What An Airline Encounter Taught Me About Society’s Respect for Women

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It is a warm spring morning. I am on my way home from my honeymoon: an 11-hour flight from Honolulu to New York. I need to pee, so I walk to the restroom behind my row. Alas, it is occupied, so I stand and wait patiently.

A kind man speaks to me from across the row, gesturing for me to cut him in line at an adjacent bathroom. We are in a standoff of sorts: chivalry versus patience.

“You can go ahead of me” he says, and gestures to me a second time. I gaze and see that I must cross a row of four with two sleeping passengers. I weigh my options, and realize I can get by with plenty of space to not wake them, so I accept the kind offer to go ahead of this man. Continue reading

Camping Survival, From A Slightly Paranoid Camper

By Mari O’Grady

I am not a very outdoorsy person, and I envy those who come by it naturally. They all seem tan, fit, and oddly calm. I suppose it’s because they’ve found nature, or whatever. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I went camping for the first time. And while I love it, that love comes with a healthy dose of nerves.

If you’re more of an indoor cat like me, here’s how to make your first camping trip bearable. Continue reading

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Spring

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Shorts and flip-flops have been dusted off and sunblock displays are up in the grocery store. Spring also means rainy days but don’t let that squelch your desire to get out and explore your community and beyond. Warm weather always means new things to do, many of them outside, but if you are at a loss of where to start here are a few suggestions. Pack a tote bag with a bottle of water, portable phone charger, notebook, and sunblock and go have an adventure! Continue reading

Five Ways To Get Your Caffeine Fix While Traveling on a Budget

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By Kristina Baltutis

When all’s said and done, during my clinical year of veterinary school I’ll have spent a total of 3 months away from home.  I’ve stayed at friend’s houses, friend’s parents’ houses, hotels, Air B&Bs, with local families, and in internship-sponsored dorms.  Some of these experiences have been a few hours’ drive down the road, some have been a short plane-ride away, and one was on the other side of the world.  During all of this travel, pinning down a reliable source of caffeine has been a repeated challenge.   Continue reading

Four Hearts and 1000 Plans

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By Makenna Doty

I was cleaning out my car yesterday (okay no I was sitting in the drive-thru line, digging up quarters for my gas station soda) and I found a necklace. It’s a thin copper chain with four heart outlines right in the middle. This necklace came from a small boutique in my college town. My older sister purchased it for me as a graduation gift. I remember my flight home at the end of that semester. I was so proud of myself. I had a plan. I had a job. I had a ton of experience and even more memories. I had a home to go back to. My dad had bought me a first class ticket.

I remember clutching those four little hearts as the plane took off- my own heart beating out of control. A few little ice crystals had formed on my window and reminded me of that first snow my freshman year. We flew over little squares of farmland and my mind returned to those summer nights when I would run miles past those potato fields of eastern Idaho. Continue reading

Traveling Through Life: Adventures – And Combatting Boredom – Along The Way

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By Amberly Hoffman

Since childhood I’ve struggled with boredom. My parents signed me up for t-ball, only to have me to sit in the outfield and make clover daisy chains (anyone else?) I barely graduated high school as I had difficulty paying attention in class and constantly found myself day dreaming. My lack of focus wasn’t due to ADD or ADHD, it was due to my own failing. I was always looking to the next big thing. I loved the novelty and excitement imbedded in trying something new.
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Mindful Traveling – Without An Itinerary

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By Rachel Drinkwater

The idea of heading to a new place with no idea of what there is to see and do – and no plans – will undoubtedly make a lot of people feel very uncomfortable. We all have the friend who plans their travels with military precision and the one who has everything planned in a series of color-coded spreadsheets. Maybe it’s not your friend, maybe it’s you. Five years ago, it was definitely me. Continue reading