New Zealand Culture Shock

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New Zealand Culture Shock

Dear Kiwis,

I’d like to thank you! But, in order for you to understand my gratitude, I first need to give you some context. I grew up in the US, in a home where we never locked our door.  Some, including myself, thought this was odd, but my parents didn’t think it posed any real threat so we learned to accept it.  Although my family lived in a rural area, we were certainly the exception to the American rule at the time. My youth was unfortunately shaped by after-school TV specials, high-profile child abductions, high school shootings, and America’s Most Wanted – which combined would make my parents and I think that danger was lurking around every corner.  At some point, I’m not sure when, trust stopped being freely given. If and when it was given, it was given from a safe distance.

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | THAILAND - PART 2 [SEASON FINALE]

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | THAILAND - PART 2 [SEASON FINALE]

In our final episode of the season, the intersection of personal and business become very real for Evita. Leaving Southern Thailand, the whole crew heads up north to Chiang Mai, a place Evita lived five years prior. She hasn't been back since and the reunion with her Thai Mom and Dad proves to be very emotional. The Tribe is by her side, as they explore the suburban areas that truly represent Thailand. They journey up the unending steps to Doi Suthep Temple, and culminate with tens of thousands of people to finally celebrate the enchanting Loy Krathong Lantern Festival.

Created by Evita Robinson. Check out both seasons at youtube.com/issarae

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Impressions of Santorini

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Impressions of Santorini

Santorini is a place I have always only dreamed of going to. I used to always say that if and when I get married that I wanted to go to Santorini for my honeymoon. I have always seen pictures and would always imagine myself in Santorini soaking in all that the Greek island had to offer. 

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The NOMADNESS Project | Thailand - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | Thailand - Part 1

The Nomadness Travel Tribe starts off in the Southern Thai city of Phuket, diving right into the culture. Night one includes the both traditional and controversial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. After getting acclimated to their house and neighborhood, the crew catches a ferry to the famous island of Ko Phi Phi, for one of the most serene aesthetics the Tribe has ever encountered on a trip. 

Created by Evita Robinson.

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Airports Where You Won’t Mind Having a Long Layover

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Airports Where You Won’t Mind Having a Long Layover

Layovers have always been a part of a traveler’s lifestyle. For one, flights with long stopovers are often less expensive than direct ones. In spite of this aforementioned savings, some passengers are more than willing to shell out a bit extra just to avoid added hours in the airport. No one can blame them, actually, as every minute of travelling is so vital. 

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‘Wandering Mom’ Tanai Benard Talks Leadership and Giving Her Children the World

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‘Wandering Mom’ Tanai Benard Talks Leadership and Giving Her Children the World

One of the great aspect of Nomadness is that there are so many different types of travelers and traveling perspectives represented within our tribe. From solo backpackers to globetrotting couples there is a lane for anyone. Our own Tanai Benard recently chatted with Black Enterprise to share her travelers tale and the importance of giving the gift of travel to her kids. Check out a snippet from part 1 of Tanai's ongoing series with BE.

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Tanai Benard is, in a word, fearless. A devoted mom who makes no apologies for leading boldly from the front, her commitment to family has spurred a global movement that has changed the landscape for single moms and their children forever.

In 2013, in the midst of marital strife, Tanai and her husband planned a move from Texas to the Arabian Gulf, along with their three children, in hopes of a fresh start and a better life. What’s more, Tanai had just accepted a position as a teacher in Abu Dhabi with numerous perks, including, among other things, housing. On all accounts, the transition was destined to be a fortuitous one. Unfortunately, however, their marital woes took a toll before their departure, causing their marriage to dissolve weeks before the move. With her back against the wall and a new life challenge before her, Tanai stood firm. Armed with little more than the courage of her convictions, she moved forward and traveled across the globe with her three minor children ages 5, 6 and 8 in tow. Little did she know, the best was yet to come.

***Hop over to Black Enterprise for the full story and the follow up series parts!!***

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The NOMADNESS Project | Amsterdam - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | Amsterdam - Part 1

It's easy to take a city for face value. Amsterdam is always highlighted for the Red Light District, and cafes. Yet, the Tribe starts their trip off diving into the historical underbelly of Holland's slave trade.

 

Through various museum visits, and particularly the Black Heritage Canal Tour, the Tribe gets a perspective on Amsterdam rarely seen by tourists. Created by Evita Robinson.

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | LONDON - PART 2 (SEASON 2)

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THE NOMADNESS PROJECT | LONDON - PART 2 (SEASON 2)

After a medical scare, the Nomadness Tribe heads north toward Kirkby Stephen. Surrounded by greenery, and calm, the crew finally arrives at the real reason why they traveled to London...to stay at Augill Castle. The Tribe took over the entire castle and learned of the story the castle has to tell. Created by Evita Robinson. 

After viewing this episode make sure you check out the special media feature that resulted via Mashable

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The NOMADNESS Project | India - Part 1

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The NOMADNESS Project | India - Part 1

The Nomadness Tribe travels to Northern India and sets sites at Pink City, Amber Fort (in Jaipur) and check out Monkey Temple. Here's part one of the Tribe's much-anticipated trip to India.

The Nomadness Project follows a group of young travelers (the Tribe) as they share experiences all over the world; the good, the bad and the ugly. Created by Evita Robinson.

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The NOMADNESS Project | London - Part 1 (Season 2)

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The NOMADNESS Project | London - Part 1 (Season 2)

It's the first time the Tribe is hitting up the United Kingdom. This episode sets the London stage before the crew heads to Augill Castle. From hip hop karaoke at The Social, to the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, we are hitting all the stops...until one of our members ends up being rushed to the hospital. 

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Nomadness Tribe Haiti Meet Up - #Fritaygate 2016 [Recap]

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Nomadness Tribe Haiti Meet Up - #Fritaygate 2016 [Recap]

Nomadness members Richard Cantave and Fabiola Antoine organized a huge meet up that brought 40+ Tribe members to Haiti over the last week for what was affectionately called #FritayGate. This meet up wasn't just another tropical gathering for sun and fun. The Tribe went down to give back and donate to the local kids who are making the best of limited resources. Supplies were delivered and many members are actually now sponsoring a student too.  

"Traveling with people is never easy , taking 41 friends to ‪#‎Haiti‬ is an adventure ! Haven't slept more than 3hrs in a couple days but how beautiful is all this melanin visiting the "roots of our freedom " - Richard Cantave

 

Check out the recap video via Richard Cantave and here are some of the images that came from this memorable gathering!  

 

 

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What was Bogota like?

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What was Bogota like?

Buenos dias! I recently got a chance to visit Colombia's capital, Bogota and I had an amazing experience!

Let me first start by saying that you don't need to know Spanish to travel to a spanish speaking country. However, it would help to know the basics. Which I thought I knew, but clearly I didn't. There were several confusing moments on this trip that I was just like uhhhhh... and me and the person I was talking to literally had to communicate with gestures/body language. Such as the first day I went outside to play and got an uber to take me to this spot called Crepes & Waffles that I had heard about in a blog. Except I didn't bother to check what time it opened. It was morning, and it was a breakfast spot, sooooooo it should be open right? Well i'm pretty sure my uber driver tried to tell me that it was closed but because I couldn't understand anything he was saying, I just smiled and nodded and said si. He drops me off and the doors are locked. I go next door and ask them what time does the restaurant open and they say 10. It was only 8:45. :-( Oh well, maybe next time.

But let me back up!

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5 YEARS IN A ROW - [Colombia & Brazil]

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5 YEARS IN A ROW - [Colombia & Brazil]

 

In November 2011 a group of friends started a tradition that has continued now for 5 years in a row. It all started in Southeast Asia, Singapore to be exact. I just moved to Manila, Philippines around mid-November and a friend of mine was working in Singapore for a few months at the time. He was not going to be able to get back home for Thanksgiving so a third friend of ours decided to fly out to Singapore from the states. I had heard they were going to meet up there but having just moved I had a lot on my plate and was not sure if I would be able to get over there as well. I remember getting a phone call from PR telling me he just landed in Singapore and that I definitely needed to come out there. I took a look around my apartment for some reason, as if there was something else I needed to consider. There was not. After a brief pause I said ok, let me look at flights. Moments later I found a flight departing to Singapore in a few hours so I bought it and immediately packed my bags and headed to the airport.

At that time it was only the three of us but we had an amazing time. The following year we added another friend, PD, and they all came to Manila to visit me. In 2013 I moved to Sweden and the tradition continued when they came out to Stockholm. 2014 was when we added our 5th and final member to the travel group. Socks, who was in grad school the previous years, could not wait to join us in Thailand to celebrate Thanksgiving together. Finally, our 5 year anniversary was spent in Colombia and Brazil! The following pictures illustrate some of the fun that we had in South America!

View some of the great Images below then hit the link to the full post here!!!!!




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REVIEW: Welcome To Mexico's Hidden Jewel - Villa Del Palmar

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REVIEW: Welcome To Mexico's Hidden Jewel - Villa Del Palmar

Often when my traveling friends speak of Mexican getaways they refer to Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco. Mexico has no shortage of amazing vacation destinations. Many of the aforementioned cities receive tons of visitors ranging from the fun seeking spring breakers to summer time family vacationers. Hot days and wild nights abound yet there are times you may want something a little less active and more remote. Many people seek a paradise away from the hustle and noise of the well known cities. For those seeking that type of calm I'd wholeheartedly recommend Loreto, Baja California Sur.

Nestled along the coast of the Gulf of California (The Sea of Cortez) Loreto is a small town known for its' fishing and aquatic tourists activities like snorkeling and whale watching. In addition to that Loreto is home to Villa Del Palmar, an incredible resort complex tucked between the mountainous coast lines north of the town. Villa Del Palmer offers up a relaxing environment with majestic views over the Sea, Spa services, sun bathing and much more.

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REVIEW: RIU IN OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

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REVIEW: RIU IN OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

While many in the Tribe are dealing with the freezing temperatures and biting winds of Winter, many take this time as the opportunity. To visit more tropical locales for sun and relaxation. Atlanta's own Alexis bka Lexi recently spent some quality time on the island of Jamaica. Here's a snippet of her time in Ocho Rios. Check it out then visit Lexi's site for the entire review. 

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I’m also not new to RIU’s. I have stayed at RIU’s in The Bahamas & Negril and had great experiences at both. I was excited to see how this resort would be in comparison.

The drive from Montego Bay’s airport was beautiful but fairly lengthy About an hour and a half later, we arrived the the beautiful RIU hotel.

I was starving and immediately went to eat. Thank God they had some oxtail. I have been wanting some authentic Jamaican food and I was happy they had some at lunch that day and it was delicious. I got my typical “Bob Marley” fruity drink with rum pretty much all day every day. The beauty of All-Inclusive is all food and drinks are included in the price.

 

Over the weekend I enjoyed the beautiful beach. There were a few slightly rocky areas ( and really  more like pebbles) but when you step a couple of feet past that then you are good to go. The water is super clear and blue and you can see schools of fish around the area. The waves weren’t crazy so you can just float on your back and be on super chill mode.

The ambiance was really nice. You had ocean views and mountain views. Everywhere you looked, you had a great view. Everything was very nice and clean. It is big though! The walks to and from the room will definitely have you losing a couple of pounds by the end of the trip lol. They have multiple restaurants, gift stores, areas for entertainment and multiple bars so plan to move around alot if you want to explore the resort. There are plenty of cute areas that you can sit around and people watch like I like to do.

We decided to book the Dunns River Falls/Catamaran excursion. It was only$60 so it was a great deal. Free alcoholic drinks, good music and good vibes. We headed out at 9am and after about 10 minutes, we stop off by a reef to go snorkeling. We saw schools of fish right in our face and cool sea urchins! 

**For the full detailed review of of Lexi's Time in Ocho Rios Click Here**

 

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Nomads Combat Poor Customer Service:

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Nomads Combat Poor Customer Service:

A friend of mine had a very bad experience with lost and then damaged luggage with an airline. Now problems with luggage making it from your departure city to your destination and then back home happen all the time. Even getting the bag back undamaged or if an item is missing is unfortunate, but not uncommon in the airline industry. But it is our right as consumers to acknowledge a company’s shortcomings,  to hold them accountable and to help them make better experiences for the future.

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