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The Embarrassing Travel Fails of a Seasoned Solo Traveler

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | July 3, 2018 | 21 Comments

You’d think that after 50 years of solo travel, I’d always get it right. But no, life isn’t like that. I get it as wrong as the rankest of rookies. And while I kick myself when that happens, deep inside I’m rather pleased that there’s an opportunity to learn and improve. While I should be…

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How to Prepare for the 2018 World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | June 11, 2018 | 4 Comments

The village of Kyzyl-Oi is calm, its dirt roads still warm from the day’s heat. Evening brings with it delightful freshness, which the powerful Kökömeren River amplifies. At the end of the main street sits a large expanse, a pitch, where the village’s inhabitants are beginning to gather. Men on horseback huddle in deep discussion, their horses…

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I Turned 65 – and it wasn’t (exactly) what I expected

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | May 21, 2018 | 37 Comments

Some of my friends cringe as they near 50; others believe their eighties are their best decade. For me, that magical threshold has always been 65, the ‘before and after’ dividing line, the day I become… someone else. The beginning of the end. Aches and pains. Pensions and discounts. Winding down. Becoming invisible. So I…

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US Citizen Travel to Cuba? Absolutely!

By Guest Blogger - Kate Convissor | May 5, 2018 | 1 Comment
US visitors to Cuba

If you thought you missed the chance to visit this iconic island after the recent clamp-down by the Trump administration, you might rethink. In fact, this might be an excellent time to visit Cuba simply because most Americans figure the door to individual travel has, once again, slammed shut. Superficially, that’s true (sort of). But…

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Tuktoyaktuk: The Road to the Arctic is Now Open

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | March 12, 2018 | 6 Comments

The Canadian Arctic extends its endless tundra until it reaches the sea, a jumble of snow and ice in winter and permafrost in summer, punctuated by the occasional Inuvialuit settlement dedicated to hunting or fishing, with a smattering of government officials or oil workers. The most far-flung are so distant they are forgotten for months…

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A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

By Guest Blogger - Jennifer Lynch | February 26, 2018 | 4 Comments

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way counts itself among the world’s longest defined coastal routes. Beginning at Mizen Head, the southernmost point of the island, the WAW stretches north for 1500 miles (2500km), hugging the rough and jagged coastline of western Ireland. Its endpoint is Malin Head, the northernmost tip on the Inishowen Peninsula. This past August…

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An Exchange Student of a Certain Age

By Guest Blogger - Jennifer Mullen Ingerson | February 16, 2018 | 13 Comments

I am a “mature” undergraduate, which is in itself an adventure. But last summer life surprised me with another great adventure: I received a scholarship to study abroad, which made me an exchange student at age 53. In Cusco, Peru, once the heart of the Inka Empire, I studied the Quechua language. There I discovered…

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Susie of Arabia: From Florida to Jeddah

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | February 11, 2018 | 1 Comment
Susie of Arabia

A former police officer and travel industry professional, Susie Khalil’s American life changed dramatically in 2007 when she followed her Saudi Arabian husband back to his homeland – and she has lived there ever since. Her award-winning blog Susie’s Big Adventure was once banned – it sheds some light in life in one of the…

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2017 – Where Did You Go?

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | December 31, 2017 | 12 Comments

As the wind whistles down the mountain and the few remaining leaves are whipped off their branches, it’s time to order the holiday fowl. This year, it’ll be a Bresse chicken, the softest, most tender bird one can find in France. Or, as the French would have it, in the world. Is it only me…

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23 Remarkable Train Stations and Their Fascinating Secrets

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | September 17, 2017 | 7 Comments

Clothed in a dark velvet gown, she glides down the passageway, a flash of metal escaping from beneath her cape. She holds her breath before sliding open the compartment door, as if anyone might hear a tiny squeak over the thunder of rolling track. She silently pulls out her knife. That’s more or less how…

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