I consider myself a semi-experienced traveler — someone who has taken the initiative to see the world but still does not possess the ease or confidence of a seasoned pro. After having visited four continents and eleven countries I still feel there is an unimaginable amount to learn. It can be overwhelming to contemplate. Driving …

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After reading bits and pieces of the Ausangate trek online, I stumbled upon a picture of what I can only describe as a rainbow in a mountain. This soon became an obsession for me to find out where the mountain was and how we could get there. Knowing that it was close-ish to the trek we …

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Urban Dictionary defines “dirtbag” as “a person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle…dirtbags are seeking to spend all of their moments pursuing their lifestyle.” While I’ve never been unemployed, I do seek to spend all of …

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I’m the first person to admit it: I’m addicted to buying Lonely Planet guidebooks. When I’m preparing for a trip, one of the first things I do is head to BookPeople, my lovely local bookstore, to snap up the latest version of my chosen travel bible. I love perusing a freshly-cracked Lonely Planet: gazing at …

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Living or traveling in a van has exploded across Instagram. #vanlife is rolling up to a million posts, and the popular Instagram account, @vanlifediaries, has more followers than the Grand Canyon National Park, Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Modern Family. But is it really all sunsets out the back doors and little mint VW vans? …

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I was 10 the first time I saw snow. We lived in southern California, and one Saturday morning drove two hours from the outdoor malls just to pull off a mountain highway and gaze wondrously at an icy patch on the asphalt just big enough for a few snowballs. Now beneath my plane there is …

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I think we can all agree that Jimmy Chin looks amazing in a sweater vest. From there, the GQ Style photoshoot — “We Took Fall’s Crunchiest Designer Clothes Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park” — fell flat for me. Here’s why: I was three when I fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. I fell instantly …

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The famous Italian director, Federico Fellini, was often known to frequent one of his favorite cafés, Canova, in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. The hefty bar sits on the edge of the piazza, surveying the gaping hole below the Borghese gardens that circulates traffic, careening cocktail tables, and, of course, people. The recent influx …

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