Weekend Travel Inspiration

Rendezvous with the Adventurous Paula!

Rendezvous with Paula

It is with sad regret that my good friend Paula passed in 2019. She is missed. Interview Series: A Rendezvous of Rovers! If we can’t get together face to face…let’s do it virtually! This week we’re featuring Paula who blogs at Contented Traveller.  Sit back with your beverage of choice and enjoy! Where do you live now?  Tell us a little about where you are from. We live in Wollongong, NSW. We live on the beach and the escarpment runs along the spine of our city. Wollongong means between the mountains and the sea, which is exactly correct. It is a city with great character and a very multicultural place, which is always a good thing. Another bonus is that …

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Cultural Exchanges and Making Lifelong Friends!

Exchanges Travel Better

Getting to Know Your Global Cousins For some reason, I just assumed that cultural exchanges were for students.  There are all types of student exchanges in high school and in college.  I never really expected there to be opportunities like that outside of school, but now I’ve been on a number of them.  So I guess I was wrong. Whenever I get the chance to do an exchange, I take it; all have given me memories to last a lifetime.

How to Find That Perfect Travel Companion!

Pick the best #travel companion

  Who is compatible with you? Who is going to make your trip better?   These are three of my favorite traveling companions! You know where you want to go and what you want to do. Now, you just have to decide who to do it with. Be careful! Not every one of your friends will make you a compatible travel partner. The act of traveling has made, or broken, more than a few relationships. Sometimes your best friend is great while you are at home, but putting him outside his comfort zone will change everything. In my opinion, people shouldn’t get married until they’ve taken at least one multi-day trip together, preferably to a foreign country or at least …

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It’s all About the Fish! Stranded in Akutan, Alaska!

…or How I was Bumped Off a Flight for Fish! I just came back from a quick trip to Tokyo where Jim and I got up early, waited in the lines, and watched the tuna auction at Tsukiji Market. On the flight home, in my jet-stream fog, I had a memory…a memory of when I was refused a seat on the plane, and I was stuck in Akutan, Alaska. Where is Akutan? It’s one of the Aluetian Islands off the cold and windy coast of Alaska. Sit back and let me tell you a true tale of a woman (me), alone, stuck in bush Alaska. “Why?” You might ask. Well, you guessed it, because of the Japanese love of fish! …

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