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How to Pack Your Whole Life Into a Carry-on Backpack

This post was born 17 Nov, 2017 No comments
If there’s one thing I learned preparing for this 12 month sojourn, it’s that the devil you know is the Internet. It lurks within every power-charged device, always at the ready to pull you into its black hellhole. One aswirl with the souls of a thousand answers to a single question that, in all likelihood,...
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My Projected Round The World 12 Month Itinerary (Nov 2017 – Nov 2018)

This post was born 13 Nov, 2017 2 Comments
The Current Route - Round the World Trip - The Travel Dispatch
So where are you going what’s your itinerary like? These two questions – spit rapid-fire the same way in which I wrote them – have blasted towards me on replay ever since I announced my plans to move permanently onto the road, Often they come in tandem with the eager, saucer-like eyes of a 4 […...
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Introducing The Travel Dispatch and A Permanent Move Onto the Road

This post was born 16 Oct, 2017 No comments
Intorducing The Travel Dispatch
Hi, I’m Kristen. Remember? The girl who was all about you guys for close to 3 years until May 2017 rolled around and I ghosted you out of nowhere? I know right? Some nerve I have to just pop up here in your inbox as if nothing happened. It’s called submarining by the way. What I’m doing. […]
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Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In June and July

This post was born 30 May, 2017 No comments
March monthly preview
Two months ago I wrote my monthly preview post while sitting inside a cozy cafe in Notting Hill, London. I had just flown in from Mexico, was knee-deep in fun research for a massive UK travel article (1 year in the making and still in progress) and was in the throes of a budding romance that was […]
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The Port Wine Tradition of Portugal’s Douro Valley

This post was born 25 May, 2017 4 Comments
The history of port wine in the Douro Valley Portugal - The Vintage House in Pinhao
In honor of National Wine Day today, I’m sharing the below article I wrote for Coastal Lifestyle Magazine a couple years ago. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is my favorite wine region and well worth a visit for wine-tasting amateurs and connoisseurs alike. So go grab a glass of your fave vintage to sip whi...
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On Arrivals: Here, There, and Everywhere in Liverpool

This post was born 22 May, 2017 One Comment
Penny Lane in Liverpool United Kingdom
On Arrivals is a nonfiction travel narrative series on the blog. Arriving in a new place can be thrilling, scary, joyous, nerve-racking, and exciting. You never know what to expect and the unfamiliarity of a new place can lend its share of challenges and rewards. I wanted to share stories of my own arrivals into foreig...