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It’s #InternationalMountainDay!
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How often do you visit the mountains?
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I have to admit, I’m a total flatlander, so I don’t go that much. I ALSO have to admit mountains scare me a little. It’s just...they’re so big and tall and I really do feel like gravity will reach up and grab me.
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But did you know almost 1 BILLION people live in the mountains worldwide? So like A LOT of people have figured out how to not roll right down to the bottom. Props.
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Do you love the mountains? Which mountain range has your ❤️?
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📷 @ottsworld
#fear #travel #argentina #salta #visitsalta #adventuretravel #atws2017 #visitargentina #desert #highaltitude #mountain #puna #cleverdever #julianadever #tbscommunity #thisisadventure #womenintravel #igtravel #sharetravelpics #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #discoversouthamerica #gadv

Capturing small details in Yokohama, Japan 🇯🇵 ⠀
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I loved visiting Yokohama - it was only a 30min train ride from Tokyo 🚇and is home to the Cup Noodle Museum🍜 (where you can design your own cup of instant noodles!!), the biggest Chinatown in Japan and the oldest Cantonese restaurant in Japan (yum yum!🍴)⠀

The lack of diversity in the travel industry (this was brought up today by @myleiover ): it’s very rarely addressed.
I’ll say it: Most of the voices of travel media are young white women and men. 
Is this a problem? Am I part of the problem? I think so, especially if I remain silent.
I wonder: Why are we traveling if we don’t want to hear from locals? Why are we traveling if we don’t care to meet, hear from, connect with, people different from ourselves?
I truly don’t understand. Is life only lived for bragging rights photos now? My favorite part of travel - and blogging - is connection. It’s making new friends, hearing new perspectives, growing and learning. I truly LOVE people and their places and their stories.
But even if you’re completely self-serving and don’t give an F about diversity, here’s the truth: meeting locals, connecting, and asking for their advice gives you the best travel experience! They live there, for goodness sakes, don’t you think they know a bit more about what’s going on than someone who stopped in to take a photo in front of a graffitied wall? You might actually learn something. If you’re only getting your advice from pineapple photoshoot stopover tourists (who all recommend the same spots), you’re missing out.
The world is a big place and the diversity of culture, beliefs, and lifestyles is incredible… and INTERESTING if you open up.
Personally, I don’t want my Instagram feed to be an endless roll of Daniel Wellington sponsored watches, cute “Wander” hats adding NOTHING to my understanding, or stereotypical, shallow rumors repeated via caption to sound edgy and interesting while perpetuating misinformation (STOP SAYING MEXICO CITY IS DANGEROUS). I’m not judging anyone for their hats or pineapples, I’m just suggesting a more mindfully inclusive travel perspective.
❤️If you think diversity is important BUT your feed is full of people who look/think just like you: there’s a disconnect. What about taking a few minutes and following at 5 new IGers with different perspectives to you? It’s a start.

Things you need to know:
1) YES. The alligator is real.
2) If this gator moves, I am going to yell very inappropriate things…
3) This gator is leucistic! Super-rare, blue-eyed white gators. Only 12 exist in the world and @gatorland_orlando has three. Their names are Ferris Zombi, Trezo Je, and Jeyankwok,
3) If anyone makes a blue-eyes white dragon joke, they get a high five in the comments.

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a beach bum (in fact, I can’t just sit and sunbathe, and I hate humidity!), but I can’t help but appreciate amazing beaches when I see them. And damn, did I see some amazing beaches in the Seychelles! 😍

My latest blog post is all about the Seychelles and why I think you should visit. (And, spoiler alert: beaches like this one are totally one of the reasons!) Would you like to hang out on this beach?

My Instagram feed is filled with fresh faced ingenues in flowy dresses looking wistfully into the sunset (keep doing your thing ladies, because Instagram loves you), but after joining the over forty club I'm drawing my travel inspiration from a different group of ladies. Check out my latest post to discover some fun and fabulous female travelers who prove that travel just gets better once the clock strikes forty.

My mood as I strolled out of my finals this morning. I think building these pyramids would have been easier than taking my exam this morning... oh well, only a few more days until Christmas break! ⛰

Countdown has begun! Only 5 months and we will be back here 😍 🇮🇹 The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world!

8 years ago at this time, I was broke and living with my parents at age 33, having fulfilled my dream of traveling around the world, but working hard to reach the point where I could afford to move back to Medellin, Colombia as a self-employed blogger. I had a vision for a new business called Travel Blog Success (@tbscommunity), where I could share what I'd been learning to foster the next generation of travel bloggers. TBS made $5,000 it's first year, but that was enough. I moved back to Medellin in July 2010. Later, it'd grow into a six figure business, helping thousands of bloggers improve their skills and feel more confident pursuing their goals and dreams. #tbscommunity

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In this first of 6 episodes of The Radio Vagabond Podcast from Toronto, you meet Mike. He's born and raised in Canada but has Danish parents. 
And then you can hear a snippet of an interview I did with Jerry Agar on Newstalk 1010.

The sunrises over Bahía Concepción are consistently spectacular.

G'day.

King's Canyon, Australia.

December 2017.

Things you need to know:
1) YES. The alligator is real.
2) If this gator moves, I am going to yell very inappropriate things…
3) This gator is leucistic! Super-rare, blue-eyed white gators. Only 12 exist in the world and @gatorland_orlando has three. Their names are Ferris Zombi, Trezo Je, and Jeyankwok,
3) If anyone makes a blue-eyes white dragon joke, they get a high five in the comments.

Capturing small details in Yokohama, Japan 🇯🇵 ⠀
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I loved visiting Yokohama - it was only a 30min train ride from Tokyo 🚇and is home to the Cup Noodle Museum🍜 (where you can design your own cup of instant noodles!!), the biggest Chinatown in Japan and the oldest Cantonese restaurant in Japan (yum yum!🍴)⠀

The lack of diversity in the travel industry (this was brought up today by @myleiover ): it’s very rarely addressed.
I’ll say it: Most of the voices of travel media are young white women and men. 
Is this a problem? Am I part of the problem? I think so, especially if I remain silent.
I wonder: Why are we traveling if we don’t want to hear from locals? Why are we traveling if we don’t care to meet, hear from, connect with, people different from ourselves?
I truly don’t understand. Is life only lived for bragging rights photos now? My favorite part of travel - and blogging - is connection. It’s making new friends, hearing new perspectives, growing and learning. I truly LOVE people and their places and their stories.
But even if you’re completely self-serving and don’t give an F about diversity, here’s the truth: meeting locals, connecting, and asking for their advice gives you the best travel experience! They live there, for goodness sakes, don’t you think they know a bit more about what’s going on than someone who stopped in to take a photo in front of a graffitied wall? You might actually learn something. If you’re only getting your advice from pineapple photoshoot stopover tourists (who all recommend the same spots), you’re missing out.
The world is a big place and the diversity of culture, beliefs, and lifestyles is incredible… and INTERESTING if you open up.
Personally, I don’t want my Instagram feed to be an endless roll of Daniel Wellington sponsored watches, cute “Wander” hats adding NOTHING to my understanding, or stereotypical, shallow rumors repeated via caption to sound edgy and interesting while perpetuating misinformation (STOP SAYING MEXICO CITY IS DANGEROUS). I’m not judging anyone for their hats or pineapples, I’m just suggesting a more mindfully inclusive travel perspective.
❤️If you think diversity is important BUT your feed is full of people who look/think just like you: there’s a disconnect. What about taking a few minutes and following at 5 new IGers with different perspectives to you? It’s a start.

One of the things which amaze me about Rome is how the old and the new share the crowded city, like the road which goes right by the Coliseum. I know the lines for the Coliseum can be long and it can be crowded, but it is truly a marvel. Make sure you go inside.⠀

Hoje me deu saudades do Jalapão.

My mood as I strolled out of my finals this morning. I think building these pyramids would have been easier than taking my exam this morning... oh well, only a few more days until Christmas break! ⛰

One of the best parts about winter? Going somewhere warm! 🌡

One of my favorite tropical destinations from this past year was Nassau in the Bahamas. Although I arrived with hordes of people on my cruise ship, it only took a short stroll out of the port to find parts of the city almost devoid of tourists ⛴🙆 The octagonal pink building you see here is the Nassau Public Library (how fun that it's in the shape of an octagon, right?) but it has not always been a place to read & lend books. Guess what it used to be, it's not so obvious! 🤔

Do you seek out warm escapes when it's cold outside? Headed anywhere fun this winter?

And if you're in search of other ideas for fun ways to fill the winter months, check out my Winter Bucket List – link in my bio, of course ❄❄❄
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Ghent train station; cold, sunny, angular.
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8 years ago at this time, I was broke and living with my parents at age 33, having fulfilled my dream of traveling around the world, but working hard to reach the point where I could afford to move back to Medellin, Colombia as a self-employed blogger. I had a vision for a new business called Travel Blog Success (@tbscommunity), where I could share what I'd been learning to foster the next generation of travel bloggers. TBS made $5,000 it's first year, but that was enough. I moved back to Medellin in July 2010. Later, it'd grow into a six figure business, helping thousands of bloggers improve their skills and feel more confident pursuing their goals and dreams. #tbscommunity

Looking through my photos, I don't think I've posted anything from Capitol Reef National Park yet...so here's a photo I took of one of the cliffs that the park is known for(and you can see where the park gets it's name from). This was taken as the sun was setting and we were leaving the park. The red and orange sandstone lit up so beautifully! Capitol Reef is a lesser visited national park. Usually people go to Moab and visit Arches or Canyonlands, or Bryce and Zion in the southwest, but if you're going to either of those you absolutely have to visit here! It was just as impressive as any of the National Parks!
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Myanmar pagoda love. 💕

This thing is huge. Can you spot the person?

My Instagram feed is filled with fresh faced ingenues in flowy dresses looking wistfully into the sunset (keep doing your thing ladies, because Instagram loves you), but after joining the over forty club I'm drawing my travel inspiration from a different group of ladies. Check out my latest post to discover some fun and fabulous female travelers who prove that travel just gets better once the clock strikes forty.

Countdown has begun! Only 5 months and we will be back here 😍 🇮🇹 The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world!

How long has it been since somebody stood here and smoked a cigarette, watching life unravel in the backstreets of Tbilisi?
Just the kind of questions that come with a leisurely wander into foreign cities.
My Tbilisi guide is now live on the blog, link in my bio, give it a read if you plan to go soon.
#tbilisi #tbilisilovesyou #georgiatravelmoments

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a beach bum (in fact, I can’t just sit and sunbathe, and I hate humidity!), but I can’t help but appreciate amazing beaches when I see them. And damn, did I see some amazing beaches in the Seychelles! 😍

My latest blog post is all about the Seychelles and why I think you should visit. (And, spoiler alert: beaches like this one are totally one of the reasons!) Would you like to hang out on this beach?

Big Empty.

South Australia.

December 2017.

I never met a #prosciutto I didn't like. This pizza margherita from @midicikissimmee has tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, salt,and extra-virgin olive oil. And then I added prosciutto on top. Because of course.

The Church of St.Elizabeth, known colloquially as the Blue Church, is one of the most fascinating buildings in Bratislava. The church was built in the early 20th century in the Hungarian Art Nouveau style. On a basic level, what I can appreciate is the fact that I’ve seen thousands of churches, but I know I won’t forget this one. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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#bratislava #bratislavacity #bratislavaslovakia #bratislavaoldtown #bluechurch #slovakia #slovakian #slovakia🇸🇰 #churches #churchphotography #europetrip #europe_ig #europe2017 #europe_pics #europe_gallery #europetravel #europe_vacations #blueskys #bluesky💙 #tbscommunity #traveldiary2017 #traveldiaries2017 #travelbloggers #travelbloggerlife #travelnow #travelmore #travelphotos #travelwriter #traveltime #travelworld

You can't go to Rottnest and not say hi to the quokkas! No sleep for these two that we found hiding from the sun! Read more about these little fellas who have been called the happiest animals in the world in the link above.
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#rottnest #rottnestisland #rotto #quokka #thisiswa #islandlifestyle seeaustralia #westisbest #visitwa #westernaustralia #amazing_wa #perthlifestyle #lifewelltraveled #atasteoftravel #tbscommunity #takemethere

Day 2 of my birthday celebration...progressive dinner with my hubs 😘😘😘 #gokatygo #katysfrance

@Regranned from @cleverdever - It’s #InternationalMountainDay!
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How often do you visit the mountains?
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I have to admit, I’m a total flatlander, so I don’t go that much. I ALSO have to admit mountains scare me a little. It’s just...they’re so big and tall and I really do feel like gravity will reach up and grab me.
.
But did you know almost 1 BILLION people live in the mountains worldwide? So like A LOT of people have figured out how to not roll right down to the bottom. Props.
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Do you love the mountains? Which mountain range has your ❤️?
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📷 @ottsworld
#fear #travel #argentina #salta #visitsalta #adventuretravel #atws2017 #visitargentina #desert #highaltitude #mountain #puna #cleverdever #julianadever #tbscommunity #thisisadventure #womenintravel #igtravel #sharetravelpics #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #discoversouthamerica #gadv - #regrann

It’s #InternationalMountainDay!
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How often do you visit the mountains?
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I have to admit, I’m a total flatlander, so I don’t go that much. I ALSO have to admit mountains scare me a little. It’s just...they’re so big and tall and I really do feel like gravity will reach up and grab me.
.
But did you know almost 1 BILLION people live in the mountains worldwide? So like A LOT of people have figured out how to not roll right down to the bottom. Props.
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Do you love the mountains? Which mountain range has your ❤️?
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📷 @ottsworld
#fear #travel #argentina #salta #visitsalta #adventuretravel #atws2017 #visitargentina #desert #highaltitude #mountain #puna #cleverdever #julianadever #tbscommunity #thisisadventure #womenintravel #igtravel #sharetravelpics #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #discoversouthamerica #gadv

The Palatine Hill was one of our favorite sites in Rome. The centermost of the seven hills of Rome, the imperial palaces were built here. It was a lot less crowded than the forum or the Coliseum, which you can see off in the distance.⠀

When we came to Sri Lanka we knew we were out of balance. In the middle of a major relocation from San Diego to Orlando, we arrived in country literally homeless with all of our worldly belongings packed into a moving truck headed for points unknown.
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We knew coming to the @mahagedararetreat would give us an opportunity to reflect on our life, set intentions for our future, and learn the practice of mindfulness so that we can deepen our connection to ourselves, our joy, and one another. #hosted
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We learned ways to integrate these things into our everyday life, and we cannot wait to incorporate them on the daily, and to share what we learned with you 😍
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We do not yet know what gifts and adventures our new location holds for us, but we cannot wait to find out!
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What are you excited for at the moment?

The other day I posted a pic of the watercolor painting I did of Looking Glass Rock, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway of North Carolina...Today I thought I'd share the photo of mine which I referenced for the painting. We had such a beautiful day driving along the parkway, and stopping at (almost) all the overlooks from the Smokey Mountains to Asheville. We even did a couple short hikes! Autum is my favorite time of year and probably the most popular time to visit. There were quite a few cars out on the road, but it wasn't so much traffic that it wasn't enjoyable.
Looking Glass Rock is said to get it's name when in the winter, water will run down it's face and freeze, creating a reflection that looks like a "looking glass". There are hikes to do around the mountain too!
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An opulent theater is the only place to watch the Nutcracker

I’m obsessed with the intricacies of Mexico City. The colors, the balconies, the windows, the plants. For me, there’s a certain romance in the small and subtle details and Mexico epitomizes this. If you’re walking slowly, savoring what you see, I think it’s hard to escape. There’s beauty everywhere (and especially here), if you’re willing to pause, breathe, and notice it.
As they say: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Are you noticing the beauty around you today?

Being a happy little photographer in the hills outside #Sarajevo. If you haven't checked out the @photographerswithoutborders S02E03 in Bosnia and Herzegovina with @project1948, it's not too late! Check the link in my bio. It's only 13 minutes long and you'll hear some great stories about what's on the minds of youth in #Bosnia today. 📸: @ghostedout

The world is such an amazing place? There is something so inspiring about discovering new places, meeting new people & sharing those moments with the people you love! Wouldn’t you love to take your kids here! Gorgeous puc from @postcardfromtheworldexpatlife xx

⛩ I still dream of seeing this beautiful floating torii gate on Miyajima Island in Japan 🇯🇵 Have you ever been? ✨
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This is one of my favorite spots in Japan (swipe left to see how crazy busy it can get during the summer!)
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I'm always raving about how beautiful Miyajima Island is to people who are planning their trips to Japan!
What's the one place you've been that you're always raving about??

Moonrise at Devil's Marbles.

Northern Territory, Australia.

December 2017.

Soft white sand and clear blue water = heaven on a cloudy day! Just after Christmas it will be wall to wall boats here!
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#rottnestisland #rotto #rottnest #westernaustralia #westisbest #thisiswa #seeaustralia #atasteoftravel #perthlifestyle #islandlifestyle #tbscommunity #amazing_wa

Beautiful pre birthday trip to Rouen with the best hubby ever @johnnyhhlee #gokatygo #katysfrance

Thank you to my wonderful husband for the best pre-birthday celebration in Rouen. The lunch at Les Nymphéas was phenomenal and I really enjoyed the day with you, and learning about Rouen. Love you so much @johnnyhhlee ❤️😘❤️ #gokatygo #katysfrance

Watercolour sunsets in Alvor. Not sure if it's the Vitamin D or all the sea air, but Portugal is giving me the winter boost I needed.

Is that a microphone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? When you're on production you are invariably carrying a variety of microphones, batteries, and emergency supplies at all times. This was such a beautiful fall day to explore New York! Thanks @adventurouskate for snapping this. 📸

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