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What is Transformational Travel?

Have you ever gone on a trip that changed your life? Perhaps it pushed you out of your comfort zone and you grew, or something happened to profoundly shift your perspective or values. Travel has an incredible innate power to transform us and transformational travel is...

5 Confidence Killers to Conquer

Confidence is one of the most important traits when it comes to living a happy and fulfilling life.  Without confidence in ourselves and our abilities we will struggle to thrive and achieve our potential, we’ll have issues being true to ourselves, and it will inhibit...

What I learned from climbing Kilimanjaro TWICE!

In 2007 while volunteering in Tanzania, I decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a local friend I had met.  We did the Marangu “easy Coca-Cola” route, with Hut Accommodation.  We hiked through the days, had dinner, played cards, and got a cozy night of...

Make Time for Personal Transformation

If you google habits of successful people, or how to create the life you’ve always dreamed of you will get a plethora of lists and how-tos that your head can start to swim. And let's face it, what works for one person may not work...

Volunteering, Tree Planting, Tanzania

How Being of Service Became A Way of Life

I initially experienced the healing power of service to others in September of 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My personal life was in tatters and all I wanted to do was be consoled by my mother...

How Journaling Can Change Your Life

Several years ago I was running my first transformative travel program taking a group of women to Belize to volunteer abroad while discovering more about themselves. I wanted to ensure they were able to process their experience and capture their days, as well as introduce...

What Really Lights You Up?

"This above all. To thine own self be true," says Shakespeare’s Polonius in Hamlet. Sounds easy enough but the truth is, living true to one’s self is actually quite difficult, especially when you don’t even know your self. For years I worked 9-5 jobs where...

5 Things The World’s Best Life Coaches Do

Having spent the past several years in the personal development space, I have worked with and witnessed a ton of life coaching ranging from powerful transformative programs to sad smoke and mirror hand-holding.   The best life coaches offer programs that include five key elements to...

How to save so you can invest in you

“I totally want to, but I can’t afford it.” If we received a nickel for every time we heard this we'd be quite wealthy over at UGO.  We get it though because both Jill and I have been there. It can be challenging to find the...

How Being the Change Changes You

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” - Lech Walesa Volunteering abroad has the ability to change yourself and the world. It’s as simple as that.   If you’ve been there, done...

To Go or not to Go: Taking time for you.

Majet Reyes, participated in our UGO experience to Nepal in 2016 where we ran workshops educating women farmers on various topics including organic farming practices, healthy relationships, and women's health and nutrition.  She then joined us again in 2018 for another transformative experience, UGO's Clarity...

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