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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

For starters, Carlsbad Caverns is unlike any other national park I’ve been to. They’ve all been unique to the area that they’re located in, and because of that I’ve seen lots of tall mountains, and bountiful wildlife. But I’ve never before gone underground in a national park before.

In fact, aside from living in my basement every summer growing up, I’ve really never gone underground ANYWHERE before. But that was all about to change, and I was super excited about it.

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Arches National Park

I feel a bit strange writing about Arches National Park. This is another time where I certainly do not feel like an authority on a subject, because I have hardly dipped my toe into the vast opportunities of this park. I have no idea when their busy season is, I don’t know the best way to get a campsite, and I didn’t even complete my Junior Ranger book!

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A Guide to the Perfect Time in Zion National Park

Zion has more than four million visitors a year for a reason. It is an incredible park, with a ton of things to do, but it can also be sort of overwhelming trying to figure out what things can’t be missed and what things maybe shouldn’t be on your list if you’re pressed for time.

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7 Reasons To Visit Zion in the Winter

Are you thinking of visiting Zion National Park, but your free time falls during the slow season? You may have been looking at hotel prices, but you’re feeling unsure about booking when you realize they’re significantly lower than the average. What is it about the winter season makes Zion so affordable? Why is the town of Springdale expecting so few people?

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10 Reasons Everyone Needs to Visit Antarctica

Unlike just about everyone else on the continent, when I was in Antarctica I really didn’t know I wanted to be there. I accompanied my best friend there, but really it was only because she wanted to go. I was excited to see a new place, but Antarctica would have been pretty low on my bucket list.

It took about three days for me to realize how wrong I was. So if you’re feeling uninspired about Antarctica, let me tell you, you’re wrong too. Continue reading “10 Reasons Everyone Needs to Visit Antarctica”

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What Makes an Antarctic Cruise Worth It?

One year ago I was sitting in the lounge on an Antarctic cruise, typing the following post out on my iPad. Since then, I’ve considered posting this at least fifty times. For some reason I was never quite able to do it. Probably because it feels so shallow. If you’re trying to plan a trip to Antarctica, there is nothing in this post to help you. On the other hand, everything written here is the exact reason that I tell almost everyone to go. It is a culmination of everything I was feeling, almost overwhelmingly so. There were nothing but positive feelings swirling around in my heart, and a year later I still feel the same way. Continue reading “What Makes an Antarctic Cruise Worth It?”

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Exploring Buenos Aires During The Summer

Ladies and gentleman, it gets hot during Bueno Aires Summers. The average temperatures aren’t that high, but something about this gorgeous city makes you feel like you’re constantly on the verge of melting. This isn’t meant to deter you. If you’re not a fan of the heat, that is no reason to avoid Buenos Aires. There are plenty of ways to stay cool when you find yourself touring Buenos Aires during the summer. Continue reading “Exploring Buenos Aires During The Summer”

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Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro: That Don’t Include Christ the Redeemer

In February 2018 I was lucky enough to embark on a month long trip with my best friend. We were ultimately making our way to Antarctica, but we made sure to casually make our way south. During our trip we visited Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Ushuaia, where we ultimately boarded our ship. Before I get too far ahead of myself, today we’re going to bring it back to things to do in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading “Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro: That Don’t Include Christ the Redeemer”

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Five Things to Look for in a Perfect Travel Buddy

Sitting at the airport in Puerto Maldonado, I looked up and saw five 20 something girls, sitting in a circle, reading books, checking their phones, or journaling. They all seemed extremely content, so I have to admit, I kept watching them. Each had backpacks. And not the cute kind. So they were definitely backpacking through Peru, and each also had hiking boots. Hiking the Inca Trail? Visiting one of the Amazon biology stations? Did they know each other before they got their horrendous capris and high socks tan lines, or were they brought together by a shared experience? Continue reading “Five Things to Look for in a Perfect Travel Buddy”