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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…


Discover the Truth About Medical Volunteer Work in Kenya…

Medical Volunteer

Kenya’s a popular destinations for volunteer work.


A number of volunteer organizations are based in Kenya and an even larger number of people in need of help.

And Lisa Harvey should know.

Lisa’s first medical volunteer experience was in Kenya at an HIV/AIDS clinic where she provided medical assistance to the people of Nairobi.

Since then she’s volunteered around the world - from Canada to Brazil – and share’s her insider tips for women considering volunteering as well…


Marisa Experience Studying Abroad in Peru

Studying Abroad

Peru.  It’s known for…

  • Machu Picchu, the infamous mountain top ancient ruins;
  • Ceviche, a marinated raw sea food salad; and
  • Lima, one of the most up-and-coming international cities in Latin America.

But Marisa knows Peru for a different reason.

When she was just 13, Marisa was sent to Peru to study abroad.  Learn how her experience studying abroad changed her life and stemmed a passion for travel…