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The perfect travel dress (and a Shabby Apple giveaway!)

I fully believe in the power of a good travel dress. A good travel dress can be dressed up or dressed down, can go effortlessly from day to night, will work with practically any shoes or accessories and doesn't wrinkle or show much wear. It's a whole...
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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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Is our “vacation self” also our best self?

For five days on a sailboat with 10 guys, I woke up, brushed my teeth, washed my face and changed my bikini before going out to face a day of suntanning, laughing, swimming and drinking. I didn't put on makeup, attempt to comb my hair or spend an...
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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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Money versus time: what’s the value?

Time is money, or so they say. However, often when you're traveling long-term, you seem to have a whole lot of time and not a lot of money. You're willing to spend all day on a cheap local bus packed with people in Vietnam. You don't mind working on...
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The ultimate USA road trip: the good, the bad and the numbers

To be honest: I was nervous about taking this road trip. Sure, I was stoked to see more of the USA, and after driving across the whole of Australia, I knew via land would be the best way to do it. But I don't like driving or being stuck in a car, my...
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Having dresses made in Hoi An

One of my favorite parts about visiting Europe was the shopping: even if it was at chains like Zara and H&M, there was a day when these stores only existed in Europe. I'd return to California, sporting new dresses and cute bags; when someone...
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The best of all possible places: where you are right now

“This is the best place I’ve ever been!” I exclaimed as I floated blissfully in the Adriatic.  “Really?” My friend had a questioning look on her face. “You’ve been to how many countries in the past few years, and Croatia is your...
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