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Westward

In July I took off for a couple of weeks for a little work-cation making my way west and north. I spent the Fourth with dear friends in Denver and pretended to be a local working in coffee shops and eating good food in Seattle. I rounded out the trip by taking the Greyhound to […]

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Southwest Road Trip

After two months exploring New Zealand and China in the beginning of 2017, Alex and I figured we ought to give our home country a little bit of exploration before it was time for Alex to start a new job in April. We had been talking about doing a two or three-week long US road […]

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2016

2016 was tumultuous for a lot of reasons (cough, politics), but personally, it was maybe the best year I’ve spent on this earth. I quit my full-time job, flew alone to the other side of the world, and spent three of the most glorious and hardest months of my life backpacking in Southeast Asia. I […]

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The Moments In-Between

The first half of this year was such an exhausting whirlwind. I was all over the planet, and didn’t really stop to take a breath until September hit. Autumn, for me, was a chance to appreciate the monotony and stability that come with routine — things I typically take for granted. I cooked more, I spent […]

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Ireland

Before this year, I’d never revisited any of the countries I’d travelled to. As the list of places I want to go gets longer and sometimes stranger (I won’t lie — Iran is pretty high on my list right now), it’s hard to justify going to a place you’ve already been. Thailand was the first place […]

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Europe

I lasted two months in the US before I boarded a plane to fly across the ocean again. This time, I wasn’t alone, and this time it was easier to say “goodbye” as my sister, Erin, and I would be away for just one month. We had a family trip to Ireland planned for early […]

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Good Living Tour 2016

This year’s Good Living Tour storytelling trip in June left me tired and sunburned and just about satisfied my road trip quota for the summer. It was also a reminder of how beautiful my home state is, which was especially nice after being away for most of this year. Our time spent driving through cornfields and down small […]

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Japan

After almost three months of sweltering heat, suffocating smog, humans on humans, motorbikes, rooster crows, and the all-around chaos that is Southeast Asia, I flew to Japan for some (relative) peace and quiet to end my travels. Initially, I was planning to stop in Japan on my way home to break up the painfully long travel […]

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Vietnam Part 3: The North

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here and part 2, featuring central Vietnam, is here. Northern Vietnam is the supposed to be the pinnacle of the Vietnam backpacking experience. Most everyone who travels from south to north hightails it to Hanoi, and plans overnight tours to Sapa or Ha Long Bay or — if you’ve got the time […]

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Vietnam Part 2: Central Vietnam

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here. If there’s something pretty much everyone who travels through Vietnam can agree on, it’s that Hoi An is wonderful and that you’ll stay there longer than you plan to. Johanna and I immediately fell in love with Hoi An on our first day there. It’s a quaint town with an endless […]

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