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October 17, 2018

How to Experience New Zealand by Bike

Photo by Kristen Koss. This guest post was written by Allison Hail. With its well-established cycling trails, incomparable scenery, and rugged natural topography, New Zealand is a biker’s delight.  Here are some tips on how to experience New Zealand by bike. Planning: Choosing destinations, Avoiding crowds. New Zealand has a small population relative to its […]

October 15, 2018

Gone Too Soon

I still can’t believe it.  Today I learned I lost a friend.  It was the first thing I heard when I woke up, and I haven’t been able to stop crying.  It almost feels like I existed today, but the world just passed me by. I first met Tristan Nichols in 2013. We both just […]

October 13, 2018

Joshua Tree National Park

You can travel all over the world, but there is no denying some of the best gems are right here in California. What started out as a three-month travel adventure in Central America turned into an 8-month journey that also included several stops in South America and Europe. In August, I decided it was time […]

July 16, 2018

6 Ideas for Making Friends While Solo Traveling

I enjoy solo traveling. It’s a fun, liberating and rewarding experience. Even though I travel alone, there are few times when I’m actually without company.  Making friends while solo traveling can be easy because there is always a new friend to meet, someone to share an experience with or a stranger who can’t wait to […]

July 13, 2018

A Week in Salvador, Brazil

The first time I visited Brazil, I spent time in Rio de Janeiro, partied in Buzios, basked on the beaches of Ihla Grande and Florianopolis and spent my 30th birthday exploring waterfalls at Foz de Iguacu. At the time, I wanted to visit Salvador, located in the Northeast of Brazil, but I didn’t have enough […]

July 11, 2018

Solo Traveling in Montevideo, Uruguay

Five days is hardly enough time to explore a city, but it’s enough time to know whether or not you’ll want to come back. When it comes to Montevideo, a return visit is definitely in order. Ideally in the summer months, so I can go to the beach without a winter coat, scarf, and gloves. […]

July 9, 2018

Bolivia: A Journey Home

Home for me is a lot of places. It’s California where I grew up, Hawaii where I plan to move back to after my travels, and it’s Bolivia. My family’s roots are here.  It’s the country I’ve been to the most. So many times I can’t even count.  I love coming back. Every visit is […]

June 8, 2018

The Flavors of Peru

There are certain moments you don’t even remember you had stored in your memory bank that start to pour in once you revisit a place. Flashbacks that fill your mind with all the good times, a feeling so beautiful that you can’t help but smile. When I got off the plane in Peru, it all started […]

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