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
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
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
No matter whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, everyone needs to experience traveling solo at least once. It can be a little disconcerting at first, especially if you have never done it before, but the benefits much outweigh the anxiety or worry it may initially cause. Continue reading
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.
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
We’re fans of traveling at all times of the year, as the opportunity to explore new-to-us places sparks a bit of spontaneity into the sometimes seemingly routine nature of our daily lives. That being said, springtime travel might just take the cake as our favorite season to hit the road. Continue reading
While suburban and country living allows for a slower, peaceful, and more relaxed pace of life, sometimes you just have to take that big leap and move to major city to enjoy all the hustle, bustle, flashing neon lights, and 3am post-party shawarma and bubble tea food adventure. City-living often creates an exciting, exhilarating, and entertaining space to enjoy many amazing cultural, lifestyle, and financial opportunities. Check out some of our favorite reasons to live in a big city below. Continue reading
No matter how much you enjoy traveling, the thought of a 12-hour long-haul flight can be a little daunting. Okay, a lot daunting. But it’s not entirely impossible to survive.
Based on some top tips from a flight attendant and my own experiences, here are some top tips for not only surviving, but actually enjoying your next long flight. Continue reading