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Earth Day 2016: Going Green Into the Blue thumbnail

Happy Earth Day -- or, as I more accurately refer to it, considering the planet is over 70% salt water -- Happy Ocean Day! Divers are among the most eco-conscious humans on the planet -- after all, their favorite hobby involves getting up close and personal with some of its most delicate and beautiful eco-systems. Divers…

Tips for Greening Your Burn thumbnail

I’ve heard the phrase, "the playa gives you the burn you need, not the burn you want." Over the past several years I’ve been inching closer and closer towards the goal of a sustainable life. Perhaps the challenges my camp presented me with were a gift, in a way – a reminder that this is an…

Clearly Filtered vs Steripen

I can count on my fingers the number of plastic water bottles I've purchased in the past two years. And no, that's not because I survive exclusively on Diet Coke, have developed an advanced set of minimart shoplifting techniques, or (now I'm getting really crazy) stick solely to regions of the world with clean tap water. It's…

Creating Harmony Solid Conditioner Review

Last year, I fell wildly in love with solid shampoo, and it was a complete game changer in how I pack and how I travel. The only bummer? While Lush's solid shampoo was solid (get it?), their solid conditioner left a lot to be desired, an opinion I saw echoed many times in the comments section…

Two Tales of Cambodia

My recent week in Cambodia was all too short. However, I did manage to sneak a lot in. In addition to playing house in Phnom Penh, I was lucky enough to get a truly behind-the-scenes look at two organizations making a big difference in the lives of the Cambodian people. Betsy is one of a small…

A Year of Giving thumbnail

When I was a kid, my parents gave my sister and I an allowance each week, earned by doing our homework and basic chores. Our funds were kept in matching gray fireproof suitcases in the hall closet, and were divided evenly into three crumpled envelopes. One was for spending, one was for saving (the money in…

Getting More out of Maui: Volunteering and Giving Back thumbnail

It doesn't take long to realize there is something special about Hawaii. I was trying to explain it to a friend recently, to put in to words why my love for these islands runs so deep. Yes, Hawaii has beautiful beaches and lush mountains and fabulous opportunities for adventure, but it has something more. The people…

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