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What Dreams May Come…in India

I have a confession. I’ve never actually had a very big “travel bucket list.” I’ve always traveled for motivations other than the romantic notion of wanderlust (work experience, falling for a man who fell for traveling, etc.). That being said, India has always held a bit of fascination for me. I think it probably all started back […]

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She Works Hard for the Money: Sri Lanka Edition

I’d like for you all to think that travel has taught me to live a threadbare-chic life, and that I need only to collect deeply meaningful experiences instead of material things to achieve happiness. Unfortunately, the brand new Birkenstocks sitting in my bag tell another story. I do like my comforts, especially foot comforts…I mean, […]

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Whispers of Hope and Echos of Hate

People always ask what my favorite place has been after a year and 21 countries of traveling. It’s a simple question that I myself ask of many other travelers that I meet along the route. The answer is much harder. Every country is tainted or gilded by the experiences there and the people who make […]

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Czech Yourself!

Select the correct answer. If Jackie gets on a bus leaving Prague at 11pm and arrives in Krawkow at 7am the following morning, and the bus is traveling at 100 kilometers per hour, how many hours will it take before her laptop is stolen? 42 -4 Beer Ha ha! It’s a trick question! The answer […]

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On Skipping Winter

By the numbers Welp, we did it. We skipped winter. It was very satisfying to land in Munich – back in our home away from home – and see buds on the trees and daffodils on the ground where there’d only been brown leaves in November. As Nate’s cousins drove us from the airport and […]

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Ode to Mr. Coffee

Before travel, coffee was a morning comfort and, I’ll admit, a minor addiction packaged with unsettling withdrawal symptoms when absent from my life. Honestly, though, I can’t tell my Folgers from my French Roast. This is probably owing to years of abusing my taste buds with copious amounts of salt. Nonetheless, a cup of joe […]

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Jackiwi & Nate vs. New Zealand

26 days and only 4 showers later (ewwww), Nate and I have completed our camping trip around New Zealand. It was by far my favorite part of our travels so far, minus the incessant rain and the regular lack of showering. Our south island experience couldn’t have been more different from our travels around SE […]

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New Zealand Camp Cooking Show

I interrupt this regularly scheduled blog for a cooking show. When New Zealand rains on your parade, you make a cooking show at the first sun sighting. Obviously. Side note: We might be losing our minds.

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Indonesia: Shoestring Struggles

After two months of traveling around SE Asia, Nate and I touched down in Jakarta, Indonesia; my home away from home. I’d lived and worked in the city from 2010-2013, and we were both eager to visit some of my old stomping grounds. Nate fit right in. Sebasa gave him the royal treatment with a […]

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Keepers of the Memory: The Cambodian Killing Fields

It’s easy to catch martyrdom syndrome when backpacking. Oh whoa is me!  I’ve relinquished my career ambitions (really more of a ‘pause’), reduced my possessions to what I can carry on my back (and fit into my mother’s storage spaces), and shunned worldly comforts such as Pandora, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (Now I only have […]

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