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Is Travel Actually Gender Specific? My Problem With “Eat, Pray, Love”

Friday, September 17, 2010

I never read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love.” I don’t plan on reading it, either. I have nothing against the premise or the author, I simply have not gotten around to holding a copy in my hands nor have I felt the urge to. As a traveling female. I sometimes feel like I am missing […]

Why Haven’t More Travelers Heard Of Guanajuato? Maybe That’s Good . . .

Friday, September 10, 2010

For some, global cities have lost their luster. As we travel from New York City to Paris to Tokyo to Buenos Aires, some travelers have found that each city is, as the Taiwanese that I met liked to say, “same, same, but different.” In most urban centers you can find major corporations, like Starbucks or […]

Ladies, Do Not Be Afraid To Travel Alone

Friday, September 3, 2010

As a first time solo female traveler, you may feel fear. Sometimes, it’s as though the world we live in can be a bubble, trying to tell us of the things we shouldn’t be doing instead of encouraging us to get out there and experience it for ourselves. We are bombarded with “be carefuls” and […]

Traveling With Reminders

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just like our itineraries are different, so are our levels of comfort. Some people prefer to bring the bare necessities, needing to pack light for their meandering feet, while others need to bring a personalized blanket for sentimental coziness. A recent article in The Toronto Star highlighted the importance of “packing a bit of home […]

When In Quebec, Eat Haggis

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today, people from all over are traveling everywhere. With such an increase in diversity, the common question is: where are you from? People want to know where your ancestors are from. It fulfills a not-so-secret curiosity, the same one that propels people to travel. What if you plate it for people? With, say, haggis. Curiosity […]

August Photo Contest Finalists: Pigeons And Intrigue

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This past month’s photo contest theme was “Urban Jungle,” and what’s more urban than pigeons and mystery? A city is not just its interesting architecture, cultural idiosyncrasies and masses of people, but someplace where unique characters live in the shadows of tall buildings and a place where the wild things have adapted. A country’s rural […]

Compassion In Cambodia: A Traveler’s Dilemna

Friday, August 20, 2010

Compassion comes in many forms. You can give away your life savings, some extra change in your pocket, or a bottle of water to a thirsty child. It’s easy to change one person’s life, but much more difficult to change many. In fact, I think it’s probably near impossible to change everyone’s world, spreading yourself like […]

Jujuy: A Financial Crisis That Allowed Argentines To See The Beauty Within

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The other day, someone asked me, “If you were flat broke and could never travel again, would you be happy?” I could sense his curious frustration with my constant sighs of travel nostalgia. At times, he would notice that my gaze was distant and forlorn. I fidgeted with a loose string on my cut-off shorts, afraid […]

Lest We Forget: A Tribute To Travelers Who Never Returned

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

There is always an element of danger associated with travel. That’s why we do it. Whether it’s the rush of adrenaline from hiking foreign terrain, the thrill of adapting to a different culture, or the induced nausea from testing your palate, we seek adventure when we go abroad. We want to push our limits of comfort […]

Montréal: Have Your Pig’s Foot And Eat It, Too

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Growing up in the Ottawa Valley was not especially interesting. It was not as adventurous as Toronto. It was not laid back like Vancouver. It was, however, an hour or so from Montréal, the city that boasts bagels, poutine and dépanneurs with beer-stocked fridges. Being young, penniless and car-free, I never got the opportunity to […]

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