Cover to Cover: Passports with Purpose 2011

If you are reading this article, that’s wonderful! It means two things to me: 1) you were given the opportunity to learn such a skill, and 2) you have had some type of access to real hand-held books at certain points in life. Though I spend a great portion of my time reading, much of it is now from online sources. I sigh as I pass the collection of bound printed paper calling out for attention. Most display bookmarks somewhere within their depths. All are begging me to pick up them up where I’d left off. I sigh again as I tell them ‘hopefully tomorrow’…

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Posted by Gretchen on December 1st, 2011 in Site news.
→ 3 CommentsTags: activism, Books, Charity, Chldren, fund-raising, good stuff, Libraries, Zambia

Cover to Cover: A Passports with Purpose Interview

As many of us know, the initial phase of the 2011 Passports with Purpose fundraiser has begun. This year’s goal is to raise $80,000 and build two libraries in Zambia. Recently, I had the privilege of conducting a Q&A session with Pam Mandel and the founders of Passports with Purpose. So, without further ado…

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Posted by Gretchen on November 9th, 2011 in Interviews.
→ 1 CommentTags: activism, Africa, Charity, fund-raising, Libraries, Zambia

Sprouts en Route

Kristin Spencer and her husband are on a mission, one dictated by a ‘higher power’. Wherever they go – so go the ‘sprouts’ (aka their 2 young children). In fact, they are missionaries who’s serves having them traveling the world and it’s a family endeavor. Enjoy the entries of their adventures and the tips on [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on November 8th, 2011 in Blogs.
→ 1 CommentTags: cultural experiences, Europe, family travel, living abroad, Missionary work, parenting, tips and tricks, travel with kids

It’s on the Meter

A 19 year old London black cab, 3 friends, the British Red Cross and the Guinness Book of World Records -what do they all have in common? Normally nothing. But, in this instance – everything. Three friends decided to drive a London black cab from – you guessed it, London to Sydney, Australia – raising [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on October 4th, 2011 in Blogs.
→ 15 CommentsTags: Australia, Charity, England, Europe, Guinness World Records, Red Cross, road trip

Girl, Guy, Globe

Life was nice and easy in the US for Rachael and Josh. Then, Josh’s employers gave him the opportunity to work abroad – in Dakar, Senegal to be exact. Rachael being a freelance writer/photographer made the decision to move that much easier. So, they packed up their belongings, including two dogs and headed off to [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on September 29th, 2011 in Blogs.
→ 4 CommentsTags: Africa, couples, cultural experiences, living abroad, photography, travel writing, United States

The World of Nickolândia

From Chicago’s hot dogs to Brazil’s BBQ to Scotland’s microwavable Haggis to Ethopia’s massive mangos, you’d think this was a foodie travel blog – but it’s not. Instead, it’s about Nick Bartlett’s cultural encounters as he travels. He may not ride a camel across the Sahara but he does eat well. He also enjoys his [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on September 27th, 2011 in Blogs.
→ No CommentsTags: Africa, cultural experiences, Europe, solo travel, South America, United States

Man On The Lam

“Tall tales and tasty tidbits served with a dash of sarcasm…” is how Raymond Walsh describes his site. The tales may be tall but also true. The tasty tidbits are tantalizing (to say the least) and extremely useful. Having traveled the world over under his previous employment positions, he now travels on top of it [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on September 21st, 2011 in Blogs.
→ No CommentsTags: Africa, Asia, budget travel, cultural experiences, New Zealand, North America, solo travel, South America

The ‘Art’ of Blogging: A Commentary

Once in awhile I notice someone doing a particular task and wonder, “Why are they doing such a thing? Is it for monetary gain, self-fulfillment or something completely different?” These questions kept popping up prior to and following the TBEX ’11 conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) this past summer.

For those of you not familiar with TBEX and their conferences – it is the Travel Blog Exchange and their conferences bring travel-related bloggers, writers and media professionals together – explaining how everyone can ‘up their game’. There is a wealth of information to be gained during the sessions, but it’s not always everyone’s cup of tea.

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Posted by Gretchen on September 4th, 2011 in Articles.
→ 7 CommentsTags: Creativity, TBEX11, travel blogging

The ‘Art’ of Blogging: A Panel Discussion

There was a time when blogging was a bright and shiny new outlet where people would voice their personal opinions on any topic that caught their attention. In a proverbial blink of an eye, blogs became ‘tailored’ to fit particular demographics – politics, travel, etc. Bloggers began to realized they could actually earn income (large or small) from the works they produced. But, there are a great number of bloggers that do not follow the money trail. I wanted to know why. So, I chose a small group of people and asked two simple questions…

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Posted by Gretchen on September 4th, 2011 in Panel Discussions.
→ 4 CommentsTags: Creativity, travel blogging

Full Course Travel

Some people like the white picket fence, the dog, the job and the kids lifestyle. No so for Chais and Shawna Meyer. They’re out to explore something others have been known to fear – the world outside their own comfort zones. Join them as they feast on the delicacies only found through travel and following [...]

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Posted by Gretchen on August 31st, 2011 in Blogs.
→ 4 CommentsTags: Asia, couples, living abroad, photography, United States, working abroad

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