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African Impact is Going Beyond the Roots!

African Impact is Going Beyond the Roots!

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Sending a shoutout to African Impact on this very special day as they celebrate 10 years of leadership and innovation in responsible volunteer travel!

In honor of their 10th anniversary, African Impact has launched an initiative called Beyond the Roots, where volunteers and staff will create 10 food gardens in different locations across Africa. These gardens will have long lasting impacts by…

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Health and Travel: You CAN Have It All!

Health and Travel: You CAN Have It All!


Who says we have to sacrifice fitness for travel? Traveling doesn’t mean that we must stop working out or paying attention to our health. On the contrary, it is exactly the opposite. Especially when we are traveling, it is more important than ever to make sure we are staying healthy and fit to take on any new adventure that awaits.


I’m not talking about going to a gym or signing up for a workout…

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How to Survive a Long Flight

How to Survive a Long Flight

Flight to Zambia

To my fellow travelers out there, we know that in many cases the “traveling” itself is actually the worst part. Some locations more than others can have excruciatingly long travel times while you wait in cramped anticipation to land at your final destination. Sorry to break it to you, but Floo Powder still only exists in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

When I first left for Zambia I had 30+…

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NAFSA First-Timer: My Conference Essentials

NAFSA First-Timer: My Conference Essentials

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My very first NAFSA conference is in the books, and I had a fantastic experience. While it was great, it can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why I decided to share some tips on what essentials are an absolute must when preparing for a NAFSA conference and how to make the most out of the days you have there. (Disclaimer: Not every conference will be in a location as beautiful as San Diego, but…

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Life Lessons From a Seven-Year-Old

Life Lessons From a Seven-Year-Old


A few months ago I returned from Zambia on a volunteer teaching program. I went there to teach kids in the community. But I came back home with the discovery that not only did I teach them, but they taught me. Many of us are so concerned about having the newest car, the latest technology, or the biggest house. In reality, none of these material things really matter. Not in the way that personal…

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Fitspiration: Early Morning Motivation

Fitspiration: Early Morning Motivation

Morning Workout

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You may remember me posting about my training for the first 10K I ran in summer 2013. Since then, working out in the morning has become a part of me. How do I do it?

Get in a routine
This is critical to making those trips to the gym regular. When working out at the same time every day becomes a normal activity for you, it will be a lot easier to get your fitness on. Hint: Try using Pact App. I…

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Top 4 Ways to Reduce Stress While Traveling

Top 4 Ways to Reduce Stress While Traveling

Stress-Free Travel

No matter where you are traveling, there is always a lot of planning that is associated so you will be prepared, especially if you have other commitments that you have to take care of at home. Hopefully these tips will guide you in the right direction towards stress-free travel!

1. Open Mind

When traveling, it is essential to keep an open mind and be flexible when things do not always go as…

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Traveling Within Borders

If you have been keeping up with my blog you will know that I recently went on my first road trip about a month ago. It was a fantastic spring break, but it also made me realize something special. Travel is not limited to crossing international borders. I am always thinking about where the next stamp on my passport will be from, but what if I instead traveled to destinations within my own…

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Music, Art, and Vampires

Music, Art, and Vampires

Of course, we had to start off our last full day in New Orleans with early morning beignets from Cafe DuMonde. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and indulged in the doughy, powder sugary goodness while looking over the Mississippi River.

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Next up: shopping! We walked over to the French Market to buy some New Orleans goodies and went in some of the other shops along Decatur Street. One of those…

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