Meaningful Travel

Are you looking for ways to not just vacation but instead have meaningful travel experiences?  Do you want to be a traveler and not just a tourist? Learn about what it is like to live and teach abroad.  Discover volunteer opportunities.  Read about unique travel destinations.  Here are some of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite travel stories that help us grow and learn while exploring the world.

9 Wanderlust-Inspired Destinations For Your Birthday Vacation

“Oh, shit. Where are we?!” “Venice is safe to walk around at 1 AM, right? We got past the Rialto so we are on the right side, I thiiii….OH MY GOD, CANAL. Why don’t they have fences? Or warnings?” “Can we just sleep here?” “Oh f’, I have to pee. Do you have a few Euros? Or should I just buy another drink; it is my Birthday vacation after all.” “No. NO, I DON’T WANT YOUR FREAKING OVERPRICED ROSE! Stop following me. Stop it!” “Did he just throw a rose at me?! WTF?” Wakes up the next day at 1 PM, gagging on toothpaste and wondering where I went wrong… P.S. I have never slept in on a vacation. So there I lay sprawled out zombie-style in a fancy boutique hotel in a non-touristy part of Venice hung over and 30. How did this happen? I did not take turning…

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Can You Go Home Again? Teacher To Tourist

From 2009-2010 I lived in Depok, Indonesia as a United States Fulbright Fellow.  I both loved and struggled with my time abroad, but I made my little corner of Depok a part of me.  Part of my home.  When I left a year later, friends despondently waved from my house gates, and I sobbed my way through my 2-day trip back to the States. Not ready to go, the situation felt even more desperate by not knowing if and when I would return. Who would I become in relation to this country.  And if I did return, would Indonesia even feel the same?  Would what was once so innate to my daily routine become foreign to me?  Underneath, would Indo feel like déjà vu inspired from a dream–a removed experience, a ghost, something no longer my own? I questioned: Can you go home again, truly? Or once you leave, does that…

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