Month: May 2020

14 Beautiful Quotes about Healing

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Seven years ago I was going through a particularly crushing breakup when a friend offered advice that I hadn’t considered before. She told me I needed to work on my self love.

I didn’t understand what she meant back then, but it opened a door.

We aren’t taught about emotional healing in traditional schools. It’s not something you learn about in most university classes. It’s rarely a topic of casual conversation or a TV show plot, and yet we all have wounds to heal. Once I started meditating, journaling, and reading books about personal development, I realized that I could level up in life. I could let go of limiting beliefs and I could have the things I wanted, but I had to let go of what weighed me down first.

Healing and self-love sounded woo-woo to me back then, but now I know the truth: It’s selfish

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How to Plan a Road Trip

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There may be no better way to travel than a road trip. I’ve taken (too) many flights over the years, and each time I opt for a road trip instead of flying, I’m delighted with the experience.

I’ve road tripped in Chile, Thailand, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, New Zealand, Mexico, Tahiti, Iceland, Germany, Greece (really glad I wasn’t driving there!), Ireland, and probably more I’m forgetting, but my hands-down favorite is the American West.

The diversity is astounding, though I end up feeling that way after every road trip, everywhere. They can be cheap, they give you ultimate flexibility, and you can really get to know a place on the ground level.

So how do you plan the ultimate road trip? You’ve come to the right place, friend.

Step 1: Pick a Timeframe

Hawaii’s Big Island – at least a week or 2

Whatever road trip

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The Perfect Car Camping Checklist

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Before I ever picked up a backpack and climbed up mountains with it, I dipped my toe in with glamping and car camping. Even now, I love the flexibility of having an entire car – rather than just a backpack – to fit everything into. It feels, dare I say, luxurious?

It may sound silly to use that word in association with camping, but car camping is one of my favorite ways to do it. You can have big, roomy tents, air mattresses, gourmet food, and best of all, many campgrounds are super peaceful and have plenty of room for multiple tents, meaning you can share the experience with friends if you wish.

These are some of my favorite things to take along car camping. I hope this tried and true checklist helps you have an amazing adventure:

Shelter and Safety

The best thing about car camping

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The Best of Be My Travel Muse: At-Home Reading Edition

Itineraries and packing lists have their place. They’re helpful and an essential part of a travel blog. But let’s be honest, it’s hard to get immersed in reading a packing list.

I love writing stories and long reads as well. Writing has been a long-time love of mine. I used to write long stories as a kid, and enjoyed writing essays in school (chemistry, not so much).

That love still runs deep, so we’ve collected the best of the blog for you for at-home reading. Things that are motivating, stories from abroad, and more:

The Best Travel Stories

Hitchhiking in China (in quite a lovely outfit, to boot)

Mozambique – realizing I’d go alone, Loving Maputo (the place everyone warned me about) and the people I met along the way.

China – when I met Ya Ting, hitchhiked in China with her, had amazing adventures in

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The Best Snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii

Ah, Hawaii. The Big Island is such an incredible place, and not just because of everything above water: the world below the surface of the ocean is equally breathtaking. Needless to say, snorkeling is one of those must-do activities when in Hawaii.

With so much coastline to choose from, it might be difficult to know where to start; luckily, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Here are the best snorkeling spots the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer:


Hey, little guy!

On Honaunau Bay, Two Step is surely one of the best snorkeling spots on the Big Island thanks to clear blue waters and a thriving reef. Two Step is also home to an abundance of colorful fish, tide pools, turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and even clusters of dolphins early in the morning! Its accessibility further makes it a great choice for Big Island

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The Best Things to Do in Hawaii

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Hawaii is such a special place, as anyone who’s been would agree. From snowy mountains to dolphin-filled waters and intensely green volcanoes, there’s an almost endless array to choose from when visiting.

With a whole chain of islands, each of which is unique, a Hawaii itinerary could go on and on, but here is a roundup of the very best activities across the Hawaiian islands if you’re itching to find out what to do in Hawaii as you plan your trip:

Swim with Dolphins on the Big Island

Cue “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid

Hawaii is most special because of its island lifestyle, which means that you absolutely have to spend some time in the ocean while you’re there! There are dozens of amazing underwater opportunities throughout the islands, but some of the most noteworthy are snorkeling at Hanauma Bay on Oahu and swimming with dolphins

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