Sweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

Ukrainian culture isn’t all about vodka! …Ok, it’s a big part of it, but when you’re not gathered around a table full of food in a celebratory toast, what is there to do? To answer this question, we took one afternoon to experience a very old part of traditional Russian culture- the banya, or sauna. … Read moreSweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

The San Blas Islands: Panamanian Backpacker Paradise

White sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs- some of my favorite things. So of course, I had to go to San Blas. What is San Blas? The San Blas islands are a a tropical archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, within an autonomous region owned and operated entirely by the indigenous Kuna people. … Read moreThe San Blas Islands: Panamanian Backpacker Paradise

Rainforest in the City: Metropolitan Natural Park

Panama City is a huge, densely urban, cosmopolitan city. For the city-going tourist, there’s plenty to do and see, the canal, high end restaurants and shopping and an active nightlife. However, if you find yourself in Panama City craving a bit of nature, the Parque Natural Metropolitan comes highly recommended. The Parque Natural Metropolitan, or … Read moreRainforest in the City: Metropolitan Natural Park

Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park

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Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park is likely to be one of the most memorable camping experiences of your life. Here’s everything you need to know about camping in this magical place, and how to ensure you have a comfortable experience. Camping Accommodations There are 10+ primitive campsites on the island, all clustered among … Read moreCamping at the Dry Tortugas National Park

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

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

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