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My First Real Vacation in Bali

One of the hardest things to explain to people as a full-time travel blogger is that my life is not a 100 percent perfect perpetual vacation. While I’m getting to follow my dreams and turn my passion into a profession – invited to explore the most amazing places, and even get paid to travel – I [...]

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10 Reasons Why New Zealand in Winter Rocks

When I moved to New Zealand, I really thought I would be struggling with the reversed seasons. Winter in July? And a hot Christmas? Too weird for words, right? As it turns out, I am happy to report (like most people can probably already predict) that it actually doesn’t matter! I quickly adapted to living in [...]

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JUCY Campervan Giveaway!

It’s been waaaaaaay too long since I’ve had a giveaway on my blog. Forgive me! But there is always something to celebrate, and I feel like I don’t get the chance to say thank you to all you guys enough, something I’m trying to work on. It’s not often that I check my blog stats. [...]

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Bali in Green

Is it just me or do we live in a bright, vibrant, colorful world? I’ve written before about how in tune I am to the color of certain places I visit, and Bali was no exception. Oftentimes when I return home from a trip, I remember places by the colors they exude. Now that I [...]

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The Lucky Rant

Sometimes we all need a good, solid rant once in a while, right? Get things off of our shoulders, you know? Depending on our families and circumstances in life, we are often encouraged to bottle things in and not share our true feelings or frustrations with the world. Personally, I swing back and forth on [...]

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Meet My Kazakh Family

“Aht” I yelled out loud enthusiastically, “aht, aht!” pointing at my horse, on my first day horse trekking in Mongolia. “Jack sur, jack sur!” replied Khadaran, the Khazakh wrangler riding next to me, tasked with the job of making sure I stayed on the horse, “good, good!” Looking around, his gaze eventually settled on the low mountains we were [...]

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Mueller Hut – New Zealand’s Sexiest Hike

New Zealand really is the most outrageous country I’ve ever visited. Seriously, I don’t understand how one tiny nation with only 4 million people can be so pretty! It just isn’t fair! I am constantly amazed and astonished everywhere I look here, and I feel so privileged to have been able to call New Zealand [...]

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10 Things I Learned in Mongolia

It’s been almost weeks since I finished my horse trek in Mongolia and my mind is still reeling. In a good way. I thought with 3 weeks offline learning to ride and having adventures, I’d have more than enough to fill the pages of this blog and then some. But where to start? My experience [...]

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Yonderbound and the Evolution of Traveler Accommodation

So I have a question for you guys. A very serious, potentially life-changing travel question. Ready? How do you all deal with booking hotels/hostels/tents/homestays/floorspace and/or couches when traveling? I’m being totally serious. I’ve been doing this whole independent travel thing for almost 8 years, and I still haven’t found the best answer. When I first [...]

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How not to have a boring travel blog

Lately I’ve become very disillusioned with the internet. Oh hell, let’s be honest here, I’ve been disillusioned with the internet for years. Nothing’s new except for the fact that in the past 6 months I’ve realized I have an out-of-control social media addiction and I’m determined to conquer it. As you might imagine, this is [...]

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Chasing Elves in Iceland

Did you know more than 50% of Icelanders believe in elves? As if Iceland wasn’t beautiful, majestic, stunning and mystical enough, it is also a helluva quirky place, which suits me just fine because I LOVE quirky. And let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want to believe in the existence of elves? Nobody that’s who. [...]

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Ger Life in Mongolia and Redefining the Home

Of all the things that impressed me about Mongolia, and that’s saying a lot since I was impressed 24/7, it had to be the family life and hospitality and how different the world runs there. 3 hours west as the crow flies from Ulaanbaatar, or as the ancient planes in our case, will bring you to [...]

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