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One Trip to India, One Life Changing Moment…

The windows rattled as the train made its way along the dusty tracks to the foothills of the Himalayas.

The sounds of ‘chai chai,’ flowed through the carriages as I sat wide-eyed taking in the scenes around me before the train arrived at what was to be my home for the next week.

The stench of urine was almost overpowering and I held my breath, trying not to step on figures who lay in stained rags asleep on the dirty floor.

I felt something brush my trousers and looked down expecting to see a stray dog sat before me. Instead I stood in shock at the sight of a torso on a make-shift skateboard staring back up at me. A sign asking for money hung around his neck and he looked at me with a sadness in his eyes.

‘I can’t do this,’ my mind screamed as I covered my face in my scarf, longing for the comfort of home but there was no going back…Continue

This No-Nonsense Author Shares Her Travel Stories…

When it comes to travel writing, it’s hard to get the real scoop.

Travel writers tend to overuse descriptions like charming, beautiful, quaint, vibrant, blah-blah-blah.

But what’s a destination really like?

Travel expert and author – Laurie Gough – will tell you.  Her travel stories and writing are engaging, straightforward and honest – the most lacking trait in writers today.

And luckily for us, we get a sneak peak at Laurie’s wild travel stories from her memoirs: Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey AND Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours.

Not to mention…

Her answers to some tough questions like her least favorite travel destinations, most memorable travel moment, advice on packing, greatest lesson, and even some travel writing tips!

So get the travel low-down from Laurie in this exclusive interview…

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Humanitarian Shannon Galpin Reveals How Cycling Is Minimizing Afghanistan Taboos…

She’s starting a revolution.

Shannon Galpin is the founder of Mountain2Mountain – a non-profit working across the globe to create a voice and empower women and girls in conflict zones.

Her mission is to minimize Afghanistan’s gender divide and change perceptions through sport, art, music, and sport.

With the Afghan culture strongly against women riding bicycles and her own passion for mountain biking, Shannon knew it was the perfect tool to ignite change.

In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan and in 2010 the first person to ride across Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley encouraging local women to follow suit.

Shannon was recognized as National Geographic’s 2013 Adventurers of the Year and shows no signs of stopping.

Learn more about Shannon and how she’s changing Afghanistan taboos in this interview…

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7 Must-See Attractions of Mysore India

Tourists.

They’re hard to miss with their khaki traveler pants, cameras dangling around the neck and noses buried in pages of maps and guide books.

But there’s an even worse dead give-away…

A bus tour.

And in most cases, guided bus tours are overpriced and a waste of time.

However, there is one exception…

Mysore India.

The bus tours in Mysore are exceptionally efficient, affordable and there is a high chance that you’ll be the only international tourist on the bus – giving you a chance to mingle with other Indian travelers.

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The Open Road; Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

In wide open countries with limited transportation, your best option may be to rent a vehicle.

Perched behind the wheel, the open road is at your mercy.

Drive for as long as you see fit and stop wherever you want.

Access places seldom seen by the common tourist. Continue