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Striking a balance between fixed life and wanderlust

Everyone said that as soon as I stopped traveling, I'd miss it. And while I was traveling, I yearned for the comfort of routine. The grass is always greener, we always want what we can't have--right? 8080...
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Stepping out of my comfort zone and into New York City

I know exactly what I like: watching the sun rise over the ocean. Morning yoga. Saltwater swims. Wearing nothing but a bikini, a sarong, a pair of flip-flops. Reading in the sunshine. A crisp, cold beer. Watching the sun set over the...
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The places I refuse to take a camera

Today, it’s easier than ever to take and share photos: our society is more and more obsessed with instant images. We don’t have time for a thousand words, but we have time for a picture. Does always having access to a camera necessarily need...
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Life lessons 101: from freshman year to the real world

There's a certain energy that takes over a college campus in the weeks leading up to the first day of school: a buzz of  opportunity and optimism, a feeling that this is a brand-new start. Subletting a room on the street that borders Columbia...
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Sailing Croatia with Busabout

Kelsey and I first discussed a trip to Croatia right after finishing college: I'm not sure why we were so obsessed with it, but it definitely stuck. We finally decided to make it happen in 2012, committing on a Christmas catch-up phone call. However,...
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Summer 2012: France, Croatia and the ultimate USA roadtrip

After two winters in a row last year--granted, they were California and Australian winters, so no snow was involved--I am more than OK with chasing summer this year. After plenty of beach weather in Australia and Southeast Asia, I'm planning to make...
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The trip that started it all: Europe 2009

After graduating from college in May 2009, I spent five weeks backpacking through Europe (Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, London, Munich, Freiberg, Interlaken, Nice) by myself. Although I’d spent a summer in Provence with family friends...
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Playing the dating-while-traveling game

In the beginning, travel blogging is sexy. I tell guys I’m a freelance writer who speaks French, traveled through Asia by myself, lived in Australia and they’ll buy drinks just to listen to the stories. I’m deliberately vague about my future plans....
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Finding comfort in cathedrals in Asia

A sense of calm overcomes me as I dip my fingers into the basin, and make the sign of the cross before kneeling in front of the altar and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. I’m not Catholic, and I’m not particularly religious. But I do believe that...
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The life of a professional beach bum around the world

Over the past four months, I’ve been to 14 different beachside destinations*, swam in 10 different bodies of water**, gotten sunburnt twice and napped in countless hammocks. My Instagram feed is a continuous loop of palm trees, ocean sunsets...
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