Kayaking the Dry Tortugas

After unofficially ending our first trip to the Dry Tortugas, Nikita and I somberly made our way to the Yankee Freedom ferry after loading all of our stuff onto the dock. We were ready to get some sandwiches and ice cold sodas after days of camping food and well, fuck- it had air conditioning. We … Read moreKayaking the Dry Tortugas

Snorkeling the Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas snorkeling was a life-changing experience for me. It was something that lit the fire under my passion for nature and travel, and made me want to stop experiencing life from my computer screen and start experiencing it in the moment. It inspired me to become SCUBA dive certified (and go through all the … Read moreSnorkeling the Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park: Camping in the Tropical United States

Key West, Florida gets a reputation as being the “southernmost” or most remote unique place in the United Sates. While Key West is definitely remote, it stakes a claim to those titles only because most people are unaware of Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas National Park. Located about 80 miles west of Key West harbor … Read moreDry Tortugas National Park: Camping in the Tropical United States

Essential Weekend Backpacking Gear

Weekend backpacking is a great way to spend your time outside the office. It’s a way to decompress from the stress of everyday life increasingly dominated by multitasking and constant technological interruptions. It’s a way to experience nature close to home. It’s a way to challenge yourself, mentally and physically. I’ve already written a post … Read moreEssential Weekend Backpacking Gear

Dacha: The Ukrainian Summer House

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“Home gardening” sounds like an insult to describe the emphasis Russians and Ukrainians place on growing their own food. An American home with a yard filled to the brim with cabbages, raspberry bushes, tomato plants, and numerous fruit trees is highly unusual. But in most of Russia and Ukraine, it’s commonplace for anyone with a … Read moreDacha: The Ukrainian Summer House

Ukrainian Vodka – No Such Thing as a Little Bit

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When it comes to drinking vodka in Ukraine, there’s no such thing as “a little bit.” Let me explain. Even though you’re traveling, don’t assume that everyone is familiar with travelers, or foreigners. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It just means many things can get lost in translation, and not everyone will … Read moreUkrainian Vodka – No Such Thing as a Little Bit

8 Ways to Prepare for Your Trip to Ukraine

So you’re thinking of taking a trip to Ukraine? Hopefully you’re aware that Ukraine is a developing nation in Eastern Europe, so we won’t have to go into what all that entails. Ukraine is actually a fascinating and quite lovely travel destination, and if you’re well-prepared you’re in for a fun and life-changing experience. Here … Read more8 Ways to Prepare for Your Trip to Ukraine