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Forging into the Unknown

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

Throughout history, travel and tourism has depended on elements of word of mouth in order to accrete trust and confidence in the destination to which you are traveling.  Given the expense, commitment and planning required while traveling, individuals as consumers yearn for external sources of validation when formulating a decision. Undoubtedly, in the mind of the consumer, the worst case …

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The Clock is Ticking

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Given that when flying into Australia you essentially experience a “twenty-four hour loss of existence,” can it be said that “there is a certain sense of achievement just in arriving in Australia” (Bryson)? According to Bill Bryson, a man smitten with Australia in more ways than are imaginable, and the author of In a Sunburned Country, this sense of achievement …

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History in the Sand

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Attempting to uncover the identity of certain cities can be an incredibly demanding task.  On the surface, particular locations become blurred when compared amongst the vast network of multicultural global cities that have taken full form in the 21st century. On the other hand, preformed expectations and stereotypes can also work to alter and hide the defining features of locations. …

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“A Room with a View”

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Nicolas

Arriving on the first day in a foreign setting will inherently be the most liberating time spent during your stay at the destination.  Upon checking in to your temporary accommodations, unpacking your belongings, and taking the time to breath a sigh of relief, there is only one thing left to do: Step out the front door. Landing at Sydney Airport …

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G’day Mate

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Sydney by Nicolas

Learning how to handle expectations can be an extremely difficult, and at times, disorienting task. Whether you’re experiencing a different cuisine, trying out a new product you just purchased, or judging the value of an alternative service you just received, regardless of the outcome, it’s easy to fall victim to feelings of dissatisfaction and regret. Yet, often when you are …

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Born Again in Sydney

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Sydney by Nicolas

It’s amazing how one’s perspective changes after arriving at a foreign destination and diving headfirst into new experiences.  Perspective towards becoming more open minded; towards testing one’s boundaries and conquering one’s fears; towards living in the present, with few thoughts about what is ahead, and what was left behind. My name is Nicolas Miano and I am a sophomore studying …