I’ve always sought authentic travel experiences. The idea of flying halfway across the world just to spend all my time at the most photographed locations on the planet has never made any sense to me, not when unique stories and unexpected turns of events were out there to be discovered. My earliest travel experiences come from …

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When I was very young, my mother walked through the woods with my younger brother and me most afternoons. We shared a stroller, where I, at six years old, stuck my legs out on either side of my brother’s shoulders and reached for twigs, leaves, and daffodils as we briskly strolled beneath and among oaks, …

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It was near the end of my first year teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin that I started to feel confident enough that I could complete a secondary project, that is, a project related to, but not in the first paragraph of my job description as a volunteer. These secondary projects had …

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I knew it was a bad sign when our taxi slowed to a crawl, the driver asking us again for our address. I sighed as my boyfriend Greg fumbled to look it up on his smartphone. We were just outside of Quito, Ecuador, where Greg had booked us a stay during an overnight layover. In the morning, we’d …

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We live in a time of “Look at me, look at me,” presented to us on a daily basis whenever we have any contact with social media. I am witness to countless situations where people feign interest in news and conversations so that they can turn it around and make it all about themselves. It’s so …

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I peeled up two more strips of bacon from the paper sheet and put them into the plastic bag with the others. I handled them delicately so they wouldn’t break apart. Zipping up the bag, I nestled it in the box of frozen hamburgers, pitas, and bagels. Sunday afternoon in the storehouse bay was always …

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We were surprised to catch Gillian Morris long enough to interview her. She’s on the move, and her new app, Hitlist, is designed to get you on the move, too. If you haven’t heard of it and you have occasional mild to severe wanderlust, I suggest you download it immediately. It’s free, it’s easy to …

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As a child, Dr. Antonia “Toni” Neubauer declared, “I will go places, see people and do things.” Now in her 70s, she can look back with pride, knowing she has accomplished so much more than most ever dream of attempting. Some people are able to realize their true calling through their profession, but Dr. Neubauer …

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I’ve been doing “gym yoga” for years. I became more flexible, more relaxed…I even got some tricep definition from all those chaturangas. But I was completely missing the point. I’m thankful that yoga has come down from the monasteries of Nepal and into the L.A. Fitness’s of Middle America, but its accessibility has led to …

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