Em Bell is a writer, outdoorswoman, and adventure-maker. She was the first woman to kayak the length of Great Britain, stand-up paddle the 1001 miles of the Missouri, and she’s not done yet. Read on to learn about her next trips, the joys of not-planning, and Em’s top recommendations for things to do in the UK (that you would never think of).

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My style of painting is so personal, and has existed in one incarnation or another since I was a little girl drawing in my notebooks. As I grow and change, so does the look and feeling of my paintings. The more I devote myself to my practice, the clearer the message comes across.

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[dropcap size=small]”I[/dropcap]n China, you don’t have control over the temperature on your thermostat; the government does. That explains why we kept adjusting our temperature dial and nothing ever happened,” Connie Beach tells me. She traveled with her husband this spring to Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. “The government sets mandated temperature settings,” she explains. “They send …

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[dropcap size=small]R[/dropcap]ecently I spoke with David Douglas, filmmaker, and Dr. Patricia Wright, primatologist, about the film they collaborated on to make, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. In typical IMAX fashion, Lemurs is visually stunning, has a resounding and beautiful Malgache soundtrack, and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The sweeping shots of the island’s countryside are incredible …

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[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]adza: Last of the First is a riveting look at a 300-strong tribe of hunter-gatherers living in the Great Rift Valley that anthropologists are studying for insights into the roots of humanity. The film also examines the range of pressures threatening their lifestyle, from international big-game hunters to agriculture to Tanzanian nation-building. I spoke …

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