Nou d’Octubre: A Celebration of Valencia

This week we celebrate Nou d’octubre, the day King Jaume I liberated Valencia from Moorish rule in 1238. Celebrations around the city include parades through the historic city centre (where we live), live music, food, fireworks (always fireworks in Valencia!) and at least 9 gorgeous historical buildings now used as government buildings are temporarily open …

Happy Holidays!

I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for reading, following and participating in the Travel Inspire Connect community this year! The premiere year of TIC has been amazing! I have learned so much from you all. I have been inspired and touched by your stories. The goal of Travel Inspire Connect …

The Holidays and Mindful Consumerism

The holidays should not be about indulgent consumerism. If you ask someone what the holidays are all about, you hear words like "family", "friends", "loved ones", "gathering" and "sharing". But if you watch people's actions, you often see something very different... you see people clamoring for Black Friday "bargains", credit card balances skyrocketing, and a …