Jacqui on Voyage: Mardi Gras

By Jacqui Gray America’s number one party! Any guesses?   Maybe I am not qualified to weigh in on this one as…  A) I am not American and  B) I haven’t been to every party in the U.S.  …. but I am going to anyway. My vote for America’s best and biggest party goes to Mardi Gras!  For the past…

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Gold Coast, Part 2

By Jacqui Gray Want a bit more than just great beaches?  The Gold Coast has oh so much more. Waterways and Canals– Gold Coast is a water enthusiasts delight.  Just behind the forever beautiful beaches, you will find a massive network of waterways that have nine times more canals than in the city of Venice, Italy. Yes, you heard right:…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Gold Coast, Part 1

By Jacqui Gray  Just look at the photos of where I spent the last few days; is there really any need for words?!    It wouldn’t be much of a blog without a few words, hey? Here are some words that come to mind when I reminisce on my latest trip: amazing coastlines, pristine, personal sandy beaches, wicked surf spots…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Offshore (Part 1)

By Jacqui Gray This journey involves travel and voyages, but it is not about a specific travel destination. For the last three years I have taken contracts working at sea. STOP right there! Dispel those romantic images from your mind immediately– this was no super yacht or cruise liner.  Ever heard of sub sea construction? Yeah, I had no idea either.  Basically, I worked…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Oktoberfest

By Jacqui Gray “Do you sell half-liters?” **Gruff response** “This is a Biergarten, not a kindergarten!”…. Right…. Mass beer it is. Welcome to Oktoberfest! One of the world’s best and biggest festivals kicks off mid-September (yes that’s right—September) and the Oompahing carries on for at least 16 glorious days. There is no getting around it: beer is king at this festival,…

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Jaqui On Voyage: Fiji

By Jacqui Gray Has a book ever changed your life? Me too… on this occasion it was fast. In less than 24 hours I had finished the book, sent a few emails and booked flights. Five days later, I arrived on the shores of a remote Fijian Island that I had just finished reading about – Vorovoro. I was a…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Notting Hill Carnival

By Jacqui Gray How had Europe’s biggest street party not registered on my radar? Elaborate floats, AMAZING costumed performers, steel bands, calypso music and flavors – what rock had I been living under? Notting Hill Carnival, second only to Rio Carnival on sheer numbers, takes over the streets of west London for a couple for days in late August and…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Hanoi

By Jacqui Gray So, here’s a brief backstory: I met a guy in Thailand and he had to return to Vietnam. Messages and phone calls ensued, he asks me to come to Hanoi, so he could take me out and show me around. Absolutely! Three days later, clutching a hastily obtained visa, I am met at Hanoi airport by my…

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Jacqui on Voyage: Egypt

Here I am, just before being nibbled by a camel! By Jacqui Gray   Egypt – mysterious, alluring, exotic and beautiful – she shot to number one on my travel hit list back in Mrs. Baulkham’s history class. So, what is my most prominent memory of my trip to Egypt? The temple of Abu Simbel, sailing down the Nile on…

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How to Deal With Feeling Homesick

By Kay Maloney If you have the privilege to travel or have been saving up for the trip of your life, without a doubt grab your suitcase and go. While traveling is arguably of the greatest adventures you can undertake in your life, it would be wrong to ignore that we can all crave the comforts of home when venturing…

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