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Hiking in Utah

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Last summer, we spent a week hiking the exceptionally beautiful terrain of Zion National Park and trails surrounding Kenab, Utah. Blessed with awesome local friends who double as amazing guides – the hikes undoubtedly ranked as some of the most beautiful US sights we’ve seen. I instantly fell in love with the rich reds of the native soil. Not having the …

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Finding a way to Giant’s Causeway

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Taking a deep breath, I caught my balance against the wind. The hard gust rolled in from the ocean waters along Giant’s Causeway pushing me a few steps from my perch on one of the pillars. View this post on Instagram Holy cow, Earth is so cool. ⛰️🍀🇬🇧 • • • #lauragetslost #northernireland #discoverni #ireland #irelandgram #ireland_gram #irelanddaily #travel #travelpic …

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Finding peace in the Himalayas

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In our 17 days of travel and trekking, my failed attempt to ascend to Kala Patthar served an amazing gift I would find no where else: peace. The parks through which trekkers journey are considered sacred and blessed lands. Regardless of your faith or lack of, there is little denying that they Himalayan mountains, villages and the paths we followed …

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A free trip to LA – yes please!

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Weeks ago, my friend Shanda messaged me with yet another infamous text. She’d won another free vacation and I would be going with her. Keep in mind, last March, we flew to New Orleans to hop abroad the Sail Across the Sun cruise with Train. Yes, the band. We spent four day cruising to Cozumel and back – free of …

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Rocky shores of Positano

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Boats rocked in the distance as I absorbed the world from the rocky shore of Positano. Nearly a week into my Italy journey – I had spent a full day hopping planes, trains and buses to the coast. After a long night in a new place, I had finally found a peaceful moment to pause. View this post on Instagram So …

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Boarding the most dangerous flight in the world

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The conscious decision to avoid nearly all Everest Base Camp-related research was strategic. I didn’t want to be talked out of it. Brief searches around the idea in years prior made the challenge sound epic and the experience sound amazingly rewarding. Beyond a gear list and the trek itinerary, the promise of a challenge and experience was all I knew …

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Exploring Kathmandu, Nepal

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Waking up in Kathmandu was surreal. The trip planning had taken months. The flights had been long and tedious. Our arrival felt more like a hazy dream than a monument marking the start of the journey. Surreal, indeed. Taking my first glimpses out of the hotel window in the daylight, I snapped a photo. I had no idea what I …

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MCI > ORD > AUH > KTM

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In my Moments from the sky entry in the journal, the idea of leaving home for this adventure was still very new. Adrenaline was pumping. Boyce and I landed in an easy routine of dashing through airport security to find a good lounge, have a sandwich and a drink, then dash to the gate to hop onto our next flight. …

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Revisiting the Everest Base Camp stories

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Each time I travel, I stash a new journal and fresh pen in the depths of my pack. Within a couple of days of finding some peace – I usually have plenty to jot down. The intention has always been to transcribe my entries into the blog. But, let’s be honest, the whirlwind return to reality never quite allows that to …

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4 years of Top Nine photos + memories

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Over the past few years, I’ve used the Top Nine app to peek at my top-performing Instagram images. I love this. Being a hyper-visual person, I adore the chance to see a picturesque summary of what happened in the previous 12 months. This year, I had the insane idea to put my Top Nine images side-by-side. 2015, 2016, 2017 and …