Nancy S. Wang Travel Articles

 
Ouro Preto: “Black Gold”
Ouro Preto: “Black Gold” Ouro Preto is a spectacular 18th century colonial mining town situated in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains located seven hours north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Ouro Preto has been preserved in its original state and has escaped irrevocable signs of modern urbanization. No skyscrapers or fast […]
Iguaçú Falls, Brazil
Iguaçú Falls, Brazil Celebrating my birthday in a different country every year has become an inevitable tradition. This year, I chose to spend it in South America’s Iguaçú Falls. Without fail, Iguaçú Falls ranks up there as one of Mother Nature’s greatest creations. Nearly four times wider and slightly taller than Niagara, Iguaçú Falls is located at the […]
International Travel Tips for Globetrotters (5 of 5)
Currency/Banking Be sure to inquire about international ATM capabilities with your local bank at home. Although my ATM card is part of the Cirrus system worldwide, I was unable to use it on various occasions in South America. The best exchange rates are given at the banks in town, not at the airport or hotels. […]
International Travel Tips for Globetrotters (4 of 5)
Jetlag/Altitude Sickness Flying internationally causes jetlag because of the fact that you are crossing three time zones. Some precautions to take include: a) drinking plenty of water and no alcohol intake; b) sticking with a bland diet; c) adjusting your watch according to your destination’s time clock and attempt to adhere to your arrival schedule […]
International Travel Tips for Globetrotters (3 of 5)
In-flight Activities Traveling during the daylight hours is less tiring than traveling in the evenings on an overnight flight. It is easier to “trick” your body out of jetlag. Try to keep your blood circulating properly by walking around the plane on an average once every hour. Drink plenty of water. Skip alcohol entirely. Drinking […]
International Travel Tips for Globetrotters (2 of 5)
What to Pack Photocopy three sets of your passport, driver’s license, airline tickets, traveler’s checks, trip itinerary and hotel confirmations. Keep one copy with you, another in your luggage, and one set with a family member back home. If any emergencies arise, you will have photocopies as proof. Bring unwanted T-shirts, baseball caps, chewing gum, […]
International Travel Tips for Globetrotters (1 of 5)
Traveling internationally has given me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Part of the experience is swapping unique travel stories and tips with fellow independent globetrotters whom I encounter along the way. Traveling enlightens me, and brings perspective into my microcosmic life. It has taught me the meaning of humility while […]
Machu Picchu: A Childhood Dream Come True
Machu Picchu: A Childhood Dream Come True Making a childhood dream of visiting the ancient c
Morocco: Through the Eyes of a Local
Morocco: Through the Eyes of a Local Nancy Wang visited Morocco with her native boyfrie