January 2011

Planning ahead for stress-free travel

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“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Not the most upbeat travel quote, right? But it’s true. It might not be as fun or carefree as just throwing your belongings into a bag and just going, but making responsible decisions before you leave will make travel a lot less stressful and that much more […]

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Songs that inspire me to travel

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My iPod is an eclectic mix, full of new country, hip-hop hits and indie sensations. Even though I enjoy putting the headphones away and soaking up another aspect of a culture through its sounds, I couldn’t live without a constant stream of familiar music as I watch the countryside speed by in the train or […]

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Postcard from Killarney

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My senior year of college, I took advantage of a week-long Thanksgiving break to visit a friend who was studying at the University of Cork in Ireland (utilizing that around-the-world address book to my advantage!). We decided to go to Killarney for a couple of days, to visit its famed national park–a huge tourist draw […]

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Paragliding: finding out why birds sing

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Growing up, I always erred on the side of caution, not unnecessary risk. I didn’t see the appeal of roller coasters, sky diving, driving too fast: what was the point of doing something that was not only going to scare you, but could potentially kill you? I’d rather keep my feet on the ground, my […]

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How to travel more in 2011

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Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in a family that travels or supports the idea of travel. To many people, the idea of travel as a lifestyle or the concept of exploring the world is just too foreign to conceive. It’s easy to stay in a life that’s comfortable: never leaving your home […]

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Postcard from Sacramento

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I have a love/hate relationship with my hometown of Sacramento. I love the tree-lined streets of Midtown, the view over the river in Old Sacramento, the Capitol Building when it gleams in the sunshine. But I’ve lived in the suburbs south of the California capitol since I was 3; while it’s comfortable, it’s not too […]

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