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Egypt holidays

Diving in the Red Sea: No Experience Necessary

Diving is one of those activities where it’s really better if you know what you’re doing. There are any number of things that could go wrong, including: Running out of air Surfacing too quickly Panicking Man-eating sharks (Which I still firmly believe should not be culled. I’m talking to you, WA.) Before we went to […]

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Varanasi, India

Lessons About Love From India

Last week I had an idea. I would write a post called “What Travel Taught Me About Love.” Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love. It would be enlightening and speak to everyone’s soul (including yours). Then I sat down to write it, and I couldn’t come up with anything. The more I […]

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Wachau Valley, Vienna

4 Under-Rated Activities in Vienna

The first time I went to Vienna, it rained. I didn’t have an umbrella so I spent a lot of time hiding under shop eaves and stripping Jared of his not-so-waterproof-but-better-than-nothing jacket, leaving him to get wet. I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do in Vienna, so I wasn’t sure what I […]

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Blackbutt Reserve

The Blackbutt Reserve: Free Fun in Newcastle, Australia

Sometimes, I forget that I live in Australia. It’s not dramatically different from the United States: people speak English, follow road rules, and shop at giant grocery stores. But there are times when I see something very Australian and do a double take. A passionfruit husk on the road. Aloe vera plants growing nonchalantly in […]

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Dumbo in Disney World

Remembering Vacations

I’m not sure when the word ‘vacation’ was replaced by ‘travel,’ or why it needed to be. Because for 21 years, I took vacations, and they were awesome. Exhibit A, “Vacation”: Exhibit B, “Travel”: Most summers we loaded up the van the night before, anticipating a four AM start to the vacation. “I’m going to […]

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Vilano Beach, St. Augustine

Re-discovering My Childhood in St. Augustine

I was a nerdy kid. What am I talking about? I’m still a nerd. As I get older, I’ve really come to embrace my inner nerd. It’s sort of comforting to know that, given a square of paper, I can still fold up a book or a cup. Because you know what? I had a […]

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