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Q&A with Shelley at Latitude

I was recently interviewed by Latitude, a travel site aimed at sharing culturally-aware stories with passion, positivity and professionalism that inspires you to explore the world with an open mind. This interview was published on the site — you can read it here.   It shares thoughts on the pull of travel, safety issues, how to really […]

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Remembering D-Day in Bedford, VA

Today is the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France at Normandy beaches that was the turning point in World War II. Last week I had the honor of visiting the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia and meeting some of the survivors and their families. While remembering history and paying tribute to […]

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Are We There Yet?

Travel – it’s what moves, motivates, inspires and fulfills many of us, myself included. And because I am who I am – both a travel writer AND a personal global nomad – a big percentage of my friends and colleagues are big-time travelers too. Such as Jeff Jung. A fellow Texan, hailing from the quaint […]

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On the Artisan route in Ecuador

Ecuador is an endlessly fascinating country – though small, it has an amazing diversity that belies its size. From the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest; from the mountains and then down to the beach; from the large metropolitan cities of Quito and Guayaquil to colonial towns like Cuenca and Loja – Ecuador seems to […]

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Hello, My Name is Johnny Cash

Nashville, also known as Music City, is about to become home for a new Johnny Cash Museum, which has plans to showcase the world’s largest collection of memorabilia dedicated to the Man in Black. When I was in Nashville last week with a group of journalists, we stopped by the museum-in-progress to get a sneak peek. […]

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The Route of Peace: El Salvador

El Salvador brings to mind, for most everyone over 25 years of age, the very recent civil war that it experienced. Traveling in this country for the past two weeks, there are both constant remnants and reminders of the war—which really began planting its roots a century before—as well as an obvious moving forward. In […]

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Inspiring and Beautiful Blog Awards

I was surprised/touched/honored to be nominated for three blogger awards around the New Year: The Inspiring Blog Award, by Amira at Have Life, Will Travel Amira wrote about her nomination of Trading Places: “I enjoy this blog because Shelly attempts to add meaning and purpose to her travels through volunteering and rasing awareness about issues […]

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Andrew McCarthy on Taking the Longest Way Home

I’ve never understood the derision that sometimes accompanies the idea of “finding oneself.” I’ve also had problems understanding the notion that some people have that taking off to travel the world, especially for an extended period of time, is somehow an escape or “not facing reality.” In my opinion, and experience, nothing could be further […]

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The Top 5 Inspirational People I’ve Met in my Travels

One of the things I most love about exploring the world is delving into vastly different cultures, traditions and beliefs—and seeing all the similarities underneath this, that bind us together in the human thread. Part of really connecting with a place and having authentic, meaningful cultural exchanges is through meeting people who are truly giving […]

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Educating Girls and Finding Purpose

Don’t call Rocky Turner wonderful. Don’t say how amazing the non-profit work she does is, or the great things she has accomplished, or how sweet and selfless she must be to have dedicated her life to a group of 35 girl orphans in Kenya. Above all, don’t dare hint at the word “saint.” Rocky will […]

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