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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Editorial: Sometimes when I think back on trips I’ve made, my memories of them are shaped by special anniversaries, some of them tragic. This is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, that horrific day when two planes intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. New York City has long been a favourite weekend destination for my sisters and me (aka ‘the girls’). We would arrive at La Guardia Airport early Friday … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Taking a gap year—typically a time of global travel and work between high school and college or university—has long been embraced by Britain and Australia where it is considered a rite of passage. The concept has been slower to catch on in North America but it’s now becoming more common and even major universities are promoting it. Harvard University has long encouraged admitted students to defer enrolment for one year to travel or pursue a special … Read entire article »

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Photo Gallery of All Saints’ Day festivities in Todos Santos Cuchumatan

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Antigua, Guatemala photo gallery

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Guatemala photo gallery

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Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Jessica Sunter lived and worked in two indigenous communities in the western highlands of Guatemala – Comitancillo, San Marcos and Todos Santos, Huehuetenango – for eight months in 2010 on an internship with CAUSE Canada funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. CAUSE Canada is an international development and relief organization that has been operational since 1984. Their current program in Guatemala, the Women’s Integral Empowerment Program, provides literacy and numeracy courses, leadership classes, and business … Read entire article »

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Giving money on the road

Giving money on the road

Foreign travellers are often struck by the poverty they run up against in developing countries. Even those travelling on a shoestring know that they are comparatively wealthy simply because they have the funds to be out-and-about on the other side of the world.  I was so moved by the poverty I saw in the foothills of Nepal that as soon as I got home I sponsored children in that country through an international foster parent … Read entire article »

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Handling money on the road

Handling money on the road

Think about money before you leave home, something I sometimes ignore and usually regret. I arrived in Sarajevo late in the day after an overnight flight from Canada. I had no cash, not even Euros, a currency that is widely accepted there. The bank machine at the Sarajevo airport was thankfully working so I was able to withdraw money and catch a taxi to my hotel. But I didn’t know the exchange rate (the travel … Read entire article »

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Bargaining

Bargaining

If you want to be kind to yourself don’t get too carried away with bargaining. After all, you’re wealthy compared to most people you’ll be bargaining with. Fellow travellers will regularly ask if you got a good price for something you are showing them. What’s a good price? I aim to get a reasonable price but not necessarily the cheapest one. That way I leave the country feeling good about myself and the experience. That being … Read entire article »

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