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Peruvian Frazada Blankets: How to Clean & Style

I’m a sucker for great souvenirs, and one of my very favorite souvenirs from all of my travels is from an antique shop in Arequipa, Peru. After wading through tourist markets in Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu, I was disappointed that all of the Peruvian blankets for sale in these markets …

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Seattle Day Trip – The Sandy Shores of Jetty Island

I first heard about Jetty Island from a friend who grew up visiting this sandy Puget Sound oasis while growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Intrigued by this promise of a soft sandy beach with shallow, warm waters – a contrast from typical Puget Sound beaches of the Seattle area- I immediately wanted to go. …

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River Float Essentials + 3 Top Spots for River Floating near Seattle

Despite seemingly endless waterways in the Pacific Northwest, river floating rarely gets its just respect among the outdoor-activity loving population of Seattle. Popular in the midwest and particularly in Texas, river floating is a fun, lazy way to enjoy open water on a summer day. Even though Washington has a long list of amazing outdoor …

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5 Creative Souvenirs for Travel & Post Travel Gifting in 2021

Hunting for the perfect souvenir is part of the fun of traveling. Although I’m not a fan of imported decorative tchotchkes emblazoned with a location name, I love artful, historied objects that take me back to a time and place of adventure and exploration. In the past, my search for the perfect souvenirs has taken …

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Can you Buy Tampons in South America? & Other Period-related Travel Questions

While pads are are easy to find in any drugstore or supermarket, some regions of South America are notoriously for being difficult places to locate tampons. Thanks to devastatingly effective marketing in the last century that painted tampons as a product that only promiscuous women would use, some South Americans- and especially many Chileans- tend …

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Travel Laundry: How to Hand Wash Clothes in a Sink

In this article, I’m talking about how to wash laundry in a sink and get it really clean so you can stay clean and fresh during long-term travel. It’s not always possible to access to a washer and dryer, laundromat, or hotel “fluff and fold” service- although those are options for many travelers. Below, I …

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Plus Size Suitcase Packing: Big Clothes in Small Luggage

Packing light is hard- and if your clothes are a bit bigger than average, it can feel 10 times more difficult to stay within one bag packing limits, hand luggage weight limits, and carry-on bag dimension. As an expert at packing plus size clothing in ultra-compact luggage, today I want to share with you a little …

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