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Portable Health and Wellbeing

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As I sit on my bed in Mexico City with a debilitating fever, watching it rain outside, taking whatever work calls I can in between coughing fits, hot tea and hot showers all while texting my roommate in the other room who has had a stomach bug for the past 12 days, it seems like the right time to address health while traveling. It is clear...
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What I Learned Traveling Latin America for Six Months

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Things I have LearnedAll dogs are not actually for petting. I will never be okay sharing fernet with strangers from a sawed off plastic bottle dripping with BPA, backwash and germs. Mezcal > Pisco > Aguardiente > FernetI had a conversation with my manicurist and felt like I was finally ready to graduate Middle School Spanish. If you're out there Johnson & Johnson, let me do an Imodium...
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A Weekend in Lagos

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After five weeks of fearing all food in Mexico, I breathed a sigh of relief to step foot in Europe, a safe  zone. Portugal has not disappointed. From pastel color schemes around every corner (along with a daily pastel de nata….or two) I do believe I could live in Lisbon forever.However, if you are like me, Influencers have been blowing up your feed with Lagos...
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It’s Not Okay to Miss Home

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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road Maybe not in so many words, but this is what I have been subconsciously told...
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Packing for Remote Year: Must Haves

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After having spent two weeks in the states, I had the opportunity to drop the things that I am not using and pick up things I need. Knowing what I know now, it seems like a good time to check in with my packing list from day zero. Here are my must haves and "things I wish I hadn't brought" on Remote Year. If you...
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Packing List: Salkantay Trail

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As promised, here is my packing list for the Salkantay Trail, and every multi-day hike I have done this year. Salkantay Trail can be either 4 days and 3 nights or 5 days and 4 nights. Either way, the last night you are staying in a hostel with the availbility of a shower so you do not need to pack much at all. My biggest...
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The Trendiest City in South America

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The city synonymous with Narcos, Escobar, cocaine, jungles and Guerilla warfare. If that is what you think of when you think Medellin, you would be wrong, wrong and more wrong. While Medellin may have once been (and maybe still is?) the cocaine capital of the world, there are more than a few reasons to visit it…and visit sooner rather than later.Tourism has grown 12% year...
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Product Review: Sand-Free Tesalate Towel

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My Australian friends have been singing praises for Tesalate towels ever since I met them in January. Since I was going back to the US this month and tiring of my double Sand Cloud's bulkiness, I thought I might give a new one a try. Tesalate was kind enough to offer me a free towel in exchange for an honest review. Luckily, I was headed...
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How Instagram is Threatening Environmentalism

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When I decided to visit Lagos a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was search the city in my Instagram toolbar. Why? Because gone are the days of travel brochures and Rick Steves guides. People just want to know what is beautiful about where they are going. Or they might even choose to go somewhere simply because they have seen so many beautiful...
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The Peak You See is Never the Highest

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When I was 13 years old, my 8th grade class took a trip to Malaysia to trek for a week. It was a beautiful jungle but most of us had never camped before. The memories I have of this trip mostly include city kids in tears in the jungle confused about how they were supposed to survive without showering for 5 days. What in retrospect...
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