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Behind the Curtain: May 2017

I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the […]

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Travel Writing Round Up [May 2017]

If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! A lot are repeats from last month, but new posts are denoted with stars. I have checked all the links to ensure that they are still valid, but please let me know if I have missed one. I’ve also created an open Google Document where […]

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Saying Goodbye to Boone

This blog is mostly about me and my experiences, but I occasionally like to feature other voices with different experiences. Today, it’s my sister Sammi, who recently got her Masters degree and said goodbye to a part of the world she’s deeply connected to with one last solo hike. Read her first guest post here.  […]

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Caroline in the City Guide to Tel Aviv

While most people visit Israel for historic cities like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is the country’s cultural capital.Founded in 1909 by Jewish immigrants in Jaffa,  it’s located on the Mediterranean, making the atmosphere totally different. Whereas Jerusalem is still conservative because of the faiths that converge there, Tel Aviv is where the young people live. Modern […]

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How to Have the Perfect Day in Flores

When you arrive in Flores, you’re basically as far north in Guatemala as you can be. The journey there is no joke, especially if you’re coming from the southwestern parts of the country like Antigua. Most travelers only stay for a few days to visit Tikal before turning back around. But since I was at […]

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Semuc Champey: The Best Day Ever?

Semuc Champey has a reputation among backpackers in Central America. They share images of the crystal blue water. Some love it while others don’t. It’s a long drive up to Lanquín, the small town that is the gateway to the park, and then another bumpy ride in the back of a pickup truck. So is […]

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Tikal By Night

A shuttle picked up my Canadian friends and me mid-afternoon. We’d been bullied into buying our tickets to Tikal from a friend of the bus driver on our 12-hour trip. I didn’t want to be taken advantage of. But it had been a long day and the price seemed right. We were afraid we’d been […]

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Antigua, Guatemala for Gringas

Flying into Guatemala City International Airport, I was one of many travelers making a beeline for shuttles to Antigua, bypassing the city entirely. I’d come back to explore later, but for now, my focus was on making my way to the most popular destination in the country. My sister was living there, working at a […]

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Finding Hitchcock in Bodega Bay

I think we’re in real trouble. I don’t know how this started or why, but I know it’s here and we’d be crazy to ignore it… The bird war, the bird attack, plague – call it what you like. They’re amassing out there someplace and they’ll be back. You can count on it… Unless we […]

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