Bucket List: Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jun27

Bucket List: Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

After taking my first hot air balloon ride in Sri Lanka, I am psyched to try some stateside adventures that involve this classic mode of transportation. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Once the burners turn off, the world goes quiet from up above. There’s nothing else like it. A couple of years ago, Shauna had the pleasure of attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Pure Wander. She brought her...

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Three Perfect Destinations: Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond
Jun25

Three Perfect Destinations: Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond

While living outside the U.S., I’ve fielded tons of questions on how to have the best vacation in America. People all over the world come far and wide to take trips across the U.S., usually hitting the big, iconic hotspots. Many people I meet in London and throughout Europe have been to New York City, Orlando, or even Los Angeles. But the rest of the country is often lost on them. Photo via Flickr by raphael.chekroun I get it. For two...

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How Visiting a Nude Beach in Menorca Helps with Body Acceptance
Jun20

How Visiting a Nude Beach in Menorca Helps with Body Acceptance

“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...

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Pre-and-Post Trip Ideas to Stay Well and Avoid Illness
Jun16

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

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...

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Baltimore, Maryland: More Than Just Charm
Jun08

Baltimore, Maryland: More Than Just Charm

Sports were never my thing. Especially sports that involved dealing with a team and not trying to embarrass myself as I usually ran in the wrong direction after whatever ball we were playing with. But softball and baseball was always something I enjoyed and wasn’t too bad at – mostly due to four years of intramural playing in college. Time Travel to Baltimore When I was in my teens and twenties, my parents loved to bring us kids down...

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A Relaxing Return Trip to Sri Lanka: Where to Chill
Jun02

A Relaxing Return Trip to Sri Lanka: Where to Chill

In a week you can travel all over Sri Lanka to get your fill of temples, elephant safaris and fresh-made curries. Once you’ve conquered all the essentials though, it’s time to relax! Sri Lanka not only offers tons of adventurous experiences, it also boasts super-chic spots that are tranquil, calm and wonderfully indulgent. For my return trip to one of my favorite countries, I was able to have some much needed down time! Negombo Lagoon...

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