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Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Olga Murray and the Nepal Youth Foundation

Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Olga Murray and the Nepal Youth Foundation

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Making a Difference for Nepalese Children

Making a Difference for Nepalese Children

When my daughter was a teenager, we orphanages in Kathmandu.  Olga Murray, the founder of Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF). Olga’s helps us all see that “ONE WOMAN CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.” We met her kids and saw first-hand the work she’s done for Nepalese children, including buying girls out of slavery. It all started […]

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The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

Hong Kong really has become foodie heaven with a truly dizzying array of restaurants in a relatively small area. I find the combination of street food, Asian influences and the vast wealth that brings some of the world’s top chefs and restaurant brands works together to create a Disneyland of the palate. Blue Butcher is a newer spot in […]

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Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Techie Biker Pedals Across the World

Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Techie Biker Pedals Across the World

“Nothing quite prepared me for how genuinely tough, wild and desolate Patagonia is. The friendship and solidarity I’ve met on the road astounds me on a daily basis,” recounts Mike Howarth, an e-commerce expert from Yorkshire England, who I met in Antarctica. “A common respect amongst cyclists, an understanding of the battle endured each day […]

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Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women—young, old, single, married, and widowed—are fueling an explosive growth in the travel industry. More women are traveling, for business and for pleasure, and they’re calling the shots. Just look around in a restaurant, how many tables are occupied by groups of women? Of those who currently take nature, adventure or cultural trips, 75% are […]

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Woman to Woman in Bali

Woman to Woman in Bali

It’s the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its romantic resorts, sandy beaches and luscious green […]

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A Local’s Guide to Traveling in Saigon

A Local’s Guide to Traveling in Saigon

  The past six years of my life have been spent in Southeast Asia—more specifically in Thailand, Cambodia and now Vietnam. Living and working in Saigon gives me a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I enjoy this city so much. It has amazing architecture, interesting history and a […]

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Myanmar: Photos, Reflections and Tips

Myanmar: Photos, Reflections and Tips

When I  traveled to “Burma”   for the first time, an iron-fisted militant government ruled and people were suffering from the horrors of one of the longest running civil wars in history. Myanmar has been slowly emerging from a prolonged era of isolation and repression with new freedoms of expression, a new Constitution and elections. […]

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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her first trip to Japan and the seven temples that were her favorites – […]

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture… as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two ryokans – one truly traditional and one hip […]

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