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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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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, it worked flawlessly. I do wish before I…

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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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Crooked Flight’s Ethically Sourced and Wellness Gift Guide

Cooper Bag Krochet Kids

The holidays sometimes get out of hand – and gift giving gets overdone. I wanted to put together a list of some wonderfully sustainable, ethical and mindfully-pleasant items that would be great for anyone who is embracing the season. Each of these items were personally reviewed by my friends and I to cherry-pick the best and hopefully introduce you to some gorgeous brands you haven’t heard of – yet! The Cooper Bag from Krochet Kids As soon as I found Krochet Kids I was in love. This is a perfect company…

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5 Ways to Keep your Mental Health in Check while Traveling

Crooked Flight has been a place where Eileen and others speak openly about their own battles with mental health, dealing with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, while trying to travel and see the world. It’s not an easy battle by any means, but many manage to push through and not give up on their dreams. There’s so much pressure that traveling should make you feel better, but that’s not always the case. Traveling can be really tough on anyone’s mental health, so here are five ways to keep your mental health in…

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5 North American Castles That Are Open to Hosting Weddings and Events

Biltmore Estate

Castles induce the perfect nostalgia: of sweet childhood memories spent flipping through storybooks and seeing princes and princesses, of verdant estates and imposing architecture sequestered from the world with moats and drawbridges. Even though the predominant reign of monarchies in North America is fairly nonexistent, this doesn’t mean these charming fortresses do not exist! Matter of fact, there are plenty of places around the country that are certified castles, and are even open to hosting your dream events! And who knows? If you fall in love, some of these castles…

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How to Treat Nice Wines Well

We all know I dig wine. Like here and here. Over the years my palate has matured and I try not to waste money (or calories) on sub-par bottles. I’m no sommelier or snob, but as I really do love a glass or two most evenings, I figured it’s time to invest in some higher-end accessories that compliment my new hobby. I also tend to pass bottles on that aren’t as good to my little brother, who is still happy to drink just about anything! Here’s some ideas to truly elevate…

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Cancer is an Ugly Word: Prevention and Help Tips

There’s no easy way to talk about it. Cancer is just one of those pure evil things that affects everyone in life, one way or another. Nearly 40% of people will have a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Last year I lost my grandmother. Her and I were close, as we shared a love of travel and old movies. While she lived until she was 97, in her 80s she had a bad case of breast cancer. She has a double mastectomy and carried on though in remission for another…

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What the Heck Do You Need for a House?!

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I feel like life hands you opportunities backwards. At least, when it comes to dealing with buying your first home. I rented for the better part of a decade after college, gathering bits and pieces of kitchen items and furniture as I went along. Then before getting married, I drooled over all the dumb things we could add to a registry – from garlic presses to a zillion small spice bowls. Newsflash new home buyers – you don’t need all that crap. Or the three French presses currently sitting on…

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How Do YOU Get Fit? I Want to Know!

I might huff and puff my way through workouts, but I never regret a single time I get my tush off the couch. After lots of life changes lately, keeping active is even more essential to my well-being. Last week I shared a bit about how I get fit – which is usually a lot of stretching, yoga and walking in nature. As the weather warms, I’m hoping to add some jogging and additional cardio into the mix. I never regret a workout, but I have been flailing around a…

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