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Nicole Melancon
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Nicole Melancon is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and is an avid writer, traveler, and global volunteer. Nicole shares her love of travel and advocacy on her personal blog thirdeyemom. She also is a contributing editor for Human Rights and Social Good on World Moms Blog.

Nicole believes strongly in the value of making a difference in the world by giving back through advocacy and volunteerism. She currently advocates for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign (provides vaccines in developing countries), RESULTS and ONE (two grassroots organizations working to end poverty).

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Protsahan: Giving Hope to India's Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:29 PM

There are moments in life when you are so deeply moved by what one person can do to make a difference in the world that it takes your breath away. This is how I felt when I met Sonal Kapoor, founder of Protsahan, a school for underprivileged girls in the...

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When Travel Becomes a Dangerous Escape

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:10 PM

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination or forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." - August Wilson

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Like most travel bloggers, I have been completely shocked by the tragic news...

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The Lone Life of a Travel Blogger

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 5:05 PM

The first weekend in June, I was one of 1,200 travel bloggers who packed my bags along with my tangled emotions, and headed to Toronto, Canada for the 3rd Annual TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference. I had no idea what to expect and it was my first time ever attending...

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In the Background: Life in a Delhi Slum

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Behind the beautiful, lavish parts of Delhi always lies the most abject poverty imaginable. I have read several books on the slums of India and thought I'd know what to expect when I saw them in person. Yet nothing I'd ever seen in all my years of travel could have...

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Being Half the Sky

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:36 PM

"Women hold up half the sky" - Chinese proverb

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Exactly a year ago today I was in Xela, Guatemala on a week long volunteer and spanish immersion trip when I heard the noise off in the distance. It sounded like a parade. I...

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Should Women Travel Alone?

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM

As a mother, blogger and avid world traveler who annually travels alone, I followed the story on Sarai Sierra, the missing New York mother of two, with interest and fear. I first heard the story from my parents who sent me an email with the link and told...

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Human Trafficking and Stopping the Unthinkable

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Human trafficking is perhaps one of the most unimaginable practices in existence in today's world. However, it is real and it is happening even outside my very own doorstep in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Just this morning when I picked up the newspaper, I read the startling news that the Twin Cities...

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How To Get To The End Of The World (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Getting to the end of the world takes a very long time. After multiple flights headed due south from Minneapolis, I found myself in El Calafate, Argentina. From 44.9 degrees north to 49.3 degrees south, it would take another three and a half hour bus ride to reach El Chalten,...

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I Am Malala: A Crusader for Girls' Education Worldwide

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 4:24 PM

I won't forget the morning I saw the news. I reluctantly picked up the paper and my heart sank. There on the front page was her picture. A pair of deep dark eyes stared back at me. The innocent yet determined eyes of a child well beyond her years. Her...

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Teaching Your Kids the Value of Giving Back: Trick or Treat for UNICEF

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Some of my fondest memories of a child growing up in the 70s was trick-or-treating on Halloween with my siblings. My brother, sister, and I would walk for hours around our suburban neighborhood knocking on doors for candy. We'd come home exhausted yet smiling with pillowcases filled to the rim...

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Every Beat Matters: Saving Lives with the Power of a Song

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 6:34 PM

September is a special month. My youngest child Sophia reached a huge milestone. She started Kindergarten. As thousands of children across the United States headed off to their first day of school, millions of children around the world did not have this opportunity. In fact, the number of children dying...

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Reaching a Child's Fifth Birthday Shouldn't Be a Luxury

(20) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Today was an emotional day. One that every American mother envisions in her head on the day her child is born: My daughter's first day of kindergarten.

Like most middle-class American mothers, I spent the last five years grooming my child for this very day. My daughter received regular visits...

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