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Fiji – 116th Country

by Ric Gazarian @ GlobalGaz

Fiji – 116th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Fiji is my 116th country.     Check out the best 193 travel books to read!   A five night trip to Fiji was unfortunately shortened to two nights.  A brutal snowstorm ripped through the Northeast shutting down the airport in Boston.  My flight to Fiji was rescheduled for three days later.  Fiji a South Pacific Island gained its independence from the Brits in 1970.  I was surprised to learn that nearly 40% of the people on Fiji have an Indian background.  They were brought to Fiji by the Brits as indentured workers to farm sugar cane during the 19th century.  Many remained after their contract.  My brief time in Fiji was spent lounging around at the Hilton Resort and also spending a day with Coral Cats on a day snorkel trip.  Even though it was a short trip, it was great to escape the winter cold of the US.  Fiji – 116th Country

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How I Got My Pre-Travel Body Back

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

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15 Best Things To Do In Garland (TX)

15 Best Things To Do In Garland (TX)


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Located close to the city of Dallas, Garland in Texas is known for being a vibrant and diverse place to come, with many all-American Texan features to enjoy, as well as some gorgeous outdoor scenery and some fun indoor attractions. Many visitors won’t know that Garland is actually a manufacturing hu

Exchange Between Summer 2017 Asia LSB Study Abroad Progam & Secoin in Saigon

by cdhunt@uwm.edu @ Center for International Education

On May 31st, 2017 UW-Milwaukee’s Asia LSB Summer Study Abroad Program visited the office/showroom of Secoin Corporation in Saigon, Vietnam. During the event, the students were introduced to Secoin, the history of the Secoin Encaustic Cement Tile and its products.... Read More

Garland Symphony Orchestra

by Nancy Ghirla @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

The Garland Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 2017-2018 Season, “Vienna, City of Music!!” at the Granville..

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Library Information for January

by Nancy Ghirla @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

Kids Create Zentangles® at Garland Library Children practice their STEAM art skills by making zentangles®..

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Scottish Highlands Tour Review

by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today’s interview comes from Karen about her Scottish Highlands tour. See more about tours and tour reviews here. All photos are by Karen. Tell us about yourself and your travel experience. My name is Karen. I’m a full-time worker and travel blogger, and I […]

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Chinese New Year Celebration at Asian Marketplace - The Garland Rowlett Messenger

Chinese New Year Celebration at Asian Marketplace - The Garland Rowlett Messenger


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Review: Novotel Nha Trang, Vietnam

Review: Novotel Nha Trang, Vietnam

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December 2017 Novotel Nha Trang is THE place to stay when visiting Nha Trang. We’ve been staying in Novotel hotels for many, many years. We always know what we are going to get, so it’s a no brainer that we look to them often before looking elsewhere when travelling. Our recent stay in Nha Trang […]

Mexico Monarch Butterfly Tour Review

by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today’s interview comes from Lauren about her Mexico Monarch butterfly tour. See more about tours and traveling with purpose here. All photos are by Lauren except Pinterest image. Tell us about yourself and your travel experience. I’m technically not a traveler, but rather I’m […]

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Artemy Lebedev – 193 countries … and exploring over 1500 cities

Artemy Lebedev – 193 countries … and exploring over 1500 cities

by Counting Countries @ GlobalGaz

Download Episode! Being a lazy workaholic propelled Artemy to become one of the world’s most traveled people Artemy had exploration in his DNA.  As a kid he traveled the metro in Moscow visiting scores of different theaters, satisfying his passion of cinema as well as exploring the nooks and crannies of his city.  As an adult, he made a pact with himself ensuring that at least once a month he would partake on a trip, whether the neighboring town or across the world.  This led him to be ranked 25th on the Nomad Mania list.   Artemy is a very popular and successful blogger in Russia. Artemy organizes incredible contests and trips on behalf of his fans.  He has brought his fans on explorations of the Pacific via a yacht.  Another adventure had Artemy driving in the dead of winter to Norilsk.  Norilsk is a city located north of the Arctic Circle and is in essence an island. It is typically reached via airplane or ship.  Artemy and his crew traveled overland for two weeks covering 1000 km on non-existent roads partaking on an epic roadtrip.         Artemy was also a member of the now infamous expedition to Bouvet Island which included William Baekeland. Artemy touches on his experiences with William during and after the trip.     Artemy joined me from Moscow while I was in Boston, please join in and listen to today’s episode.    And now you can listen to Counting Countries on Spotify! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today! And write a review! Check out our friends: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World and Large Minority.  They organize international rallies around the world including: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines and the Amazon.   More about Artemy Lebedev : Born in: Moscow, Russia Passports from: Russia Favorite travel book: Robinson Crusoe Favorite travel film: The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty Favorite websites: Wikitravel Must carry: plug adaptor for the US Favorite food:  Steak Favorite drink: Dry red wine Favorite airline: Turkish Airlines Favorite hotel: Hotel De La Paix, Siem Reap, before the renovation. Facebook: Facebook Website: Tema Map: Nomad Mania   Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today!! About Counting Countries Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space. Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi. About GlobalGaz Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.   Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com How Many Countries Are There? Well… that depends on who you ask! The United Nations states that there are 193 member states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 226 countries and territories. The Century Club states that there are 325 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands. The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world. The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world. Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way. Check out our partner and sponsor: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World. Explore the unique stories from 20 more world-class travelers from various backgrounds and nations and from all walks of life who have tirelessly pursued visiting every country in the world and have filled their lives with a virtually endless amount of adventure. Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if you order from Amazon/Agoda.  

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Saigon Travel - Garland, 75044-6582, TX

Saigon Travel - Garland, 75044-6582, TX


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33 Inspiring Travel Quotes Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust - This American Girl

33 Inspiring Travel Quotes Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust - This American Girl


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Many made me laugh, some made me cry, and all of them made me remember, that no matter the cost or the challenge, travel is always worth it. Here are my favorite travel quotes, guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. Enjoy!

Jonny Blair – 113 countries … a Northern Irishman in Poland

Jonny Blair – 113 countries … a Northern Irishman in Poland

by Counting Countries @ GlobalGaz

Download Episode! Jonny has been on the road for nearly a decade in a half and has covered a lot of ground.  Jonny was inspired to travel by both ice cream and football.  He sold ice cream for four summers in his twenties and his coworkers hailed from 20 different countries, opening his eyes to the world. Jonny’s other passion is football.  And as a kid he collected stickers of World Cup competitors from around the world.       Jonny loves travel and he has a special interest in micronations.  Jonny has met Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia and was the first backpacker to visit the nation.  He also visited the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a unique political and geographical entity. Jonny shares stories of traveling to New Zealand and partaking in adventure sports and meeting tons of other travelers.  He explains the challenges of traveling in China and the rewards that are earned by visiting this amazing nation.  He shares with us the beauty of Afghanistan and his discomfort when visiting Venezuela.       Jonny joined me from Poland while I was in Boston, please join in and listen to today’s episode. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today! And write a review! Check out our friends: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World and Large Minority.  They organize international rallies around the world including: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines and the Amazon.   More about Jonny Blair: Born in: Newtownards, Northern Ireland Passports from: Irish and British Favorite travel book: Micronations by Lonely Planet Favorite websites: My own website, Wikipedia, and Wandering Earl Must carry: Northern Ireland Flag Favorite food:  Ulster Fry and Pierogi Favorite drink: Guiness and Earl Grey Tea Favorite airline: Ryan Air and Wizz Air Favorite hotel: Sarovar Portico, Port Blair India or Xanadu in Belize Twitter: Jonny Blair Facebook: Don’t Stop Living Website: Northern Irishman in Poland and Don’t Stop Living Instagram: Jonny Don’t Stop Living   All photos of James provided by James Asquith Travel Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today!! About Counting Countries Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space. Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi. About GlobalGaz Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.   Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com How Many Countries Are There? Well… that depends on who you ask! The United Nations states that there are 193 member states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 226 countries and territories. The Century Club states that there are 325 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands. The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world. The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world. Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way. Check out our partner and sponsor: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World. Explore the unique stories from 20 more world-class travelers from various backgrounds and nations and from all walks of life who have tirelessly pursued visiting every country in the world and have filled their lives with a virtually endless amount of adventure. Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if you order from Amazon/Agoda.  

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April Peregrino - 84 countries … and closing in on 100! - GlobalGaz

April Peregrino - 84 countries … and closing in on 100! - GlobalGaz


GlobalGaz

Download Episode!April is approaching her century mark and is on a quest to travel to every country in the world! April is the first Filipino female to travel to all seven continents in one calendar year.  She is also on a mission to visit all 193 countries in the world  She is closing in on her 100th country, and she is doing this while working on this quest as a pharmacist in Chicago.      Subscribe to iTunes today!! More about April Peregrino:   Born in: Chicago, IL, USA Passports from: USA and Philippines Favorite travel book:  “The Beach” by Alex Garland and “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts (both read while traveling ????). Favorite travel site: Skyscanner Must carry:  Bikini and a travel purse which serves as a talisman. Favorite Airline:  Turkish Airlines, especially if I have lounge access in Istanbul! Favorite Hotel:  Tied between The Montage at Laguna Beach, CA and Villa Song at Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam Facebook: Every Other Week Instagram: Every Other Week       Subscribe to iTunes today!! About Counting Countries Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space. Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi. About GlobalGaz Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.   Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com How Many Countries Are There? Well… that depends on who you ask! The United Nations states that there are 193 member states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 225 countries and territories. The Century Club states that there are 324 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands. The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world. The Best Traveled states that there are 1281 unique places in the world. Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way. Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if you order from Amazon/Agoda. Photos From ChernobylSign up to receive your free copy of Photos From Chernobyl.  Over 100 photos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed!

The Ultimate Post-Travel Detox

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

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A review of The Beach by Alex Garland

A review of The Beach by Alex Garland


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Finding Mexico's Middle Class in Ixtapa

by noreply@blogger.com (Mary Clark, Traveler) @ Mary Clark, Traveler


Mexico’s beach resorts have long been a favorite for foreigners seeking warm, carefree vacations.  Simply book an air/land package that includes hotel, decide whether to include all food and activities, and show up at the airport with your passport.  No research required, only sunscreen. The Mexican government recognized a good thing when they saw it, and in the 1960’s,  Cancun and Ixtapa were developed to attract tourists on the East and West coasts of the country.  Not included in those developments were many private ones, including Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco.  Over the years, the number of hotel rooms outpaced foreign travelers and more visitors were needed.  Enter the emerging Middle Class of Mexico.

Ixtapa was chosen for a Thanksgiving family reunion as one of my brothers has had a time share there for many years.   November is considered part of the off-season for Mexican resorts and during the week, the resort was quiet and space readily available.  Because of the low census, the hotel made needed repairs in anticipation of the approaching high season.  All employees talked of “poca gente” – few guests.  But all that changed on Friday. 

As we walked out of the hotel lobby that morning, three tour buses arrived, carrying families from Mexico City.  More came through the morning.  Some children wore sweat pants, indicative of the colder climate of their hometowns.   The hotel, restaurants and pools filled up.  As the closest resort to Mexico City, a metropolis of 26 million inhabitants, Ixtapa is the obvious choice for a week-end of sun and sea.
Mexico has been enjoying a surge in the ranks of its middle class.

Thanks to the booming free trade with the United States, Mexico has the 13th largest economy in the world.  Education has been emphasized with almost all children between ages 5 to 14 in school.  As the fertility rate has dropped dramatically to two per mother, more women are working.   In a series of articles on the middle class of Mexico by Washington Post writers Nick Miroff and William Booth, they found admiration for our southern neighbor from economists.  It has controlled inflation, balanced its budget and managed debt.

The middle class has also been helped by entrepreneurs who have returned from the United States, bringing saved money to start their own businesses.  They were illegal in America but heroes at home – sending money back for food and shelter but saving enough to return to use their acquired business acumen.  Their reclaimed lives will not look like the middle class of developed countries but they are no longer in poverty and can now be assured their children will not want to cross the northern border to find jobs.

I visited with Michael, our resort’s time share supervisor about the uptick in the week-end census.  Most guests come on week-end packages costing about $300 per couple for three nights with food.  Children would cost a bit extra.  While economic by our standards, only the middle class of Mexico could afford such an excursion.

Beginning in December, Ixtapa’s resorts attract more American visitors, especially from the Mid-West, as well as many from Canada.  The closer to Mexico a U.S. state was, the fewer visitors came.  Michael laughed and said they never get anyone from Arizona.  Newspapers from border states carry more drug cartel stories, scaring many away.  Yet, the “tourist bubble” still holds in almost all Mexican resorts and Mexico works very hard to keep them safe.

The new crowds didn’t affect our schedule much.  We’re that kind of American tourist who get up early, are the first to walk on the beach, and retire after dinner.  Restaurants were often just opening when we arrived.  But later, lines would be out the door as our Mexican friends enjoyed dining at their traditional, later hours.


It was a pleasure to witness a part of the transformation of Mexico.  With such beautiful beaches and resorts, its citizens should be visiting them.  I only wish more in the United States could realize that not every Mexican wants to come to our country.  Millions are content to be a part of Mexico’s emerging economy, especially when it comes with a beautiful beach.

Jennifer Nguyen | The Dallas 40

Jennifer Nguyen | The Dallas 40


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Jennifer Nguyen came to Garland in 1985. Residents paid her no attention, so she set out to make others feel welcome.

Vanuatu – 117th Country

by Ric Gazarian @ GlobalGaz

Vanuatu – 117th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Vanuatu is my 117th country.     Check out the best 193 travel books to read!   Vanuatu a small Pacific nation gained its independence from joint French-British rule in 1980.  Only 250,000 people call this nation home.  A short, direct flight from Nadi would deposit me in the capital of Port Vila. My six night trip was condensed to only two nights.  Due to a medical concern, I cut my trip short to receive medical help.  Hopefully, I will be able to return to explore the country. Read about my eventful stay in Vanuatu Vanuatu – 117th Country

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Christmas on the Square Is Dec. 7

by Nancy Ghirla @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

Celebrate the holidays at Christmas on the Square 2017! Garland’s Historic Downtown Square will twinkle..

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3 Days in Prague: An Itinerary

by Andy @ Travel Made Simple

The Bohemian gem of Eastern Europe, the centuries-old buildings, the quirky art, the tasty beer…these are just a few of the reasons Prague makes such a great destination for travelers. With so much to see and do, you could spend your entire vacation exploring Prague, but many people choose to spend a few days there […]

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Make a Holiday Donation from the Garland Animal Services Wish List

by Nancy Ghirla @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

This holiday, please think of our pets on your next shopping trip or during your..

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Are You Afraid to Travel Alone?

Are You Afraid to Travel Alone?


Travel Made Simple

It's normal to be afraid to travel alone. But solo travel has lots of benefits including meeting people, flexibility, and a confidence boost.

The best books on Southeast Asian Travel Literature - Five Books

The best books on Southeast Asian Travel Literature - Five Books


Five Books

The Bureau Chief for the Agence France Presse in Dhaka discusses South East Asian travel literature. Particularly interesting on Cambodia. Further recommended reading from Graham Greene and James Fenton

Phase 6 Blue Recycling Cart Update

by Lucas Cervellini @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

Get ready to roll, Garland! Delivery of blue recycling containers for Phase 6 of the..

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Meet the Founder

by Dean @ Return On Adventure

Meet the Founder At Return On Adventure we believe a rich and fulfilling life is measured by the amount of time we spend with friends and family – on journeys to new destinations, and in sharing the memories we create. We tell and retell the stories of our travels; the good and the bad, the […]

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LRB · Richard Lloyd Parry · Bratpackers: Alex Garland


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Less than two years after the publication of Alex Garland’s first novel, The Beach, one of cinema’s most fashionable young directors (Danny Boyle) and its most adored male star (Leonardo Di Caprio) are about to make a film version of it, a remarkable achievement for an author of 28, . . .

Day Trips from Brussels

by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

There’s plenty to do in Brussels on your city break. But if you want to mix things up a little, it’s also the perfect city to use as a base for day trips around other parts of Belgium. Especially in such a small country, you can easily do some Brussels day trips to other fantastic […]

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Have I Really Been To Vanuatu?

by Ric Gazarian @ GlobalGaz

Have I Really Been To Vanuatu?  I am part of a community who is attempting to travel to every country in the world.  According to the United Nations there are 193 countries.  So far I have been to 117 countries which sounds impressive, until you realize I still have to travel to 76 countries.  It is believed that less than 200 people have traveled to every country in the world, making it more of an exclusive club then those who have traveled to outer space, who number over 500.  There is a very active and passionate group of individuals who are on a quest to enter this august club. There is a heated debate on what counts as visiting a country.  A passport stamp, sleeping overnight, tapping your foot over the border, airline transfers, a travel experience?  There is no universal governing body dictating the rules of what defines a visit.  But the online community of country counters passionately argues their position, and often it evolves into arguments and insults.  My personal rules are quite flexible.  But my one rule is I do not count airport transfers.  To me that is cheating.  I do not need to stay overnight … I never slept over in Monaco or Lichtenstein both of those were day trips to these micro-nations.  I am missing many passport stamps, for instance once you enter the EU and transit to another country you typically will not get a stamp.  I even counted Montenegro which I visited by accident.  I was driving from Kosovo to Albania and entered the country when I got lost.  And I also count Macedonia.  I entered the country from northern Albania and drove down the west side of Macedonia and reentered southern Albania to visit Lake Orchid.  The roads were better in Macedonia so this saved time.  But I did have some travel experiences.  My muffler fell off in northern Albania on some rough roads and I had it repaired at a service station somewhere in the middle of Macedonia.  And before exiting southern Macedonia, I stopped in at a petrol station where I hung out with the gas station attendant and friended her on Facebook before entering Albania.   After New Year’s in 2018 spent in NYC, I had planned a 3 country Pacific Island trip before I settled back into Bangkok.  I was to start off with 5 days at the Hilton Resort (a free stay courtesy of a lot of Hilton points) in Fiji, relaxing at the pool and taking some snorkel/boat trips.  After that, I was to visit Vanuatu, spending a couple of days in the capital of Port Vila, but the highlight was to be a visit to Tanna Island.  Tanna Island is home to Mount Yasur, an active volcano, where you are able to walk up to the rim of the crater.  And a finally a visit to Solomon Islands where I was going to learn about WWII history.  A lot of fighting took place on the main island of Guadalcanal.  The trip started on a sour note.  My flight from Boston to Nadi, Fiji was canceled due to the Bomb Cyclone, a viscous snow storm which shut down Boston.  Instead, of leaving on Thursday after NYE, my flight was rescheduled on Sunday.  My five nights in Fiji were truncated to a brief two nights.  It was a quick two hour direct flight from Nadi, Fiji to Port Vila, Vanuatu.  I boarded the back entrance of the prop plane and squeezed myself into my seat.  Within moments of the flight departing, the muscles in my chest started to convulse.  And when I say chest, I mean the left side of my chest.  I started sweating.  My breath was short.  Was I having a heart attack?  Was this the end?  I focused on controlling my breathing and my sweating ended.  The muscles in my chest were still clenched.  It was a scary feeling. The flight arrived and I made my way through the molasses-slow immigration line. The Port Vila International Airport was more bus station than airport.  I whipped out my iPhone and snapped a photo of a large sign advertising emergency medical evacuation near the immigration line.  I wasn’t quite sure what my future might hold. I found a taxi and navigated my way to my hotel, thick humidity set in.  I arrived to my hotel room, after puffing up the stairs.  I snapped on the AC and plopped down on the bed.  I reasoned maybe I had simply pulled some muscles in my chest.  I just needed some rest.  I stared at my surroundings.  The room was tiny, only 120 square feet, bathed in white with several tropical flowers scattered about, placed by the housekeeping staff.  The only furniture was the bed.  Seventy dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to.     After a couple of hours, I started Googling.  “Best hospital in Port Vila”.  “List of Port Villa hospitals”.  The results were not very comforting.  Port Vila is not known for its medical tourism.  I searched for the US Embassy in Port Vila, looking for their advice on medical options.  Vanuatu is so insignificant, the US did not bother opening an Embassy in the country of only 250,000 people.  Diplomatic services were provided by the Embassy in neighboring Papua New Guinea.  This is what the US Embassy wrote: “Hospital and medical facilities in Vanuatu are limited.  Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for their services. In the event of a serious illness or accident.”  Not exactly comforting for any potential open heart surgery.  I reasoned if I was not better the next morning, I would need to cancel my snorkel trip and find the hospital.  I slept fitfully but awoke to discomfort.  My breath was short and the tightening on my chest was painful.  I ambled to the lobby and requested a taxi to the hospital.  The staff member smiled and suggested I could simply walk.  Location, location, location.  The hospital was...

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Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Dallas as low as ₫18,725,730

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Alternative Vacation: Signing Up for a Language Program

by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

I know what some of you are thinking: “School on vacation? No thanks.” But hear me out. One of the great things about traveling is experiencing another culture. This includes learning the country’s history, tasting the food, and talking to the locals. Going to another country can give you a new way of looking at […]

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3 Days in Rome: a Whirlwind Itinerary in the Eternal City

by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you certainly can’t experience it all in a day or even 3 days. Maybe just a taste, because come on, part of being in Italy is the food, right? Three days in Rome is enough to see the big sites and have a few decent meals along the […]

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B.J. Williams Earns NLC University Bronze and Silver Certificates

by Nancy Ghirla @ The Garland Rowlett Messenger

District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams received Bronze and Silver level certificates at the National..

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A Year In Review: 2017

by Ric Gazarian @ GlobalGaz

A Year In Review: 2017.  It was another crazy year of travel in 2017.  I continued exploring new countries, visiting my 115th country in September when I touched down in Palau in September.  There are 193 countries recognized by the UN, so that means I still have 78 more to travel.  Besides visiting Palau, I traveled to 11 other new countries in chronological order: Belize Monaco Andorra  Algeria Burkina Faso Niger Tunisia Bolivia Chile Paraguay Federated States of Micronesia Palau I have almost finished Europe with just four countries left: Ireland (how have I not been there yet!), San Marino, Cyprus and Monaco.  South America is nearly done, with three countries being left: Venezuela, Suriname, and Guyana.  I have just begun to tip my toe in regard to the Pacific Islands, but I also have three other new ones scheduled for January of 2018.  And Africa remains my biggest challenge.  I have only visited 11 countries on this massive continent with 54 countries.  And of course there were many repeats … 13 in fact.  For someone who is attempting to travel to every country in the world, it is a bit of a catch-22 when I revisit a country.  But there are so many countries that I love, it is inevitable there are some repeats.  I started the year off in Guatemala, and here are the repeats in chronological order. Guatemala USA  Thailand Myanmar France  Spain Turkey  Armenia Laos Peru Mexico Bhutan China  Of course, this list does not count any countries where I transited through.  That doesn’t count for me.  I had so many incredible experiences throughout the year.  I started the New Year visiting the Mayan ruins of Guatemala and then relaxed on the beaches of Belize for a couple of days.  I revisited Myanmar for my third visit and would love to go back again.  This country has so much to offer with ancient temples and friendly people.  There was a two week European road trip visiting new countries of Andorra and Monaco with logical repeats to Spain and France.  I found Nice to be very enjoyable and finally visited the medieval city of Girona in Spain which I have heard so much about.  Algeria is an underrated gem.  Safe, orderly, humongous, and untouched by tourism.  Algeria has mythical Roman Ruins in the north and isolated deserts in the south.  I swung by Niger which was somewhat of a forgettable stay.  Burkina Faso was an interesting stay, especially the painted village of Tiebele.  The highlight of Tunisia is the remarkable Bardo Museum.  Then it was back to Turkey for a repeat visit to Istanbul and new areas of Pamukkale and Cappadocia for a hot air balloon ride.  And then it was time for my annual visit to Armenia to visit old friends.  I have been here every year since 2003.  I was then back for a repeat visit to the historic and beautiful town of Luang Prabang where I attended a conference and moderated a panel of travel bloggers.  I then prepared for an epic South American road trip which included so many bucket list stops such as Machu Picchu in Peru, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and Easter Island in Chile.  There was a quick visit to sleepy Asuncion the capital of Paraguay.  I visited Mexico for a second time to the engaging Mexico City, and felt like I could have spent a month there.  Then it was off the remote and beautiful islands of Yap (FSM) and Palau.  Both had awesome snorkeling.  It had been 12 years, but I was back to a second visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan, where I consulted with a local tour company, Raven Tours and Treks.  And before I headed back to the US for the holidays, there was a quick pit stop to the sprawling capital of China, Beijing, for my third time over the last 13 years.     And using this cool website of Flight Radar in conjunction with Tripit, I was able to create this flight map of my travels in 2017.  My recap in the air – ·        62 flights ·        93,000 miles flown ·        228 hours in the air ·        31 different airlines ·        54 different airports ·        5 continents  And yet, I don’t have any status on any airlines.  Coach is not a fun place to be.  I stayed in my home in Chicago for 45 nights, meaning I spent 12% of my time at my official residence.  The other times I was on the road in a combination of 65 different hotels, Airbnbs, apartments, friends’ homes, and my apartment in Bangkok.  I also slept on 9 different flights or buses. Highlights for hotels were the Lemu Lodge in Easter Island, Mrauk U Princess in Myanmar, JW Marriott Khao Lak in Thailand, and the Palacio de Inca in Cusco (four clients I worked with this year).   I spoke at a couple of industry events.  In Laos, I moderated a panel at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2017.  I presented on flying a drone at Frequent Flyer University in Chicago.  I also presented at the G Adventures corporate office in Boston during a fun luncheon.  And I presented in Bangkok at the Travel Meetup that I organize on behalf of 2,500 people.  I also organized several events for Travel Massive as the Chapter Leader in Bangkok.  I also attended a blogging workshop called Bloghouse in Indianapolis.  If you want to learn more about travel blogging, you can join them in Memphis in 2018.    I also have continued my podcast, Counting Countries, where I interview some of the most incredible and interesting travelers in the world.  The guests have traveled to every country in the world or are in the progress of completing the goal.  I have published 46 episodes so far with many more great guests on the way.   It is near difficult to highlight any specific guest since they are all so engaging, but I will mention, Tony Giles, a blind traveler who has...

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by herlifeandloves @ her life and loves

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by Ali Garland @ Travel Made Simple

This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today’s interview comes from Nicole about her G Adventures China tour. See more about tours and traveling with purpose here. All photos are by Nicole except Pinterest image and first image. Tell us about yourself and your travel experience. I’m Nicole and I’m a […]

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Tony Giles – 110 countries … and blind and mostly deaf

Tony Giles – 110 countries … and blind and mostly deaf

by Counting Countries @ GlobalGaz

Download Episode! Tony has a sense of adventure not rivaled by many. Tony heard tales of travel from his Dad, a merchant marine.  He also had two opportunities to study in the USA as a student.  Yet, the gift of a kidney which prevented a life of dialysis supercharged his travel life, reminding him that his life is short.         And did I mention that Tony is also blind and mostly deaf.  Tony shows an incredible amount of poise, courage and optimism.  Tony typically travels solo and revels in the magic of travel, enjoying the interactions with locals and other travelers.      Tony shares why he loves New Zealand and Iceland.  He tells us why he found the Italians less than helpful.  Tony shares with us how he we was kicked out of North Dakota on his first visit and about Greyhound’s habit to lose his luggage.  Tony has a penchant for adventure, whether it is hang gliding, bungee jumping, zip line or skydiving.  He has a zest for life and exploration. Tony joined me from the UK while I was in Chicago, please join in and listen to today’s episode.    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today! And write a review! Check out our friends: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World and Large Minority.  They organize international rallies around the world including: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines and the Amazon.   More about Tony Giles: Born in: Weston-super-Mare, southwest England, UK Passports from: UK Favorite travel book: My own?! Not sure if I have any! Favorite websites: Wikitravel Must carry: Spare cane and hearing aids Favorite food:  Beef/pork sausages, preferably British Favorite drink: Red Bush Tea Favorite airline: None! Favorite hotel: My own home! His book: Seeing The World My Way Facebook: Tony The Traveller Website: Tony The Traveller BBC Video: Video For those who like Spotify, you can now listen to Counting Countries on Spotify.  Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today!! About Counting Countries Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space. Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi. About GlobalGaz Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.   Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com How Many Countries Are There? Well… that depends on who you ask! The United Nations states that there are 193 member states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 226 countries and territories. The Century Club states that there are 325 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands. The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world. The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world. Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way. Check out our partner and sponsor: Chasing 193, Volume II: The Quest To Visit Every Country In The World. Explore the unique stories from 20 more world-class travelers from various backgrounds and nations and from all walks of life who have tirelessly pursued visiting every country in the world and have filled their lives with a virtually endless amount of adventure. Disclaimer: I will earn a fee if you order from Amazon/Agoda.    

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We’ve been travelling for 6 weeks. How are we going?

We’ve been travelling for 6 weeks. How are we going?

by herlifeandloves @ her life and loves

14th December, 2017 It has been 6 weeks since we left Australia.  We have stopped at 10 different locations. Stayed in 8 hotels, 1 Airbnb and 1 cruise boat. We’ve caught 6 flights, 1 sleeper bus, multiple taxis, tuk-tuks and the sky train. Visited numerous temples and pagodas. Enjoyed many pools and beaches. Eaten loads of […]

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