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Arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand

I’ve traveled a lot. I was two when my parents put me on a plane to spend the summer with my grandparents on the East Coast. Throughout my childhood, they continued to send me East every other summer. Other times, we bounced from Kaua’i to the other islands, to California, Canada. There was even a South Western road trip before I went to college. These were the days of Mom’s travel binder stuffed with printed MapQuest guides, printed flight and hotel confirmations. Pre-iPhone.

As an adult, I’ve done the spectrum of short business trips to week long vacations to even longer working and living situations across the country and abroad.

Below are some things that help me travel with confidence and ease because when we travel, that’s what we want. We want the process to be as painless as possible for our wallets and peace of mind. We want to get right into the experience.

These items help me do that*:

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image1 (1)Have you ever visited a place that you wish you could keep to yourself, like a secret? Like a truly, hidden gem? That’s how I felt when some friends and I completed the length of the Paiva Walkways in Northern Portugal earlier this summer.

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We’re already a third of the way through the year with no signs of slowing down. Here’s what you missed in April:

  • My first world problem freak out about how I intend to maintain my fitness routine abroad, although I suspect all of the eating I’ll be doing in Madrid and Lisbon this month will be the brunt of my “core” work 😉
  • This photo of a lazy Kaua’i afternoon in the North Shore
  • My friend Jill’s recipe for Curative Chicken Soup!

Here’s what’s happening in May and what you can expect in terms of more Curious Passport posts:

  • Tapas hopping in Madrid
  • Surfing in Portugal
  • Volcano hiking in the Azores
  • Wandering in Berlin

However, before I leave, I’m nearly finished with #FivePeakChallenge, hosted by Mission Trails Regional Park – here’s evidence of completing hike three of five to the top of North Fortuna Summit:

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Have a recommendation for me, a blog you think I should check out? Leave me a comment below!

 

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