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Our Favorite Holiday Markets in New York City

December 18, 2014

In New York City or headed that way in the next few days and still looking for that perfect gift? Then there is still time to take part in the holiday markets that spring up all over the city. Here is a list of a few of our favorites. Bryant Park’s Winter Village: If boutique style shopping is what you have in mind then Bryant Park and its 125 mini shops are right up your alley. read more

Pocket Language Guides, Are They Helpful?

December 4, 2014

There is an abundance of Pocket Language Guides or phrasebooks as they are called, but are the necessary or even useful? And if so, which one is the best one for me to get? Traveling is a lot like school, particularly college, the more you put into it the more you will get back. I cannot count the number of times my traveling experiences have been improved by just attempting to speak the local language. We can consistently see the expressions of the people we are interacting with change or lighten when we just put the most basic effort in to communicate with them on their terms. read more

Spotlight: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 2014

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition dating back to 1924, making it the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S. It was first televised in 1952 which allowed the event to be shared with the entire nation. Seeing the parade live is one of those lifetime checklist kind of events; the info below will help you get the most out of it. Pre-Ballooning: read more

Photography is an Activity, Get Up and Explore!

November 17, 2014

In this post for Maynard’s photography tips, we are going to be talking about exploring a subject. There are plenty of times when our first shot is not the best shot, so we need to learn that it’s okay to shoot your subject from multiple angles and vantage points. This is what’s great about digital photography, you have nearly limitless film. When I first learned photography with a film camera you had 10 exposures or 24 exposures and you treated each one as if it were your last. I remember walking around looking for things to take photos of and then pausing and asking myself, was it worth one of my precious frames; thankfully those days are over. read more

Volunteer Tanzania by Morgan Longland

November 7, 2014

Why did you choose to volunteer abroad? The idea to volunteer abroad had never really crossed my mind until I took my first international trip to Thailand and Vietnam. I spent two weeks traveling around Asia and was heartbroken by the extreme poverty I saw on a daily basis. Yea, we hear about stuff like this all of the time, but it never truly hits you until it is right in front of your face. Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it always did and from that point on it was something that never left my mind. read more

Halloween Around the World

October 30, 2014

Ask me anytime and my answer has always been the same, favorite holiday, Halloween. Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays, and is celebrated to this day in several countries around the globe. North America, particularly the US and Canada maintain the highest level of participation in this holiday. Typically 65% of all Americans partake in decoration of their homes and offices, making it second only to Christmas in levels of participation. What about some of the other countries around the world? read more

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