I Visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York and This Happened
Feb17

I Visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York and This Happened

I didn’t know her but unknowingly standing in front of her name etched in bronze, I was heavy with sadness. Blinking away tears and trying to hide them from my friend, I looked for distractions while he photographed the scenery.

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Travel to Thailand: Dancing with the Tai Dam People
Sep16

Travel to Thailand: Dancing with the Tai Dam People

During my March visit to Thailand, I tossed aside my inhibitions and danced with the Tai Dam people in Ban Na Pa Nat of the Chiang Khan district in the Loei Province. And yes, I did it without the assistance of good libations.

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Travel to Thailand: Almsgiving to Monks in Chiang Khan
Jun23

Travel to Thailand: Almsgiving to Monks in Chiang Khan

My 4:30 a.m. alarm sounded and I hopped out of bed as if it were Christmas morning. The first activity of the day was participating in the merit making ceremony (an almsgiving) to the monks of Chiang Khan.

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Putting My Hot Air to Work With Glassblowing in Staunton, Va.
Jun16

Putting My Hot Air to Work With Glassblowing in Staunton, Va.

I huffed and puffed yet didn’t inhale while putting my hot air to work during a glassblowing session at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Va. Receiving a consultation with a glassblower was like having a consultation with my hairstylist.

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Business is Business. Haggling is an Art Form in Guatemala
Jun08

Business is Business. Haggling is an Art Form in Guatemala

“I’ll make you a deal. Business is business and I’m a businesswoman,” said Clara, the street vendor outside the Porta Hotel (Antigua). Haggling is an art form in Guatemala.

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Seeing How Soap is Saving Lives in Guatemala with Clean the World
Jun05

Seeing How Soap is Saving Lives in Guatemala with Clean the World

I participated in a soap distribution trip with Orlando-based Clean the World to see how soap is saving lives and knew we would be visiting some of the Guatemala’s poorest areas.

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VIDEO: Sweet Reaction From Kids in Guatemala When They See Their Photos
Jun01

VIDEO: Sweet Reaction From Kids in Guatemala When They See Their Photos

There’s nothing more precious than a kid’s genuine smile. I met amazing people during last month’s trip to Guatemala with Clean the World to distribute recycled used hotel soap and educate people about the importance of hygiene. Although I (still) don’t speak Spanish, I was reminded of the power of a smile in communicating.

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Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher
May09

Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

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Traveling to Guatemala with Clean the World, May 27 – 30, 2014
Apr04

Traveling to Guatemala with Clean the World, May 27 – 30, 2014

Does used hotel soap have a life beyond a one-night scrub? If it’s lucky, it’s sent off to Clean the World where it’s sanitized, processed and distributed to families and children in the U.S., Canada and more than 65 countries across the globe.

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Join Solo Travel Girl on a Day Kayak Trip in the Lower Florida Keys, Dec. 8, 2013
Sep17

Join Solo Travel Girl on a Day Kayak Trip in the Lower Florida Keys, Dec. 8, 2013

Looking for a good paddle? Here’s an invitation to join me on a day kayak trip in the Lower Florida Keys on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The plan is to join Burnham Guides during a full-day excursions on the Seven Mile Bridge Crossing. If you’re not familiar, the Seven Mile Bridge was originally built to carry Henry Flagler’s railroad  called Overseas Railway through the Keys. We’ll paddle between the old and new...

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Travel to Brazil: Rio de Janeiro in the Blink of an Eye
Jun02

Travel to Brazil: Rio de Janeiro in the Blink of an Eye

Sleep? Who needs sleep when you’re in another country for two nights? Or, another continent in this case. Another business trip had me traveling to Rio de Janeiro last week and my on-the-ground time was three days and two nights with most of that time devoted to business meetings.

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On My Way to Follow the North Star in Ontario
May26

On My Way to Follow the North Star in Ontario

I’ll be following the North Star in Ontario next week and I couldn’t be more excited! No, it’s not another NASA thing I’m involved with it’s a travel blogger thing. I’m attending the Annual Travel Blog Exchange Conference (which means I’ve attended every North American #TBEX) in Toronto, June 1 and 2 and as a travel blogger, I’ll be joining my peers during a post-conference trip to learn...

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May 18, 2013 is Art Museum Day: Participating Museums Offering Free Admission, Activities
May11

May 18, 2013 is Art Museum Day: Participating Museums Offering Free Admission, Activities

There’s nothing like hearing the word free to grab my attention so I’m excited to share with you information about 2013 International Museum Day and Art Museum Day. Participating museums across North America and the globe are either offering free admission or free activities on Saturday, May 18, 2103. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover a new museum or revisit and see what’s new at your favorite gallery....

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Inspired by Dr. Benjamin Carson in Sarasota, Fla.
May05

Inspired by Dr. Benjamin Carson in Sarasota, Fla.

“Things that I said at the Prayer Breakfast were the same things I’ve been saying for 20 years. It just had a viral impact, you might say,” Dr. Benjamin Carson, said during a Feb. 27, 2013, press conference in Sarasota, Fla. Prior to Feb. 7, I knew the name “Ben Carson” but really didn’t know who he was. As a volunteer with the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series, I saw...

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Barefoot through Badwater in Death Valley National Park
Apr11

Barefoot through Badwater in Death Valley National Park

Sometimes ya just have to kick off your shoes and go. That’s what my sister and I did over the weekend during a quick trip to Death Valley National Park and the salt flats of Badwater Basin. Although I lived a year-and-a-half in the park I didn’t see much while there. I took for granted having all the time in the world to explore this starkly beautiful park with golden crinkled canyons, mountains painted with colors of the...

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