5 Ways You Can Help Fight Poverty Through Travel

As world travelers you can create a positive impact in combatting global poverty.  Just by doing what you love, you can alter the lives of those in need, often by making slight changes to how…

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It’s Not All About You: How Selfies Diminish Travel

Obsessive selfie takers rank very highly on my list as invasive and inconsiderate tourists.  This includes couples who stage long, impromptu photoshoots with one handling the camera while the other poses perpetually.  By monopolizing certain…

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How Realizing I’m Not Better Than Anyone Else Made Me a Better Traveler and Person

Growing up in the yuppy beachside town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, I had the distinct impression that Americans were better than every other nation at most anything.  From sports and culture to politics and guns, us…

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Understanding The Asian Skin Whitening Trend

Skin whitening prevails throughout Asia.  From Indonesia to Pakistan to India, the bulletin reads loud and clear: whiter skin wins.  From skin bleaching clinics to pervasive billboard selling whitening creams,  the trend dominates most street…

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Creating a Duxbury Travel Scholarship as a Way to Give Back to My Hometown

When I was fourteen and a sophomore in high school in Duxbury, Massachusetts, some magnanimous hometown philanthropists funded my dreams to travel abroad for the first time.  Now as an adult I’m giving back in the…

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How 3 Essential Life Lessons from My Late Father Improved My Travels

On a lazy Sunday morning with clear blue skies, my 2 miniature Schnauzers and I leisurely strolled down to Mamitas Beach in Mexico.   Unceremoniously I released a small bag of my father’s ashes into the…

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Why I Love Coming Home After Traveling

I’m safely tucked into my king-sized bed while my 2 miniature schnauzers snuggle my side.  After practically a month on the road I’ve happily ensconced myself into a cocoon of Egyptian cotton.   A migraine pounds…

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