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Desert Destination of a Lifetime

Desert Destination of a Lifetime

“Since there was nothing else to do but appreciate the beauty that the desert had to offer, I listened to the Arabian music coming through the speakers and thought about what I had experienced that weekend.”

– Marisa Martin

Author Kim Holden on Writing Your Dreams

Author Kim Holden on Writing Your Dreams

Writing my first book took four years. Four years of trial and error, self-discovery, and conquering the terrifyingly real fear of putting myself out there for the world to see. And being judged for it. I always say it’s the equivalent of giving a speech butt naked in front of a crowded room. Emotionally naked. Vulnerable. And there’s nothing more satisfying than accomplishing, overcoming, triumphing, and holding my own creation … a book … my book … in my hands.

Tangible fruition of a dream.

Little did I know big dream one (writing a book, or three) would spontaneously birth big dream two (traveling the world).

– Kim Holden
Granada, Spain – La Gran Via

Granada, Spain – La Gran Via

“While I was in Granada, I had a lot of time to myself. Sure, I spent time with my wonderful roommates and family and went to classes, but I’d say there were a solid 4 hours a day that I had to myself. Considering that the past 6 weeks of my life had been filled to brim with going places, meeting new people and trying new foods, my life felt a little emptier than before. This is where La Gran Vía came into play.”

-Alana Simpson
Music and Moments at The Great Escape

Music and Moments at The Great Escape

“So often I feel consumed with obsessing over all the things I want or need, or the things I need to change. Of course that motivation and constant drive leads me to great things, but I think in this moment, on that church pew, with Kevin’s shadow projected across the white walls, I learned to find peace and happiness along the way; to be totally happy with where I am in the moment while still understanding and being ok with all the things I am working towards. I felt comfortable in my loneliness, in my skin, and in my position in the world.”

– Sari Delmar
The Answer Lies in the Cypress Hills

The Answer Lies in the Cypress Hills

“I tried to mimic what people did. You know the whole: graduate, have a well-paying job, have a home with Ikea furniture, think about marriage and kids – you name it. Until I travelled to Tuscany. Little did I know when we drove through the cypress hills of San Gimignano, that my life was about to change radically.”

-Tess Andrade
Moving Abroad: The Good, the Bad, and the Terrifying – Letter From The Editor

Moving Abroad: The Good, the Bad, and the Terrifying – Letter From The Editor

Moving abroad is terrifying. It’s isolating and it’s hard. While I’ve been lucky to have had a fairly smooth transition as far as finding work, and being able to stay in my friends’ absolutely lovely house in Battersea; and while it’s so easy to take a million beautiful photos of this city and fill instagram and Facebook with celebratory updates, in real life I’ve been ridden with a sometimes crippling anxiety since the moment my plane touched down at Gatwick.

Peruvian Shaman and High Altitude Bathing

Peruvian Shaman and High Altitude Bathing

“I remember reading a Lonely Planet blurb about shamans in the Peruvian forest, and needless to say, it peaked my curiosity. A little over a month into my extended backpacking trip around Latin America, I was slowly meandering into Northern Peru, toward the misty mountain town of Huancabamba. It is said that Peruvians come from all over the country to pay the shamans a visit and to bathe in the huaringas – the lagoons.”

-Elizabeth Leston

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