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Why Did I Assume She Was His Nanny?

I don't know about you but I feel like a real asshole assuming the Asian woman in BBC North Korea professor viral video was his nanny instead of his wife. I didn't even think twice when I was telling my co-worker she needs to watch a hilarious video clip, giggling at how the nanny scoops the kids up at the end. I even wondered if the father would be upset with the nanny for not monitoring the toddlers carefully enough while he was being interviewed on live TV. Sadly, it never occurred to me that the woman was his wife. Now I'm trying to figure out why.
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Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.
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5 Small Towns To Visit This Winter

Small towns offer charm and hospitality that bigger cities just can't achieve. While some travellers choose to be surrounded by tourists shopping in London or lounging with fellow snowbirds in Ft. Lauderdale in the winter months, you could be out finding some of the world's best hidden gems.
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Peter James Is Livin' For The Summer

Raised in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Peter James went on to broaden his horizons exploring the world while playing in cover bands. To say he is well-travelled would be an understatement. With 15 years of globetrotting under his belt, he's collected memories like passport stamps.
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48 Hours in Los Angeles - With Kids

Los Angeles is a sprawling city full of low strip malls, palmed avenues, film studios and over-crowded attractions, BUT that SoCal living is still so sweet. The city's full of beautiful parks, kid-friendly hikes, beaches (oh so many beaches!) and hip vegan restaurants with high chairs -- A great destination for the adventuring family.
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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying Travel Insurance

I made the huge-ass mistake of packing a valuable item -- Luckily, theft was covered by my travel insurance. Or so I thought. The insurance representative regretfully informed me that although stolen baggage was covered, my claim wasn't eligible. It was a baffling and maddening situation, but one that got me thinking: what other insurance loopholes are lingering out there?
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How to Live Abroad on a Dime

Have you ever dreamed of living in another city? Royal London? Beautiful Paris maybe? Ancient Istanbul? New York or L.A? Do it today! I've lived in a bunch of cities across the globe to absorb their culture and heritage and you should too. Most countries will let you stay for at least six months so you can have time to immerse yourself in your new city. Here is how I do it on a dime!
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Being a Travel Writer Isn't All Luck

"You're a travel writer? Lucky!" I think most travel writers I know have heard this at some point in their careers. And while there is certainly some truth to the fact that trying out a five star hotel, evaluating a hot stone massage seems like a better place to be than in an office cubicle, luck has little to do with it.

Putting Life into Perspective Takes Five Minutes

Sometimes five minutes is all we need. It's all we need to put everything else in our messy, beautiful lives into perspective. And if I was really being honest, it's not about five minutes before or five minutes later -- it's really about living out both the frustrating and the pleasurable in life, at one and the same time.
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Tories Have Pushed Canadian Tourism Off the Map

Despite the importance of travel and tourism to the Canadian economy, the Conservative government's failure to show leadership in this area has created serious challenges for the sector over the past decade. By cutting the budget of the Canada Tourism Commission, the Conservatives are moving Canada in the wrong direction.

23 Must Have Baby Travel Gear Items

Tired of the trials and tribulations associated with modern day travel? Do airports, lineups, delays and bad food -- with children in tow -- make you want to stay home and clean out your closets? Don't be like that. We have a savvy list of What You Need When Travelling With Kids.
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How National Ballerinas Taught Me to Pack Light

The National Ballet of Canada left the safe confines of the city of Toronto to venture to Washington D.C. to watch our favourite ballet dancers perform Alice at the Kennedy Center. I glanced uneasily at the carry-ons, envisioning their owners' days and nights spent looking increasingly wrinkled and food-stained. It was baffling, therefore, when I spotted these same carry-on women in a different outfit for each and every event.
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Getting Lost: Peru in Photos

Through these images I hope you are afforded a glimpse of the beauty of Peruvian people and their homeland. Family, food and hard work are what dictate their lifestyles. Somehow, even if you're lost in Peru, there is something about this place that always gives you a sense of being at home.
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15 Carry-On Essentials From Travel Experts

Along the way, Travelzoo's Deal Experts have racked up our favourite travel essentials: that one thing that we wouldn't leave home without. The type of necessity we buy doubles of so we can keep them in our carry-ons and never have to worry about while away. With checked bag fees in the $25-$35 range, here's a list of some of our must-haves using up precious carry-on space. What's your travel essential?
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Going Solo: I've Moved to Madrid and I Don't Speak Spanish...Eep!

About eight months ago I felt I needed a bit of spontaneity and adventure in my life so decided to move (temporarily...Mom!) to Spain. Despite my knowledge of delicious food, it turns out I know virtually no Spanish. If this does not surprise you, it sure as hell surprised me. I figured seven years of French immersion, one year of Italian classes, and even one year of Spanish classes would help me make some sense of what the people here are saying. My calculations were way off.
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Three Great American Road Trips

The days are feeling long, but don't be fooled: Summer will always feel like the shortest season. Make the most of the extra daylight by hitting the open road. From north to south and east to west, the editors at Travelzoo have put together three road trips for travel this summer.

Why Gap Years are Worth the Risk

Just as I had ultimately taken a leap of faith and paid for a round-the-world flight instead of tuition, I took a deep breath, opened my eyes and stepped off that tiny ledge and into the big blue abyss of crisp air.