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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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Fresh baked goods in London and Boston: Better than Paris?

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Sweets. It’s a horrible habit, but give me a bowl of ice cream or a just baked pastry any day over a big savory meal. I practically judge new destinations based just on how good the desserts are in the area. This is why France wasn’t always my favorite place in the world, but it made up for a little stuffiness with incredible eats. Although I haven’t made it back to Paris since we moved over to London, I hope to visit as soon as the weather changes. In fact,…

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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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Seattle’s Stranger Side: Unusual Things to Do

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As soon as I stepped foot in Seattle, I could sense something special. There are not a lot of cities I feel at home immediately in, but this west coast oasis surrounded by dense forest is magic. It’s full of people who have landed in a space that’s wonderfully welcome to everything that’s just a little weird. When hot entertainment consists of talented drag queens and art translates to a wall covered in gum, you know you’re in for a wild treat of a trip. Someday I’d love to go…

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10 Modern Travel Movies to Inspire Wanderlust

Guys, I’m pooped. Since last July, I’ve tackled an international move, knocked two new countries off my bucket list and visited two other old favorites. I need some down time. But even in my down time, I can’t help but dream of where I’ll go next. Everything inspires me, from the photos around our new apartment to the music on the radio that stirs up feelings of wanderlust and exploration. One of the best things I do at home in-between trips though is get a big bowl of ice cream,…

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Is the IAmsterdam Card Worth the Trip?

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A polarization of beauty and sin, bicycle bells and flowing canals to windows filled with scantily clad women; it’s amazing this city functions so well. In fact, it seems to be exactly what we all should aspire to – adopting the idea of live and let live. No one seems to be scandalized by the tolerance of soft drugs and prostitution at all in Amsterdam. In fact, it makes the scenic areas of the city even more pleasing, as it shows how harmoniously sophistication and a little hedonistic fun can…

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