Stepping Back into Living History

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Joan, who is now a grandmother to her daughter Dana’s two children, is still amazed by the experiences they shared visiting Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “I remember carefully watching Dana’s face as her five-year-old mind worked through the information she was seeing and hearing,” says Joan.  “A woman dressed in costume and speaking in ...

My Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica

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I always tell people that volunteer work is the best because, while it means responsibilities one takes on, it is not an obligation, it’s a choice, and that makes all the difference in the world. —Karen M. Gray, C&O Canal National Historical Park Library Volunteer When I wrote my first book about volunteer travel everyone asked, “What in the world ...

Travel Can Be Life-Changing

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I just finished reading, and listening to, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, a memoir by Becky Aikman. Widowed at age 47, she’d been married for twenty years when her husband died from cancer after a four and a half year battle through numerous operations and rounds of chemotherapy and ...

Visit New Places, Connect, and Give Back

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I always loved to travel but hated being an ordinary kind of tourist, staying in hotels for a few nights and buzzing through major sights at the speed of Superwoman. I wanted to experience the phenomenal difference between visiting a location for a time-limited vacation and integrating myself into the community as someone who belonged there. I ...

Happy Father’s Day: Frisbee Style

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Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Soon after it began, she hated the  commercialism and worked to remove it from the national events calendar. The first Father’s Day celebration was held on June 19, 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington, organized by Sonora Smart Dodd to honor her ...

The Summer Job that Got Away: Glacier National Park, Montana

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This is the Centennial Celebration year for our National Parks. I have visited just under half of the 58 parks under the National Park Service. My friends Charles and Serena, partially retired college professors, travel in their RV to work in a bookstore every summer in a different park. There are loads of summer, or seasonal ...