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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 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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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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Repatriating: Tips to Make the Transition

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Deep down, I think I hoped the situation might change. I spent almost three years in crazy London. During that time, I evolved more as a person than I have my whole life, impacted by the chaotic environment, new cast of characters ad crazy work opportunities. I soared and succeeded, then crashed and burned. Through it all though, it was an indescribable adventure I loved, living the expat life. Then the time came to move on, as all good things come to an end. My husband and I chose to…

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

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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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