What gift do you give a woman turning 50 – especially if that woman is you? I planned to celebrate my 50th birthday with a life-changing pilgrimage to India. Instead, I found myself exploring the historical neighborhoods of Dubai and climbing to the peak of… Read More »Where is the Best Place to Celebrate Your 50th Birthday?
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You’re at the airport – maybe even at the Kathmandu Airport in Nepal, like I was – and the check-in counter clerk says you can’t board the plane. The airline staff refuses to let you on the flight! It’s a shocking, crazy feeling. What do… Read More »What to Do When They Refuse to Let You Board the Flight
One of my biggest worries about traveling to India was “Delhi belly” (the traveler’s diarrhea, not the Bollywood movie!). I didn’t want to exacerbate my ulcerative colitis. When my dietician friend told me to take the Dukoral vaccine to prevent travel-related tummy troubles, I hesitated.… Read More »Should You Take the Dukoral Vaccine to Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea?
A reader emailed me, excited about being accepted into a school program – a cultural exchange – that will send her to Delhi to do volunteer work in an orphanage for four months. But what if she gets homesick while volunteering in India? She really… Read More »What If You Get Homesick While Volunteering in India?
Moving to Africa was one of the best – and hardest – decisions of my life. If you have the opportunity – or even just the desire – to live and work in Africa, do it! I lived in Nairobi, Kenya for three years –… Read More »Should You Move to Africa? 7 Mistakes to Avoid