Nomadness Tribal Survival:  What to keep in mind when you’re about to call another country your home

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Nomadness Tribal Survival: What to keep in mind when you’re about to call another country your home

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Often times there's a desire to more than just visit a new land. The urge to relocate lives in many these days. As you prepare for you new home take a moment to keep these helpful tips in mind to better adjust to the new chapter in your life. 

*Guest writer Costea Lestoc*

Moving away – What to keep in mind when you’re about to call another country your home

Are you scared about moving to a completely different country? It’s understandable why you would feel that way. The unknown is always scary, and nothing is scarier that not knowing what your life will look like in the near future. However, while fear is understandable, you shouldn’t dread the moment of departure. Of course, it severely depends on the reasons of your departure, but as long as we’re talking about something positive and leaving on good terms, you should look at it as an adventure. Even if the contrary case is true, you should still have good things to look forward to. Living in another country is no small thing, and it will contribute tremendously to building your character.

Make sure you’re ready to like the place

Once again, the context of your relocation plays a great part in how this is perceived. If you want to live as an expat in Singapore, then you’ll probably be moving to Singapore. However, going from the idea that you have at least some control over your destination, make sure that you will like your new home. There are many different cultures you can develop an interest in, so make sure that once you get there, you will have things to be excited about. Of course, some might prefer a country that is a lot closer to home in terms of similarity but maybe even in terms of distance.

Leave your old self behind, but not entirely

This is of grave importance as it will determine in what ways you shall be shaped by your experiences abroad.  When you settle down in a completely new country, you will want to be open minded and to adopt as much of the local culture as possible. From clothing to food preferences and even artistic influences, embracing what your new home has to offer is beneficial. However, don’t go overboard and forget who you were prior. It’s a good idea to keep a part of yourself “untouched” by everything new. You shouldn’t become a completely new person, unless that is actively your goal.

Take in as much as you can

If you’re going to live in a new country, don’t just root yourself to a big city. Just as it is the case in your own country, the new one probably has a lot to offer in the countryside. Visit the less populated areas of this new land and explore all it has to offer.  You’ve done it, you’ve anchored on the shore of an exciting new land. The worst thing you could do right now is box yourself in and not explore everything there is.

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Domestic Jewels - Musical Gems of North Carolina

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Domestic Jewels - Musical Gems of North Carolina

*Guest writer Jessica Kane*

Never forgot that many pleasures can be discovered within your own domestic borders. With an eclectic choice of clubs and venues for music, Charlotte, North Carolina has so much to offer anyone looking for a night out. You can choose between an intimate lounge setting, an auditorium, amphitheater or even a private club depending on your choice of music and the artists that are performing. Here are some of the Charlotte highlights:

AvidXChange Music Factory

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This live music venue encompasses a variety of music tastes as well as a number of different places for a musical experience. Under its musical umbrella are the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater, The Underground, the Label Night Club and The Fillmore. The richness of variety in musical acts for upcoming events includes IdinaMenzel, Jidenna, Enrage Against the Machine, and Phantogram and Tycho to name just a few. You can see more information about upcoming events here.

 

Coyote Joe’s

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Known for its country music acts, this club is considered one of the premiere country music venues in the country. In the past 25 years, they have featured well-known artists like Travis Tritt, Brooks Dunn, and Garth Brooks. They also have a reputation for offering one of the largest dance floors anywhere, and an unparalleled light show display. Their live music is offered every night of the week, and it includes a house band that is just as famous as some of its featured acts. This is a private club with membership for anyone over the age of 18 and starts as low as $1. More details available here.

The Evening Muse

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This club has been rated by critics as the best evening club in Charlotte. With a venue that only seats 120 people, it is best to get there early to ensure a seat for the show. Known for their acoustic acts, they also feature other genres including blues, folk, country, jazz, and reggae. There is also a great selection of beer, wine, and good food while you listen and enjoy. 

 

 

The Imperial

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This intimate jazz club gives you two choices for a jazz experience. You can either sit in the 50s- themed lounge and cocktail bar area that offers a nightly jazz ensemble like the Dave Hamilton Trio who have frequently been featured there, or opt for a contemporary rooftop bar with additional musical strains of jazz to cool off to on a summer evening. Both areas offer an exceptional drink selection as well. You'll definitely appreciate the versatility of the venue. See more here.

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This music venue is on an intimate scale for anyone wanting an amphitheater experience without the crowds. The music scene for this club is millennial-driven as well as caters music specific to regional cultures around the world. It includes these recently featured artists and musical tours: Zacarias Ferreira, Benny Benassi, Bad Bunny, Hector Acosta 2017 USA Tour, Money Man, Freedom Finale, YFN Lucci Live, and BlacYoungsta and Da Baby. VIP tables are available if you're looking to treat yourself and a group of friends to a special evening.  

Flight Beer and Music Hall

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This bar and music club has seating in two bar areas for all shows that are indoors as well as outdoors. There are nearly 100 beers on the menu and food is also available during the show. They also bring in a DJ for popular sporting events like regional sports games, college bowl games or professional championship events like the Super Bowl. It is a casual environment and features local up and coming bands as well as regionally well-known musical artists like Cole and the Funky Medics, Pluto for Planet, Ashley Wineland, Paleo Sun, Jahlistic, and more. You can see what's on deck here

It's easy to over just how many sweet spots you can find through out the country. North Carolina's musical culture lends itself to a lot of greats potential experiences. Hopefully your future travels will give you the chance to visit some of these locations! 

Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.

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The Wandering Blerds Visit St. Vincent

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The Wandering Blerds Visit St. Vincent

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Nomadness Tribe travelers touch every inch of this globe. As the summer approaches it's close, 2 of our own share their recent journey to the island of St. Vincent. Check out the beauty of this tropical destination via The Wandering Blerds.

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5 Spots That Make Delhi The Party Hub You Never Knew

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5 Spots That Make Delhi The Party Hub You Never Knew

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*Guest writer Costea Lestoc*

It's no secret how perfect a destination Delhi is for exploring all its historical monuments, museums, food centers and shopping areas. Delhi however, is also a home for a bunch of perfect spots for partying, for a weekend night getaway and for just spending some quality fun time! If you are a party seeker, then you would be missing out on a lot if you do not explore the great night life that Delhi has to offer.

Book your flight tickets from Mumbai to Delhi on Yatra easily and get ready to venture out to some or all of these perfect party spots that we are about to discuss here!

Ghungroo

Ghungroo, a nightlife hub serving all party enthusiasts right since the 90’s, is a party place totally worth visiting! A DJ night with fun Bollywood numbers playing to shake a leg to sounds like just the right way to party, doesn’t it?If this is something that excites you, then plan a night at Ghungroo and relive some classic music while you dance your heart out.

Raasta

 

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Raasta of Cyber Hub in Delhi is another perfect stop for all the party lovers! With the environment bursting with energy always and great food ranging from European to Thai and Mexican to treat your taste buds, Raasta has all you need for a great fun night! Plan a Saturday night of relaxation and fun here and party away!

Hard Rock Café

Live music, fantastic food, drinks, party mood all over the surroundings. Aren’t these pretty much all you would need for a perfect night? You get these all at the Hard Rock Café! There are live band performances to brighten up the environment and don’t even get us started on all the fantastic food! Hard Rock Café is definitely a must explore when in Delhi.

The Living Room (TLR)

 

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If your definition of party is more like a relaxed time spent chilling with friends enjoying some good food, then The Living Room at Hauz Khas of Delhi is the place you might want to check out. With a gorgeous roof-top ambiance and great music to keep your mood relaxed and entertained and of course some toothsome cuisines to delight all the foodies, TLR makes it for a great laid back weekend experience. So make it a point to visit this fairly enjoyable place with a company and have an amazing time.

TC Bar and Restaurant

Lovers of rock music and karaoke, this is the destination for you all! TC Bar and Restaurant of Connaught Place is famous for its karaoke nights, heavy rock music and good food. If all the features of this place sound right up your alley, then do not miss out on this! You wouldn’t be disappointed.

These are some of the many worth exploring fun spots in Delhi making it a great party hub! When out in Delhi for a vacation, these might be just the kind of places you might want to venture out to with friends on a weekend probably after a whole week of exploring Delhi’s tourist attractions. You can make a plan at these nightlife party hubs work anyway according to your trip and make the best out of them! With these fun and interesting places sorting you out on your entertainment while here, head over to Yatra and get your tour planning and bookings from Mumbai to Delhi done now! Search for air tickets from Mumbai to Delhi and get the best deals going light on your pocket yet being assured of a comfortable vacation!

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Discover The Jewels of North Africa - 5 North African Destinations For Your Must Visit List

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Discover The Jewels of North Africa - 5 North African Destinations For Your Must Visit List

*Guest writer Stephen R. Wright *

For most people, African travel calls to mind images of the central and southern portions of the continent. We imagine safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, beautiful getaways in West Africa, or perhaps most commonly the stunning allure of Cape Town. These can all be excellent places to travel to. But North Africa shouldn’t be left off your list either.

Here are five of the best North African destinations to put on your travel list.

 

Fez, Morocco

As far as travel to Morroco goes, it tends to be Marrakesh and Casablanca that draw the most attention. Neither is the capital (that would be Rabat), but Marrakesh is viewed as a fascinating and exotic destination, and Casablanca is the biggest city in the country. Fez, however (sometimes written as “Fes”) has been gaining ground in recent years, and has been featured on a few lists of the trendiest destinations. One of the leading online travel sites wrote just two years ago about why now is the time to visit Fez.

So, why should you visit? The compact answer is that you should visit if you love to travel for the sake of culture and history. Fez isn't bursting with modern attractions or comforts, but it’s as accurate a snapshot of past eras as you’ll find in a North African city. That makes it a worthwhile stop on any vacation in the area. There are several noteworthy sites, including old mosques, ancient tombs, the minaret, and various museums. But the best course of action, provided you’re safe about it, is to lose yourself in the city. The feelings you get and the buildings you run into as you wander about Fez make the experience special.

 

Tunis, Tunisia

If you’re looking for a North African destination that feels more like an ideal Caribbean getaway, Tunis may be your best bet—at least among major cities. In some ways, it resembles other North African cities like Fez and Marrakesh. Its Medina quarter is a popular attraction, you can find plenty of old Arab architecture around the city, and the Bardo Museum is filled with interesting glimpses of the ancient world.

But there’s more to Tunis than these features and some of the best reasons to travel there exist on the outskirts of town. One is the ruined ancient city of Carthage. This was the seat of the Carthaginian Empire, which challenged Rome for Mediterranean supremacy in the Punic Wars. The other is Sidi Bou Said, a small coastal town that looks and feels as much like some of the locations on the Greek isles as anything else.

 

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is one of the most populous cities in Africa, and also one of the most famous. It’s also one of the most interesting cities in the world from a historical perspective. It's located right in the thick of the ancient world, near the Nile delta and the connection from Africa to Asia. It’s become a big, modern city in many respects, but the sightseeing is still incredible. You can take in Saladin’s Citadel (built in the late-12th century), explore the Egyptian Museum and its incredible artifacts, tour many spectacular mosques, and stroll through beautiful Al-Azhar Park, with its views of the city.

The main attraction, however, is the pyramids of Giza. We’ve seen the pyramids and their history fictionalized and used in pop culture over the years. They’ve played roles in countless films and books, as well as in video games. Currently, a game called “Pyramid: Quest For Immortality” is in circulation among several titles produced by NetEnt for internet gamers. Games and movies aside though, the pyramids in real life are more stunning than in any fantasy experience. They’re among the wonders of the ancient world, and seeing them in person is awe-inspiring.

 

Constantine, Algeria

Algiers gets most of the headlines for Algerian travel, and it’s not a bad place to throw on your list. But Constantine, named for the emperor of the same name, is as unique a city as you'll find in this part of the continent. That’s because it was built to be a natural fortress, perched atop a high plateau above a deep gorge and marked by various cliffs, mountains, and canyons. The geography itself is picturesque, and it also makes the city very interesting. Constantine is marked by various bridges connecting small mountains and crossing ravines.

Compared to some other major North African cities, Constantine is a little light on specific attractions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t occupy yourself in some pretty amazing ways. Sightseeing on the larger bridges (the M’cid and the El Kantara) is a treat. You can also hike through the beautiful Gorges du Rhumel that runs beneath and throughout the city. And a visit to the Mediterranean coast roughly 50 miles to the north is perfectly manageable as a day trip.

 

Luxor, Egypt

We’ve already covered some of the wonders of Egyptian travel, which you can find in and around Cairo. But Luxor is arguably an even more impressive destination if you’re primarily looking for pieces of the ancient world, rather than a modern city. Luxor is what now exists at the site of the ancient city of Thebes, which was as glamorous as any place in ancient Egypt.

Luxor is in close proximity to the remains of Karnak, which was a sort of spiritual and religious hub for ancient Egyptians, and where you can still find old monuments and buildings. It’s also just across the Nile from the Valley of Kings, where you’ll find the tomb of King Tut</a> among other incredible burial spots and ancient artifacts. Luxor also has its modern attractions, even including some luxurious hotels and resorts to accommodate the many visitors. But in many respects traveling here can truly feel like going back to the ancient world.

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Keeping Aware of Travel Scam & Hustle

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Keeping Aware of Travel Scam & Hustle

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Scams that rip off tourists are common. Travel long enough and you’ll find yourself the intended victim of at least one of these travel scams that I fell for strictly for the purposes of research to help you out, Dear Travel Buddy, because, I mean, who needs to keep all their money anyway.

Taken

In Thailand I was taken by a tuk tuk driver. To a jewellery store. See, it’s common practice around Phuket, Thailand to hire a tuk tuk to take you to your destination, only to have the driver first stop off at a jewellery store or tailor shop so you can look around. Against your will.

Most people don’t mind this if they’ve already come to expect it. I was prepared for this to happen. The driver pulled in front of the store and motioned for me to go in. When I walked in, the salesladies greeted me and asked me if I wanted to buy some earrings. I was in the market for a necklace, so I looked around the display cases. But I didn’t see anything I wanted, so I turned and bowed a little to the ladies and walked out the door.

The tuk tuk driver and I smiled at each other and we started moving. I thought we were on our way to my hotel. But he stopped at another store. He turned to me and said “You didn’t stay long enough minutes for me to get commission.”

I didn’t know there was a 10 minute minimum.

I wasn’t in a hurry, and I actually did want a necklace. So I went into store #2 and repeated the process but at a slower pace. I still didn’t buy, but my driver seemed satisfied and took me home.

Do the Right Thing

Saigon, Vietnam is hot. With humidity that makes wiping away the sweat totally pointless. If you tried to re-enact the scene from Do the Right Thing where Mookie rubs ice cubes on Tina, you’d fail. The ice would be completely melted before you left the kitchen.

 

Now Vietnam has delicious street food. I stumbled on a street cart selling Bahn Mi sandwiches with a line 6 locals deep. This was the Sal’s of the East, and I was eating here no matter what. I got in line and waited for my turn for deliciousness. The lady in front of me ordered the exact sandwich  I wanted. Pork paté with a fried egg on top. She handed the vendor 10,000 Vietnamese Dong (around 50 cents) and he gave her change back. I couldn’t tell if it was 1000 or 2000, but I figured with the “tourist tax” that’s illegally but commonly charged, my sandwich would be closer to 20,000 dong. I was prepared to pay that price no problem.

The sandwich man cut open my baguette, fried the pork and an egg, and piled the vegetables onto my sandwich. He wrapped it in paper and sealed it in a plastic bag. Then as I took the sandwich from him, he sad “Ninety.”

I don’t speak Vietnamese. I at first assumed he had made a mistake with his English. I said “Do you mean nine?” as I handed him a 20,000 dong bill. He said “No, ninety.”

***The travel life lessons continue. Hop over to Stephanie's corner of the internet for the rest of your Hustle avoiding tips. Click Here*** 

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Target Asia - 6 Asian Destinations To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

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Target Asia - 6 Asian Destinations To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

*This is an affiliate post via Casey Barnes*

For something different from the typical beach getaway, take the family away to somewhere unique. Asia boasts some of the most exciting and stunning locations on the planet, regardless of whether it’s a bustling city or a secluded island. Here are six of the best Asian destinations your whole family is sure to enjoy.

Jaipur, India

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You may not have even heard of it, but Jaipur is one of India’s must-sees. A lavish city full of gorgeous architecture and rich culture, you’ll find it’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of things to do. There’s something for all the family, too – whereas the parents may enjoy touring the Palace of Mirrors in the Amber Fort, the little ones will be eager to tour the abundance of street food stalls available in the city.

It’s in Jaipur that you’ll be able to experience one of the most genuine cultural moments, too – by staying in the home of a local family. Here, you’ll have a unique experience. Homestays in India are best described asimmersive, as you're likely to get cooking lessons (so you’ll be able to make some of that aforementioned street food for yourself) and come together with families and friends in the community in the evening, who will share stories that will intrigue both you and the kids.

Kuta, Bali

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Bali is usually a considered a tranquil getaway for the traveler looking to head off the beaten track, but Kuta offers something much different. It has quickly become a hotspot for tourists – especially families – that offers a harmonious balance between natural calmness and vibrant energy. For example, sitting by the beautiful beach is one of Asia’s best waterparks. Waterbom Bali is a must visit for any family looking to have some pure, unadulterated fun.

There’s also the opportunity to try your hand at surfing. Kuta’s waters are renowned for their perfect conditions, so why not let the little ones try their hand at something unique? That’s not to say Kuta is all fun and games, though – take a step back and explore the two famed temples in the city, both equally as stunning and offering a wealth of historical value.

Tokyo, Japan

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You’ll find Tokyo will become a sprawling playground – and it’s not just for the children. It’s easy to become immersed in the neon lights of the city center, where technology is king and multi-storey gadget stores tower on every street. Yamada-Denki LABI is one example. It’s not only one of the best gadget shops in Tokyo, but it’s housed in a huge red and white building in the Sotokanda district with its tubed escalators on the side of the building giving the impression of a huge hamster cage.

Tokyo is full of these eccentricities – there’s an abundance of strange cafes in the city for you to dine in, too. These range from the increasingly popular cat cafes (which are now popping up all over the world) to the N3331 café, sandwiched between two train tracks. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a beverage whilst watching commuters zoom past all day long. You might get bored, but this will be one of the fascinating things your kids will ever see in their lives.

Bangkok, Thailand

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For an introduction to a city that’s full to the brim of vibrant culture, look no further than Bangkok. You’ll find incredible experiences on both sides of the Chao Phraya River – as well as upon it – and they’re all as suited to you as they are to the little ones. Take the Grand Palace, for example. There’s plenty of glorious architecture to be struck by here at the former residence of the country’s Kings, and the kids will be satisfied enough with that fact.

In the evening, consider cruising down the aforementioned Chao Phraya River. It’s an unforgettable experience being able to sail through the city and see the majestic landmarks that stand on the water’s edge. It’s a luxury that you’ll all likely never forget. The experience was even impressive enough to convince an anti-Bangkok traveler he’d been wrong all along about the city.

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Via Vietnam-guide.com

For a more peaceful and relaxed family holiday than the usual, Hanoi is the place to go. The Vietnam capital doesn’t feel much like a capital at all –it’s serene and laidback, and you’re able to go with the flow and explore at your own pace. The HoanKiem Lake is a perfect spot to take a quiet stroll, and let the atmosphere wash over you as the breeze flows between the giant trees.

If the kids are looking for something a bit upbeat, Hanoi isn’t completely void. The Vinpearl Water Park sits in the center of the city inside a shopping mall like a hidden paradise –colourful slides intertwine amongst cascading water features to create an unrestricted haven for the little ones. For something a bit more creative, head to Bat Trang Ceramic Village, where you’ll be able to try your hand at crafting your own ceramic products. These little peculiarities make for an intoxicating city full of wonder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Head to Western Asia (also technically the tip of Middle East) for a true taste of luxury. Dubai is perhaps the most quickly-developed city in the world, with towering skyscrapers and lavish resorts seemingly appearing by the day. The feats of engineering here are breathtaking – the BurjKhalifa sits in the center of it all, boasting the title of the tallest building in the entire world. Next to it lays the Dubai Mall, the biggest mall in the world, where you’ll likely spend all day exploring its attractions – including the immense aquarium.

Perhaps the most alluring attractions in Dubai are the Palm Islands, the three manmade islands that are instantly recognizable. The Atlantis hotel, residing on Palm Jumeriah, is the place to go – a monumental hotel that is as costly as it is luxurious, you’ll also find the Aquaventure waterpark here. It’s safe to say your inner child will be unleashed as you discover the incredibly unique and thrilling attractions awaiting you.

 

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Nomads in Koh Samui

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Nomads in Koh Samui

*This is an affiliate post by Sandra James*

Digital nomads looking for perfect destinations to work and travel often make their choice between the best Thai islands and Koh Samui is among the most demanded places. Gone are the days when Koh Samui was just a small fishing community framed by white sandy beaches, coral reefs and palm trees. Today it’s one of the best vocation destinations for travelers all over the world.  Despite the locals here you can see a cosmopolitan mix of independent budget travelers that prefer staying there for a couple of months. Some even buy homes and condos and live for years. Many celebrities have their private villas on this luxurious island. However, we are here to discover Koh Samui for independent travelers including nomads. Let’s go!

 

So, even if you are not working online just keep reading, as it’s really useful to know about nice cafés to sip a coffee and upload your holiday pictures with a good wi-fi connection in Thailand’s best island.

When and Why

One of the most frequently asked questions about Koh Samui is why and when should you visit there. Of course Thailand is a tropical country and it’s sunny almost all year round but there are rainy months of winter that you may avoid if you want to enjoy the sun, the soft and shiny sand along with the stunning water of the sea. Thus, the driest months are from December to February where prices tend to peak. If you come after February, you may find lower prices. March and April are still amazing months to choose for this destination but the perfect choice is of course summer. It goes without saying that September tends to be warm yet very subtle at the same time. All in all you can travel to Koh Samui whenever you want depending on your interests, nomad lifestyle and preferences.

 

Cafés and Restaurants

As for cafés and restaurants to chill out or work most of them have wi-fi connection with some exceptions. Actually the speed of the internet connection is very fast and the only reason why it can lose its power may be the bad weather. The following cafés are perhaps the best for nomads; Coffee Club in Chaweng, June Art Café in Bohput and Nathon, Coffee Cup in Bang Rak, Black Canyon Coffee and Sunset Café in Bang Rak.

 

Getting Around The way you choose to get there depends on your country but the fact is that it’s a simple issue to deal with. Just when you arrive make sure you have already booked a Koh Samui villa before your arrival. It makes your trip much productive and saves both money and time. It’s quite easy navigating around Koh Samui.Compact and cozy driving around the whole island will take 1-3 hours depending on your means of transport. According to the majority of tourists you really cannot get lost as there is only one single main road around the coast of the island. However, the heart of the island is covered by dense rainforest and a mountainous landscape.

Getting Around

The way you choose to get there depends on your country but the fact is that it’s a simple issue to deal with. Just when you arrive make sure you have already booked a Koh Samui villa before your arrival. It makes your trip much productive and saves both money and time. It’s quite easy navigating around Koh Samui.Compact and cozy driving around the whole island will take 1-3 hours depending on your means of transport. According to the majority of tourists you really cannot get lost as there is only one single main road around the coast of the island. However, the heart of the island is covered by dense rainforest and a mountainous landscape.

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Dating a Frequent Flyer

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Dating a Frequent Flyer

When part of your monthly routine is jet-setting around the globe, there is often a sacrifice in the realm of socializing, more specifically, dating. Nomadness member Victoria shares her experience trying to balance these two aspects of life. Take a look below at your story.

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Traveling the world can appear fabulous to many. Pictures of exploration and thrill seeking seem appealing.  Many question your free spirit or even idolize you for doing what seems to be the impossible. You seem untouchable or even unapproachable because of your passion and lust for life beyond the norm. As exciting as making your travel dreams come true, you start to wonder if it backfires in other aspects. I can only speak for myself, but from experience, people have praised me for my wanderlust spirit and doing wild excursions in foreign lands, however, that same praise can become the very reason your personal relationships don’t prosper. Which then left me with the question of is it me or them? Being a female traveler the same thing that attracts men to you seem to be the very thing that separates you. Many guys have been intrigued and want to join you on your quest until they feel like they can’t keep up with your urge to be gone. But are they wrong for feeling this way? No, I definitely don’t think so. However, are you wrong for wanting to be on a plane every 6 weeks? No, I don’t think so. So what’s the happy medium for the two? Do you only date someone that shares the same free spirit you possess? Does that limit your options for finding a partner? Is it a turn off to date someone who can’t sit still? Is it a turn off that they don’t want to travel ? Trust me all of these thoughts have swirled through my brain multiple times.

A few years ago, met a new guy and we had great conversation over the phone which lead to a specific comment to this day I can’t forget. At the time I hadn’t earned my first passport stamp and my heart longed to be thousands of miles away. Expressing this dream he quickly shot it down. “Girl, you do too much, just chill out and stay in America.” Those words echoed in my brain for the longest time. It literally made question myself like am I doing too much ?

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Does this sound familiar? Visit Victoria at VictoriasXcape.com to find out how she addresses this issue of travel vs dating.

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Travelling around South East Asia: Top Tips

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Travelling around South East Asia: Top Tips

*This is an affiliate post by Liza Wallace*

Southeast Asia is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. It’s hardly surprising when you consider the beautiful beaches, tropical climate and once-in-a-lifetime experiences on offer. Indeed, traveling to new places opens your eyes to new opportunities and adventures you just wouldn’t have at home.

At the same time, it also can expose you to new risks and. As with any locale, Southeast Asia does have its local pitfalls that travelers can get themselves into. To ensure your trip goes smoothly, we’ve got some top tips. Check them out:

1.      Be aware of the local hustles

Travelers are often so caught up in the beauty of the land that we fall for the tricks opportunistic locals. Some may try and take advantage of your lack of knowledge of the region. Before you travel, it’s worth reading up on common scams that trick travelers in Southeast Asia. Examples include Tuk Tuk tours in Bangkok, where you’ll end up feeling pressured into paying for knock-off goods, and friendly locals who’ll invite you to do something and leave you with the hefty bill. Knowledge is power and common sense goes a long way to ensuring a good time.  

2.      Don’t fear street food

When your food is cooked on the side of a street, it’s understandable to be a bit wary. But in Southeast Asia, you’ll have some of your best meals this way. As an insider tip, choose the stalls with the biggest queues of locals and where the food is cooked fresh in front of your eyes. That way, you don’t need to worry about any health scares.

3.      Avoid animal attractions

Getting a photograph with a tiger, or riding an elephant – we’ve all seen the photographs of travelers enjoying themselves. A sad reality is that not all of these animals are getting the best treatment.  Here are some excellent alternatives to animal street shows. At these various attractions you know the animals are receiving great care, so consider things such as elephant sanctuaries for your wildlife experiences.

4.      Be smart with your money

You’ll probably have to change up money at some point during your trip. As stated before, going in with the knowledge of currency exchange rates beforehand keeps you from getting short changed during exchanges.

5.      Get insured

Accidents can and do happen. When you’re traveling in Asia, it’s likely you’ll take part in some slightly risky activities. If something did go wrong, it could cost you a lot of money if you needed to be treated in hospitals. Estimates are around $5,500 for hospital treatment in Vietnam for injuries resulting from motorbike crash, and $2,000 rabies vaccination and treatment for a monkey bite in Bali. Give yourself one less thing to worry about by getting some travel insurance.

6.     Prepare for the strange feeling when you get home

Believe it or not, there are some downsides to traveling in the region. Once you’ve experienced the amazing way of life as you travel from one buzzing city to a peaceful beach, life at home doesn’t seem the same. You’ll long for some authentic street food, the fresh sea freeze or even the company of staying in a hostel dorm.

Have you traveled to Southeast Asia before? Feel free to share your experiences with us.

 

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Five Mindset Shifts You Must Make To Visit Every Country In The World

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Five Mindset Shifts You Must Make To Visit Every Country In The World

The core of Nomadness existence is the idea of beating down stereotypes and negative preconceived notions about what travel looks like for various people. It may be an idea based around race, gender, financial status, whatever. Tribe member Michaela Hall shares with us her tackling of the views meant to hold travelers back. Take a peep and enjoy. 

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A ginormous number of people don’t travel.

It’s not that they can’t travel.

They’re held back by their own personal beliefs. The way they think about the world and themselves keeps them from chasing their dreams.

Thankfully, their negative beliefs aren’t true.

The shift from a restrictive mindset to an empowering mindset is possible if you’re ready to upgrade your travel life. The result is a renewed sense of power and a ton of passport stamps.

Here are five limiting beliefs that keep you from traveling and how to get rid of them.

You Don’t Believe It’s Possible

I would passionately argue that the passport is the best thing since sliced bread. And while we know how useful sliced bread is (what is childhood without PB&J), it wasn’t always obvious.

In fact, when sliced bread was first introduced, no one cared. They couldn’t see the benefit.

It took the right person, saying the right things to demonstrate the endless possibilities offered by bread slices. People need to experience the greatness of this innovation before embracing it with open arms. The results have been delicious!

Some people understand the benefits of traveling without the hard sell.

They’ve developed a case of wanderlust that pushes them across the world, with pauses just long enough to inspire us on social media. Their jaw-dropping photos and unbelievable tales have taken travel to the next level.

Other people need convincing. Many don’t know what’s out there and aren’t motivated to find out. Some don’t believe they could ever be the person taking a safari selfie in Kenya.

The key to getting everything you want is knowing without a doubt it can happen.

Conquering your bucket list is possible. So is visiting every country in the world. You must reprogram your mindset to believe you can do it.

How To Be Invincible:

The first twenty minutes of your day is paramount.

First, you woke up which means you’re able to keep moving towards your dreams.

Second, your brain is most receptive to anything you see or hear. Don’t start the day listening to news full of murder and mayhem. Listen to motivational videos of people who have achieved greatness.

Quote positive affirmations that reinforce your desires and repeat them often. Until they become a reality.

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This is just the start of Michaela breaking down opposing travel views. Visit her full post here for more! [Click Here]

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Wanderlust- Everyone that wanders can’t be in your travel squad!

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Wanderlust- Everyone that wanders can’t be in your travel squad!

Travel is an amazing aspect of life and it's even better when you can share that with those closest to you. Unfortunately, everyone you know may not be the ideal travel companion. Tiffany Heard breaks it down with 10 travel types you may encounter and some advice to prepare for interaction with them. Can you relate?

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I love to travel with my girlfriends but every friend you have can’t be your traveling buddy. Let me know if you can identify any of your friends in this travel squad.

1. Ms. I’ll pay you back when I get my check next week.
This friend is always ready to book a trip. The problem is, she has to wait for her unemployment or tax return check before she can pay for her flight. When you reach your destination, she only orders an appetizer and water hoping you will share your food. She will find something that she doesn’t like about the restaurant. This is done in order to avoid paying a tip. Before the trip is complete, she will run out of money and ask to borrow $50, knowing that she can’t repay you until 2 weeks later.

Advice: Inform her in advance that she may starve or be forced to stay in the room if she does not spend her money wisely. You do not have extra funds to loan her.

2. Ms. I love Bae so Much.

You are planning an all-girls trip and she wants to bring her boyfriend. You tell her,” No, we are not bringing sand to the beach”. While on vacation she calls and Facetime’s her boyfriend ever couple hours. At the day party, she refuses to engage with any other males and appears bothered that anyone would dare try to talk to her. She wants to go back to the room early to call him before he goes to bed.

Advice: Leave her at home and tell her to plan a trip with bae next time.

3. Ms. I’m on my way but doesn’t arrive for another 45 minutes.
This is the friend who you call several times to make sure they are on their way. They often arrive an hour before the plane is scheduled for departure. When it is time to leave the hotel room, they take the longest shower, has to apply a full face of makeup and takes their time leaving the room, having everyone waiting for them to arrive to go to the next destination. When it’s time to go out at night, everyone has to wait for her because she has to pick out the perfect outfit, iron and do her hair.
Advice: Remind her that the crew will leave her if she is not ready at the designated time.

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You see the first 3, there are 7 more travel types in Tiffany's Travel Squad break down. Visit the full post for the entire list! [Click Here]

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Bali – Doing The Most On Borrowed Time!

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Bali – Doing The Most On Borrowed Time!

Elisia Brown takes us along on her trip to Bali. Pressed for time she makes the most of the experience. Take a peek at how her journey begins...

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Is there a single word in the English language which describes missing a place you’ve never been to? Portuguese has Saudade, a kind of melancholic yearning for an absent thing that may never return, but that’s not quite the same as this. I felt it for Havana, Marrakech, Shanghai and Bangkok. The feeling is palpable: nostalgia and a sense of urgency. Spiritual? Maybe.

My own Saudade resulted in me booking a plane ticket to Bali a couple of weeks later. You don’t wait for these things to pass; you act on it.

Ubud

Sunday 29th

After 6 hours from London to Qatar, then a further 8 hours to Bali, my friend and I landed in Ngurah Rai International Airport 5:40pm local time. Wayan (owner of our B&B) kindly greeted us with a sign and was gracious not to recoil at my 14 hour body odour. First time I’ve ever felt economy class was a bad decision [my mate trotted off to her surprise upgrade…]

Dinner that evening consisted of a Balinese speciality: crispy duck (pescetarian diet temporarily out the window) and toiletary shopping. Nothing sexy and exciting. Tired and ready to go to our place in Ubud. Traveller’s delirium couldn’t mask my deep sense of gratitude for being there, though. I was in Bali and I was determined to make the most of my short time here.

Monday 30th

Morning

Our first full day in Ubud. Continental breakfast eaten on a balcony overlooking the plush green fields facing the back of the property and a chance to see our new digs in the daylight…

Breathtaking. The property sits in a village called Mas: three properties in a compound, a gallery and a mini shrine.

We  were dropped off to the centre of Ubud for shopping shortly after. We had no real idea of the value of market items, but we later discovered most things like necklaces and tops could be haggled to RP15,000–RP30,000 without offending the shop owner.

Boutiques, temples and the heavy aroma of incense. Strolling lead to peckishness (naturally), which lead us to Clear Cafe; a beautiful art décor restaurant with traditional floor seating, an impressive water feature on the ground floor, bamboo flooring and a fireman pole (as you do). Clear Cafe attracts a lot of expats/yogis and expat yogis with its extensive organic/raw food options and traditional/international cuisine. I opted for tuna satay with sambal (spicy mixed pepper sauce and veg), boiled rice and peanut sauce priced at RP60,000. Decent portion size. Absolutely delicious.

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Curioushow the remainder of her vacation went? Hop over to Elisia's site for the full Bali Post!. [Click Here]

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Sometimes Taking a Detour Is Worth It

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Sometimes Taking a Detour Is Worth It

When it's time to decide on a travel destination we often turn to a few resources. We check attraction sites, view guides and get word of mouth from those with experience in those locations. Wouldn't it be great to get that level of insight combined with the mobility to keep your day moving? That's where Detour enters the picture. This app lays out a pretty cool service for the info seeking travelers. Instead of your basic city overviews for tourists, Detour breaks down the city into its respective neighborhoods and districts told from the perspective of select travelers.

From hidden bars to the best place to view the sunset, you'll get real first person intel about the city. Going to New York City? You can dive into audio testimonies about Soho, Times Square, The Bronx and much, much more.   

**Try The Free Detour App Here**

**Try The Free Detour App Here**

Detour really humanizes the concept of tour guides in a way that's long overdue. With a solid wave of new cities constantly being added to the app, I'm looking forward to the new content. Even if you're not planning to visit a place right now the info alone is valuable. Honestly, I hope that some of the Tribe will one day add to the voices Detour is sharing with the world.

Take a moment and get the new Detour app. Won't cost you anything to try it out. I think you'll be as impressed as I as. [CLICK HERE]

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L’Ancienne Maison James Baldwin - Sud de France [The old home of James Baldwin - in the South of France]

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L’Ancienne Maison James Baldwin - Sud de France [The old home of James Baldwin - in the South of France]

During her travels Nomadness member Pearl Ramsey had the pleasure of visiting the France home of the Great James Baldwin. From poetry to social activism, there are few individuals whose names ring with the respect and accomplishment of Baldwin. Pearl has opened up her images from her time in France to share a glimpse into the life of the great James Baldwin. Take a peak below then you can see all the images via Pearl's personal site.

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...With immense gratitude and overdue veneration I, present the photos taken (with my Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2013- an expedition self-intiated) from the half-demolished house of this great American Author, Poet, Playwright, Social Critic, Essayist, Literary and Civil rights icon, MONSIEUR JAMES BALDWIN in Saint Paul de Vence, France. He, a mirror scribing the supreme delusions of a White prioritized Western culture on carbon resisted skin. Carbon inflicted dreams -- deferred. Yet and still... Carbon ineluctably carve out history like the diamonds they always were. 

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His words, for me, are priceless treasures. Not forgotten and least not for long. Because Father (yes, Father) Baldwin hadn't planned to disappear into omission or a his or her story written about him. He authored his biography and wrote theirs. It was a picturesque America without coloring, additives and preservatives. He told it just as he lived. And he did. Live present and more humane than any Constitutional claims America could make of human. He wrote his way to liberty. It was just not for all. 

It was surreal the choked desolation and the intricately chosen isolation he called home in his final years. Agog to explore this morass of memories still fertile in the air. I wore it like a blanket. He was as his words -- still here. I could duly pay my respects.

 

To begin, I lived in Nice now and could feel straightaway the deep affinity the French had for Black Americans, our music, struggles, leaders, and activism, actually this was a common thread in my experience throughout the world. Though skin tone and sexuality are still a benchmark for social graces and human exchanges thanks to colonial branding and religious oppression, but there is much to be said about the warmth of a smile and heart that speaks to our more gentler nature should it exist. I'm fortunate that I rarely encounter such overt violations to my person but, I'm always aware of a difference that makes all the difference. In most cases I can appreciate it.

Though skin tone and sexuality are still a benchmark for social graces and human exchanges thanks to colonial branding and religious oppression, but there is much to be said about the warmth of a smile and heart that speaks to our more gentler nature should it exist. I'm fortunate that I rarely encounter such overt violations to my person but, I'm always aware of a difference that makes all the difference. In most cases I can appreciate it.

***We don't want to give away too much so please click here to see Pearl's experience at the Baldwin home in it's entirety.*** 

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Tribe Meets Black History In South London's Black Cultural Archive

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Tribe Meets Black History In South London's Black Cultural Archive

Black culture stretches all across the world. Often times you'd be surprised just where you find it. Nomadness member Colleen Williams shares her recent travels to the UK's first national Black Heritage Center. Take a glimpse of her experience below.

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The Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton, South London was established in 1981 by educationalist and historian Len Garrison to celebrate the contributions that black people have made to culture, society and heritage of the UK’s black history.

I visited the Black Cultural Archives on a Saturday afternoon as part of a staycation in my adopted city of London, UK. Located near to Ritzy Cinema in Brixton the Black Cultural Archives is the UK’s first national black heritage centre.

Spread across two floors including the archives, visitors can explore a range of exhibits. These include documents from the Empire Windrush of 1948, one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, carrying 492 passengers from Jamaica to London.

Whilst the venue is small, the exhibits are well presented to document the Black Cultural Archives mission to record, preserve and celebrate history. I spent three hours browsing the exhibits, reading every single document that I could find.

****Read Colleen's full post here****  

 

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The Breakdown - Trump Immigrant Ban & The Future of Travel

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The Breakdown - Trump Immigrant Ban & The Future of Travel

Less then 30 days into the Era of Trump and Obama's successor has wasted no time to begin destroying the credibility of the United States. Via Executive order Donald Trump held fast to one of his must divisive promises and banned countless folks from entering the nation. As the judicial branch of government fights to beat back Trumps order. Nomadness' own BarrisTourista bka Tyra shares some detailed legal analysis of what Trump's Ban means now and going forward.

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I am BarrisTourista. The “barris” portion is for barrister, or lawyer. But I am by no means an expert in immigration law. So I called upon one of my attorney colleagues, Lindsay Toczylowski, the Executive Director of Immigration Defenders Law Center (http://www.immdef.org/). She was on the front lines this past weekend, spearheading the efforts at LAX to get detainees— including children—released from custody even after a federal judge ordered that they could not be held. Her weekend was long and her devoted passion to ensure the rights of immigrants has long been documented even before this weekend. So we asked her to weigh in on the recent legal issues that have arisen and what they mean for travelers.

Immigrant Defenders Law Center is a next-generation social justice law firm that defends our immigrant communities against systemic injustices in the legal system. We envision a future where no immigrant will be forced to face immigration court alone. Our programs are a last step towards the long-term goal of providing universal representation to all immigrants facing deportation. We provide deportation defense representation to approximately 700 adults and children annually. Since the executive order was signed last week, our attorneys have been on the ground at LAX trying to help affected travelers and families.

What is the situation with the Executive Order regarding immigrants that was just signed?

Trump signed the “Muslim Ban” Executive Order on Friday, January 27. The order prohibits immigrant and nonimmigrant entries to the United States of individuals from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days. Further, the order states that the U.S. will not be receiving any refugees from any country for the next 120 days.

Since the 27th, travelers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others have been trying to understand its implications as it was signed without clear directives to affected federal government agencies. Because there was no warning, many travelers were stuck after learning of the order after travel had already commenced. There has been mass confusion at airports across the world. There has also been confusion regarding whether this applies to legal permanent residents returning from trips abroad, and the messages coming from DHS, the White House, and others have been contradictory.

How will this order affect travelers internationally?

If you are a national from one of the 7 affected countries, advocates are recommending you do not leave the U.S., as it is likely you will not be able to return while this ban is in effect. This is also true for anyone currently living in the U.S. as a refugee, regardless of their country of origin. Further, it is clear from the language of the order that the number of countries designated as “detrimental to the interest of the United States” may increase, and there are leaked “draft” executive orders circulating the internet that indicate this may be imminent. Therefore, for those in the United States who are nationals of any Muslim-majority country, international travel is risky at this time as it is unknown when Trump may sign another executive order and expand the list of affected countries.

What are the repercussions of this order that some people may not be contemplating but could arise in the future?

This ban sends an official message of exclusion of Muslims from entering the country and Trump is masking that bigoted message behind “national security concerns.” Also, by banning refugee entrants at a time when there is a refugee crisis in Syria, the U.S. is turning our backs on those who need it most at the time when the situation is most critical. This will not make us safer, and sadly will likely make us more vulnerable in the future.

The ACLU has gotten an emergency stay of Trump’s order? What does that mean for immediate travelers and those traveling in the near future?

There is a lot of litigation happening simultaneously and stays and TROs have been granted in various jurisdictions. Here is a good clearinghouse that is cataloging all of the suits: https://www.clearinghouse.net/featuredCase.php?id=40

One major issue is that even in light of the stays issued, it is unclear that DHS, and particularly Customs and Border Protection (CBP), are abiding by the Judge’s orders. There has been a complete stonewalling of communication from the agencies to attorneys working in the airports, and because of that we have no way to monitor compliance. The potentiality of agencies ignoring or only selectively following federal judge’s decisions and stays raises real concerns about the rule of law in the U.S. during this administration. What we saw this weekend in terms of confusion within the government agencies, and at times defiance of the Judge’s orders, is truly frightening and unprecedented.

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It's getting real out there so it's vital to arm yourself with knowledge. Hop over to Tyra's site for the full post on this latest travel development.

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Travel To The Center of Yourself - Spiritual Growth through Travel

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Travel To The Center of Yourself - Spiritual Growth through Travel

Travel effects us all in different ways. Throughout the Tribe you'll encounter different views on what travels means, the role it has in people's lives and numerous ways travels has drastically changed lives. Nomadness Tribe member Zya shares an incredibly personal travel tales with. Below you can read her journey through Southeast Asia.

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Spiritual growth is a bumpy journey to your truest self sans religion. It’s a freedom that has nothing to do with materialism and everything to do with refreshing and engaging your soul from the outside in. — Psychic Zya.

This, in all honesty, is how I personally define spiritual growth.

In my opinion this growth, this expansion, is especially accelerated by traveling to places that are vastly different from your native culture hence the explosion of development I experienced while backpacking in Southeast Asia for over four months.

Because let’s be real: when you’re from the U.S. or the West in general, going to a resort in Miami versus traveling through a rapidly developing part of the world are two completely different types of travel.

One luxuriates in what a Westerner knows and is comforted by; the other destroys every notion of a Western ideal, thus catapulting you into a state of trusting your intuition more often while paradoxically letting your guard down as you stare and stumble in awe and wonder at the scenes, sights, smells, and tastes you encounter.

Much like a child.

This is the childlike state of being that sets the stage for spiritual growth. – Psychic Zya

While I can’t guarantee results for everyone, I will say that the following are just three of the beautiful and dynamic ways that the enchanting countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia grabbed ahold of my heart chakra and gently opened it up, petal by petal.

Southeast Asia Forced Me To Ditch Western Culture:

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Sopping heat, foreign languages, motorbikes hosting families of four, delicious (though sometimes bizarre) dishes, and a daily game of charades to make myself understood certainly made me ditch any notions of “Western” anything. This constant cultural dance kept me on my travel A-game while forcing me to really get to know myself on a whole ‘nother level, trusting, honing, and relying on my intuition like never before. I loved every minute of it, even when I didn’t think I did.

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It only gets deeper as Zya takes us on her Asian adventure and personal journey. Check her full story out here!!

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FROM DEPRESSION TO LIVING MY DREAMS

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FROM DEPRESSION TO LIVING MY DREAMS

Nomadness is never lacking for inspirational life stories. Mable Taplin shares her personal tale of Depression and how she reestablished herself in this powerful blog. Take a look at some of her experience below.

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The last couple of days have been surreal! I have been moving this year! When I sat still long enough to reflect that I traveled to 30 countries on 6 continents in 354 days, I was overwhelmed with gratitude!!

I wanted to share how I funded my Round the world trip. Learn how I saved $30,000. 30 countries on 6 continents in 354 days! This trip literally gave me life!

Christmas time is my favorite time of the year!  In fact, I am one of those people that would put up a Christmas tree in September if I knew that my family and friends would not harass me.  I love everything about Christmas, the decorations, singing Christmas carols, giving gifts, Santa Claus, watching old Christmas movies…. I mean everything. I’m getting distracted just thinking about it.

However, the Christmas season of 2014 was quite different.  I did not have my usual over zealous excitement about Christmas.  Yes, I put up a tree, but I neither hosted nor attended one party. I bought very few gifts and I was sleeping more than usual.  I struggled getting out of bed everyday for several weeks.

I lay awake many nights pondering what was wrong with me. I could not understand why I could not get into the Christmas spirit.  I could no longer ignore that I was not happy with my life.  I did not like the long hours I worked at my 6-figure corporate job. I felt socially stagnant and the Chicago winters were killing me.  I was over going to the same social events seeing the same people.  And I really didn’t look forward to the obtuse commentary from my family at family gatherings about my single status.   I was stressing about everything.  I felt like I desperately needed a change.

So, I began to revisit the dream that I had in my twenties of living outside of the United States.  I asked myself many questions:  How am I going to move?  How much will it cost?  Where will I go? What will I pack?  What will I do with my stuff?  What am I going to do when I get there?

Well, I answered all of these questions and more.  As of this blog post, I have traveled to 29 countries this year!  This has been the most exciting and fulfilling time of my life.  I AM LIVING MY DREAMS!  Many people have asked me how I did it so I’m finally slowing down enough to share. 

 

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You can visit Mable's site here to see her full post which is jam packed with details about what she did and how she efficiently made it happen.

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Palawan Honeymoon!!!

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Palawan Honeymoon!!!

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There are many reason to see the world. You can be seeking personal discovery, new business ventures, any number of things but there is definitely an extra special the love linked celebration that is a Honeymoon. Eve Kim shares her Honeymoon experience on the beautiful island of Palawan. If this is your first time hearing of this gem. Check out Eve's feedback and add this Philippine isle to your travel list.

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The first thing we did was book our couples massage for the next day. After getting settled in our private villa, we walked around the island, had an early dinner and went to bed early.

The next morning, we enjoyed our awesome, outdoor aromatherapy massages side by side and felt refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for our second day on the island.

For the next few days, we went snorkeling and kayaking, rode bikes, and played table tennis. We rented a private boat and went island hopping to Cowrie and Starfish Islands. The private boat was just $40 for the day. 

If we had more time, we would have definitely gone to the El Nido Islands (4-6 hours away from Puerto Princesa). We would have also spent time at Sabang Beach and the underground river near the Puerto Princesa airport. I would suggest that people take a one week – two week vacation to really enjoy the different activities in these areas.

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Click here to see Eve's full Honeymoon recap with a more detail into how much Palawan would cost you to take in all this wonderful island has to offer.   

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