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How to Avoid Blood Clots From Flying: Warning Signs + Prevention Tips

August 28, 2018 49 Comments »

blood clots and flying

There are lots of things that can either be frustrating or scary about flying. There’s the lost/delayed luggage, take-off delays, lines at security, turbulence, lack of space, and of course…snakes on planes (at least in Hollywood). However, there’s one pretty serious consequence: blood clots from flying. I’m pretty familiar with all of these annoyances (except […]

The Making of Human Towers and Catalan Tradition

July 14, 2016 4 Comments »

human towers catalonia

I heard myself let out an audible gasp as my whole body tensed up.  My eyes were targeted on the small figure scurrying up 30 feet over 8 levels of people to the top of the narrow tower. I was nervous for her, for everyone; yet I had to remind myself that this was an […]

Shark Adventure in Hawaii

November 1, 2011 20 Comments »

shark cage hawaii

Da dum, Da dum, Da dum…. I hate scary movies; I’ve been a terror wimp my whole life. I have never even watched Jaws. The movie poster alone sent me into tears running for my mother and making me think twice about jumping into the lake – let alone an ocean. It was good that […]

Sink or Float – Mongol Rally

September 12, 2011 2 Comments »

river mongolia

When I was a kid I used to have this thing called a ‘bubble’; it was made of Styrofoam in the shape of an oval about a foot long.  It was used for swimming…actually it kept me from sinking.  The bubble was strapped around my waste and basically kept me afloat in the pool. I […]

Bad Things do Happen on the Mongol Rally

August 20, 2011 1 Comment »

By the time this post goes live, I’m hoping that I will be close to entering Mongolia.  I feel (and hope) it’s at this point I can breath a small sigh of relief.  As we’ve traveled through Europe and Central Asia, I’ve been slightly on edge because driving a car through these parts of the world as […]

Do Things That Scare You

July 27, 2011 2 Comments »

  I’ve been lucky enough to meet up with many friends in London in between doing Mongol Rally prep.  One of the friends I met was Warren and Betsy Talbot from Married with Luggage Blog.  Meeting them for the first time after working with them digitally was a real treat.  It was as if I […]

Travel Scams – On Guard!

November 30, 2010 21 Comments »

begging for money rome

People always ask me if I’m scared to travel alone; my answer is “Not normally.” Sure there have been some crazy taxi rides and I always get a bit nervous when I arrive in a country late at night for the first time; however, overall I’ve never felt like I was in life threatening danger. […]

When is Travel Too Dangerous?

November 11, 2010 24 Comments »

“Is this a good idea?” This is what I kept asking myself as I went through the online signup for the Mongol Rally. What started out as sounding like a really fun, crazy adventure was now sounding like a death march with every additional legal paragraph I read. When I first heard of the rally […]

Beware of These National Park Dangers

October 28, 2010 16 Comments »

dangers in national parks

I heard a rustle in the bushes and immediately tensed up; what if it was coming after me and would attack without reason? I imagined big fangs and sped up my strides. Suddenly I heard a noise above me, I stopped; looked up and wondered if I should run for cover. Everywhere I looked there […]

Toy Story

August 2, 2010 7 Comments »

Last week I wrote about how brave kids can be when it comes to travel; somehow when we grow up we grow scared.  This got me thinking about some of my travels and the kids I meet along my journeys.  My recent hiking trip to Nepal came to mind.  As my father and I hiked […]

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