One of the most frustrating things about traveling is the inevitable search for wi-fi hotspots. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be staying in accommodations where wi-fi is available you are lucky indeed. Unless…… you have to pay a tidy per diem for the pleasure. Think about it. Between paying to logon at the airport, hotel or wherever you have to access the internet, you can end up paying a pretty penny at the end of the day.
There are certain unpleasant truths in life. Racism is one of them because it refuses to die a natural death and can and will live on forever into eternity if left unchecked. Many would have us believe that it’s unfashionable or gauche to declare this fact.
When I decided to visit Easter Island, I was really trying to burn frequent flier miles since rumor had it that the upcoming British Airways program revamp would require almost double the miles it currently took to book an award trip.
What a familiar refrain, it’s romantic and decisive; but what if it didn’t matter? What if some things are simply out of your reach no matter how much you desire it? I’m the biggest proponent of going out into the world to fight for what you want, but there are times when fighting, no matter how valiant, is useless.
There are some things in life that we tend to take for granted. We assume that the sun will rise tomorrow, that we will have an endless supply of water to utilize, that we will always keep treasures that we possess and we never trouble ourselves to ask what if?
I had planned to participate in “Traveling Brown Girls Blog Carnival” this week. However, things have been crazy, so I’m very late. I will still link to and credit Tracy for her fabulous idea though. The first topic is “Travel Etiquette Revisited: My Top 5 Travel Pet Peeves.” As we all know, traveling is a mix of pleasure and pain. Forthwith are the things that pain me:
Something interesting happened within the confines of a majority black travel forum that I’m a member of. One of the members shared how her boss’ countenance changed when he overheard where she would be going on vacation. She regretted that he had heard the exchange almost immediately.
I have a friend who really wants to travel internationally, but she can’t bring herself to do it. She told me that she is afraid to travel across a body of water and the long plane trip won’t be a picnic either. I can sympathize that both issues can be disconcerting, but it should not be a deal breaker.
A few years ago, I wrote this on the day that several soldiers were killed during a mission in Iraq. I started to think about the families that they left behind who would never have another chance to say, “I love you”. They would never have another opportunity to say the untold number of things that they wished they could have shared
I think today’s word is quite apropos given that this challenge ends in a mere three days. It is a chance for me to look back and say that even though I got sidetracked or behind at times, I can see myself dashing across that finish line. I can look back on how I allowed myself to use this wonderful medium to show my readers the human, creative side of Renee King….travel blogger.
I am an avid tumblr user and there is a group of young people who for whatever reason, live with very little hope in their lives. I saw the poster below and I felt that I had to respond, but I had to take care and not be preachy because they feel that they get enough of that from the ‘rents’ (translation: Parents)
* This is probably a regional thing because lord knows, the south is rampant with this problem. People who burn leaves and trash and pollute the neighborhood. Apparently, their olfactory nerves are shot and they don’t realize how offensive the smell is. Meanwhile, we (the neighbors) have to seek refuge in our homes [...]
The rest of the day was an entire blur of one teacher morphing into another. At one point, she couldn’t interpret what language the teachers were speaking and why were they speaking so darn slowly? She was vaguely aware that she was transported from one class to the next, but she couldn’t swear that it was by her own power.
Who are we?
Renee King is an Atlanta, GA based administrative assistant by day who spends most of her waking hours plotting the next excursion to anyplace outside of her zip code.
She manages to convince her daughter, Carisa, to accompany her as they are thrilled to view the world on a budget and share tips so you can too. Read about their adventures and how they manage to "sample the world at a fraction of the price".
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