It’s no surprise that Maui was rated the #1 Island in Trip Advisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards. For adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, Maui offers waterfalls, tropical hikes, beaches, an inactive volcano crater, and mountain valleys to explore, not to mention any type of outdoor activity you could imagine in these stunning and lush environments. …

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Dian Fossey initiated the longest-running Mountain Gorilla research in 1967, which lasted almost two decades and changed the world of zoology. As the 30th anniversary of her untimely death approached, I visited my role model’s grave in Rwanda. I now carry a reminder – a totem – in my pocket: a carved wooden keychain from …

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“FRICTION ZONE!” It’s eight hours into the first day of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse I’m taking at a North Carolina community college and my instructor is baffled, maybe even annoyed. Preparing to weave my way through an obstacle course, I released the clutch too quickly on my loaner Yamaha TW200 and it stalled—again. …

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My husband and I were together for eleven whole years before we got married, but it’s only since saying our vows that the world has expressed displeasure with my propensity for traveling solo. Eleven years isn’t an obscenely large amount of time to maintain boyfriend-girlfriend status for high school sweethearts, but it’s a decent period …

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Throughout my career, I have found myself in various regions of the world that are considered hostile environments — and they capture my imagination and my soul. I share this love of adventure and exploration with many women around the world and I am fascinated by why we feel alive and continue to return to these places. …

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In the backcountry of Alaska, I was once asked, “Couldn’t you just stay out here forever, live away from it all?” The scenery was beautiful, and the change of pace from life in the city was much welcomed, but my answer came quickly—“No.” My response wasn’t because I particularly longed for the concrete and crowds …

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I am a buffet for a horde of biting insects. The all-you-can-eat kind of buffet, that never seems to deplete. Whatever romantic idea of the road trip I had before we left is gone. Finito. Dead. It’s all reality now, baby. The reality is sleeping in a van that cooks you like a toaster oven. …

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I think fell in love with the woods when I was a kid. It must have been those camping trips we took every weekend, fishing out of the creek with found lines and the smell of smoke in our hair that never seemed to wash out. Maybe it was on my first multi-day backpacking trip …

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