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Discover the 10 Best Hikes in Boulder

June 5th, 2018

Discover the 10 Best Hikes in Boulder Outstanding hiking trails await you in the city of Boulder, Colorado.  Featuring incredible scenery, Boulder’s tracks provide unforgettable challenges for novices and experts alike.   Before starting out on any hike, always make sure you are prepared for the elements. Well-fitting, broken-in hiking boots are essential – along with several layers of appropriate clothing and a hat. Make sure you take enough drinking water, snacks, emergency food supplies and a medical kit. Don’t forget that your skin can lose a lot of vital moisture during long hikes,... Read More

Travel Like a Yogi

November 30th, 2015

I’m no Oprah, but I do have a lot of well-known favorite things: puppies, blankets, parks, mountains, warm food . . . And in a ranking of my favorite things, traveling scores highly, while spending time in airports places very low. The combination of sitting still for a long time, falling asleep in strange and uncomfortable places, eating processed food, feeling the effects of dehydration, and generally feeling greasy makes me want to get out immediately. Airport Yoga Rooms Luckily, some sweet humans have built yoga and meditation rooms in a few airports to help out us uncomfortable travelers.... Read More

Kundalini Transformation in Boulder/Paradise

November 4th, 2015

What if you could powerfully transform your life by hanging out with friends in paradise? That’s the latest focus of Rachel Zelaya, founder and director of the Adi Shakti Kundalini Yoga Center of Boulder. What is Kundalini?  Kundalini describes the creative, life-force energy powered by the breath and flowing throughout the body. It can be activated by conscious practices designed to maximize your life force. The Kundalini Yoga tradition is one of the most holistic approaches to yoga: it includes asana, mudra, breathwork, meditation and mantra, as well as encompassing lifestyle choices... Read More

Coffee + Books: Where to Read and Caffeinate in Denver

July 30th, 2015

If I could host my own travel show, I’d drive across the United States visiting the best specialty coffeeshops and independent bookstores or public libraries that America’s cities have to offer. But since I don’t believe my tv dreams will come true, I’m going to share two wonderful spots in Downtown Denver instead, where you can pick up a book and head over to a nearby café to read it. Tattered Cover & Mercantile I don’t care how trendy or touristy it is, because Union Station is a beautiful place and I can’t fault its visiting crowds. If you go on a weekday, after Summer has ended,... Read More

Coffee & Cats: An Istanbul Photo Diary

July 15th, 2015

A look through my iPhone photos from my recent visit to Istanbul provides a narrow glimpse into my trip. A few touristy snapshots of ancient monuments and various places of worship reveal the city’s historical and geographical peculiarities—as the gateway between Europe and the Middle East—but say little about my personal time spent there. On my phone’s camera you won’t find any visual keepsakes from the paternal family reunion that was the purpose of the trip. My Dad and other relatives wanted me in front of the cameras and in the center of all the shots so I obliged them. They had come... Read More

Schaffhausen, the Ideal Day Trip from Zurich

April 15th, 2015

Last weekend my dad and I decided to go somewhere new close to Zurich. We wanted to go somewhere on the train, but not too far away, and not too expensive. Switzerland is notorious for being outrageously expensive and their trains are no exception. A one-hour ride can cost you upwards of 30 Swiss Franks each way. After a few days of thinking my dad had a brilliant idea for our weekend day-trip, Schaffhausen! Schaffhausen is a small city located about 45 minutes by train from Zurich. It’s most known for being home to Europe’s largest waterfall, Rhine falls. Also, not to be overlooked is the... Read More

Sri Lanka in Twenty-Five Photos

April 1st, 2015

Everyone is starting to catch on to the little secret that has been remained fairly hidden in the Indian Ocean for quite some time; Sri Lanka.  In fact, the New York Times just posted an article about Sri Lanka’s tea country on their front page!  Luckily for me I was able to travel to Sri Lanka last month and experience the beauty and rich culture for myself before the secret got out. Plagued by decades of civil war and a 2004 tsunami devastation, it seems that Sri Lanka is finally back on it’s feet and ready to show the world what they have to offer.  Here is an account of my visit... Read More

The Best Travel Apps

March 4th, 2015

Whether you’re in Thailand or Switzerland, apps can be a make or break to a situation.  Here is a list of some of my favorite and most used travel apps.   Photo Goggles: Take a photo or select one from your library and this app will search for information regarding the picture’s context.   Touchnote: Turn your photos into personalized postcards! For roughly $2 you can turn your own travel photo into a postcard and have it mailed anywhere in the world.   TravelSafe: The ultimate safety app for all travelers. Put in the country you’re in and immediately you have access to every... Read More

A Documentary Film for All Coffee Lovers

February 25th, 2015

Part love letter, part visual treatise, A Film About Coffee is a beautiful documentary that explores the growing field of specialty coffee. It’s a short but comprehensive film that ebbs and flows from roastery to farm to café. With interviews from industry professionals around the world—including company owners, champion baristas, seasoned growers, and dedicated buyers—this food doc covers many bases to prove the importance of ethically sourced and skillfully crafted coffee. By showing the hard work and passion it takes to make a great cup of coffee, A Film About Coffee asks viewers to... Read More

Discover Wishlist

February 19th, 2015

Although the holiday season has come and gone about as fast as a snowstorm turns into a summer day in Colorado, plenty of opportunities still present themselves in the quest for the perfect gift; jewelry, wine, clothes and concert tickets can only be gifted so many times. What about people looking to give something more meaningful, more memorable? Enter Boulder start-up Wishlist LLC. Started in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado in 2012 by Wade Rosen and Andreas Deptolla, Wishlist offers a unique take on the gift giving process by offering experiences rather than ‘things’ or ‘stuff’. Partnering... Read More

The Female Traveler’s “Heels to Hiking Boots” Spring Packing List: Travel in Style

February 18th, 2015

Whenever it comes to traveling there’s always one thing almost every girl struggles with, packing. Either packing too much, packing too little or just not knowing what to bring. I’ve come up with a packing list that I use for almost ALL warm weather destinations. Although there’s always a chance of rain, fog or clouds wherever you’re going this list is warm weather focused however has all the easy essentials to keep you warm if for some reason the weather isn’t up to par. I included pricier options as well as some more affordable options so everyone can get a little taste of the travel... Read More

Ten Must-Do things in Rio de Janeiro

February 11th, 2015

I honor of Carnaval season in Brazil being underway… …besides the massive block parties that happen ALL the time during the month of February and sometimes into March (which you can see above from last year’s Carnaval)..here is a list of my favorite things to do in Rio if you get a chance to get away from all the madness for a few minutes! 1: Dos Irmaos Hike: I’ve posted about this hike before and I will continue to write about it for many reasons, the most important being it’s not only a hike but a cultural experience as well. To get to the top of the famous Dos Irmaos,... Read More

How I Traveled Around Jamaica for Just $300

February 4th, 2015

You’ve probably either been to Jamaica or heard of someone going to Jamaica. However, I have to ask the question…how many of these people have actually been to Jamaica? Not just their resort, or their resort and a few spots in the resort town? My best guess is very few. Very few people have seen what Jamaica is actually like. Because of this belief my partner in crime and I had (we are currently filming a web series bases on showing real places, real people and real culture) decided Jamaica, a massive tourist destination, would be the perfect place to dig deeper and get a feel for what the... Read More

From the Bay to the Golden Gate

January 21st, 2015

From the Bay to the Golden Gate, this guide is the picture-perfect way to see diverse parts of the city, distinctive neighborhoods, eat at some of the most sought-out food in San Fran, and get a work out all at the same time. 1st Stop -> The Ferry Building for a Quick and Easy Snack: Start with an early morning bite at the Ferry Building to get your energy going and your enthusiasm at a high.  The Ferry Building is filled with amazing snacks, produce, and even great home good items! Get a snack from the grab and go-“Out The Door”- the takeaway version of The Slanted Door. For those... Read More

Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Flourishing Across United States

January 19th, 2015

  Throughout the ages as human society has developed our planet and conquered new frontiers, people brought with them all sorts of things.  Including other species. Anthropogenic development has allowed other species to inhabit places once not accessible to them by riding on the metaphorical coattails of humanity.  In fact white-nose syndrome, which continues to devastate bat populations across North America, arrived in North America on the actual bottom of someone’s shoe that the person had worn spelunking.  Invasive species can cause no major issue for their new environments but can... Read More

The Best Place in the World to Learn How to Scuba Dive

January 13th, 2015

Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand   Following Australia, Koh Tao, a miniscule island in the gulf of Thailand, certifies the second most amount of people for scuba diving every year. Koh Tao is home to over fifty, Five-Star PADI scuba diving schools on an island only thirteen square miles in size. The whole island is centered on diving. Like several of the islands in Thailand, there are heaps of young people running around everywhere. On Koh Tao, there are instructors and students of all ages hailing from various areas around the world, simply here for the main purpose to teach and/or learn... Read More

The Ultimate Barcelona Travel Guide

January 6th, 2015

The Ultimate Barcelona Travel Guide   SITES: La Rambla: A long, blocked-off tourist walkway filled with souvenir vendors, tapas bars, and tons of characters running right down the middle between the Gothic Quarter and Raval neighborhood. Fun to walk down but to avoid overpriced meals and drinks, avoid eating here. La Boqueria: This famous covered-outdoor market has been around since it’s first mention in 1217. Numerous butchers and fishmongers set up shop here. The market not only has extremely fresh produce and poultry but there are several ready-to-eat stands, serving everything from tapas... Read More

Simple Travel-Related New Year’s Resolutions to Get You Traveling Better and More Often

December 30th, 2014

1: Travel somewhere alone. The best way to learn about yourself is to be alone with yourself.   2: Go on more road-trips. Sometimes the best getaways are right in your backyard. 3: Go camping. 4: Go somewhere you know very little about. This for me in 2015 is going to be Turkey. 5: Go somewhere where you don’t speak a lick of their native language, Brazil perhaps? 6: Do something you’ve never done. Why not go to Morocco and ride camels through the Sahara Desert? 7: Go somewhere outside of your typical holiday destination. Yes, Cancun will still be there next year.   8: Go somewhere... Read More

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for all Travel Lovers

December 17th, 2014

1: Lush “Travel Friendly” Products:toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body washes, you name it, they have it. Before any long-trip (any trip over two weeks) I march straight to Lush to stock up on their life-changing travel-catered beauty products. They have several different options for solid or goo-like beauty products for each and every skin and hair type. They even have travel tins to put your products in, and wah lah! No liquid fussing when you go through security and bam, you smell like roses. *Each tin full of shampoo or conditioner is good for 30 washes! The toothpaste is... Read More

The Most Beautiful Beach of Lake Tahoe-Sand Harbor

December 9th, 2014

If there’s a place on earth that most resembles what heaven looks like, it is without a doubt, Lake Tahoe. Fortunately, for us Californians and those living in the area, we’re accustomed to going to this paradise as part of our weekend getaways growing up and as part of our normal lives. However, never should this place be taken for granted, or looked past for a second. Lake Tahoe is simply breathtaking. The lake is 13 miles long and 6 miles wide, totaling 72 miles of coastline all the way around. The water can be mistaken for resembling waters like those in the Caribbean or even Fiji, however,... Read More