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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Sorry it’s taken me so long to publish this blog post. It’s totally my mom’s fault. I’ve been bugging her for weeks, but she’s been too busy working on her TEFL certificate to help proofread my work. Lucky for me, though, she just turned in her last assignment – so I guess I can withdraw my classified ad for a more reliable editor and we can finally go back to things being all about me again. But I digress… Because…

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Elephant Nature Park Dogs

Elephant Nature Park Dogs

Two years ago, Stephan and I visited Elephant Nature Park. It was an experience that forever changed my life… an experience that touched me so deep in my core, I can’t begin to put it into words. It was a place that enveloped me with an overwhelming sense of happiness and peace. It was a place that was a world away, but somehow felt like home. And it was a place, unexpectedly, where I found my best friend. I think,…

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Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

As part of my first solo trip abroad, I was pretty excited to put together a little vegan food tour of Chiang Mai. Because I usually travel with Stephan, a meat eater who loves to explore each region’s native cuisine, we typically seek out local hotspots for him to expand his adventurous palate. While I fully support this endeavor – as I am by no means an adventurous eater – for once, it was super fun to plot out my…

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Going Solo in Chiang Mai

Going Solo in Chiang Mai

After months of dreaming about returning to Thailand to volunteer with the Elephant Nature Park pups, I finally found the nerve to book the long flight across the world for my first solo adventure abroad. I don’t know if it was my approaching birthday, or the dissatisfaction I felt from not really challenging or inspiring myself over the past year, but I somehow silenced the angst-ridden flyer in me long enough to hit the yellow ‘purchase’ button on Expedia. A…

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Strangers on a plane

Strangers on a plane

Nelson Mandela once professed, ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ As someone who spends countless hours struggling to overcome fear, Mandela’s creed resonated strongly with me. Traveling is one of my greatest passions. Unfortunately, though, this love of exploring is irreversibly coupled with a deep-seated fear of flying. I have to admit, it’s really…

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A Year Abroad: Our Budget

A Year Abroad: Our Budget

Making the commitment to pack up and spend the world sightseeing is an exciting prospect, but at the same time daunting and perhaps a bit surreal. We are not independently wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but we are pretty diligent penny-pinchers and savers. Before we left on our long-term adventure, my mind continually questioned, ‘can we really do this on a practical budget?’ After months on the road, I learned that the answer simply – if not surprisingly –…

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How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

Is renting a campervan the cheapest way to see New Zealand? No. Is campervan travel a great way to see New Zealand? Well, we certainly thought so. If you are looking to stretch your budget, you may want to consider renting a car and either packing a tent and sleeping bags or staying at backpacker hostels. If budget isn’t your number one priority, and you’re looking to spend several weeks exploring the more isolated countryside, you may want to consider…

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10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

A couple of craft beer enthusiasts traversed the globe for a year. What did they find? Well, while we certainly were not able to taste every microbrew from every craft brewery from every city we passed through, we did endeavor to sample at least a few brews from each country we visited. It should be noted that our tastes strongly favor the bold, bitter & citrusy hop flavors of pale ales and India pale ales… so if you are an…

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Returning from a nomad’s life: One year later

Returning from a nomad’s life: One year later

On the afternoon of December 11, 2016, our Norwegian Air 787 Dreamliner touched down at Logan Airport after 344 days of life on the road. Days later, a seemingly endless parade of friends and family eagerly welcomed us back to the States, many itching to hear of our favorite places, and all with one burning question: how does it feel to be back? At the time, the question didn’t seem to have a suitable answer. Of course, I was excited…

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Sanchez Does Sanibel

Sanchez Does Sanibel

I know my mom already typed up a pretty nice report about the Gulf Coast’s renowned shelling destination – Sanibel, FL – but I figured I’d offer a dog’s perspective on the small barrier island. The day before mom’s birthday, my dad jarred me from my slumber around 5 a.m. Surprised and utterly unimpressed, I begrudgingly dragged myself from my comfy bed a solid hour before my typical 6 a.m. wake-up call. I was then coerced to eat my breakfast…

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