12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 2

Uoleva, Tonga

12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 2

Smiles are the currency of Tonga. The man with the battered boom box wore one as he swayed to a steel drum beat.  Grinning at nothing in particular, one hand held the portable machine while the other slapped out a rhythm on his thigh. “Hey prince, hey princess,” he called out to us, “welcome to paradise!” … Continued

Wakayama: Japan’s Pacific Coast Pearl

Tourists to Japan’s main island, Honshu, tend to gravitate to major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, or historic sites such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto. Understandably so. The cities are rich and varied in both cuisine and culture. You name it, you will find it. But what about the lesser known areas of the great Pacific island? … Continued

Mexico: The Different Cancun

Enjoy this post on The Different Cancún: Another Side of Paradise from our Travel Writing Contest Judge, Richard Bangs. Share your story of where you find awe and feel gratitude! $1,000usd in cash prizes! The pearls of praise for the place called Cancún often sheen to dizzying effect. There is no refuting that this stretch … Continued

How to Make Friends While Traveling Solo

Most people who travel alone will tell you that they couldn’t imagine traveling in any other way, and they’re the kind of people that thrive on being by themselves. However, it’s a simple fact of life that people do need other people, and even the most independent of solo traveler knows that they need company … Continued

Asia: A Traveling Chalkboard Champion

Lisa Niver Rajna: The Chalkboard Champion Who Teaches Her Students That Science and Geography Isn’t Scary Lisa Niver Rajna, an elementary science teacher from Los Angeles, California, is an amazing chalkboard champion. Lisa was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1967, and earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her career … Continued

Uoleva, Tonga

12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 1

Brass notes hit us before the heat, rushing loudly through the opened airplane door. “Who called out the band?” I asked my boyfriend.  Polished tubas and trumpet bells glinted under the airport floodlights.  Above the instruments, locals cheered and waved frantically from a second-story deck. Smiling graciously, I felt like a celebrity, not a tourist. … Continued

Vanuatu is What?

I can barely open my eyes without squinting as hours passed as I lay in almost a complete daze of whiteness. A rhythmic crashing keeps lulling me in and out of consciousness as life on Champagne Beach in Vanuatu passes me by. “Vana what?” “What country is that in?” “Oh, it’s a country?” “Where is … Continued

Dominican Republic: 27th Biennial of Visual Art

  27th Biennial of Visual Art, Dominican Republic The Biennial of Visual Art in Santo Domingo is a competition which is decided in August, but the exhibition stays open to the public for much longer, into November usually. The prizes are awarded by a panel of three; this year the panel were Chus Martinez, of … Continued

The Thiruvannamalai temple has several temple towers pointing in the four cardinal directions, each exquisitely carved.

Two “Foreigners” in Thiruvannamalai, India

I had a lot of trouble pronouncing the name of this town: “Thiruvannamalai”. It required me to roll my tongue too much and too many times. It had too many syllables. Hailing from North India, living in the south Indian city of Bangalore, I initially found south Indian names to be tongue twisters – especially … Continued

Fiji: From Mold to Sun

Foul smelling, damp and also a little crusty, Chris and I were starting to feel like the inside of a teenage boys soccer bag that had not been cleaned for weeks on end. Night after night we laid on our backs looking at the expanding patches of green, fuzzy mold on the ceiling of our … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel