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  • Picking Ourselves in Honolulu: You Can Too!

    By George Rajna and Lisa Niver Rajna

    February 9, 2014 | 5:32 am

    Peering across the splendid banquet room of the Lotus Honolulu at over forty interested travelers, I read an excerpt from the beginning of our memoir, Traveling in Sin. It felt more daunting to read my written words than I had expected. In contrast, when I read George’s written... read on

  • Celebrating Syria: “We couldn’t go back, so we started Mamnoon instead.”

    By Richard Bangs

    January 30, 2014 | 7:54 am

    Mamnoon means "thankful" in Arabic and Farsi, an apt appellation for a restaurant that nods to the animated cuisine of Lebanon, Persia and Syria. Hospitality is a keystone to the culture, and their tables. Owners Wassef and Racha Haroun, both from Syria, hope that the experience is... read on

  • Inspiration: First Prize $1,000usd CASH

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 14, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

     $1,750usd in CASH PRIZES,

    Free Entry

    Dates: January 2, 2014 - February 14, 2014 at midnight PST. We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. In Arnold Bennett's book, How to... read on

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  • Discover The 6 Best Places for 2014

    By Richard Bangs

    January 3, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing contest! We hope you will participate and share your story! Write your favorite spot for 2014 in the comments below!

    2013-12-26-where_are_youmd.png So, once again we combed the planet, turned over the stones, took the pulses, danced the boards, and... read on

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    By Richard Bangs

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of... read on

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    By Richard Bangs

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of... read on

  • Walking With Polar Bears

    By Richard Bangs

    December 3, 2013 | 8:16 am

    You can't drive here; you can't boat here; you can't even walk here... you'd be eaten. We're somewhere in the back end of nowhere, some 300 kilometers from the closest paved road; 1500 kilometers from the nearest Whole Foods. If you cry wolf here, everyone believes you.

     

    ... read on

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