The Amazing 2,000-Year-Old Boat on Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, Israel

Tweet I always said that some day the sea will give us a gift, says Yuvi Lufan. His prediction proved true. The gift which was given by the sea is now one of northern Israel greatest treasures, and my personal favorite. The sea of which Mr. Lufan speaks is the Sea of Galilee, and he […]

This is Syria?

Tweet Knowing, as we do, that civil war is raging on in Syria, with its people enduring horrifying daily bloodbaths, it seems that the entire country must be in a state of catastrophic chaos. So when I got to look across the border into Syria the other day, it was shocking to see this: A […]

Mokkatam Village a/k/a Garbage City in Cairo

Tweet I sat down to write a post about the amazing Cave Church I visited in Cairo, when I began instead reading up on the people who live in the village that is home to the church. Soon it became clear that an entire post should be dedicated to what little I know about these […]

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Six Reasons to Settle In and Live Like a Local

Tweet When I first started traveling, I wanted to grab as much of the world as possible and moved as fast as I could to fill my head with as many different cultures as time allowed. The major cities of Europe were assigned only three days each on my calendar, so great was my haste […]

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Five Lifestyle Shifts, Cultural Variations and Comical Quirks in the UAE

Tweet I’ve only been in Sharjah, UAE for two weeks but am quickly growing accustomed to major lifestyle shifts, cultural variations and comical quirks. Here’s five aspects of life I’ve adjusted to already in the UAE. Venturing Outside Only At Night – The heat here is phantasmagorically intense. Venturing outside during the day is an […]

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When Travel Interrupts Travel Blogging

Tweet Mixing a blog into the rest of life’s tasks sometimes can result in a pretty difficult time management issue. Travel bloggers are not only working, running errands and playing, we’re also, at least, every once in a while, traveling. When I was working on a recent blog post, I kept wishing my blog hadn’t […]

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The Night Sounds of the Al Maghferah Mosque in Sharjah

Tweet I sit now in my apartment listening to the call to worship emit over loudspeakers from the Al Maghferah Mosque. The calls of mosques are common in Muslim countries and pretty cool to the ears. It is Friday here in Sharjah, UAE, the holy day for Muslims, a day on which the prayers of […]

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Interview With An Expat – Nancie McKinnon

Tweet Why do some people pack up their lives and move abroad? Behind each journey from resident to expat is a story, always unique and often fascinating. One standout of an expat is Nancie McKinnon, who left her life in Canada to move to Taiwan for one year. Her short-term life abroad has clearly become […]

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Five Travel Mistakes I Always Make

Tweet Practice and experience always lead us down the shining path of eventual perfection, right? Maybe for you. Apparently I can repeat some tasks multiple times throughout many years and learn nothing. This makes me feel great about myself. In the travel arena I have come to realize – actually, accept – that I am […]

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Signs of the World – Sharjah, UAE

Tweet Sometimes attempts to bridge the language gulf in other countries are quite funny. This hilarity often results from signs worded in English in non-English speaking lands, with phrases and sentences that not only don’t quite convey what they intend but veer off into a direction they clearly absolutely could not have wanted. I am […]

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The Aboriginals of the Tiwi Islands – Photo Essay

Tweet Traveling to the Tiwi Islands, populated by Aborigines, was the highlight of my time in Australia. Modern-day influences have largely eradicated the traditional way of life for the 460,000 Aboriginals spread throughout the country, forcing into modernity what is believed to be the world’s oldest culture. On Tiwi’s two islands, Bathurst and Melville, the […]

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Road Trip Far From Home – Margaret River

Tweet Road trips enter a new dimension when you embark on travel short in nature far from home. For my first major day trip since I’ve been in Western Australia, I drove to Margaret River with Disha. This secluded little seaside town in the southwest of the state is an extremely popular spot for wine […]

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Three Things I’ve Never Experienced Outside Australia

Tweet Since I’ve arrived in Australia, I’ve noticed that, although the country is much like my home in the States, some extreme differences do, happily, exist. Here’s three biggies. The illegality of transporting food, plants and animals across state lines – When I flew to Australia, the customary do not bring certain foods off the […]

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The Excitement of First-Time Experiences

Tweet It’s hard not to love the thrill of a First Time. Unfortunately, the more we experience in life, the more difficult it can become to feel that I’ve never seen/done/been before thrill. First Times are not a necessary part of life, but they’re an unavoidable element of travel. The other day I was most […]

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My Biggest Travel Pet Peeve – No Free Airport WiFi

Tweet Why don’t all airports have free internet access? I ask myself this as I do a search online to see if the airport where I’m going to be sitting for four hours and 45 minutes in between flights has free WiFi hotspots. I have discovered that it has zero. Of course. In most public […]

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