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Ready to plan? Explore these different categories to read more about how I prepare for my travel, including travel with Lupus, my favorite budget hacks, packing tips, and even reviews.

With every trip you take, you gain a bit more knowledge and confidence. That experience can help better inform your choices for the next trip. And the trip after that. But even before you travel, you can research and help become a more informed wanderluster.

Look over the links to the left and see if my experience can help you and your travel and then head out on your very own adventure.

Look over the links below and see if my experience can help you and your travel and then head out on your very own adventure.

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Visiting the Last Blockbuster on Earth

Located in the city of Bend, Oregon (about 160 miles from Portland), be prepared to be transported back to your 90s kid youth when you see this perfectly preserved Last Blockbuster on Earth. Yes, you read that right. There is still a Blockbuster operating in Oregon and you can totally visit it.

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Living with Lupus

I’ve had different health challenges for as long as I can remember. When I got into college and really had to manage my own health care, things took a turn for the worse. That would be the start of what would turn out to be a very long journey trying to find a medical professional who…

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Icelandic Food History

Before traveling to Iceland for the first time, we were so excited to learn more about its history. Food culture is really important in my family, so we especially love delving into the food history of every place we visit. Iceland was particularly fascinating to learn about due to a combination of its geographical location, its isolation…

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Top 10 Things to Pack for a Safari

First things first – you are going on a safari. That is awesome! Congratulations. Here are 10 things I just don’t see as often or consistently on all of the “must pack” lists that I think need to be.

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Top 5 Free Beaches to Visit on a Caribbean Cruise

We absolutely love exploring the many beaches the Caribbean has to offer. Truth be told, I’ve explored many Caribbean beaches while enjoying cruises around that region of the world. This list goes over my favorite beaches to visit while on a Caribbean Cruise.

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Top 10 Road Trip Tips

Road trips don’t have rules beyond being trips on the road. In order to make the most out of these trips, check out my top 10 road trip tips!

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Top 10 Tips for Haggling

Let’s be real. Haggling is a somewhat controversial thing. You tend to either love it or hate it. For me, haggling or bargaining is this sacred dance between the seller and me.

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Why I Buy Local Art Everywhere I Travel

I’m sure you’ve started to see a trend when it comes to my travels. I collect local art from every new place I visit. I figure I’ll one day be able to create a gallery of adventures. Buying local is a huge part of that wanderlust. When I’m experiencing a new community, I want to…

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My Top Five Beach Basics

Beach travel is definitely a big part of our world travel. Ironic for someone as photosensitive as I am, but the sound of the water and the feeling of sand between my toes means I just prepare myself a bit more for the excursion.

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