Cleaning up Kumamoto

Cleaning up Kumamoto

Two strong earthquakes struck the Kumamoto area in Japan on April 14th and April 16th, magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. There were 49 deaths, which may not seem a huge number in natural disaster news — in fact, I believe most of people have probably already forgotten about it or...

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Nepal: One year later, in photos

Nepal: One year later, in photos

It’s been one year since a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving some 21,000 people injured. Now, one year later, we headed back there through the camera lens of travel bloggers The Common Wanderer, to see Nepal as it is today: recovering and ready to...

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The anti-gift guide: 8 experiences (instead of things) to give this holiday season

The anti-gift guide: 8 experiences (instead of things) to give this holiday season

When you’re a kid, presents are king. Games, toys, movies, ponies — all we want are things. As we grow up, we want money. In our 20s and 30s, it’s still money or more expensive, practical things that we’d never spend our own money on, like a really nice knife block...

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Yes, it is possible to travel with kids

Yes, it is possible to travel with kids

Four and a half years ago, something amazing happened. I became a dad. A pivotal moment in anyone’s life that pretty much changes everything. My wife and I met whilst living in Egypt. We were both tour guides and wanderlusters of the highest degree. Travel wasn’t just something we did, it was...

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How do you say? 16 untranslatable words from other languages

How do you say? 16 untranslatable words from other languages

English is a wonderful language. In its nearly one million words there are endless subtle gradations of meaning, folded up tight like origami. Surprising synapses fire between leftover Latin suffixes, ancient Greek verbs, and odd detritus from French, German, and even Arabic. And we add to it all the time,...

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5 ways travel makes you smarter

5 ways travel makes you smarter

Travel is a fun escape but it’s not all about getting out of work mode and taking time away from routine. Travel has many benefits that go far beyond helping you relax, and one of those benefits is that it can make you smarter. Here are a few ways booking your...

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8 movies that make us want to go to India

8 movies that make us want to go to India

If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to India, you know it is a cinematic experience even without the cameras rolling. Vibrant, loud, and chaotic, it’s culture in 3D with surround sound! As if you needed another reason to travel to the beautiful cities of India, here are eight films...

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6 ways to satisfy your wanderlust without leaving home

6 ways to satisfy your wanderlust without leaving home

When the itch for travel becomes so strong that booking a trip is all you can think (and talk) about, but you can’t actually go anywhere, it can be easy to go into a wanderlust stress spiral. But you don’t have to. There are a few simple ways to satiate...

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Running around the world

Running around the world

Travelling is a lot like running — always moving, always going one more step forward to see what’s around the next bend. And let’s face it, the world is best seen on two feet. Especially when those feet are moving as fast as they can. No matter whether you’re a...

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6 ways travel boosts your self-esteem

6 ways travel boosts your self-esteem

Travel can be many things: an escape, a chance to unwind and forget about deadlines for a few days, or the opportunity to explore a new place. But travel can also play a big role in boosting your self-esteem. So the next time you book a trip, consider that packing...

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