Lessons from Jakarta

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What happens when you can’t find anything to like about a place because of your own prejudices and limitations? Jennifer Miller works her way through a difficult lesson about travel, Jakarta and herself.

The Thailand of Your Dreams

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Waking in a rice paddy to the whine of a mosquito, the soft blow of water buffalo working; this is the joy of getting off the beaten path. This is Thailand

Travel History Lessons

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Glad not to be often judged by the actions of her government (past or present), Jenn Miller wades through the bustling crowd of contradictions that is Hanoi with her family.

Attending a Local Funeral: A Day in the Life of a Long-Term Traveler

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Travel with Jennifer Miller to Tana Toraja, in the south central highlands of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where she encounters death, and life, and the passage of a grandfather to paradise on the back of a water buffalo.

Challenging Cultural Norms Through Travel

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There are some commonalities that I’ve noticed among young people who are encouraged to flap their wings as early as they possibly can. There is something about the experience of having to take responsibility for yourself in the real world, struggle through hard things, and get way outside your comfort zone that causes an otherwise ordinary teen to do extraordinary things. So, what qualities do these kids share?

Lessons from Around the World: 11 Skills to Learn on Your RTW Trip

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One of the benefits of long term travel is the ability to spend several days, or even weeks, immersing yourself in a new skill. Here are some suggestions on places where you can learn to do everything from surfing to French cooking.

5 Reasons Travel Should Be Part of Education

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Travel and education are two of Jenn Miller’s passions. She’s dedicated her life to combining the two, not just for herself and her children, but for people everywhere. She presents five reasons that she believes travel should be a part of every well rounded education. Haven’t traveled yet? That’s okay, because we’re all still learning!

5 Questions To Ask When Planning Your Big Trip

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Are you planning your first big trip? Jenn Miller shares five questions to ask yourself before you dive in.

Best Solo Travel Tips from Those Who Have Done It

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Solo travel can be a scary thing, particularly if you’ve never hit the road alone before. Many people would never plan a one week vacation alone much less contemplate a RTW trip without a partner to share it with. But as these solo travelers share, going at it alone can be one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to travel.

Ten Mistakes to Avoid on Your Around the World Trip

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Here are some personal gaffs that could quite easily have been avoided had Helen heeded warnings, followed advice, and planned just a little bit better . Yes, that’s right; they’ve all been tried and tested, so better just take Helen’s word for it, rather than stumble into the same pitfalls yourself.