Author archives: Phoebe

4 Mind-Nourishing Retreats To Book Right Now

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I used to cringe at the words all-inclusive and retreat. They rendered images in my mind of souvenir-filled cruise ship passengers and mid-day Mexican mai-tais. I imagined all-inclusive retreats to be selling myself short, or copping out of the true travel experience. But, the words have evolved in the travel industry and now expand to all variations of expe[...]

7 Places that prove France is more incredible than you Imagined

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You could spend several lifetimes in France roaming the streets of Paris eating baguettes, meandering through the coastal villages of Normandy, exploring the tiny towns with rustic architecture and Chateau-filled hills, and buying 2 euro bottles of wine for dinner every night. With a square mileage smaller than the state of Texas, France sure packs a cult[...]

20 Things To Go Do By Yourself

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There is something to be said for doing things alone, for forging your own path and moving through life to the beat of your own drum. It is a trait we admire in solo adventurers like Cheryl Sayed in 'Wild', or the brave young man Christopher McCandless as he enters the woods never to return home again in 'Into the Wild.' There is something alluring and magne[...]

Only 2 Weeks Of Vacation? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of Your Time

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There is never enough time. Time to see, taste, touch, and explore all the places, cultures, and vast spaces in this world. Finding time to do the things we love outside of work is an ever-present problem. Last week in our Live Travelettes feed we had a lot of American ladies asking about traveling with only two weeks of vacation, as it is the hard truth of [...]

How to Au Pair in Australia

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I wanted to live in Australia since the day I heard Steve Irwin say 'crikey mate' as he cruised around white sandy beaches searching for crocs. When I imagined life in Australia it was a glowing picture of surfers with man buns, poached egg perfection, sun-tanned skin, and days where everyone called me 'mate.' I graduated college and found myself at th[...]

Here's How to Represent Travel on your Resume

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You've just returned from a year abroad, a couple months, or maybe a lot longer. You bought that return ticket by choice, or out of necessity, and now it's time to combine all that you've seen, experienced, and done onto a 9 x 11 piece of paper. Photo via How can you package the personal growth? How do you explain the value you bring to an organization b[...]

Find Happiness With Microadventures

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"How are you doing?" Recently, this seemingly harmless and polite question has been paralyzing. An automatic, 'I'm good how are you' spills out like word vomit. Am I good? Am I – at this point in my life sitting in my office at 2 PM on a Wednesday – happy? I'm not alone; according to Forbes, over 50% of people are unhappy at work, which bubbles over into ot[...]

Badass Women Breaking the Gender Barrier by Bike

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Close your eyes and imagine the first bicycle ride you took without your training wheels. Feel the cool breeze of freedom on your face, taste the blood from a scraped knee from your first inevitable fall, and feel the sunshine hit your face as you move out of the shadows. Now open your eyes and imagine a world in which you're not allowed to ride a bike simpl[...]

6 Instagrammers That Make You Want to Escape into the Montana Wilderness

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'Live and let live' is the Montana state motto, and every inch of this state embodies the wild American spirit. The sky really does seem bluer and bigger, the beer tastes better from a rustic town tap, the roads are winding, and the wildlife isn't afraid to get up close and personal. As I gear up for my last-minute road trip through the Montana wilderness[...]

Keeping Austin Weird With These 5 Festivals

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Living in a city that embraces its weirdness is probably the most incredible thing in the world. But, what is weird? According to Webster, weird is defined as suggesting something supernatural, others go on to define it as strikingly odd, or interesting. Austin, Texas is a mixture of old western meets weird. It is dogs riding in strollers, graffiti passi[...]