Unconquered Man, Khatyn, Belarus

When Travel Makes You Think

Travel is often fun and relaxing – an escape from our everyday lives.  But travel can also be an eye-opening experience – an opportunity to gain perspective and learn about the rest of the world. Sometimes the most meaningful travel experiences occur when you visit a place that teaches you something new and changes the …

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Kamyanets Podilsky, Ukraine

My 12 Favorite Places in 2012

As 2012 winds down, I thought I would take a look back at some of the most memorable places I visited over the last year. From ancient castles and ruined churches to mountain villages and charming cities, my favorite destinations had a little of everything – and were each unique in their own way. Some …

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Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw: Somber and Inspiring

Warsaw wasn’t initially part of the plan. And in case you were wondering, I do know Poland was never officially part of the Soviet Union. So if we want to get technical, it didn’t belong on my tour of the former Soviet republics. But it may as well have been. After “liberating” Poland from the …

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Warsaw, Poland

Traveling on My Terms

Back in September I wrote a post that I never published about letting go of what I feel I “should” do. I was sitting in a guesthouse in Kuressaare, Estonia trying to decide whether I should stay in my room and relax like I really wanted to or brave less-than-ideal weather to see the island …

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