Katrina H.

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10 Days in Vietnam

Vietnam. The name holds very different meanings to different people. Some think of the war, that awful time from 1965-1975 in which over 1.3 million Vietnamese and over 58,000 Americans perished in the jungles and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. For those of us born after the war, Vietnam is a place of intrigue, a country that …

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Irma Effing Gerd: Live Blogging From Hurricane Irma

We stayed. That’s about all I can say. We are in a safe place and although I would like to have left the state, we didn’t. So why not live blog the storm? As of the last hurricane advisory, Hurricane Irma is expected to make a direct hit over my home. Not good. I vacillate …

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Moorea: French Polynesia’s Most Underrated Island

When people think about French Polynesia, they envision expensive over water bungalows in Bora Bora. Bora Bora is the place dreams are made of, thought to be the most beautiful island in the world, the most romantic place to exist. Bora Bora is on almost everyone’s bucket list. But what if I told you there’s …

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Hidden Puerto Rico: Gozalandia Waterfalls in San Sebastian

What if I told you there’s a place in Puerto Rico that you’ve probably never heard of or read about? A place that’s so beautiful you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? It’s hard to imagine that there are still parts of Puerto Rico that are off the beaten path. But …

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Reflections on a Decade of Growth and Travel

I am 29 years and 364 days old today. Tomorrow is the big 3-0. A new decade, the end of an amazing era. I have been mourning my 20s for the past few months and going through the five stages of grief (I have only recently come to accept it). It’s not necessarily that I …

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Keeping Your Money Safe While Traveling

I’m a little ashamed to admit this: in the 13 years I’ve been regularly traveling abroad, I’ve never used a money belt of any kind. Never. Once, I flew home from Korea with $5,000 US in cash, just laying in my carry-on bag. I was so afraid of something happening to it that I never …

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