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When I started exploring the world nearly 12 months ago now, a primary concern of mine was finding a way to travel with a "purpose". My primary aim was to mee... Read More...


In a world where much of the hatred in the world today is generated by fear of the unknown, travel promotes peace to the bones. Travelers overcome boundaries, find similarities and appreciate differences because they directly experience the world and the people in it.


This post is for people that happen to have a day-long layover in Istanbul or are trying to see as much as possible in just a couple fleeting 24-hours periods.

Catholic and Orthodox Church

The other day somebody asked me about the initial divide and the principle differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. I began to answer, only to realize that I couldn't answer.

Volunteering in Istanbul

While researching potential non-profit partners for The Other Tour in Istanbul, I came across TOFD (Turkiye Omurilik Felclileri Dernegi, or, The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey). They dedicate themselves to protecting and improving the educational, occupational, legal, economic, social and cultural rights and benefits as well as ensuring employment, social integration and applicability of human rights for people who have suffered spinal cord paralysis. Established an entity though TOFD is, it still has trouble finding volunteers to assist with their numerous projects, even for just an hour or two a day.


A list of the least-spoken facts about Turkey and Istanbul that you should know before coming here. I believe visiting this country aware of the insider's tips that I've shared below can only help you be more prepared and insightful with respect to Turkey.


The first challenge in changing a certain aspect of our own life is to accept the status quo. Accept that things are the way they are and that you are the way you are. Be able to criticize your own personality or lifestyle, but be able to do it from a place of love, not self-loathing or self-remorse.