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Just Keep Swimming: Benefits of a Regular Swim Routine

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I was lucky enough in life to learn how to swim at a young age. Growing up near the ocean it was a perfect excuse to get to paddling, especially if I wanted freedom from my mom’s gaze when enjoying the beach! I also had some great lessons in outdoor pools, indoor swimming arenas and other nearby watering holes. Snorkeling became one of my top things to do while traveling as well – and I hope to add scuba diving to the roster this year as well. To Swim or…

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Yoga on the Beach: Awesome or Obnoxious?

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It took me ages to settle on the perfect yoga mat. I’m obsessed with the simple Luluemon mats at my London yoga studio, and recently have loved my Cork Yogis mat that also gives back to female empowerment programs. So when someone suggests practicing yoga OFF my mat, I’m none too thrilled. It’ll mess up my whole groove. I won’t know what to do! I’ll slip and fall more than usual! But trying yoga in some different environments has offered some benefits. A change of pace and atmosphere helps rejuvenate…

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Crooked Flight’s International Jetsetter Gift Guide

Even though I’ve crossed over into a bunch of wellness topics, mental health, yoga and general treat-yoself-ness, traveling is always at the core. I’ve updated some of my fave jetsetter finds to keep my accessories fresh and funky. My fellow travel fans and I have put together perfect items to gift to your pals, or keep for yourself this holiday season! DNA Slim Bag by Tenba The great debate: Do I lug around a bulky backpack when I’m traveling or find another solution? I don’t mind switching out my weekender bag…

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Crooked Flight’s Health and Wellness Gift Guide

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Last year I worked on healing myself and taking care of my well-being. this year I still strive for that, but want to life up others too – especially the gals! Here are some amazing items to add to your gift guide lists, curated from all over the world. They empower and inspire while helping you and your friends indulge. Have a wonderful holiday season!   Body Analyser Bluetooth Smart Scales by Activ8rlives (guest review by Elena!) Sometimes when we travel, we let it go and eat anything it appears…

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Should You Get Dive Certified?

A big goal for the coming year I have is learning how to SCUBA dive. Every time I go to a beautiful place full of endless underwater discoveries, I wish I wasn’t limited to just my snorkel. Although I have a fancy set with a geeky prescription mask, I still have a desire to swim deeper and longer into the blue. My father and my brother are both certified to dive. They just went on an amazing adventure to the Cayman Islands, getting up close and personal with Caribbean sea…

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Should You Take a Work Sabbatical to Travel?

It’s often a huge challenge to prioritize taking trips or a holiday. A budget that offers options and a little indulge is lovely, but not all of us have this luxury. On the other hand, we might have been squirreling away funds for a while to visit a new destination, but simply can’t find the time from our employer to make the journey significantly worth it. In fact, New research by Opodo reveals more than a third (38%) of Brits said their company offers no flexible working benefits as part…

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The WORST Kinds of People on a Plane

I can’t even right now. I’m sitting on the aisle seat on my way to Athens, and the couple next to me is about to fuse together. They take turns laying in each other’s laps like golden retrievers, entertaining each other like a couple of toddlers. Now I’m all for free love, but if this guy elbows me one more time to kiss his girlfriend with big, loud smacking noises, I might just accidentally dump my molten hot airplane coffee all over him. Or maybe down the crack of his…

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Biking Benefits in London

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My yoga practice is going just peachy, but let’s be real. I got to move my behind way more. Stretching and asanas made me feel active and worked well for a while to keep my heart rate pumping. But as my mental health began to improve, as my desire to be social, get out and, well, eat. And drink. I’ve noticed my weight creeping up again, which is discouraging after I had been working so hard. I wanted to find something to do in the city I could enjoy on…

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How to Survive The City in the Fall: What to Wear

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It’s one thing to gear up and brave the outdoors on purpose, but fall and wintertime means a whole other animal to city dwellers. The streets can get pretty precarious as the temperature drops, which means the winter weather gear has to surface. Choosing clothes that are warm, sturdy and can handle almost any conditions for those who often commute by foot or brave the elements on a daily basis is essential. Layer, Layer, Layer If you’re a public transport warrior, you know how it can be breezy on your…

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Announcing: The Crooked Flight Travel Shop

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It’s time to let the world know I’m nuts about everyone getting the chance to feel good. Alongside the travel and wellness features throughout the Crooked Flight blog posts, I now have a small travel/wellness shop with some of my favorite finds, celebrating travel and looking great doing it. I’m thrilled to launch this new venture and have some of my own favorite accessories inspired by adventures worldwide – from palm trees in southern Spain to yoga in Sri Lanka. I hope to further motivate others to take their own…

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