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Crooked Flight is the best travel and lifestyle blog out there written by a global hot mess.

Eileen wanders the globe while losing her passport, packing the wrong things and being scared of flying. But none of this is a reason not to explore and have incredible adventures worldwide.

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Best Mountain Bike Trails Near Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon might be better known for its unique and quirky aesthetic than its proximity to great mountain biking, but whether you’re looking for a gluten free donut with a bird on it, or miles of world-class singletrack, Portland delivers. Although Portland has all the amenities of a big city, it’s surrounded by great riding areas, close enough to the city center to sneak an afternoon ride in, but with enough variety to spend an adventurous weekend exploring. It’s also home to great bike shops that can handle any gear,…

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How to Choose Great Broadband as an Expat in the UK

One of the first things I praised the UK for was it’s crazy fast Wifi. You’d think in major cities in the U.S. we’d have comparable coverage – but we don’t. As an expat in London, I was floored at how quick service was – and how affordable. No longer did I need to worry about the mobile bill and broadband in the apartment killing our utilities budget. It was a small expense compared to rent and other necessities. Not to mention, paired with a good VPN service, getting all…

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Getting Ready! Planning a trip to Thailand (North & South)

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Flights are ready for two weeks in Thailand! But not a single other thing is planned. We could wandering from noodle food stall to food stall for two weeks as far as anything has been arranged. I like to get the flight in the books first though, then worry about the details later. Not to mention, I’m used to last-minute trip for work, so having several months to plan something feels like an insane luxury. I am super tempted to keep the trip going and book Delhi to Bangkok flights,…

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The Gang’s All Here: How to Schedule Hang-Outs as an Adult

A friend and I were chatting the other day about adulting. Specifically, maintaining adult friendships. If you live in a big city, or just have friends with different lifestyles, it can be so difficult to get everyone together. While living in London, I had to choose dates more than a month in advance just for a happy hour drink. It’s no one’s fault really – it’s just how life is in 2019, with people being pulled in a million different directions. We’re also on the forefront of something new when…

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How Should You Experience Istanbul?

Like any major city, Istanbul offers so much to visitors who love to explore. What’s cool about this spot is it lies between Europe and Asia and incorporates a hodgepodge of traditions from both continents. If you have multiple days in Istanbul, it can be worth booking Istanbul private tours. They can be just a few hours up to a whole day of exploration. It’s a simple way to get a lay of the land right away and find key points you’d like to visit again in detail during the…

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“Dangerous Breed” Dogs: Friends or Foe?

“Well, I know someone who was attacked by a pit bull, so I know they’re all dangerous,” a colleague said. Another chimed in, citing ‘pit bull’ breeds are stronger and therefore, simply due to their size and fighting history, are more likely to be more aggressive over other dogs. Everyone nodded in agreement. They believe as the animals are often made to fight and be scary, almost all of them must be…bad dogs. In a room of seasoned travelers and smart people overall, I was shocked to hear such generalizations….

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How You Can Skip The Chairlifts Lines & Ride the Backcountry

WARNING: You should always carry an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe when traveling in avalanche terrain and know how to use them. Backcountry travel requires an acceptance of the risks involved (avalanches are not the only danger) and implies a willingness to take responsibility for educating oneself about these dangers and ways to mitigate them. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners. While resort skiing is fun, backcountry skiing is a great…

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Preparing for Winter Wonderland: Walking Tips in the UK

Walking holidays in the UK do not end because it’s wintertime. I was shocked when our British friends suggested an outdoor getaway to Scotland in December last year! When it gets cold, I immediately think of fleeing to somewhere tropical. Not a place covered in snow. Or at least, I’m going to stay inside if there’s a blizzard outside. But I’ve learned that it’s wildly refreshing to spend time outdoors in the winter – especially as the short days make for less hours in the daylight. My mood was greatly…

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Crooked Flight’s Chic Interiors and Essential Homewares Gift Guide

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Holiday time! While in the past I only dreamt of suitcases and hotel gift cards, my desires have shifted this year just a touch. I now own a house and rather fill my home with beautiful things that remind me of everywhere I’ve roamed. I also am choosy about how to fill our small space. Here’s the hand-picked, personally reviewed list this year that celebrates the home with a little travel sprinkled in. KarmaLit Wanderlust Candle Wafting scents of sage, amber and lavender comprise the fragrance of the “Wanderlust”. Not only…

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