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Gear Review: Toiletry Kit and Sleep Pillow by Eagle Creek

When it comes to travel gear, I am a HUGE fan of the Eagle Creek brand. I use their rolling luggage (mine are the Tarmac 22 carry-on bag, and the FlipSwitch convertible wheeled backpack (full, check-in size), laptop bag, backpack and packing cubes. Pack-It Specter™ On Board toiletry kit So when I needed a new […]

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What I Learned: Cuba Travel Tips

I made it to Cuba, spending the New Year there. I have to admit that I didn’t totally fall in love with the country — I’ve been wanting to go for a long time, and especially once things have started easing up on the restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba, I wanted to go before […]

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Remembering D-Day in Bedford, VA

Today is the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France at Normandy beaches that was the turning point in World War II. Last week I had the honor of visiting the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia and meeting some of the survivors and their families. While remembering history and paying tribute to […]

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Our new, Updated 2nd Edition coming available!

Originally posted on How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!):
This morning we are excited to announce big news for How to Travel for Free (or pretty damn near it!): We have a new, expanded and updated version of our book coming out! The Updated 2nd Edition of How to Travel for…

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Travel is not Utopia

Clearly, I love to travel. Exploring cultures and finding new adventures around the world — and in particular, learning the stories and lives of others — is one of my biggest passions. That being said, it doesn’t mean that travel is always fun. Or happy. That it doesn’t have its downsides. Travel is not an […]

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Sea Turtle Release in El Salvador

They inhabit all of the world’s oceans, except the Arctic. They can live for 80 years, and play key roles in the ecosystem that is important not only to them and other wildlife, but to humans as well. Sadly, all seven species of sea turtles are on the endangered or critically endangered list. In the […]

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Cultivating Stillness

There is too much rushing: past myself, in the world around me, in my own thoughts. I lose my centeredness: agendas prevail, thoughts collide, my self becomes lost. I must become quiet inside my soul: stillness of body, stillness of breath, stillness of mind. Only then do I begin to find my self again. This […]

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How to Avoid Destructive Tourism

Traveling can be a big threat to the planet—both environmentally and culturally. There, I’ve said it. As much as those of us afflicted with wanderlust don’t want to admit it, that is a cold hard truth. There are many ways in which tourism is wreaking havoc with places—but there are also many ways in which […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel Sustainably

Sustainable Travel is all about leaving a smaller footprint in the places we travel, both on nature and the people who live there.  It’s also called ecotourism, green travel and my least favorite, responsible travel. Ugh. Can we get any less sexy? “Responsible travel” — it sounds like such a burden, doesn’t it. So onerous to […]

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They Call It Myanmar

I have never written a post on this blog two days in a row, until now. But I wanted to follow up on my piece yesterday about the beautiful, magical Inle Lake in Myanmar (formerly Burma). After posting yesterday’s story on one of the most unique and incredible places I have ever been, last night […]

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