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After One Year of Solo Female Travel, I Can’t Stop

The pitter-patter of rain barely concealed the unattractive snorts coming from the boars that rolled around in the dirt. I couldn’t see them, their dirt-caked bodies blended into the ground like fireflies without their lights. I watched two of my friends giggle about a photo on their phone, while the other two strangers on the […]

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How to Avoid the Top Scams in Cambodia

Welcome to backpacking in Southeast Asia! These are a few of the scams I’ve encountered or heard about while traveling and living in Cambodia for five months. They’re easily avoidable as long as you know what to look for and how to handle the situation. Don’t get ripped off or get yourself into trouble. This […]

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The Nostalgic End of an Era

The end of an era.  The end of college, my relationship, and AMC’s show Mad Men (Donald Draper, you will be missed).  The phrase the end of an era has ironically come up quite a few times in the past week, all said by different people, for different reasons. The end of something can usually be painful, while […]

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Tips for Staying on Budget While Traveling

I lathered the peanut butter onto the bread, watching as the knife smoothed out the ridges. I slapped it onto the other slice of bread that had globs of jelly on it, and bit into my third peanut butter and jelly sandwich of the day. This was all in an attempt to stick to my daily budget.  […]

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50 Creative Ways to Save and Make Money (for travel!)

“You’re so cheap!” I looked down at my $5 soup and salad, shrugging. My friend had ordered a $30 steak, fries, a drink, and an appetizer. I stared at him for a moment, and then laughed. “I like saving money,” I said. We all have different priorities. Mine happens to be traveling, and so I […]

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What I Spent in One Week While Backpacking in Costa Rica

After spending a week in Costa Rica, I’ve learned that it’s extremely beautiful, with its wide range of Pacific Coast beaches, day long hikes, and hidden waterfalls. With that being said, I’ve also learned that it can be pretty cheap- and also very expensive (I felt like I was in NY with some of the […]

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Discoveries During Diving

I got to the bottom of the ocean and looked around. Everything was still except for the small white particles that flowed back and forth with the ocean’s current. My Dive Master signaled to swim forward, and we followed. Our first dive was to Blue Reef, 70 feet down. There was a lot of strange […]

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The Abandoned Waterpark in Aruba

I could see the top of the rusted water slide above the trees. It was the color of cream with blackish-brown spots on it, aged from weather and abandonment. I had to explore. I was in Aruba. My family and I were about to hike Hooiberg, the second highest point in Aruba. Sitting next to the […]

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