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• AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO VISITING HAMMAMS IN MOROCCO

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An essential guide to visiting hammams in Morocco

Disorientation is normal when visiting Morocco – especially for the first time. As you wander maze-like alleys of ancient medinas, each town’s defensive design becomes more clear as your sense of direction becomes less so.
Traveling around the country, you see camels amble along beaches and Bedouin tents blend into vast desert sands. You see sights so exotic that they verge on surreal. And the aroma of cardamon mingled with whiffs of transport mules might just tip your senses into overload… continue reading

• 18 TRAVEL RESOLUTIONS TO MAKE 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR YET

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Raise your hand if your new year’s resolution list – whether recorded on paper, keyboard or screenshot in your mind’s eye – includes an entry that reads something like:

  • Visit (insert dreamy destination)
  • Climb (insert daunting mountain)
  • Experience (insert long-aspired-to adventure)

Or simply, travel more.

The annual ritual of poring over annual must-visit lists inspires our imagination and stokes dreams of adventure. This process, inherently hopeful, encourages setting intentions and working toward goals. It’s in that spirit that I share this list of new year’s resolutions aimed to nudge each of us towards, myself included, towards more meaningful and sustainable travel…continue reading

• NAVIGATING CAR-FREE VENICE WITH MY 93-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER

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When I told friends about a dream to take my grandmother to Venice, her first trip ever outside the U.S., even Italians labeled the idea as crazy. With nearly 200 canals, 400-foot bridges, and endless dead end paths, the island city is tricky to navigate at any age. Add in a constant crush of fellow-tourists and, admittedly, the idea may seem shy of sane.

Still, I was determined to share one of my favorite spots on the planet with the woman who has inspired me to chase dreams, wherever they may lead…continue reading

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