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How to Travel With a Social Consciousness by Becki Enright

Social Consciousness

Social consciousness is travelling with awareness and thought.

It’s about knowing and trying to understand the country, (socially, politically, culturally and historically) and not dismissing it for its faults or limitations but understanding why it has them.

It’s also about wanting to be a responsible traveler – impacting positively on local communities. It’s not about selfishly ‘doing’ something but working out the best way to go about it, and questioning if it justifiable to do it at all.

Becki Enright is a socially conscious traveler and shares her insider tips on how you can become one too in this interview…


True Story: How Losing Everything, Redefined Having It All…

Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious.

Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped.

She lost her independence. She lost her career. She watched her marriage disintegrate as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life.

She had lost all that mattered, but she was a survivor.

She fought to restore her health, repair her broken heart, and rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, ultimately coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all.

Heidi’s most recent book, When All Balls Drop, shows us how it’s possible to look up in spite of pain, deceit, and loss.

Heidi’s memoir–rich with hope and humor–inspires anyone who’s had to confront tragedy and reassess their life in the wake of life-altering events…


How to Hike the John Muir Trail Without Falling Down…

John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a 211-mile backcountry trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

The trail boasts some of the world’s best scenery and runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney and barely touches civilization… no roads, no towns, just pure unadulterated nature.  The John Muir Trail crosses Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks and countless other wilderness areas giving it distinctly unique terrains at various points along the trail.

And I should know…

In 2013, a few friends and I celebrated my husband, Brock’s, 30th birthday by hiking the John Muir Trail and what a celebration it turned out to be.

Don’t miss my insider secrets in this tell-all interview…


How to Find and Buy Guatemalan Textiles

Guatemalan Textiles

It was love at first sight.

The talented women of Guatemala’s indigenous communities simply wove their way into my heart. The brightly colored huipil they wore in daring combinations– which somehow just worked for them– and the endless variety available for sale called to me like a moth to a flame.

Surely in another universe I ended up blowing my entire budget right there in the marketplace.

And yet, in this reality at least, I remained strong and ended up with a few fabulous items that will be used often and cherished for years.

Here are some tips to shopping for Guatemala’s exquisite textiles…


The National Geographic Young Explorer’s Guide to the Chesapeake Bay…

Dana Bunnell-Young

When National Geographic backs your research, you know you’ve made it!

And Dana Bunnell-Young should know…

Dana is an environmental scientist (more on that in a minute) living and working along the Chesapeake Bay – an outdoor wonderland for fishing, swimming, kayaking, boating, bird-watching, and research.

Yes, research.

Dana is on a mission to investigate the cause of dead zones (areas with no oxygen) in bodies of water.  She even earned a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to help fund her research!

Learn more about environmental science, how it impacts travel, and Dana’s work along the Chesapeake Bay in this eco-friendly interview…