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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Change | 0 comments

jacksonville (a poem)

jacksonville (a poem)

I wrote this poem in 2008 while living in Jacksonville, Florida and waiting to move to Northern Ireland. Five years later, I am about to make my next move and felt it appropriate to revisit this poem.   this city is a holding cell neither point A or B just somewhere along the line   this city is white noise I am in an extended layover waiting for the next...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Guest Post | 0 comments

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

This is a guest post written by Elsa Thomasma of GoAbroad. See her bio below! Travel blogging can become an extremely valuable resource for a traveler to share experiences with family and friends back home, raise funds for trips or charitable causes, serve as a travel guide for other potential travelers, and gain exposure as an up-and-coming writer. But writing a successful travel blog requires effort. The following 12 tips for travel blogging give suggestions to make a travel blog more enticing, easy to read, and frequently shared. 1. Write what you want to write (your audience will self-select!). Keep your blog authentic: write for yourself, write for personal growth, and write to create a testimony of what you experience in your travels. 2. Update friends and family. It is often difficult to keep everyone up to date with personal emails, phone calls, or the like, so travel blogging is a great way to update family and friends all at once on what you are doing and experiencing while abroad. 3. Share on Social Media. Share your...

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Book Review, Guest Post, Travel, Volunteer Abroad | 0 comments

Little Princes: A Book Review

Little Princes: A Book Review

This book review by Kelli Mutchler originally appeared on her blog, Too Mutch for Words. Too many travel narratives are written about the highly improbable, crazy or suicidal, vain-glorious antics someone participates in simply to publish.  Too few are written accidentally, by honest travelers. Conor Grennan is at least frank.  He confesses, within the first pages, that his round-the-world-trip plus volunteer-stint-in-Nepal was planned as a feel-good future pickup line. But then he meets the orphans at Little Princes.  And Grennan – a 20-something American with no prior experience in childcare or global development- discovers that he is more than just a foreign helper in an orphanage for trafficked children. As it turns out, wondering what you’re supposed to do in an orphanage is like wondering what you’re supposed to do at the running of the bulls in Spain- you work it out pretty quickly. Grennan’s initial experience turns into a three-year effort to reconnect children with their families.  Open and eager, Grennan never admits to anything but a surprising...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Blog, Interviews, Travel, Travel Planning, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Jason Demant tells the story of Unanchor.com at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco on the fateful day the SF Giants won the 2012 World Series.   What is Unanchor.com? We sell specialized travel guides directed towards travelers that want to get a local experience. They want to get around the city and places themselves, and they want to get off the beaten path. There are itineraries that take you through step by step of what you want to do throughout your day. What was the inspiration for beginning Unanchor.com? A couple years back, my now wife and I quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and we traveled around Asia for a year and Unanchor was the product I was always looking for but could never find. I wanted to know where to go and how to get around and it just was a frustrating process. We were moving around seeing the city so often and trying to figure out how to do that. I got interested in...

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