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What To Wear on Travel Days: My Encircled Obsession thumbnail

I’m literally typing this from the airport, where I’m dressed head to toe in a new travel brand I’m obsessed with called Encircled. I used to joke to my friends that there was a reason I wasn’t a fashion blogger and it started with swea- and ended with -tpants. I rarely discuss style on Alex in Wanderland, and…

Why Your National Parks Need You Now thumbnail

“It was here that the romance of my life began.” – Theodore Roosevelt, one of the National Park system’s greatest champions, on what would become Badlands National Park Our National Parks system has made quite a few headlines in recent weeks. While much attention has been focused on their official social media accounts being gagged and…

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. Kampong Trach Middle School Betsy is…

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