03 Nov Staying Healthy While Traveling

[caption id="attachment_2168" align="alignright" width="300"] If you'll be living somewhere for a while, maybe think about buying a bike![/caption] Changing altitude, people from all over the globe, different climate--OH MY! How on earth is a traveler supposed to stay healthy while roaming? Here are a few quick and very easy tips on how to keep your immune system in tip top shape while you are adventuring: 1. Drink so much water! Of all the tips we will talk about today, this is truly the most important one! Staying hydrated will help keep your body in balance, despite your new and changing surroundings. 2. Go for a walk, a run, a stretch, etc. -- Especially after sitting on a plane or train for who knows how many hours, make sure to stretch it out. Even while en route, walking the aisle of the plane or train is great for your circulation, especially on trips longer than a handful of hours. Your legs will thank you later! 3. Pack snacks...

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28 Oct Packing is HARD

[caption id="attachment_2145" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We've all been here, haven't we? Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] So, I can't be the only one who puts off packing for a big trip until the last minute. I read up on all the tips on Pinterest and watch countless videos about the best packing methods. Yet somehow, when I go to pack, I end up with a terribly heavy, overpacked suitcase and a stressed out mind. Packing is just hard, and it always sneaks up on me. I think packing, especially for a long trip, is different for each person and adventure--however, I do have some basic tips to offer! 1. Start early. Stop putting it off, okay? I know there's a lot to do in the weeks and days leading up to a trip, but if you start setting aside items a few weeks ahead of time then they are out of your way and you won't forget them. Keep a notebook with you and write down things you randomly remember you need to get or pack--don't just rely on your memory to keep track of it all, especially with all the other things you probably have on your plate with a big trip coming up. 2. They mean it...

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21 Oct “be here—“, a guest poem

[caption id="attachment_2148" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Photo by Bethany Rogers[/caption] Bethany Rogers is a Michigan native who enjoys coffee, traveling, running, the moon, wine and puns. Here, swoon at her poetry with me: be here -- "Let's get outta here," adventure cries, her scattered little soul dancing at the thought of new cities, new sights, new soil, keeping time with the waltz of her feet -- feet which have long since resigned to the familiar fatigue which exists only to one who chooses to recognize the similarities between 'lost' and 'found,' rather than the differences. "But remember that time...

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14 Oct Ah, nothing like Autumn in Prague

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” --L.M. Montgomery [caption id="attachment_2125" align="aligncenter" width="225"] My favorite season, Autumn, in one of my favorite cities, Prague. -- Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] I got into the great routine of running everyday while I was in Prague. I knew I wanted to spend as much time outside experiencing the city as I could, so I incorporated running into my everyday adventures--and oh what a difference it made. I was in Prague from the end of August to the beginning of December. So, I got to experience my very favorite season amidst castles and cobblestone streets. If there is one thing I know, it's that fall looks great on Prague. During the week, I would normally run after school. I would venture off to my favorite park--Letna. Since Letna was situated on the top of a hill, I would usually run through the city to the closest tram that would take me up the hill. From there I would run a loop that took me through tunnels of trees, past dog clubs and slack liners, amidst skaters and bikers, past the bum who lived under the tree, next to the beer garden, on top of one of the greatest views of the city, and back to my tram stop. It was the perfect little run--not too short or too long, and I could always extend or shorten it if I wanted. Somedays I...

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23 Sep The Time is Now

[caption id="attachment_2177" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The time is now featuring StealBackTime watch.[/caption] Alright, so this is a new type of blog post where Carly gets pretty passionate about YOU stepping out of your comfort zone and crushing the fear and the "I can't". Here we go. We all know that person ( or multiple persons...

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15 Sep Basic Study Abroad Questions: Answered!

[caption id="attachment_2180" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Have questions about study abroad? Here are some answers![/caption] After and during my study abroad last year, I was bombarded with questions--and I loved it! If helping people understand why and how they can study abroad will help them do it, by all means ask me questions for days. Here are some of your common questions, answered. 1. Why study abroad? Personally, I always knew I wanted to study abroad--it simply seemed appealing to me. Studying abroad allows you as a student to take advantage of being a student! Many things involving travel are cheaper as a student, and there are many, many scholarships exclusively for study abroad! You're also pretty free at this age, you know? Yeah, you have a family and friends and relationships and all that...

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10 Sep Unwinding While Traveling

[caption id="attachment_2183" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Take some time to unwind.[/caption] While many people travel for relaxation, the act of traveling can sometimes get stressful. Catching flights, buses, trains, boats, etc. Trying your best not to forget to pack something. Getting homesick. Getting lost. There are a handful of things that could go wrong...

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12 Aug An Ode to Chacos

[caption id="attachment_2198" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Ah, Chacos. Although it is quite a feat (hah, get it?!) learning how to adjust the straps, once they're on you are golden.[/caption] If you are traveling in the near future, here is a lifesaving (more like foot saving) tip: do yourself a favor and invest in some Chacos. To express my love for the most comfortable, durable hiking / all adventure shoe, I wrote this little ode: Chacos, oh Chacos, the most comfortable of all To be worn in the spring, the summer or fall You can hike, you can bike, you can climb the rock wall Chacos, oh Chacos, the most comfortable of all You’re pricey, you are, but now I don’t mind After feeling your straps hug my feet—oh so kind Your designs they are solid, spotted or lined You’re pricey you are, but now I don’t mind We’ve been a few places, I’m sure there’ll be more Wherever we go, it isn’t a bore With you on my feet, walking is not a chore We’ve been a few places, I’m sure there’ll be more Oh Chacos, just listen, you’re special to me Each corner of the world I’m sure we will see From hiking to climbing to drinking some tea Chacos, just listen, you’re special to me Okay, but really. If you are looking for the most durable, comfortable, great sandal for travel—Chacos are for you. With Vibram rubber soles and the ingenius Chacos Z strap, your feet will be happy happy happy for your entire trip!...

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07 Jul Falling in Love with The Fear

[caption id="attachment_2242" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Get out there; conquer your fears; step out of that comfort zone![/caption] As exhilarating as traveling is, even well experienced travelers know that it can be frightening sometimes. Yes, you may know where you are going and you may have everything planned out down to the last detail—yet there is still so much unknown, even if you have traveled to your destination before. What to pack, am I forgetting something, how much money do I need, will I have travel difficulties, will something bad happen—there could be a lot to worry about if you choose to. If you’ll be gone for a while there is always the question and worry about relationships and friendships falling through or missing your family or feeling homesick—the list may go on and on, again, if you let it. When you get on that plane, so many feelings will most likely be rumbling in your brain and heart. Excitement, anticipation, fear, anxiety, ahhhhh! Here is my biggest piece of advice regarding those feelings: FEEL them. Let them be and let them happen and be in that moment. Those moments are growing moments—when you know you are scared and you know you feel a little worried, but you feel it and grow and BE in that moment. Instead of pushing those “negative” feelings aside, indulge in them—they are happening for a reason. You may even find that you fall in love with that fear; you...

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