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Why I'm Ditching My Water Bottle For Good

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Why I'm Ditching My Water Bottle For Good

For years, I’ve maintained a love-hate relationship with reusable water bottles. I appreciate my water bottles because they’re practical, sustainable, and generally good for my health. My issue with them — and I’ve tested several over the years — is they’re extremely cumbersome, especially when it comes to travel. They’re also short-lived; I’ve broken glass water bottles, dented aluminum ones, and lost more than I can count. All this time that I’ve been using, losing, and breaking water bottles

This Japanese Eye Mask Is the Ultimate Jet Lag Antidote and My Go-to For Quick Self-Care

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This Japanese Eye Mask Is the Ultimate Jet Lag Antidote and My Go-to For Quick Self-Care

Traveling from New York to Asia is no small feat. Depending on how many layovers you have and that huge time change, it does a number on the body. After one extremely long flight to Japan in March 2017, with a brief layover in Toronto, I arrived in Tokyo. Narita Airport was completely packed with travelers trying to figure out their way around, as I stood on a chair — a huge no-no in a country that puts respect above all else — desperately trying to get enough reception to get an Uber. I had pla

How This Rolling Backpack Made Traveling More Seamless for Me

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How This Rolling Backpack Made Traveling More Seamless for Me

It’s late afternoon in a rural Thai beach resort. The sun is shining, but the monsoon rains of a few hours before have soaked the road, washing mud into potholes and creating wide, shimmering puddles. The bus has dropped us some way from the hotel, and we’re slowly splashing our way over, luggage in tow. My friend, strapped into her backpack, shoots me a puzzled look. How will I drag my suitcase through the water without getting my stuff wet? Thankfully, the bag I brought with me is my secret w

This Travel-Friendly Natural Deodorant Is the Best I've Ever Tried

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This Travel-Friendly Natural Deodorant Is the Best I've Ever Tried

As a self-proclaimed ingredient snob, I’ve tried a ton of all-natural beauty and hygiene products. But the most difficult category to find a good option, in my opinion? All-natural deodorants. I’ve found that organic soaps lather and natural moisturizers moisturize, but most body-healthy deodorants fail to keep you feeling dry and smelling fresh. After several years of searching, however, I’ve found the exception: Lume

Everything You Need to Know About Fondue

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Everything You Need to Know About Fondue

The Alps are a beloved ski destination for three primary reasons: steep slopes, gorgeous scenery, and cheese fondue. The popular dish is found in many restaurants throughout the French and Swiss Alps, and is one of the best meals to consume after a long day on the slopes. Derived from the French word fondre, meaning “to melt,” fondue takes melted cheese to a whole new level. Here’s everything you need to know about the classic Swiss dish. History of Fondue Photo by stockcreations.

The Reusable Alternative Making My Packed Lunches Eco-Friendly

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The Reusable Alternative Making My Packed Lunches Eco-Friendly

When I’m home (which is relatively often — I’ve been working remotely since 2016, after all), I’ve got the eco-friendly thing down pat. I store all my leftovers in reusable, locking glass containers. I use wool dryer balls instead of disposable fabric-softening sheets. I drink my smoothies out of mason jars using bamboo straws. Now that I’ve reduced waste at home, however, I’ve noticed that when I do leave the house,

Why I Bring My Sleeping Bag Liner on Every Trip I Take

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Why I Bring My Sleeping Bag Liner on Every Trip I Take

As a travel writer, one of the best parts of my job is – wait for it – traveling. I cover adventure and outdoor travel, so I've been lucky enough to spend time in remote destinations. But no job is perfect, and with those far-flung trips also come long flights and layovers, rustic sleeping conditions, and strict limitations on how much my luggage can weigh. I traveled at least once a month pre-COVID-19, so I've had plenty of time to perfect my packing skills and discover the one travel accesso

My Deuter And Me: When A Backpack Becomes A Friend

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My Deuter And Me: When A Backpack Becomes A Friend

When I was 22, I finally took the solo European trip I had been dreaming about for years. I was fresh out of college, fresh out of a relationship, and ready to do the most adult thing I’d attempted yet: fly to France and work on a farm. For years I’d idealized the romantic vision of the carefree backpacker, excited about the independence and adventure, sure. But also about the backpack itself! I imagined my own backpack, what color it would be, all the things I would put it in, and how those t

This Cookware Actually Motivates Me to Cook My Favorite International Recipes

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This Cookware Actually Motivates Me to Cook My Favorite International Recipes

As much as I loved cooking in the past, being home consistently for close to a year now has made me despise it. Even though food is my ultimate comfort and the only window into the rest of the world that I have while not traveling, I am continuously guilty of relying on take out, even when it’s not the most healthy or economic option. At the beginning of my quarantine boredom, I experimented with a few basic recipes from around the world

Our Favorite Waterproof Sneakers For Traveling and More

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Our Favorite Waterproof Sneakers For Traveling and More

There was a time when packing rain boots or snow boots seemed like a necessary evil. In certain situations you couldn’t avoid it — if you were hiking on snow-capped mountains or spending your days traveling through notoriously rainy cities, you’d need something to keep your feet dry. But squishing a giant pair of boots into your suitcase or carry-on at the expense of other travel necessities isn’t ideal. And if you’ve already worn the shoes, there’s the issue of keeping them separate from the re

This Tote Bag Helps Me Breeze Through Airport Security

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This Tote Bag Helps Me Breeze Through Airport Security

Never again, I swore to myself. I stood at the TSA checkpoint, rooting around for my electronics in one of those trendy, cavernous travel totes I’d seen on social media. A line of scowling, sock-footed travelers stretched out behind me. My face burned with embarrassment. I’d become that person, the one who holds up the line because she’d prioritized style over function. I knew that as soon as I landed, I’d be on the hunt for a new bag, the just-the-right-size, just-the-right-shape, just-the-righ

Why I Always Travel With a Silk Pillowcase

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Why I Always Travel With a Silk Pillowcase

I was on a weekend getaway in Costa Rica when one of my friends introduced me to a travel essential that I now take with me everywhere. As we were getting ready for bed on our first night, she pulled out a silk pillowcase from her carry-on and slipped it over her hotel pillow, telling me how it was so much better for her hair and skin. When I got home, I ordered my own silk pillowcase and since then, I tell everyone it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made Why Sleep on Silk Yanibest Silk Pillow