I started mountain biking for one of the more common reasons that people start anything that’s new, unfamiliar, and kind of scary: to impress a boy. It was springtime, and I was 24 with a new boyfriend who talked about mountain biking the way that I talk about New Jersey pizza. That is to say, …

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As I tried to silently sob in my brother-in-law’s tiny Spanish apartment, my partner exasperatedly mumbled, mostly to himself, that maybe he would just stay in Spain longer and I could head home early, which made me cry even more, which made it even harder to cry quietly. Why was I crying? I was in …

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The Western Highlands of Guatemala are the epitome of off-the-beaten-path, with long stretches so remote they were spared the country’s brutal 36 year civil war, and—as I discovered hiking across them—often literally without a path. More than an education in aspects of Guatemala’s cultures and landscapes though, my 6-day hike through the mountains and altiplano …

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I had not heard of the term “stretch role” until my mother told me that her employer had given her one. Although I’m usually a supporter of experiential learning, I was somewhat suspicious of her new stretch assignment. It sounded like a lot of extra work for very little reward. “Wait – they’re giving you …

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This story appears on the Out There podcast. Listen along:  There’s a hard side to the trail that is dirty and damaging, and it brings out my wrinkles – and my vanity. I am exposed and vulnerable here, alone on this remote part of the 500-mile Colorado Trail that takes me through a vast expanse …

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When I fronted up to my first kiteboarding lesson about ten years ago, there were two things on my mind. The first thing was: this could hurt, and the other was: where are all the girls? The first, turned out to be completely unfounded, while the second is still true ten years on. Although the …

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[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]ith an unsettling nausea looming in my stomach, masked by overall uneasiness, I hesitantly stepped out of the taxi—it being the sole comfort that I had holed up in for the past hour, sheepishly peering out the windows with pure ignorance combined with wonder. Jetlagged, starving, disoriented and profusely perspiring—and despite the fact that …

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The big 3-0 is a huge milestone—at least for me it was. Although the idea of entering a new decade didn’t prompt a need to settle down and commit to a certain kind of lifestyle, the fact of the matter is, turning 30 is a pretty big deal. Despite being a rather optimistic person, I’ll …

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At the José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba there are no escalators. Passengers lug carry-on bags down stairs to their gate cursing the poorly air conditioned terminal, and the one restaurant in the food court has a constant line, with no indication of what is actually available. When I reach the counter, a woman …

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[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]nce a year, there’s a drag show at a small whitewater rafting outfit in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Cantrell Ultimate Rafting, which everyone just calls Cantrell’s, is a family-owned business that gives guided tours to church groups and Boy Scouts and curious travelers looking to brave the rapids of the New River. The site boasts …

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