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GEAR REPORT: CHAR-BROIL SIGNAURE TRU-INFRARED GAS GRILL

While I love to leave home, get on a plane, and pursue far-flung adventures, I also really love staycations and easy weekend trips close to home. This is one of the main reasons I moved to Los Angeles eight years ago. When it’s 75 degrees and sunny most of the year, and when you can look out your window and see palm trees, it’s a lot easier to make staying

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MY FAVORITE LUXURY HOTELS FEATURED ON BUSINESS INSIDER

This article was originally published on Business Insider. Click here to read the original Note: Business Insider asked me to round up my favorite luxury hotels that I’ve personally stayed in or visited. Needless to say, it was a fun assignment reminiscing on all of the amazing places I’ve been lucky enough to experience — places that would certainly rank among the world’s best luxury hotels. They asked that I exclude

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GEAR REPORT: STANDARD LUGGAGE CO.’S DAILY BACKPACK (A LAPTOP BACKPACK YOU’LL WANT TO TRAVEL WITH)

When it comes to working from the road or simply carrying all the gear needed to live both your real and digital life to the fullest, not every backpack is created equal. While most backpacks now-a-days feature a laptop sleeve, oftentimes, that’s simply not enough. You need space for chargers, cables, a camera, a tablet — as well as your other go-to travel essentials. Enter Standard Luggage Co.’s Daily Backpack.

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5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO MOUNTAIN BIKE AROUND THE WORLD

This is a guest post written by Amanda Wilks, a writer, editor, veteran mountain biker.  Is there anything quite as thrilling as cresting a hilly expanse of a beautiful stretch of country totally untouched by man, sprawling off into the horizon as far as the eyes can see? You’d be hard-pressed to name a more beautiful natural sight that can be enjoyed at your own pace and just keeps on

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GEAR REPORT: BOARDING PASS NYC’S METRO WAXED BACKPACK (A BACKPACK FOR ADULTS)

boarding pass nyc bag

The backpack. You’ve been carrying one since kindergarten — and now, even in your post schooling and post budget backpacker years, chances are you still have a few laying around. Personally, I have a backpack with me more than I don’t have a backpack with me. Whether I’m going to the gym, hiking, skiing, on a road trip, on a plane, or just anywhere with my laptop, you can bet

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THE JOY OF WINTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Rockport Shoe Review

This post is presented in partnership with Rockport. Click here to enter Rockport’s “Joy Is” sweepstakes and you could win, among other prizes, a $500 shopping spree on Rockport.com plus a second $500 Rockport voucher to gift to a friend.  —- If you’ve been following this blog for the past two or so years, you may know that I often have a pair or Rockport’s in my suitcase. Why? Becasue

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THE BEST GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVELERS AND EXPLORERS

Gifts For Travelers

Every year around this time, it’s my goal to make holiday shopping for the travel enthusiasts in your life as easy as possible (and these gifts are great to give all year round — from birthdays, to graduations to anniversaries and beyond — so bookmark this page for your future gift giving ne ). This effort takes the form of my annual gift guide for travelers, where I curate the

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE 4-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

How To Hike The Inca Trail

This is guest post. I have not personally hiked the Inca Trail — but it’s certainly on my adventure list!  —- The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the planet’s most iconic treks. The 26-mile (42-kilometer), 4-day long journey, which starts in Cusco (near the heart of the former Incan Empire), traverses a cloud forest, stunning mountain landscapes, ancient Incan ruins, and a subtropical jungle before finally arriving

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