Tag - Experience

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A Day in Venice
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5 Ways to Survive an Airport Layover
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A Letter from India
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Volunteer in India >> LUM Review
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Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of
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Setsubun Spring Festival in Japan

A Day in Venice

If there was ever a time to put Venice at the top of your bucket list, now is that time. Venice was recently added to the World Monument Fund’s list of places under threat. There are genuine concerns that this magical canal city is, quite literally, sinking.

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5 Ways to Survive an Airport Layover

A big thanks to Rachael for publishing this article. With practical tips and brilliant anecdotes, this site is an amazing inspiration for anyone looking to leave the safety of their comfort zone and explore the world! After reading this, be sure to check out the post on staying healthy while traveling.

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A Letter from India

It was my second full day in India. Eyes-wide, everything was new and strange to me. I was so overcome with emotion that I returned home and wrote the below letter to a friend of mine.

This letter is an honest, candid representation of my true feelings during those first few days. I decided to publish this on the blog because I think it can help other travelers prepare for the culture shock that you might experience. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – here we go!

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Volunteer in India >> LUM Review

So you’re thinking about spending some time in India, but you have so many questions. For women, safety may be a concern. Where will you stay? How will you get around? What can you expect a typical day to look like?

I had all of these questions and more, so I decided to join a volunteer program with a company called Leave UR Mark.  Leave UR Mark (LUM) connects volunteers with local community organizations and non-profits. In addition, LUM provides their volunteers with beautiful accommodations, delicious home-cooked meals, and in-country support.

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Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of

I’ll be honest. Up until a year ago, if you had asked me to pinpoint Guam on a map, I might have pointed somewhere near Mexico. I had no idea that this tiny Micronesian island was actually a U.S. territory located in the southern Pacific. But, living in Japan, it didn’t take long before I heard all about this mysterious destination. Since Guam is an easy 3-hour escape from the cold winters in Japan, this island is a hot spot for Japanese tourists.

My friends and colleagues have referred to Guam as, “The poor man’s Hawaii.” Well, if that means beautiful, untouched beaches and wild, lush mountainscapes for half the price – count me in!

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Setsubun Spring Festival in Japan

Setsubun, literally translated as “seasonal division,” is a unique celebration in Japan in which people honor the changing season with the special ritual of mamemaki, or bean throwing. This festival is held every year on February 3rd, on the eve of spring in Japan. The changing of the season is very important in Japan, similar to the New Year, as it is thought to be a time of cleansing and welcoming good spirits for the coming year.

This celebration is honored with bean-throwing festivals all over the country. The night of Setsubun, people solidify their luck by eating a traditional makizushi roll called ehōmaki.

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