Shelley Seale
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Dog’s Eye View Media proudly presents The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India - a true story straight from today’s headlines. Shelley Seale’s narrative non-fiction book follows the lives of just such children as those brought to life in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India depicts Seale’s journey into orphanages and through the streets and slums of India where millions of innocent children live without families. During her three years of writing The Weight of Silence, Seale has befriended and told the stories of many such children – and has born witness to their struggles first hand. Foreword by Joan Collins, with endorsements by Geralyn Dreyfous (Executive Producer of Born Into Brothels), Dominique Lapierre (Author of City of Joy), Save The Children, Human Rights Watch and more.

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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I'm a professional freelance writer, editor and graphic designer based out of cool and creative Austin, Texas. My website is When not there, I am usually off vagabonding in any part of the world whenever possible. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

I am the author of The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India, which follows my journeys throughout India and into the lives of real children such as those portrayed in Slumdog Millionaire.

I have written for National Geographic's GeoTourism Guides and Globe Pequot's Insiders' Guides; as well as The Seattle Times, The Austin Business Journal, Travel Intelligence, Hotelier International and Andrew Harper Traveler Magazine among others.

I am also a contributing author to several other books, including The Voluntary Traveler, A Cup of Comfort for a Better World, and A Century of Hospitality.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
India, Nepal, China, Europe, North America
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Africa, Asia

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Matador Travel: 6 Unusual Things to do in Beijing

My recent article on Matador Travel gives six offbeat adventures in Beijing, after you've visited the Imperial Palace and Tiananmen Square. For example:

Ride a Tandem Bike around Houhai Lake

Houhai Lake is one of the hippest spots in Beijing. It’s also known as the “back lake” and is surrounded by restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and boutiques set along… Continue

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:08pm

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At 7:58pm on November 8, 2009, Dorothy Conlon said…
I like your mantra, Shelley, "Travel with a purpose." Much of my travel involves volunteer projects which give me a much deeper insight into local cultures. Many people thank me for this, but I'm sure I get more out of it than I give. I'm giving talks nowadays (with powerpoint visuals) called "Seeing the world through a volunteer's eyes." India is where I've done more different volunteering than in any other single country, and I gather you have lots of India experience also. Keep it up!
At 2:03pm on October 6, 2009, EnLinea Media said…
FYI, we've added your book to our Book Club group and our Go-Lo shop, and will be featuring it on our home page one of these upcoming weeks.
At 1:17pm on October 6, 2009, EnLinea Media said…
Good afternoon, Shelley, and a hearty welcome to Go-Lo! It's great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.

To get the most out of it, you may want to take a few minutes to join several of our many groups which you might find of particular interest, such as Media Only, Texas, Eco/Sustainable Travel, India, Nepal, China, Eating/Drinking the World, our French language/culture club, and plenty of others covering many topics and most destinations throughout the world.

FYI, on your profile you'll see a blue bar marked "Text Box," which you can turn into a box containing not just text but also photos and even videos about yourself, your interests, your travels, and your writing.

Finally, if you would, please be so kind as to spread the word among your travel-interested friends, family, colleagues, and readers. It's fast and easy to use our "INVITE" function above left on the navigation bar to enter e-mails (even your whole list at once!). If you have any way of covering Go-Lo in any of your outlets, that would of course be greatly appreciated, and we invite you to consider blogging for us, as well (guidelines/rates available upon request).

Thanks for joining us; we wish you a great rest of 2009 and look forward to hearing more from you...!



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