Anxiety, Depression and Traveling with Panic Attacks: One Year Later

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One year ago I couldn’t board the plane to Sri Lanka because I thought I couldn’t breathe. Today I’m writing this from another plane on my way down to Portugal. Cool as a cucumber, working and enjoying the view from the window seat. Sure, having no turbulence has helped this particular flight, but overall, I seem to have a good handle on things. It’s not close to perfect, but I can happily say I’ve avoided flight-related panic attacks for a long, long time. The worst part about having mild anxiety…

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Boston’s Best Neighboring Cities

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Places like London and New York are massive, sprawling expanses that are home to millions. While Boston seems to be a much smaller city, it’s in fact surrounded by other ‘cities’ that make up the area as a whole. It can be confusing, as some areas are considered metro neighborhoods but have their own names,. Others are separate cities all together, but have subway stops on the main city lines. Regardless, it’s well worth venturing outside downtown to see the best parts of Boston’s local scene and style. Cambridge Home…

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How to Have Peace of Mind While Traveling

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Recognizing that travel is an adventure, that holidays are simply a change of space, and it’s possible to take a trip without stress will help you have the best time. This is easier said than done, but it’s the best way to see the world. This goes for those who love to lounge on the beach as well as others who jump at the chance to try whitewater rafting. It’s all about your travel mindset! Prepare With Minimal Stress Image via Eileen Cotter Wright Friends who travel will sometimes have…

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6 Simple Beauty Care Tips for Travel

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I’m a low maintenance traveler. And person in general. So if you’re looking at which makeup brushes to pack for a trip or how to make your highlights last while slow traveling, I’m not the one to ask! In fact, it gets to the point where I’m ready to shave my head, or get some hair transplant treatments for a new look. However, a lot of the times I’m traveling for work or just want to experience some upscale restaurants and spas, so I have to look somewhat presentable. I’ve…

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How to Plan a Travel-Themed Wedding

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Better late than never, right? Time flies when you’re having fun, and it certain hasn’t slowed down for us since moving to London. Almost three years ago I tied the knot with X. It’s been an ongoing adventure with crazy ups, tough downs and lots of fun in between. While the wedding itself was wrapped up in us planning to move, career changes and general chaos, we still wanted to celebrate our love of wandering the globe in some of the details. Here’s a bit of inspiration for a travel-themed…

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How Visiting a Nude Beach in Menorca Helps with Body Acceptance

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“Bonjour, do you have the time?” said the old Frenchman walking towards us on Cala Macarelleta beach. We were wading waist-high in crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, enjoying a perfect day. While X the husband tried to explain in bad French our watches were set on London time, I realized something unusual about the smiling, tanned man approaching us. He was completely naked as the day he was born. As was his grinning wife behind him – just a straw hat perched lopsided on her head. I tried to…

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Pre-and-Post Trip Ideas to Stay Well and Avoid Illness

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My fortune has been rampant when it comes to travel – especially because I’ve never truly gotten sick abroad. Of course some of that has to do with luck, but I like to think I’ve done some preparation and taken heed to ensure my health while in new places worldwide. I don’t go too crazy, but I always have some basic first aid, medications and information on hand no matter where I go. There’s nothing like being in Taiwan with a raging headache and not know where to get aspirin,…

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London Expat Living: A Look at TV in the UK

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Christian steps in today to give his thoughts on London Expat living – particularly the TV situation! I’m constantly being asked, either at work or by family and friends, if I’ve seen the latest episode of something – or if I’ve started watching some cool new series.  It’s important – not only for entertainment – but because it can help you stay in-sync with events back home.  For example, I get my US political news from John Oliver! As an expat, trying to maintain this link to your homeland can…

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How to Score Great East Coast Flights

It’s the ultimate question for travelers: How do you find amazing flight deals? Airlines constantly add new routes, fresh airlines debut, and new deal sites pop up every week. It’s good to shop around, but don’t forget a few tried-and-true methods to ensure your ride to adventure is smooth, quick, and cost-effective. Here are some ideas for my U.S. East Coasters. Scan the Sky   Have patience or be ready to fly out on a whim. You can either beat the crowds or find that sweet spot right before takeoff…

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An Introduction to Ayurveda: At Adler Thermae in Tuscany, Italy

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To truly develop your entire being, body and mind, all have to be considered part of the journey. In other words, when I drink a ton of wine, it’s going to make my mood real crappy too. Exhibit A: All the Tuscan wine I could carry home from Sasso Di Sole. Anything in excess, whether it’s food, fun or just dwelling on negative thoughts means you’re going have a bad time. Awareness of this and of your connections inside and out are so important to feeling good. As I started…

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