Nomading Film Festival.

Just yesterday was the Nomading Film Festival in New York City, and Jeff and I decided to head in for the event. Located in the backyard of Hostelling International-NY, the festival felt more like an outdoor family barbecue than a film festival, which was a welcome feel.

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Teaching Through Travels.

Being a teacher is one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever done, often with little reward by way of salary or appreciation from anyone. But, every once and a while, a lesson that is taught seems to go beyond the … Continue reading

World Malaria Day.

Today is World Malaria Day.  As a traveler, I have had to take anti-malaria pills while traveling, and know just how deadly contracting this malaria can be.  The video below paints a picture of the disease, specifically in Africa, and how, with a small donation, we can all help save lives and make the world a better place.  

Discovering Music Abroad.

Along with traveling and writing, I am extremely passionate about music, which is why while I am traveling, I love to listen to the radio and the music playing at restaurants and bars. And, over the years, I have developed quite collection of music from around the world.

I hate to limit myself by just listening to what’s here in the States because the world has so much to offer. Even while I’m home, I constantly bother my cousins in Ireland and ask them to send me the latest musicians and songs that are out in the UK. But, often the best discoveries are made while traveling the world, and my most recent discovery happened this past week in Aruba.
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Inspired to Make it Count.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted an Inspiration of the Week, but after watching this video, I just had to share it with you all.

Nike asked Casey to create a video about Making it Count. To do this, Casey and his friend, Max, used the budget given to them to create this video by traveling around the world in ten days, the amount of time it took for their money to run out.

Not only is the video inspiring, but it’s also proof that time doesn’t always have to hold you back from traveling the world.

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India Inspiration.

India is a place that I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember and a culture I’ve been in love with for years. Everything about India has fascinated me, even though not everyone feels the way I do about the country. I love the music, the food, the clothing, the culture…everything India has to offer.

Just the other day, I happened to find this video, by Mike Matas. It sums up a thirty day journey through India through three thousand pictures in three minutes. This video makes me want to visit India more than I originally had, and I can’t see how anyone could watch it and not want to visit the subcontinent. It is truly an incredible place.

Journey Across India from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

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Vietnam Love.

This video of Vietnam is one of the best I’ve found. Posted by Intrepid Travel today on Facebook, it gives the perfect overview to a country that is hard to describe in words. Maybe this will help people understand why I fell so deeply in love with the country of Vietnam.

A Taste of Vietnam from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

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Sand In My Shoes.

The post-travel blues are something that I often suffer from. As soon as I get home from traveling, I long to be back on the road, back to somewhere exotic and different from home. There’s reverse culture shock, a longing for the time to breathe and think without any commitments, and the freedom to live life the way I want. No matter how long my time away, it’s never easy for me to come home.

Even now that the post-travel blues are over, I still dream about Asia every single day and find myself constantly looking up my next adventure. And, while I was dreaming of my next escape and searching for flights, I stumbled upon a song that I had downloaded many years ago. Sand In My Shoes, by Dido, perfectly puts the feelings one has upon returning home from a trip into song.

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“Vietnam can hold you like a smell does.”

The other night I was watching television and No Reservations came on. To my pleasant surprise, Bourdain was in Vietnam! I know that I was just there this past summer, but like Graham Greene says,”Vietnam can hold you like a smell does.” To me, this statement couldn’t be more true.

Saigon.


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An Inspiration: Move. Learn. Eat.

This week’s inspiration comes from a series of three videos commissioned by STA Travel and created by, “3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles.”

Each video is only about one minute long, but each is long enough to inspire anyone’s next journey. To see all that these three have seen and experienced is motivation to get out there and not just explore the world, but to experience it.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

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