Flea Markets 101

Shelby Lewis, a student in our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, created a flea market guide for a class project! She did her research and found the best tips for flea marketing – and, you can tell it is one of her passions (being underwater, another one!). Take a look at this fun assignment:


Bargain-seeking folks from all around the world venture in and out of flea markets every day. Some loaded down with goods and unique finds, while others wait patiently to stumble upon exactly what they were looking for. Walking into a Flea Market for your first time can be overwhelming. If you don’t know what you’re looking for or what items are treasured, a flea market can be challenging. People who have conquered the challenge of successfully flea marketing share their stories, share secrets on where to find the best items, and show how to redecorate your house with treasures found at the flea market.


Exploring a local flea market

Exploring a local flea market



To read more of Shelby’s flea market tips, please click the link above.


Learning about Cairns, Worldwide

I love to read books that teach me about the world. Such was the case with a book that I recently read – and interviewed the author for. Take a look – I think you’ll be reading this book, soon!


You know those books – those that, once you’ve read them, you can’t imagine not KNOWING all the good stuff inside? Such is the case with an excellent new book, Cairns: Messengers in Stone. Written by Geologist David B. Williams, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year.


Cairns: Messengers in Stone


It focuses on cairns in all their glory – geology, ecology, on the trail, burial cairns, the role of cairns in expeditions, how to build cairns, and a global tour of cairns. Along the way, you’ll discover wonderful tidbits about cairns that you will want to share with anyone nearby (on the train, in the store, or your family, who if they are anything like mine, are all grabbing book time while I’m cooking or working). Here’s a delightful one – worms build cairns – and Darwin wrote about them! And, cairns such as Clava Cairns (which we explored in Scotland) are ancient burial grounds, with meanings historians are still uncovering.


Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns, Scotland



Please click through the link above to read the rest of the book review, and interview.


Scuba Diving in Ecuador

Shelby Lewis, a member of our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, is currently living in Panama and traveling around the area. For a class on underwater photography, she shared some incredible photos of scuba diving in Ecuador, in the Galapagos Islands. Take a look!


Descending further down into the ocean, seeing the water enclose over the top of your head, is just a taste of what it is like to SCUBA dive.  Being under the ocean in a marine inhabited area is truly breath-taking.  When you’re ninety feet under the water, you forget all the worries and problems that you had on land, and completely check out.  The ocean is one big Zen.


A Hammerhead shark in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

A Hammerhead shark in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador



To read more of Shelby’s article about underwater photography, please click the link above.

Collaborating with the Palm Beach Resort, Cambodia

Lukas Bruihler, a member of our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, is traveling around the world, writing as he goes. He and his family spent some time in Cambodia, at an incredible resort. For one of the class projects, he worked with the resort owner to create a video – here’s his intro – and please click through the link below to see the rest of his article!


When my family visited Palm Beach Resort, we had a fabulous time. I made a video to share how amazing it is. When you watch the video, you will see that this is an ideal place for anyone – either drinking from a coconut while relaxing in a beach chair, or playing volleyball with friends on the sand. Even the location is perfect: on Koh Rong Island, only hours away from Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world. Experience Cambodia’s natural beauty at this amazing place.