inspiring adventurous people

7 Empowering Anthems for International Women’s Day

female travel

International Women’s Day has a powerful energy fueled by the inherent inclusion, unity, and diversity of the holiday. It’s inspiring to see celebrations and activism around the world and know that you’re part of an international sisterhood of women that is driven to achieve equality. So to commemorate International Women’s Day (and any other day […]

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Lives Less Ordinary: The Fascinating People I Met While Traveling in Colombia

Colombia

At the beginning of solo trip, you may feel like Dorothy arriving in Oz — you’re on your own and disoriented, but before long, you’re surrounded by an unlikely cast of characters who help you through your journey. Quite often, these people make the trip just as much as the destination itself. In Colombia, I […]

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Songs for the Road No. 14: Discovering Afro-Brazil Through Banda Didá, An All Female Drumming Ensemble

Brazil

When I look back at the time I spent volunteering in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in 2006, it seems so natural, so inevitable that I would end up in there at some point in my life. I often forget about what drew me to it in the first place: Banda Didá, an all female drumming […]

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A Break From Regularly Scheduled Travel Blogging to Bring You This Birthday Post

female travel

Earlier this week, I was flipping through the San Francisco Chronicle on my lunch break when an obituary caught my eye. Why am I talking about death in the week when I’m celebrating my birth? Well, hear me out. This woman who’d died exactly a week after her 95th birthday was described as a “lifelong […]

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Self-Proclaimed “Ugly Indians” Take a Stand to Beautify India’s Streets

India

In India, I encountered a lot of Indians who would like to see India as what it has the potential to become rather than what it is right now. I also met a lot of Indians who seemed to truly want outsiders to enjoy their time in India and see the merits of their country. […]

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11 Traveler Meetings in 2010

general travel

“I can’t keep up with your international lifestyle,” my sister says jokingly as I explain the story of how I met the woman whose wedding will be my last of 2010. I laugh along with her because it is a truly unlikely friendship. She is more than twice my age, from England, and we met […]

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Do Not Go Gentle

inspiring adventurous people

One day at breakfast, I noticed a man with a head of messy white hair. It stood out in a room full of blacks and browns and blonds that likely had decade or three of pigmentation left.  A couple of breakfasts later, he and his travel partner took the seats across the table from me. […]

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4 Decades of Inspirational Female Travelers

female travel

Growing up, I was exposed to both mainstream American and Ghanaian attitudes on aging. It was hard to wrap my head around the American focus on living longer combined with an obsession with being eternally youthful in appearance. Then, at Ghanaian functions I was always surrounded by fun-loving animated adults who always tried to pull […]

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