Fiji: Freedom, diving and the Manta Ray

The pool was a kid magnet. As soon as school was out we’d make excuses to walk down the street and visit the neighbors. We’d splash and play Marco Polo until our toes and fingers were creased. I’d always steal a few moments away by myself in the deep end. Diving as far down as … Continued

France: Evoking Travel Memories with Food

Traveling turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. When we return home from our travels, food can transport us back to that special time and place. Souvenirs and pictures do this too, but food affects our bodies in addition to our minds. Just one taste can carry us to another country especially France. My strongest memories … Continued

things to do in deception island

Top 5 Things To See and Do in Deception Island, Antarctica

My trip to Antarctica saw me visit a host of different Antarctic islands, as well as landing on mainland Antarctica. Of the outlying islands I visited, Deception Island was the most diverse and the most inspiring. “Deception” is an island which you “sail into”, an island shaped like the letter “C” and an island which … Continued

Myanmar: Hsipaw to Monywa by Bus (video)

WATCH: 18 Hsipaw to Monywa by Bus, Myanmar (Burma) A twelve-hour trek in Myanmar: from Hsipaw to Mandalay to Monywa by bus! We had a 4:30am wake-up, for a 5am pickup by bus at Mr. Charles (it was very convenient—there were ten of us going from our guest house). I think bus left town on time … Continued

Nigeria: Better Way to Think

Right now, a child is crying for food. A blind woman is walking the streets and villages of Africa and Asia asking for help at an intersection. A beggar has his hands out. A classroom full of students awaits the teacher’s entrance, but can’t be seen. Someone’s heart is breaking without a comforter. Someone is … Continued

Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Samui

Sawadeekah from Thailand! We were able to acquire with no hassle a sixty-day visa for Thailand in the Malaysian City of Kota Bharu, which literally means New City. Armed with our extended stay visa, we were off on buses, trains, vans in search of fantastic Thai food. A fellow traveler, John, told us the best … Continued

On Writing: Words of Wisdom from Stephen King

  Stephen King shares his personal life story and philosophy on learning to write well in his book, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft. As he says, “I believe large numbers of people have at least some talent as writers and storytellers, and that those talents can be strengthened and sharpened.” … Continued

Canada: The World on the Road with Peggy

The very best thing about the one place that we feel the most freedom is that it is not just one place…it is everywhere we go. Our freedom does not come in the shape of a country, a city, a town. Not a valley, a forest or a waterfall, its not even on the top … Continued

Ethiopia: Open Roads, Open Hearts

I shifted uncomfortable on the straw mat, trying not to disturb the young child with her arm wrapped around me. Her small thin body was warm in the evening wind. I looked across the mat at Oli who similarly had two small Ethiopian children snuggling up to him. We exchanged smiles. This wasn’t the traditional … Continued

Myanmar: Hsipaw by Bicycle (video)

WATCH: 17 Hsipaw by Bicycle, Myanmar (Burma) From Mr. Charles guest house, we explored Hsipaw by bicycle. We saw a family taking their ox cart to the central market. I loved seeing the ox cart on the street. I almost feel like I traveled back in time to when everyone only used an ox cart. We … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel