Devastating & heartbreaking news ...
#NotreDame is on FIRE!
- following along in real time on Twitter and news sources. The spire in its center has just fallen.
Notre-Dame started its construction in 1163 and the famous Hunchback of Notre Dame was in 1861. This is far beyond just a historical landmark. It is an icon of Paris.
Thoughts and Prayers that this gets contained soon and no one gets hurt in the blaze! xox
651 10,74015 April, 2019
Good deed of the day...
Good travel deed!!!
Arrived at my CLT gate & found a CELL PHONE in the empty seat I was about to plop down in. 😮
Held it in the air, “anyone leave a cell phone??” - no reply.
I looked around at the home screen of the Samsung phone and was able to access the owner’s contacts and recent calls lists!
Found the owner’s name: David ____
Tried holding it up and calling out his name... no reply.
Went to the gate agent to see what if anything she can do to get this back to him - but it is sooooo busy right now - so she said if I hand it over that they will send it to lost and found.
Ughhh - I don’t want that. I want to get it back to him! This can’t end with me just handing it over to lost and found.... but he could already be on a flight!
I went to the contact list and called the top of the favorite list... Angela... ugh no answer - left a message. Don’t know if that will help - but at least I can somehow warn David that his phone was attempted to get back to him! — and to get it at lost and found!!
Ok determined... tried the most recent call.
Dirk answered! That’s his son!!! Ok - still no clue where David happened to be - but at least he could let his Dad know.
I still had a little time before my plane was boarding so I td him I would wait a few more minutes before handing it over...
And about 4min later - as I was in line to give it to management ... HE SHOWED UP!!!
Yeahhhhhhh so happy! I HATE losing things - especially PHONES!!! I just hope someone would do this for me if I lost mine!!
Ok about to board...
have you done a good deed today???
Have a wonderful day no matter where you are in the world! xox #gltLOVE
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Caption by GLT founder: @haleysadventures
Pic for fun by GLTer Valerie: @trustedtravelgirl xox
17 76211 April, 2019
Cultural and environmental respect while traveling.
I’ve been debating making this post because I know I’ve accidentally done things that were offensive while traveling in the past and learnt where I had gone wrong much much later, so thought it might be a bit rich to draw attention to some of the horrible things I saw visitors doing on my last trip. The word in this statement that changed my mind was ‘accidentally’.
I recently visited Uluru and it was incredible! It honestly felt so spiritual and it’s easy to see why it’s a sacred place to Australia’s indigenous people. Unfortunately, I witnessed some really shocking intentional behavior from visitors.
1: People waiting until guides backs were turned to start snapping a million photos of sacred places despite there being many signs and specific instructions from the guide not to.
2: A man throwing an apple core onto the ground in the national park and arguing relentlessly with the guide after he was kindly asked to pick it up.
3: A man haggling with indigenous women for some art pieces they had made who felt the need to turn to me and refer to them as ‘idiots’ for not lowering the price because he felt they would sell more if they did. All while these poor ladies awkwardly stood there listening to his moronic musings.
Accidents happen. Even if you do a ton of research on a culture or country, sometimes we mess up and all we can do is apologize, make amends and try to do better next time. What’s not okay is being provided with information and deliberately ignoring it, choosing not to respect sacred places and the people trying to protect them and the outright belittlement of local and indigenous people trying to make a living.
Let’s please do our best to be kind travelers. This world is a gift, accept it graciously #gltrespect#gltlove
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Pic by GLTer fan! - @jayohei
Content by GLTer: @kristyleehawkins
20 1,02911 April, 2019
Success is not just the destination; it’s the entire journey, every bit of it. It’s not just the outcome rather it’s the entire process.
Trust Your Process 💜
Post & Pic by GLTer: @habibti.carla
📍 Seychelles 🇸🇨
10 5928 April, 2019
Some trips are way different than others...
This is #gltMom aka Chris Woods. Growing up she was a professional baton twirler / instructor and founder of Chris’ Twirlettes. She twirled for 4 presidents, as well as an innumerable amount of parades and celebrations!
Mom started a Facebook group for her twirling community aptly called: Chris’ Twirlettes - East Tennessee Baton Twirlers 5 years before I ever made Girls LOVE Travel. Over 600 persons come together in that group as Mom shares stories and pics from the past and celebrates birthdays and adventures here in the present. Over 150 are even coming to a reunion celebration Mom is excitedly preparing to have back in Johnson City, Tennessee on June 22nd!
At 72 years young, Mom has traveled with me to 5 different continents. Trips to explore Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, London, Paris... traveled to Egypt where she rode a camel, walked across the Harbor Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia for her birthday in 2017 and Finland / Norway where we saw the Northern Lights. Almost all of these have been in the last 2 years! And with no signs of slowing down...
Until Two days ago when she took a different kind of “trip” — which was more of a hard fall than any worldly adventure.
Mom unfortunately has both dislocated & broken her right shoulder resulting in her going for surgery on Tuesday for a total shoulder replacement.
I luckily had just arrived back from about two weeks away four hours earlier. So she was not alone and was able to take her to the doctor right away.
She has not been a patient patient. However I was super proud when she asked the orthopedist if this new shoulder would set off the airport metal detectors cause she still has two more continents to explore! Guess I will be taking Mom to Argentina and Antarctica in 2020!
But real talk... she will be going under for her surgery on Tuesday. And that is really scary to think about so please keep her in your thoughts. xox ❤️🤟✈️ Pics of @gltmom and content by Girls LOVE Travel founder @haleysadventures
52 9257 April, 2019
“This woman can DANCE!”
This is a woman native to Hormuz, a small Iranian Island in the Persian Gulf.
The women of Hormuz wear their regional dress of colourful bandari pants, which are tight on the bottom and looser on the top, and a beautifully patterned lightweight chador (the cloth covering her body) to finish off the look.
The masks (these women wear) are unique to the women of Iran’s south and it’s islands. The colours you find here, on the people and on the place, are like nowhere else I’ve ever been. I think it’s one of my favourite places in the world.
Do not let her mask fool you - This woman can DANCE!
The ladies of this tiny market and I got to talking. We got friendly fast, bonded over the darkness of our skin, and the next thing I knew I was being pulled to the back of the stall, away from prying eyes, and my girl over here let loose. My lack of rhythm was disappointing, but thankfully that didn’t discourage her in the least. She looked she’d been dancing since she could walk.
We all laughed for a while, the mask went back on, she rewrapped her colourful chador with a skill and speed only Iranian women have, and we went back to face the world.
Pic & Content by GLTer: @keamo.mokone
20 8005 April, 2019
I’m always surprised at how little we women believe in ourselves.
I always thought I was fairly confident but, in hindsight, I really don’t think I was. Otherwise why would I fall into the trap of travelling with people I didn’t necessarily want to be travelling with?
Confident enough to leave home alone but not to stay alone? How does that work? Why did I feel the need to be tethered to some guy or some group in order to feel secure?
I think some of it can be traced back to growing up in a country that was never really safe and in a society that allowed a culture of fear mongering to be the norm. Go down that street and you’ll be killed. Down the other? Rape and kidnap. Basically, just stay home or in a mall.
There’s definitely something to be said for creating wary and smart women, because the world isn’t always kind - but it isn’t always sinister either.
I think we need to work on toeing the line between being safe and cautious and being ruled by fear a bit better, because when we lean too much to either side we either become hopelessly reckless people or people who are afraid of everything and everyone.
So, my message (to the female travelers of the world) would be to trust that you’ve got this, trust that you’re capable of taking good care of yourself, trust your instincts, and trust that you can always ask for help if and when you need it.
The fear and doubt will pass and an immense sense of self-belief will take its place each time you challenge the limitations you’ve unknowingly put on yourself.
Let go of that ‘what if’ life and BACK YOURSELF!
Pic & Content by GLTer: @keamo.mokone
18 8665 April, 2019
“You never really travel alone, the world is full of friends waiting to get to know you."
Because of this group I met some amazing women from all over the world.
First solo adventure was unbelievable. Dublin will always have my ❤
We are both now certified in crafting the perfect pint of guiness and got our faces put on one 😂
Pic & content by GLTer: Sarah @sarahsteb (along with GLTer: Alex B)
8 6624 April, 2019
Another GLTer solving problems and taking matters into her own hands! 🙌
This one is for the travel yogis and fitness enthusiasts.
Dariia Ignis just launched a travel mat that is FOLDABLE (yess), ultra-light, eco-friendly, durable and machine washable! It is designed to fit in a regular bag, backpack or carry-on.
Snag the early bird special (25% savings) and show her some #gltlove here @almastory_com
We’ll temporarily put the link in our bio and stories.
xox Congrats Dariia!!
23 1,5593 April, 2019
Sometimes the magical and majestic stuff is close to where you might live!
Happy #AprilFoolsDay - but this is for real and not a prank!
This Grand Falls in Arizona - also known as “Chocolate Falls”
Grand Falls is 185 feet tall, which makes it bigger than Niagara Falls. It can be found about 30miles from Flagstaff, AZ. It only flows from snow melt in the spring from the White Mountains, or heavy rain during the monsoon.
Pic & facts from GLTer: Sylvia Hatsutani (she is not on IG)
16 1,0881 April, 2019
When I got home, I only had about $400 to my name. My parents had a falling out with my sister that week. We were all working at our family business. So my parents told my sister and I that we were both going to need to find a new job, couldn’t use the company cars anymore, & we had to find new places to live by the end of the month. This caused a lot of fear and stress, with the unsurity of how I was going to survive after that month.
That night I went to see a boy I had been dating. Seeking support & comfort from him, I told him what had happened to me while I was on the trip. He was furious. But not at the boy who did this to me. He was mad at me for “Letting him do that, and giving him that chance”. He figured that was reason enough to rape me that night & again a second time.
I was shattered that summer.
So for the last 3 years, I have cherished Panama, but also resented it. Because it held such a strong connection to the beginnings of my sexual assault history.
Now, at age 22 I am happier than ever before. I have traveled to 18 countries. I’m graduating in May from my Master’s of Social Work program. I currently work with survivors of sexual assault in many different forms. I work for my local Rape Recover Center where I advocate for survivors as they’re in the hospital having a Rape Kit Exam done. I also provide therapy for survivors & volunteer with the NPO called It’s On Us, which is focused on ending sexual assault on college campuses.
This journey by all means, was not easy. But it is possible. Traveling has played a big role in my healing process. Allowing me the opportunity to hear other people's experience and journey. And find support from the amazing different cultures in this world.
So here’s to an AMAZING week spent in Panama, where I was able to see that I have overcome what happened to me the last time I went. I took my power back this week. Because by the end of the week the flashbacks were no longer coming.
I get to choose how I remember Panama now. I will forever be grateful for the way traveling has helped me heal!
Post pics & story by GLTer: Shahar @shahardyharhar / #metoo#gltlove#gltmetoo
20 1,2401 April, 2019
“The parts of you that can’t be tamed are what distinguish you. Embrace Your Wild”
Many try to fit a mold of who others want them to be. But I’ve found the happiest way to live, is when you allow yourself to be free.
I post this because I know I am not the only one with a story like this. I know many of us girls have been assaulted abroad or at home, by strangers and by loved ones.
I want you to know -
You Are Not Alone.
You Can Overcome.
I just came back from the most empowering trip to Panama. When I landed in Panama, the flashbacks started, and I wasn’t sure if it was the best idea to go back.
What very few people know, is that the last time I went, I was sexually assaulted twice- both the second and the fourth night I was there.
I went to do a Humanitarian trip in Darien, Panama. Everyone warned me about the dangers of the guerilla. But my sweet grandma was the one that sat me down and said,
“Shahar, I’m not worried about the people in Panama. I’m worried about the group you’re going with.”
I shook her comment off, thinking all these people are going to do humanitarian work. They are all good people. Little did I know, my grandma was the wisest of them all. Because on the second night there, one of the boys in my group assaulted me.
We were a group of 18, all sleeping in one big room full of bunkbeds. I was in a room with 18 people, yet I felt completely disempowered, immobile, and terrified by the words and threats he’d whisper into my ear while assaulting me. He did the same thing 2 nights later. And I was stuck with him for the rest of the 10 day trip. So when we got back to Panama City for the “Vacation” portion of our trip (the last 3 days of the 10 day journey), I drank as much alcohol as I could, trying to blackout. I did everything I could to forget what he had done to me.
Post pics and story by GLTer: Shahar @shahardyharhar / #metoo / #gltmetoo
11 8791 April, 2019
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