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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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7 Dazzling Day Hikes

7 Dazzling Day Hikes

Our planet is a truly magical place – a place with an immeasurable diversity of landscapes and wildlife, and with millions of kilometers of epic paths that cut through it all. What better way to immerse yourself in all this grandeur than to lace up your boots, strap on your pack, and head out for a day on the trail? Maybe your idea of the perfect view is an avenue of active stratovolcanoes, where rust-hued craters and jewel-toned lakes erupt…

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

I love birthdays. I think they’re awesome, and I look forward to mine every year. That said, I know there’s a huge portion of the population who doesn’t agree with me… the people who think they’re no big deal and who have no desire to celebrate getting yet another year older. Well, for me, I feel like it’s the one day of the year when you can really feel special, have a reason to treat yourself, and embrace all that’s…

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Pooch Picks: Great gear for dogs

Pooch Picks: Great gear for dogs

Since my mom has posted quite a bit about her favorite travel essentials and how to pack for long-term travel, she asked if I’d like to similarly share my top picks for my fellow pup travelers out there. I came to live with my parents as soon as they returned from a year of traveling overseas (we met at my home in Chiang Mai, Thailand). And now that we’re a family of three, it’s time for mom and dad to…

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10 Amazing Australian Views

10 Amazing Australian Views

With a landmass comparable in area to the 48 contiguous United States, a wealth of biodiversity and geographical features, and the world’s largest coral reef system, it’s hard to imagine even beginning to see all of Australia’s unique beauty. While we barely scratched the surface during our two month stay in the ‘land down under,’ here are some of our picks for Australia’s most amazing views: Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands At the northern end of Whitsunday Island’s pristine Whitehaven Beach,…

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12 Travel Essentials for Every Personality

12 Travel Essentials for Every Personality

When packing for a typical trip, items that are at the forefront of most of our thoughts are the basics – clothes, underwear, a toothbrush, rain jacket. But when you are actually living out of a single backpack (think tortoise carrying his house on his back), packing takes on kind of a new meaning. Things that aren’t typically a consideration for a week-long retreat now become increasingly important – How can I segregate all things dirty and gross? How can…

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10 Striking Landscapes of New Zealand

10 Striking Landscapes of New Zealand

When it comes to scenery, the island nation of New Zealand certainly does not disappoint. From Northland’s Bay of Islands to the South Island’s Catlin Coast, New Zealand really does seem to have it all – snow-capped crests, undulating glaciers, majestic volcanic massifs, jewel-toned lakes, enigmatic fiords, and arresting coastal landscapes. While the famously-scenic country offers more than a lifetime’s worth of staggering views, here were 10 of our favorites:   Tongariro National Park Easily one of the most spectacular…

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15 Useful Apps for the Savvy Traveler

15 Useful Apps for the Savvy Traveler

From maps to money to making reservations, these were some of the smart phone apps we found most valuable during our year-long journey around the world:  Although the first item is not technically an app, for us, it was an invaluable tool. Before embarking on our world tour, we switched our wireless carrier to Google’s Project Fi, which (for us) turned out to be a huge money saver. The service works by pinging off three major providers – U.S. Cellular, Sprint,…

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Crossing Land Borders: Southeast Asia Edition

Crossing Land Borders: Southeast Asia Edition

When we were beginning our journey, one of the things we were a bit curious about was crossing borders between countries in Asia. From what we’d read, it seemed pretty straightforward, with the biggest gripe being the occasional vague fee that some countries try to squeeze out of foreigners’ pockets. Of course, we still were a little hesitant, having no working knowledge of any of the languages. After crisscrossing half a dozen borders, our experience mirrored what we had read…

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Our Happy Tail

Our Happy Tail

Well, here we are… now just over two months removed from our unbelievable year on the road (gosh, it feels like just yesterday we were packing our bags to leave). Rather than wistfully typing from the stiff seat of a bus negotiating a rutted-out road through central Laos, or the reclining armchair of a 737 soaring sleekly above Australia’s eastern seaboard, I am instead clicking away from the tufted, slate gray cushion of my brand-new sectional sofa (does anyone else…

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