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A Blogging Break

June 13, 2016

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If you hadn’t noticed, I have been quiet on here. This is especially odd since I am in Italy for a month. That is because I have been debating whether or not to continue blogging. Blogging has been my hobby for a while now and I really do enjoy it. However, with a full-time job, it has begun to become stressful and I don’t want it to be. The other part is that the reward is not always visible to me. I enjoy taking photos and sharing my stories, but sometimes get very little feedback from readers. I understand as you are busy too! However, my motivation to blog is waning. I still have tons of ideas for blog posts and have been thinking of tons of stuff for Italy, but I just don’t have the motivation to write them.

Why I am sharing this with you? Well, first I didn’t just want to disappear. Second, I do have a few loyal readers and commentors and I feel I owe you an explanation. Third, I am still not sure what I am going to do long-term when it comes to the blog. Never say never, right? So for now we will call it a break and not a break-up. Maybe I will be back in a month or maybe the blog will morph into something else. Making this decision was difficult, so whatever happens, I will keep you updated here.

For the time being, I am still keeping up with some of my social media and may link to old posts as well. You will still be able to follow my travels! I didn’t say I was going to stop traveling! Click on these links to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or scan my Snapcode on the right. I will be honest that Snapchat is my favorite thing at the moment, so it may be the best place to keep up.

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Friday Favorites and Updates

April 8, 2016

Friday FavoritesHello, Friday! So you may have noticed that there was no Friday Favorites last week. This may be a continuing trend. April is a crazy month for me at work, and the blog may suffer a bit as a result. I am teaching a class at night, two nights a week and it starts on Sunday! I am also going to Slovenia next week to speak at a conference. There will be at least one post a week, but I haven’t figured out a schedule yet. It may be when I have time. I hope you will still come to check and see if there are new posts. As I mentioned in last week’s post, the best way to stay updated is to subscribe!

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As I am sure many of you are planning summer vacations, today’s Friday Favorites is going to be all about destinations!  Let me know where you are headed this summer and beyond!

The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World – There are several on this list that I haven’t seen and now want to go to. Which ones would you like to see?

Best Places to Travel in May – There isn’t a place on this list that I wouldn’t consider going and I haven’t been to any of them! Malta looks gorgeous! Wish I had time to go.

What can we learn about happiness from Bhutan? – Bhutan is the happiest country on the planet, so why wouldn’t you want to go there. I almost applied for a job there a few years ago. It seems so untouched as well.

Top 5 Historic Sites in Nassau in the Bahamas – Just because you are going on a beach vacation doesn’t mean you can’t get in some culture while you are there!

Shopping in Marrakesh – I hate shopping usually, but there is nothing like shopping in a foreign country in a traditional market! Every time I see an article on Morocco, I want to hop on a plane and go!

Weekly Post Wrap-up

2016 Travel Plans Updated – Some things have changed for 2016, so come check out what my new adventure plans are!

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Friday Favorites

March 18, 2016

Friday FavoritesHappy Friday! Hope you all had a great week. My week felt long, but not for any particular reason. Although I am having a hard time accepting that March is half way over! My week might have felt long, but the days and weeks seem to fly by! I am sure you all have felt this way at some point as well. But it’s the weekend! Today, I am heading out to the desert to do some camp location scouting with the students again. We have had more rain in Qatar this week, and I am a little worried about how wet the sand will be and hoping we don’t get stuck! At least, it is sunny again.

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Travel Tips

What’s the Safest Seat on an Airplane? – While no seat is completely safe, if you are afraid of flying you might want to read this article and pick your next seat accordingly!

10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Travel Accommodations  – I try to check on all of these, especially #8. It is good to have a checklist, though, and while I don’t stay in hostels, I sure wouldn’t want to be locked out of the hostel at night!

Destination News

It Just Got a Little Easier for Americans to Travel to Cuba – As I thought, travel to Cuba is getting easier all the time. Now you can go on your own! This is great news for me as I am not a huge tour person. You now can go as long as you make it educational and speak with locals. The U.S. government recommends you keep a journal. Anyone up for a trip to Cuba soon?

Airport News

Is This Singapore’s Best Kept Secret? – Apparently the staff canteens at the Singapore airport are the best place to find the cheapest food in the airport, and they are open to the public!

World’s Best Airports Announced for 2016 – Not only does the Singapore airport have good cheap food, but they are also the best airport in the world, according to SkyTrax. I am excited because my airport, Hamad International Airport made the list this year at #10! Did your airport make the list?

Weekly Post Wrap-up

Yes, Egypt is Safe for Travel – My thoughts on Egypt being a safe place to travel.

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Friday Favorites

March 11, 2016

Friday FavoritesHappy Friday everyone! This has been quite the week of weather here in Qatar. We had three days of rain! I don’t think I have seen three days in a row of rain here. The first two days were just light rain and drizzle, but the third day included lightning and thunder. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it was much worse, and they had very strong dangerous wind. The schools were closed, and many buildings sustained damage. I am so glad we just got the rain.

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Travel Gear

Travel & Leisure’s Best Travel Products of 2015 – I realize I am a bit late in discovering this article, but there are some great products on this list. My favorites are the AMPL SmartBag, which can charge seven of your devices at once, and the Compress Towels, which would be perfect for freshening up on a long haul flight.

Hotel News

In-room smart tech continues to evolve at hotels – Hotels are continuing to upgrade your ability to control your room features, such as keyless entry and room temperature. One hotel chain is also using robot butlers!

HotelsCombined – This site allows your to search several hotel booking sites at once, which I love! Never again will you have to search several hotel sites to find the best deal. Not only do they find prices on discount sites, but it also searches the hotel website directly. I don’t know of another site that does that. You can still see reviews and pictures just like on other sites. I can’t wait to try it when I book my hotel for Slovenia.

Packing Tips

A New Way to Roll a T-shirt for Travel  – I discovered this video before I went to Egypt and put it to use on the trip. I am sure it saved me some room, but best of all the t-shirts stayed rolled up nicely and didn’t unroll during the trip.

Skyscanner’s 15 Best Ever Packing Tips  More great packing tips. I have brought dryer sheets in my suitcase to keep things fresh, and the added benefit is that you can use them if you have static issues upon arrival. This is especially useful for business trips when you might be packing more delicate fabrics. Do you have any packing tips to share with us? Share in the comments.

Weekly Post Wrap-Up

You Can Move Mountains! The Abu Simbel Temples – Two temples built by Ramses the Great, were moved to save them from being submerged in Lake Nasser.

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