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Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Blog, Change, Feature, Travel |

Dear X, You Changed My Life

Dear X, You Changed My Life

This is an open letter to people I met through my study, volunteer, and work experiences across more than a dozen countries over the last decade. These individuals impacted me in a profound way but will likely never know it. Dear … Joel, We sat down on overturned buckets in a slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru and talked for a few hours. I was 17 and I thought I had something to say to you about truth and life. You did not correct me. Instead, you created a crack in my worldview by sharing your story and asking me thoughtful questions. Years later, I finally understood that my ignorance, arrogance, and good intentions blinded me to reality. I have never forgotten. Zachary, I read your interview in the university newspaper as the first openly gay student president at the University of South Carolina. I kept that article for some time and thought about it for years. You were clear, unapologetic, and gracious towards those who mistreated you...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Change, Culture, Feature, Most Popular |

Travel Every Day: A Joie de Vivre Approach to Life

Travel Every Day: A Joie de Vivre Approach to Life

  What most people really desire is something quite different from industrial gimmickry- liberty, spontaneity, nakedness, mystery, wildness, wilderness.  Edward Abbey When we were kids, life was an adventure. We examined bugs, fought off ‘evil’ with made-up super powers, and thought little of consequences. Gradually, society taught us how to cope with boredom rather than cultivate curiosity. We internalized that the ‘real world’ would be a duty rather than a delight– and then we perpetuated this narrative. Eventually, we bought into the idea that success means comfort and stability rather than a raucous ride into the unknown. When we realized we lost our way, some of us burrowed deeper into a job or career, got married, had kids, or traveled the world. We constructed our identities as ‘expert’, ‘spouse’, ‘parent’ or ‘traveler’ and fortified them with online social masks. We forgot that the world is a wild kingdom to be explored. It is nearly close at an empty Mexican restaurant on Colfax Avenue on a cold Thursday night.  Stories on...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Travel |

Finding Art & Beauty In an Unexpected Place

Finding Art & Beauty In an Unexpected Place

This is a guest post by British travel writer Gaby Lucius. Read her bio below! It was late June and the summer doldrums had me bored and restless. My freelance work had slowed and if I hadn’t been so damn hot, I would have been bouncing off the walls. “Why don’t we go to Vegas?” my husband proposed after work one day. “Vegas? What the hell, Mike? Can’t you come up with something slightly more inventive?” The thing is, when I get hot, I get grumpy. The thought of going someplace decidedly hotter than Portland was not appealing. From the first day of our married life, Mike and I had been working hard to see the most beautiful parts of the world. We’d been to Singapore, Cambodia, France, Belgium, Russia…I could go on and on. We’d enjoyed home cooked meals with local families, hiked through humid jungles and thoroughly explored ancient temples. We made a point to avoid the tourist traps like the plague. And here he was asking me if I wanted to go...

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation |

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

2013 gave me two choices– expand or break. It was an exhilarating, frustrating, exhausting year and I’ve never grown so quickly personally or professionally in just 365 days. I lived in four different states, become co-founder of a startup company, and made Boulder, CO home. Here are the highlights! Living in 4 Different States. For the better part of 2013 I didn’t know where I lived, at least, I didn’t where my ‘real’ home was. It’s a struggle for all nomadic souls. Chicago, Illinois In early 2013, I packed my bags and headed to the Windy City to work with the Project Travel team for 8 weeks. I fell in love with Chicago’s architecture, L Train, museums, and big-city bustle. I realized, however, that I wouldn’t ever choose to live in a big city long-term. After years questioning whether or not I could hack it in Manhattan, London, or Chicago the answer was right there in front of me–I need quiet, natural and untamed spaces, trails, sea or rock faces nearby....

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Work Abroad |

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

This is a guest post by Robert Oakden. See his profile below! Congratulations on deciding to explore the world! Thailand is a truly stunning country, with a fascinating culture and friendly population – not to mention the weather. In fact, we’re starting to get a little jealous of your adventure – can we come too? Spending a year teaching abroad isn’t the same simply traveling. There are similar perks, but being a TEFL teacher is a job and possibly the start of a career. So before you pack us into your suitcase, here are some tips on how to make the most of your time teaching abroad. Get qualified Strictly speaking, it is possible to get a teaching job without a certification, however, a TEFL qualification is a fantastic way to learn the trade and it will certainly make getting a position easier. There are plenty of online courses to choose from that you can complete in your own time over the course of around six months, or you can opt to complete an...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog, Feature |

Nice, France (a poem)

Nice, France (a poem)

  confined between the shores of europe and africa the mediterranean watches the affairs of men from a neighborly distance caring nothing for the flash and pomp of the cars and casinos but only of the sun dancing across her back and when the markets drain and the children scatter and day surrenders to the ink of night the sea glows hot in the dying light...

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