Is Traveling Dangerous?

Is Traveling Dangerous?

Travel is dangerous. Is it safe to travel to (insert country name here)? You shouldn’t travel alone. Those people are (insert gross generalization here). Why do you want to go there? I would never travel to a (insert stereotype here) country like that. We hear these things all the time and most of the people saying these things have never even traveled outside of the state, province or city they live in, let alone their country.

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Tips for Visiting Morocco - Culture and Etiquette

Tips for Visiting Morocco - Culture and Etiquette

One of the things that I absolutely love about Morocco are the people. They’re very friendly, welcoming and have a strong sense of pride and culture. Even though this is true it’s important to make sure that you respect the culture, respect the values and learn simple etiquette. This will hopefully make your experience much more enjoyable and you’ll be able to see the beauty of not only the landscape, but also the people.

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What You Should Know Before Traveling to Marrakech

What You Should Know Before Traveling to Marrakech

A one-size fits all approach to travel in general doesn’t work and it definitely doesn’t work in Morocco. It can be one of the most challenging cities to navigate for some people. Doing tons of research is very important before visiting Marrakech because not everyone has the same experience when they travel here. Some people have great experiences and some don’t.

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Cooking Classes in The Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Cooking Classes in The Atlas Mountains of Morocco

One of the greatest experiences that I’ve been able to offer to my groups is the cooking class in the Atlas Mountains. Just a short hour’s drive from Marrakech through the winding mountain pass and we arrive at the home of a local Berber family. A true hidden gem tucked away in the village of Imlil, you won’t find vans full of tourists or large groups of people here. It’s one of those places that are by special invite only.

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6 Essentials to Pack When Visiting Morocco

6 Essentials to Pack When Visiting Morocco

Morocco has beautiful mountains in the interior of the country, large areas of desert in the south eastern part of the country and an extensive coastline on the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Depending on the the time of year and where you’re traveling while in Morocco, you’ll need the essentials on this list. You can experience all four seasons in Morocco and fall, winter and spring are the best times to visit the desert because the temperatures are very pleasant during the day but are cool at night. It’s hot in the summer with July and August being the hottest months of the year, temperatures can reach 107F (41C) or higher in some cities.

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My Decision to Make a Major Life Change - Part 2

My Decision to Make a Major Life Change - Part 2

Creating Inspired Wandering was not an overnight thing. To give you a little background here, I’ve worked as an architectural project manager for almost 18 years and at first it was great, I loved it. Enjoyed the work I was doing, the people I met and worked with over the years were incredible. The field taught me so much and helped me to develop so many friendships over the years. Then I started volunteering and traveling. I saw that there was this whole other world out there. A totally different way of living, contributing…doing something bigger than myself.

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My Decision to Make A Major Life Change - Part 1

My Decision to Make A Major Life Change - Part 1

Some people can make it seem like it’s so simple to make huge life changes. “I just woke up one day and quit my job!” And maybe it is that easy for some people. For most though, I would say that's there's a HUGE internal battle that wages. For me, it had been slowly building over the past seven years. The last year and a half was when I really figured out what I wanted to do with this insatiable need for travel and I came up with an exit plan. 

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Tips on How to Choose the Right Airbnb Rental

Tips on How to Choose the Right Airbnb Rental

When it comes to choosing the right Airbnb it can seem like it’s hit and miss with getting it right. It’s really not. It only takes a little bit of work to find the right place that works for you. Having used Airbnb for the majority of my 7 month trip that I’m currently on, I’ve picked up on a few things that have helped me avoid any uncomfortable or unpleasant situations. I haven't had a bad experience with Airbnb (touch wood) because I follow three simple rules every time I choose a place.

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A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

Whenever I start researching flights I always look for the ones with long layovers, taking routes that I’ve never flown before. It’s like buy one get one free, at the start of my most recent trip to Italy was no different. I found a flight from Boston to Rome, stopping in Lisbon for a good price and since I’ve never been to Portugal it’s the perfect place for a long stop.

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Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

My first introduction to the Sassi di Matera in Matera, Italy was through a search for eco-friendly places to stay in Italy. Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita was fascinating to me because of the concept. They took a carefully chosen group of caves and restored them using period details and materials that I knew I had to see it for myself. 

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A Mini Guide to Matera, Italy

A Mini Guide to Matera, Italy

Most people have never heard of Matera, Italy. It’s one of those places that I found by chance while researching eco-friendly hotels in Italy. I was looking for unique places to stay that I could add to my list of cities that are a must visit. Matera is definitely a must visit. 

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5 Awesome Things to do In Naples, Italy

5 Awesome Things to do In Naples, Italy

If you’re going to Naples and expecting it to be pristine, clean and romantic like Rome, don’t. Naples isn’t Rome. It was a bit of a shock to be honest, to see the differences between the two cities and quite frankly all of the other cities that I’ve visited while in Italy. I spent 8 nights there and found some really beautiful things to see while there, you just have to know where to look.

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Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Rome is a huge city full of history, a history that dates back over two thousand years. We all know about the Coliseum, Forum, Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc. and yes, if you’re a first time visitor to Rome seeing those places is a must. To not go would almost be blasphemous. But after one or two days of that, then what? Rome is so much more than those few sites. There are so many other buildings, neighborhoods, parks and squares that deserve just as much attention. These are not ”non-touristy” places, just less visited and therefore void of the overwhelming crowds.

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How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

On my recent trip through Europe I wanted to find eco-friendly hotels to try out so that I can recommend them first hand. Trying to find a hotel in general when planning a trip can be a daunting task, but add eco-friendly to the mix and it can seem even more overwhelming. Ecotourism is on the rise and travelers are becoming more conscious about the way they travel. I have a few tips for finding the perfect place. These are the steps that I take for every trip that I plan, it does take more effort than looking for a regular hotel but it's getting easier.

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Alpacas, Treehouses & Dali the Llama

Alpacas, Treehouses & Dali the Llama

Sometimes we tend to think that our experiences are random happenings, but I think that we walk our given paths. Most times unbeknownst and unconsciously. This Christmas season I wanted to travel, but didn’t really want to drive for hours or fly so far from home. I remembered about a treehouse in Atlanta that I had seen on Airbnb and decided to find out if it was available around Christmas Eve, it wasn’t. Though the one that I originally had in mind wasn’t available, I found another one that was available. This one is a lot more interesting because there are cute animals involved.

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Finding Home? - Dar Es Salaam & Mafia Island

Finding Home? - Dar Es Salaam & Mafia Island

The sounds of motorcycles, horns, the call to prayer, people speaking in Swahili, the constant clacking of the cigarette man and his shells letting you know that he's around carry on late into the night. Staying in Kariakoo Market was one of the best places I could have stayed because it was vibrant and alive with people selling everything from car parts to rope, halal meats, fruit, clothes, shoes and anything else you might need.

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Tips for Planning Your Next Trip

Tips for Planning Your Next Trip

One of the most important things about travel is the planning, and fortunately for me it’s something that I really enjoy. I know for some of you, that’s the most tedious part because you may not know where to start. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are the basic steps that I follow for all of my trips.

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