Behind the Iron Curtain: remembering my 1988 trip to the USSR

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The first trip I decided to take was to Cold War Russia. And, as I search my ‘way back’ memory, I’m not entirely sure why I wanted to go there. Perhaps it was because I was 18-years-old and absolutely gagging for an experience that would blow my socks off. Deeper than that, I have always, since my earliest memories, desired to go where people don’t usually go.

What It’s Really Like Experiencing Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Okay. Can we get real about the Okavango Delta for a moment? Full disclosure: the Okavango Delta in Botswana was my #2 fear on my Cape Town to Zanzibar trip through Southern Africa. The #1 spot was occupied by lions, but, I do have an incredible penchant for the dramatic. I had a number of fears, mostly surrounding those little flat-bottomed canoes that were…

From Salt Flats to Geysers: The Beauty of Visiting Bolivia with Intrepid

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This story was written for Intrepid Travel and posted on their website on November 9 2017. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article on their website here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/bolivia-tour-salt-flats/ The Badlands. I had heard the term hundreds of times, but it was only when I started venturing out in the world that I appreciated the remarkable place where I…

I’ve Explored 34 Countries On My Own; Here’s Why I Always Choose to Travel Solo

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This story was written for Intrepid Travel and posted on their website on July 3, 2018. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article on their website here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/solo-traveller-story/ I am an introvert. No one believes me when I say this because apparently introverts are supposed to be shy, awkward around people and potential serial killers. I am none…wait…no…I…

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