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12 16518 November, 2019
This is Pinky from the Ladli home for girls in Jaipur, India. To learn about the happy place that is @ladlijaipur, check out our recent video on IGTV.
Day of the Dead is about honoring loved ones who have passed to the other side. The BucketList Club chose to honor the timeless musical artist Prince for this beautiful celebration. The child to the right is clearly smitten with his brief, albeit glorious reincarnation. .
Big ♥️ to my AMAZING @matadornetwork team! We rarely get to see each other in person, but when we do it looks like this! I couldn't ask for a better, more kind/friendly/funny/talented team than this. Pic courtesy of @rulo.luna
9 3613 November, 2019
“Money Can’t Buy Happiness” 💰⠀
Would you agree?? ⠀
I grew up thinking that this was the truth 100% ⠀
Until I started traveling.. and boom.. I realized that if I wanted to continue traveling the world-something that fills me up completely with joy- was going to require money of course 🌎⠀
So then that’s when my mindset on this started to shift. ⠀
Traveling made me feel so alive. It made me feel on top of the world. I loved meeting new people and becoming friends with them. I loved seeing sunsets all over the world. I just felt completely happy being in a new place and emerging myself in a new culture. ⠀
But airplane tickets, tours, and museums don’t pay for themselves. And I realized that without money I wouldn’t be able to travel all over the world and fulfill my love for travel.⠀
Soon I started realizing that money supports your happiness. And after starting working online this thought couldn’t be more true for me. My mindset on money has completely changed. ⠀
Money allows us to do things we love. It allows us to donate to charity. It allows us to experience freaking amazing things in life such as touring museums and visiting family and friends who live in other states and countries. The list goes.. ⠀
So while many say that money can’t buy happiness.. I say that money supports your happiness. ⠀
What side are you on? Let me know in the comments! ⠀
Ever wonder what it's like to fly into the most dangerous airport in the world in Lukla, Nepal? Well, it's pretty freaking scary! You hit the pavement of an extremely short runway and in a matter of seconds you're making a sharp right turn in the terminal at the base of a steep mountain. Taking off is an equally white-knuckle experience, sharply accelerating down the slanted runway and taking off into the air just before you reach the edge of a 2,000 foot cliff. It was easily the scariest flight I had ever taken! #nepal#lukla
4 4517 October, 2019
Just sharing some photos from my trek to Everest Base Camp last year, if only to remind myself that I can do hard things and survive #nepal#everestbasecamptrek
We get fired up about exploring new destinations, engaging in authentic and unforgettable experiences, meeting amazing people, and learning more about this great big wonderful world we live in!
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Riding around Cappadocia is awesome! We really enjoyed the odd quiet landscape, riddled with the ancient Byzantine dwellings and frescoes - but the most entertaining, a feast for the eyes, was definitely the iconic balloon take-off! Getting up at the crack of dawn isn't always for us but this was worth it (and all the other Instagrammers, lol)
If you ever have the opportunity to travel to #Guatemala please do so. For many reasons I love this country but as someone who is crafty (needlepoint, knit & crochet...yes I'm a triple-needle threat!) it's a dream come true.
Here in Lake Atitlan I traveled by boat to the island of Panajchel. I'll share that adventure another time. But the purpose of this was to visit local artisans. We visited a herbalist (amazing all natural soaps, lotions, teas) a chocolate producer (the best cocoa & honey I've ever tasted) & my favorite... the yarns.
The first thing you will see when you get to Guatemala is there's color everywhere. I truly wish I had more money & extra luggage.
In any case this is #CasaFlorIxcaco , a co-op of women weavers who create some of the most amazing fashions anywhere. I have a new appreciation for the time it takes to create these garments. Learning the entire process from handpicking the cotton to beating it (to flatten it out & get rid of any seeds - which they replant to grow more), to creating the actual #cottonthread that they weave to #handdying the #yarn to drying & then creating the ball of yarn to be weaved. The process is insane & yet, most of these women learn this skill starting at the age of 8 or 9. The colors are created by boiling flowers, seeds, fruit which is another reason it's time consuming. Yes, you can find things like this on the mainland ...but here I know the pieces are one of a kind & the money goes directly back into the hand of the woman who created it. This is how they support their families creating beautiful works of wearable art & I am happy to support them at @CasaFlorIxcaco. Truly worth the trip. #travel#travelfearlessly
In a whirlwind of a tour, we got to see northern Romania (since we skipped it last time) and it was amazing. The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is a sight to see with each grave having it's own wooden carving and painting depicting the dead. And the riding in that area is super fun with lots of old villages and beautiful nature. Stopped in Bucharest for a night and then east to the famous Danube Delta and the Black Sea. Constanta, Romania and Varna, Bulgaria are nice towns on the coast but we are headed to the mountains! Braaaaaaap!
Next, we rode into the more remote region of Bukovina and visited the Unesco-protected painted monasteries; it was a fun, if wet and cold adventure! On the way back to Celje (Stina's hometown in Slovenia), we made two brief stops: in Cluj, to check out Casa Matei where king Matthias Corvinus was born, and in Alba Iulia, to visit the tombs of Matthias' father and older brother (who murdered the last count of Celje and paid for it with his own head). So that was it! We loved Romania, go visit if you can!
The next few days were all about beautiful medieval sights: We visited the sophisticated city of Brasov, then explored the fortified churches in the surrounding hills, and walked around the small but gorgeous Sighisoara where Vlad Dracula was born and raised (.well, until he was kidnapped by the Ottomans, but that's another story). Transylvania is really lovely!
We visited Sibiu, which is a lovely Saxon town, whether you're into lovely historic towns or dirt bikes (they host Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye", a hardcore annual off-road motorcycle race), and then we rode over to Brasov via the famous, majestic, and fun (well, at least until you get rained on badly...) Transfăgărășan mountain pass.
Since i started working on the Phil Good Travel project (a @matadornetwork production starring @philwaukee) I've thought a lot more about race and privilege. Even though I'm a POC race isn't something I've had to explicitly deal with in my life. For that I've been fortunate. That said, especially when I'm traveling, I'm very conscious about the colour of my skin. I do have a fear of being a target of racism in certain places. I generally don't let it stop me but it's there, and even though i haven't experienced racism against me personally (that i know of). It still does affect me, it does affect my decision making process. In future posts i want to discuss more of my thoughts and personal stories around race and privilege. I feel like it's time for me to join the conversation and hopefully shift some attitudes, make people think about things differently. *** Follow the link in my bio to get to the Phil Good Travel page, and subscribe! Watch the episodes especially the more personal ones. See what it might be like to travel and live as a black man in 2019. When we put ourselves in others' shoes we strengthen our compassion and empathy. We will never fully understand the lives of another but we can certainly try.
After two hot muggy days of riding, we are now exploring the Romania which, though in EU, still seems to remain a very authentic Balkan country, full of lovely people and beautiful nature. First, we visited Corvin castle in Hunedoara, a 15-century impressive home of the mighty Hunyadi family and especially of the famous King Matthias Corvinus (Kralj Matjaž in Slovenia), the king of Hungary, Bohemia, Croatia, Duke of Austria etc. His deeds in the time of turmoil made him into a legend and a part of folk tales across central Europe.
Then we rode south to Târgu Jiu, the birthplace of the most important sculptor of the 20th century (and Kyle's favorite), Constantin Brâncuși. We came to see The Sculptural Ensemble of Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu, which is an homage to the Romanian heroes of the First World War. The ensemble comprises three sculptures: The Table of Silence, The Gate of the Kiss and the Endless Column. They are all masterpieces, but that column...you could gaze at it for hours, such a simple yet mesmerizing concept, simply unbelievable.
We then turned north again, and rode the fun "Transalpina", which is a 145km long road with endless curves through forests and over the alpine peaks; it has an altitude gain of 1800m (reaching 2145m) and is the highest motorable road of the Carpathian Mountains (and it's only open in the summer, and it was cold up there even now!). We ended up in Sibiu, to check out the Redbull Romaniacs! #motomigrants#romania#brancusi#sibiu#transalpina#twistyroads#roadslesstraveled#DR650#suzuki#advriders#makelifearide#travelfearlessly#womenwhoride#whyweride#womenadvriders#worldtravel#challengeyourself#motoyoga#wanderlust#europe#advridersofinstagram#explore#motolabdirtbikes
You might want to pay attention because the police were involved over this. (How do I manage to find myself in situations???) *
The better half and I decided that this afternoon we would find something indoors to tour and he chose the National Archives Building. (Note that as we entered there are tons of signs that say no photographs -clue #1 ) So we proceeded to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution of the US, the Magna Carta and bunches upon bunches of other stuff. (Clue #2 - my ADHD kicked in because Better Half reads EVERYTHING).
So I get curious about the architecture of the building. Architecture is truly a joy of mine. I love columns. *
And it’s beautiful. But as I sat in the World War II room researching the building, a security alert was called out and officers approached me about my phone and I was asked to put it away. Apparently ANY kind of phone usage is prohibited. It caused a bit of a commotion and The Better Half RAN AWAY and pretended he didn’t know me. (I’ll remember that.....) *
So then I go to the foyer area because I’d like to find the nearest restaurant and I proceed to GET INTO TROUBLE AGAIN. Are there permanent files? Because mine surely says “requires constant monitoring if she has her phone with her.”
S #iswearididnttakephotos#dc#myphotos#oftheOUTSIDE#travelmore#traveladvice#travelwriter#traveldiaries#travelatanyage#travelfearlessly#adventures #usa#travelusa Here’s what I read; In 1930 John Russell Pope was chosen to design the National Archives Building. He also chose the site which was symbolic in that the building would be halfway between the White House and Capitol, and the new Archives would hold records from those institutions. He did a monumental structure with highly decorative architectural features, giant Corinthian columns (have I mentioned I love columns?), 40-foot bronze doors, and inscriptions representing the building's historical importance. *
5 2514 July, 2019
My father - an immigrant from Greece who rose in politics to become a member of Presidents Carter’s and Clinton’s Ethnic Affairs Commissions - instilled in us as children a deep love of democracy and the American government. From as young as I can remember, debates and discussions on politics were a regular occurrence in our family with points of view done loudly and passionately. In spite of a particular stance, critical thinking was encouraged and defending your position was an important skill we developed. No matter who was in office, though, we learned to respect the office and our democracy. So, in light of that since we’re here, Dad, President Trump said to say hello. 😂😉
To me, fear is always a part of travel. Fear to stay where I was last year, fear to not experience everything or to get lost, fear of being homesick, those are all real things travelers never talk about but I think the fear makes adventures all the more satisfying. Don’t be afraid to go and do something stupid and see something new. Be flexible. #adventure#travel#photography#california#adventures#travelfearlessly#go
Last October I traveled to Dallas for #poshfest2018 and met Carrie @onmonroestreet who I’ve talked to almost everyday since. 1200 miles apart and I can honestly call this woman my true friend. We watch the bachelor together faithfully, share our highs, our lows and all of the dog videos😍
I am so grateful to get to spend the next few days showing her around my hometown and attending my first #poshpartylive in Philly and meeting up with our mutual friend @mishmarket who is also a major gem!
The second photo I took just before Carrie picked me up for dinner on the last night. I passed this little abandoned area on my walk to the conference everyday. Feeling less and less lonely each time I passed it. As I met more and more wonderful people. And on the last day as I was sitting at a coffee shop alone across the street, Carrie picked me to go to dinner with her. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and go! I quick ran across the street to snap a photo of this scene. Some may see it as depressing but I saw it as a reminder to keep the chairs open, as true friends will come to sit at your table💗
I’ve been working my ass off with two jobs and writing my book for the last year. And finally, in two days I will be on a plane to Bali/Southeast Asia and get to see @elainerday and just live and breathe and enjoy nature. After Bali, I will be hopping around country to country and LIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA LONG TERM. I will be taking a leap of faith with what’s left in my savings account, an online teaching job and a big dream to have an online business a year from now, or however long (or not long) it takes. A lot of people look at @duderbroman and I like we’re absolutely insane, and yeah, maybe we are. But isn’t that when the best things happen? When you’re just crazy enough to do it? I think so. May the adventures again. And please excuse my lack of communication during this transition. The support is always there. 💜
After briefly stopping in Marseille and riding along the pretty French Riviera, we crossed Italy in one day and made it home to Slovenia!
We will take the summer off, we're tired and have had enough; but we'll be back, we've only ridden through the Americas and Africa, there is still so much world to explore!
After 9 years of living in Nelson we finally climbed Megawatts at the Brilliant dam. It's a 250m wall just outside Castlegar with gorgeous views onto the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers. It's a 5.8 8-pitch bolted climb that's a lot of fun :) I've always been paranoid about the ticks that are prevalent there and sure enough i found 4 or 5 crawling on me, most at the base while belaying. Carrie had a couple on her and we both found a couple more on our clothes when we got home. But all in all no huge deal... Gotta do that tick check! There's also a nice hike to the top for these beautiful views.
You want to learn about yourself? Travel. Explore the world around you. #selfexploration ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The more I insert myself into unfamiliar territory the more I learn about others and myself! Stepping outside your comfort zone is exactly what you should do if you want to grow as a person. Trust me...it works. Lol
I have found this unfamiliar desire to connect with myself more and it’s kind of beautiful ...🙏🏻Connect with my mind, my body, my spirituality, and my relationship to others. #soulconnection ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you think you’re more connected to your mind, your body, or your spirit? ✨ #liveyourtruth#alexaphelece#plussizemodel#travelfearlessly#travelhasnosize
49 64610 October, 2018
New York and I have such a love hate relationship. #ny
I love the city because that’s where some of my most unreal dreams came true, but my other lifelonggging dreams take place far far far away from any kind of city. ⠀
You know what I’m talking about if you’re a little adventure seeker too! #girlsthatwander —
Do you prefer traveling to the city or somewhere far far away from the city? I think i’d choose far far away 😋