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Unexpectedly Finding ‘My People’ on the Mediterranean


Prompt #12: Travelers meet dozens, if not hundreds, of new people on every trip. They may become friends, enemies, lovers, and resources; they may stay in your life forever or be forgotten the next day. Tell about a time you felt a powerful connection – for however long – to another person while traveling. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.” –Amelia E. Barr Solo travel makes you much more apt to meet strangers. It’s one of the fun things about travel, as the saying goes you might be Read more…

10 Reasons to Visit Greece – Opa!

While Greece is the 20th most popular tourist destination for Americans (and thanks to the picturesque island of Santorini, one of the top honeymoon spots), there are still deals to be found and [almost] desolate beaches to explore.  I accidentally spent about a month in Greece last September.  While I had planned to stay for one week and then leave via Athens, I took a sailing trip which sent me even farther away from Athens.  So after I was done sailing I started the slow process of making my way back to Athens, one island a time.  Here are 10 Read more…

#102: Go To A Concert Outside of PDX Area

I had the amazing opportunity to see REM and Kaiser Chiefs for FREE while I was in Athens in October. MTV was launching a MTV Greece channel, so they sponsored the free concert. I found out about it from my hostel, so most of the hostel headed down to the stadium and the venue was surprisingly empty (although it looks fairly busy in the video). Anyway, it was a great concert and a really fun way to end my time in Greece. Here’s a video I found of the concert on YouTube. Oh and I yelled out this song right Read more…

#41: Visit Europe Again

My first experience traveling abroad was to France in 2006 (when I officially got the travel bug). Since then, I’ve wanted to go back and see more of Europe. However, with the euro and dollar exchange rate at $1.60 this summer, I decided to stick to the outer edges of the EU that don’t use the euro yet. By starting in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, I didn’t have to cringe every time I made a purchase, but still had the convenience of being in the EU. Turkey was my next stop, and while not quite Europe, it was an amazing Read more…

#87: Consciously Stop Saying ‘yeah’ And ‘like’ For 1 Week

The beauty of being in a foreign country alone, is that it can be easier to kick a bad habit! Since it was all Greek to me anyway, I found myself using less filler words when trying to communicate. All the added words, such as “like” and “yeah” just add confusion. So while I still had to stop and think a bit, I managed to tone down my “like” bad habit.

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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