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How to Spend a Day Like a Local in Jaipur

December 12, 2018 No Comments »

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This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected voyeuristic tourist mini bus, suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it […]

When the Unexpected Happens While Traveling

December 3, 2018 1 Comment »

atlantic airways landing vagar faroe islands

I had dozed off on my early morning Atlantic Airways flight from Iceland to the Faroe Islands. Fighting jetlag from my previous day’s US flight,  it was all I could do to get up and get myself to the airport in time this morning. There aren’t many flights going to the Faroe Islands from Iceland, […]

My Favorite Travel and Hiking Gear of 2018

November 20, 2018 1 Comment »

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It’s my favorite time of the year – the holiday season! When I was younger I was loco about the holidays, and even though that has subdued as an adult, I still love the smells, sounds, food, family, friends, and love around the holiday season. Each year around this time I write about travel gear […]

My 6 Favorite Experiences in Rajasthan India

November 13, 2018 2 Comments »

best rajasthan experiences

This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. “Did you go to Taj Mahal?” This is one of the inevitable questions I hear when I tell someone I went to India. The gleaming white architecture is a ‘must see’ on everyone’s wish list. However, […]

Going to Great Heights Hiking in Crested Butte

October 23, 2018 2 Comments »

crested butte hiking colorado

You have to love a place that sits where the road ends. I think that’s what made Crested Butte Colorado so special to me, it sits at the base of the mountains with only one road in and out. The main road through the town of Crested Butte eventually just ends outside of town when […]

An Aunt, a Niece, and India

October 9, 2018 4 Comments »

india with teenagers

I instinctively held my breath and my whole body was clenched into a knot as I looked out the front window of the taxi. “Brake, brake brake!” was swirling around in my head wanting to scream it’s way out just as we swerved at the last minute avoiding the car in front of us and […]

How to do No Trace Hiking and Camping

October 4, 2018 2 Comments »

no trace hiking and camping

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and outdoor adventurer Ben.  I was excited to have him write about No-trace hiking and camping! After all, I spend a lot of time outdoors and if we want this outdoor playground to have a long life, […]

Roam Sweet Roam Car Camping

September 17, 2018 12 Comments »

solo car camping tips

I read the Facebook comment “If you’re anywhere near Crested Butte, I’d love to say hi!!” left by Ottsworld reader, Vicki Hill. I often get messages from people/strangers wanting to meet up when I’m in their town or nearby. If I have time on a trip I LOVE to meet readers. Yes, yes I know […]

Packing for India’s Monsoon Season

September 6, 2018 4 Comments »

india packing list monsoon season

It was as if I had walked into a brick wall. It startled me and I rocked back a couple of steps until I could get my feet underneath me again. The thick wall of heat and humidity that is India in August is real, and it will knock you on your ass. I wondered […]

Too Scared to Travel To India? I Have a Solution…

September 4, 2018 11 Comments »

india travel fears

Fear is a weird and powerful thing. It controls our decisions and can hold us hostage. I have plenty of fears – too many. However, travel is not one of them luckily. When I talk to people about traveling around the world the one fear that seems to be the same for everyone is that […]