3 Days in San Gil, Colombia

3 Days in San Gil, Colombia

The tiny town of San Gil, Colombia, is known as the “adventure capital of Colombia,” and my time there definitely lived up to the name. There are activities to suit every level of adventurer, including: bungee jumping, paragliding, adventure caving, […]

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Practical Advice for Backpacking in Bogotá

Practical Advice for Backpacking in Bogotá

I think more and more people are beginning to visit Colombia, but the capital city of Bogotá doesn’t yet seem like a tourist destination. I spent a whole day visiting what you’d normally consider ‘tourist’ areas: the downtown plaza, the historical […]

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How I Took a 7-Week Road Trip for Less than $2,000

How I Took a 7-Week Road Trip for Less than $2,000

Like most of us, I’ve used a litany of excuses over the years about why I couldn’t travel more. However, I have really made an effort not to complain too much about travel being expensive, because it doesn’t have to […]

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Heart of a Nation: Canada’s Capital City

Heart of a Nation: Canada’s Capital City

“Not all who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkein Sometimes people who wander are definitely lost. The drive from Toronto to Ottawa was not fun at all, because it was pouring rain with basically no visibility. By the time I got […]

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Welcome (Back) to Canada!

Welcome (Back) to Canada!

“The love of one’s country is a beautiful thing. But why should love stop at the border?” — Pablo Casals ✬ Prior to the last few weeks, I still had an irrational fear of Canada, even after visiting Vancouver in August. […]

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America’s Heartland

America’s Heartland

“To think of the Midwest as a whole as anything other than beautiful is to ignore the extraordinary power of the land.” — Curtis Sittenfeld ♥ I have a huge soft spot for the Midwest. Really huge. I’m actually kind of […]

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The Windy City: A Comedy of Errors

The Windy City: A Comedy of Errors

“I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.” — Sarah Bernhardt ❈ So, I guess I don’t feel the same way as Sarah Bernhardt does about Chicago…it was chaotic and confusing the entire time. Thankfully, my couchsurfing pals made every […]

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Hello, Wisconsin!

Hello, Wisconsin!

“Wisconsin is a special place.” – Brett Favre ♥ This trip is flying by so quickly already! Monday I left Rapid City. I made a stop in the Badlands, where I’d been before, but I figured it would be nice to […]

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The First 1,200 Miles

The First 1,200 Miles

“To begin, begin.” — William Wordsworth ♥ I left Portland last Thursday, which was about as exhausting an endeavor as you might imagine getting rid of all your belongings and packing for a 2-month road trip might turn out to be. […]

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Vancouver Sunset

Vancouver Sunset

“I don’t even know what street Canada is on.” — Al Capone ❈ We as Americans have a sense of our own ignorance about other countries, but it never seems to bother us that much. I’ve often felt that my minimal, […]

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