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Places that inspire: Rome

A guest post by Annemarie a.k.a. @TravelingAnna Rome It isn’t difficult to become inspired by Italy. From the beautiful people, amazing food, and fantastic architecture, it’s a rare person who isn’t charmed. However, my trip, 26 years in the making, brought tears to be eyes for a different reason. To me, my Rome getaway meant […]

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Yosemite valley

Places that inspire: Yosemite

A guest post by Jaime from Seat of Our Pants. Yosemite National Park The drive to Yosemite National Park is on an unassuming single lane highway that curves along the Sierra Nevada foothills. It’s an understated introduction to the region, meandering along river valleys and climbing up pine-covered hillsides. Traveling there is beautiful in its […]

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Places that inspire: Multnomah Falls, Oregon

A guestpost by Bret from @JetPacker19. Multnomah Falls, Oregon Scientists recently discovered that negative ions are abundant in places of natural serenity, such as beaches, forests, mountains and waterfalls. As oxymoronic as it sounds, negative ions have a positive effect on people. They alleviate stress, increase alertness and boost energy levels. I’d even say they […]

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Krak des Chevaliers

Places that inspire: Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

A guest post by Andy Jarosz from 501 places. Krak des Chevaliers It is often said the adventure is more about the journey than the destination. So it proved on our visit to the Krak des Chevaliers, a hilltop fortress in western Syria. We left Damascus in our rental car in the warm spring sunshine, […]

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Places that inspire: Karekare beach, New Zealand

A few months ago, I was invited by Mei, a.k.a. @agentcikay to contribute a guest post about places that have inspired me. I thought the subject was brilliant so I asked her if I could use it as a new guest series. I was thrilled when she said ‘yes’… after lots of coaxing and a […]

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Lessons My Mother Taught Me

It’s Mother’s Day, a great moment to stop and reflect on all the wonderful lessons we’ve learned from our mothers. Some lessons are more valuable (i.e. logical) than others but they all share the same trait: they were taught with love. My relationship with my Mum has sometimes been tempestuous, especially during my rebellious adolescent […]

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My Dad & me in Sydney (1984)

Till It’s Gone

My Dad passed away on the 9th of September 2009: 9/9/09. I’ll never forget that date. My Dad meant the world to me when I was a kid. Not only because he was my Dad, he was my inspiration. He worked at the airline and was constantly flying to other parts of Asia, North America, […]

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Travelations: the trip that opened my eyes

I had been working at a Dutch bank for ten years when it was taken over. Months passed before it became clear to me that I needed a break. I was exhausted and I felt jaded. Many aspects of my life had gone into auto-pilot mode and I was just there for the ride. I was […]

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Hike across the Cinque Terre

A world of inspiration: The King of Wanderlust

This is the last edition of the ‘A world of Inspiration‘ series. For twenty straight weeks, this series has featured inspiring stories from some of the most talented travel writers around. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vera, Tammie, Janice, Nellie, Michael, Liz, Jen, Gloria, Evelyn, Dave & Deb, Chris, Alex, Andy […]

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A world of inspiration: Amazing Thailand, Amazing People

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ was written by Honor Dargan, who is a British expat in Japan. Honor was in Phuket, Thailand, on that fateful day in 2004 when more than 200,000 lives were lost after a massive tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea. She shares with us […]

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