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17 posts tagged with "solo travel"

Chuang Yen Monastery in the Fall

October 20, 2014

Chuang Yen Monastery
An Adventure in Mindfulness

During my travels I’ve visited monasteries, but none close to home. Today I changed that by a visit to Chuang Yen Monastery located in Carmel, NY.

It was an opportunity to view the largest Buddha statue in the Western world, learn about meditation and mindfulness, all the beauty and treasures inside the buildings and throughout the property.

It was an immersion in Asian culture, from spiritual, historical and naturalistic perspectives.

It...

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Solo Travel Broaden's One's Vision

September 11, 2014

Walking near the shore is an opportunity for self reflection and fully absorbing the surroundings. The question I raise is "Would this have happened to me if I was deep in conversation with another?" 

Here is the link to the story published in The Stratford Star on Sept 18th,  Hamlet Hub on Sept 19th and the link to the TV coverage on Sept 12th.  In November, the story published on the Coca-Cola Website.

Stratford Star 

Hamlet Hub

WTNH Channel 8 News recap-sept-12 (1 min 12 seconds into...

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Photography Dilemma

December 26, 2014

On a trip to NYC, I took lots of photos and selfies, but a few scenes proved challenging from the pose or background I wanted. At what point do I hand over my camera to a stranger to take a photo?

Two opportunities came to me - inside a theatre and believe it or not - on the sidewalk in front of the Bergdorf Goodwin Window display. In a split instance I knew I could give my camera to someone nearby - by looking deeply at their faces and expressions. Their kindness reflects on my face. The...

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A New Deep Happy

December 31, 2014

                                                       Photo by William Haney

This was a year of transition for me. After a fulfilling 30 year career in Corporate America as a Chemist, my decision to become a travel artisan focusing on coaching and public speaking led me to find a new deep happiness.

Seeing and experiencing new places and different cultures as a solo traveler has been life changing.  I'm passionate about motivating people to be open to it and to help experienced travelers...

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Giving Back

January 8, 2015

When I take a walk on the beach, sometimes there are school children participating in Marine Biology lessons at the shore. It’s wonderful to see them so engaged as they learn about nature hands on.

Their luck made me think about students who live a distance from the beach - what about them?

I wrote to an Artist who teaches in California in a dessert setting to offer her samples of what is typically found beachcombing on the East Coast.  I collected items and mailed them to the school for...

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