Old North Church in North End Boston
a sign in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Faneuil Hall in Boston
the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia
Wanderful members in Costa Rica

Beyond Cannolis: Exploring Boston’s North End with Context Travel

Brianne Miers - April 13, 2017
Old North Church in North End Boston

After living in Boston for nearly nine years, I thought I knew the city pretty well. I also thought I knew a fair amount about the North End, Boston’s “Little Italy,” since I once organized my own walking tour of the neighborhood and have taken numerous out-of-town visitors there to decide for themselves which bakery makes the best cannoli in town – Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry. Then one …

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Rype: How Busy Professionals Can Learn a New Language

Brianne Miers - April 8, 2017
a sign in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

My Language Journey Like most Americans, I don’t speak a language other than English. Sure, I’ve tried pretty hard over the years to learn French and Spanish, but I never succeeded in becoming fluent in either one. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to study a foreign language until I was a freshman in high school (I know now that’s waaay too late). I chose French …

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March: Packing Up and Planning Ahead

Brianne Miers - April 7, 2017
Faneuil Hall in Boston

Yes, I know it’s almost a week into April. (That seems to be the theme with my monthly roundups!)   Packing Up The reason for the delay in my monthly roundup was largely due to the fact that I spent the majority of the month packing up my personal belongings to make way for the tenant who is living in my condo here in Boston during April and May. …

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The World Water Crisis: How Travelers Can Help

Brianne Miers - March 22, 2017
the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Today is World Water Day, which brings attention to the fact that 1.8 billion people around the globe live without access to clean drinking water. Anyone who has traveled to developing countries knows all the tips to avoid getting sick from contaminated water – asking for drinks without ice, avoiding fruits and vegetables that have been washed, and using bottled water to brush your teeth.  But can you imagine being at risk …

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Join the Movement, Join Wanderful

Brianne Miers - March 21, 2017
Wanderful members in Costa Rica

My Wanderful Story A little more than two years ago, when I was somewhere in southern India, I got an email about a “Women in Travel Summit’ taking place in Boston a few weeks after my return. I had joined the Wanderful Meetup group but had never made it to one of their events due to my busy work and travel schedule. However, facing the …

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More Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Brianne Miers - March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same rights and opportunities that men enjoy. To honor the day, I asked some fellow travelers to recommend organizations they know …

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Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Brianne Miers - March 8, 2017
woman making necklace for Project-Tres in India

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same rights and opportunities that men enjoy. To honor the day, I asked some fellow travelers to recommend organizations they know …

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February: Armchair Adventures and Sweet Treats

Brianne Miers - March 7, 2017
Boston Harbor at sunset

Yes, I know it’s already a week into March.  Armchair Adventures I spent most of this short month at home in Boston, but I did have a few mental vacations. For the second year in a row, I attended the The Boston Globe Travel Show, where I got to stock up on brochures and chapsticks, and learn more about destinations here in New England and around the world. I …

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Womentum Pays it Forward to Help Women around the World

Brianne Miers - February 20, 2017
women in India

Prabha Dublish is the co-founder of Womentum, a non-profit organization that crowdfunds donations to help women in developing countries start their own businesses. A junior at Babson College, she got the idea for Womentum after a trip to Delhi, India, in summer 2015. Womentum launched in April 2016 and has since funded women entrepreneurs in India, Uganda, Ecuador, and Colombia. 

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January: History is Happening

Brianne Miers - January 31, 2017
protest signs at Whitney Museum of American Art

Boston I had been looking forward to a quiet January after the hustle and bustle of November and December, but soon after the new year, a new resident moved into the White House, as you might have heard. So on one chilly Saturday, instead of huddling under a blanket, and catching up on books and movies, I joined about 175,000 other fired-up New Englanders on Boston Common for the …

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