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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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Crooked Flight’s Ethically Sourced and Wellness Gift Guide

Cooper Bag Krochet Kids

The holidays sometimes get out of hand – and gift giving gets overdone. I wanted to put together a list of some wonderfully sustainable, ethical and mindfully-pleasant items that would be great for anyone who is embracing the season. Each of these items were personally reviewed by my friends and I to cherry-pick the best and hopefully introduce you to some gorgeous brands you haven’t heard of – yet! The Cooper Bag from Krochet Kids As soon as I found Krochet Kids I was in love. This is a perfect company…

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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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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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Why You Should Try Mountain Biking

Trying a new sport for the first time is always intimidating. In general, we like things we’re familiar with – things we’re comfortable with. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine, or worse, a rut. But trying a new sport, especially one like mountain biking is the perfect way to challenge yourself, get a little bit out of your comfort zone, and learn some new skills. So whether you’ve never considered mountain biking before, or maybe you gave it a try a long time ago, now is the perfect…

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Planning a Giant Flight Abroad – You Can Do It!

I’ve endured some long, long flights. Six hours, ten hours, a dozen and more. Some of these were brutal, especially if you throw in a nasty layover in an airport with less-than-clean bathrooms. For me, the flight endurance challenge is just what come with the territory when you want to see far-off places. And luckily, due to competing airlines, tip-off to booking loopholes and point incentives, these types of long-haul trips are within reach more than ever before. So you want to take a wild trip. How do you start?…

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Repatriating: Tips to Make the Transition

westminster abbey and red telephone booth London

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 having. Then the time came to move on, as all good things come to an end. My husband and I chose to move back to…

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How Do YOU Get Fit? I Want to Know!

I might huff and puff my way through workouts, but I never regret a single time I get my tush off the couch. After lots of life changes lately, keeping active is even more essential to my well-being. Last week I shared a bit about how I get fit – which is usually a lot of stretching, yoga and walking in nature. As the weather warms, I’m hoping to add some jogging and additional cardio into the mix. I never regret a workout, but I have been flailing around a…

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When It’s Too Much: How to Seek Help for Addiction and Mental Health Crisis

There’s a lot of buzz these days about self-care. Some people, despite all their sorrow and struggle, think a long bath or a good run is going to balance them out and fix things. Sometimes, that’s not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling frazzled and feeling out of control. Self-care is a silly trend and does not address the real pain some people are going through and cannot overcome on their own. For a long time, I just assumed I was flighty, not feeling well and just weepy. It…

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How I get Fit? Any Way I Can!

feet on mats at a yoga studio

Yoga is something that is very much connected to your mindset. There’s a man in my current classes who is constantly looking at everyone else, grunting through the tougher poses and packing up before shavasana (rest) is over at the end. Sadly, although he seems to be in better shape than I am and others in class, he’ll never get where he wants to go. He’s missed the point of yoga – it’s about letting go, gently moving where your body allows and not letting ego be in the way….

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