee shop not too far from my apartment) the moment came that always comes when entering a home in South Korea: The moment when we take our shoes off before stepping inside. And, […]

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The “Just In Case” Traveler

Over the past five years, after traveling on several trips, I realized I had a problem. “Hi. My name is Barea and I am an over packer.” The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge it, right? As much as I love to travel, I dread packing. After having dinner with a close […]

Barea Victoria

Travel to Transgress

In her first seminal book on education, bell hooks, a fierce feminist writer and insurgent Black intellectual, reminds us to rethink teaching and “transgress” or push against existing racial and class boundaries to attain true freedom, the result which she describes as real teaching and a true education for a student. This idea of transgression holds […]

Nicole Grimes

Make Time to Travel

As a nomad without a home or clear career path, existential crises abound. The constant chasing after, running from and just plain random living leaves this one questioning what am I doing, why am I doing it and what is the point of life anyway?! The only thing that is clear to me is that […]

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My Black Card Was Revoked

No, not my “Black” credit card. I mean my black card – the fictional card every black person theoretically receives at birth. Frankly, I had never heard of such a thing. My parents never said anything about it, nor was it a part of any class I took in school. So how did I find out […]

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A Journey to Peace

Islam is exoticized in our consciousness.  Images of harems, of faceless women in black capes and of oppressive men cramp our understanding of the fastest growing religion in the world. This mystique, coupled with 24-7 coverage of terrorist attacks, makes it easy, if not unimaginable otherwise, to conflate Islam with radicalism. I ask that you […]

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What Does Travel “Really” Require?

Hodophobia. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Hodo-who?! Most people have heard of some of the more common phobias – like the fear of heights [acrophobia]; snakes [ophidiophobia]; spiders [arachnophobia]; and being in small, enclosed spaces where escape is difficult [claustrophobia], but hodophobia usually throws people for a loop. It’s the fear of travel, and it can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from being […]

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Why the “Kid” in Me Lives On

I’m in a Facebook travel group where a particular member (whom I shall dub “Minnie”) recently stated she was considering Disney World as a Christmas get-away this year. Aside from the expected comments on cost, crowds, and the like, I noticed several comments were negative in that they seemed to judge Minnie’s selection of Disney World as […]

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Why I Sold Everything

During the fall of my senior year in college, I decided that I wanted to try something different. I wanted to connect with a world outside of one that I had become so attached to. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but I was determined to get out of the United […]

Zim Ugochukwu

“Do Right” Travel

As I leaned on the broken wooden slat of the standing truck I was leaving Ecuador on, bumping along the potholed roads, looking back at the home I was leaving behind, I thought not of the landmarks I’d visited and not of the work I had done there, but of the community I had been […]

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