Finding the Unexpected in Albania

The tone of the trip was set before it began. On our first morning in Albania, Erika, Angela, Maureen and I met for our trip orientation to discuss how to best travel together in a small group. As a travel host, I’ve learned from past experiences that everyone's mindset needs to be on the same page. So this morning, we mutually agreed to expect the unexpected. In the words of John Edwards, "Of course, plans are subject to change. Only in this case, upwards."

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Anna Schabold: Breathe into the journey of change.

The one thing all of us have in common is a desire for health and happiness. But, obtaining it is the hard part especially when the guidance of society leads us astray. So, we have to learn from our experiences, which creates struggle along the way. Is there a way to make these transformations easier? 

We interviewed Anna Schabold, a Chicago based yoga instructor who will be joining us on our Finland & Forrest Yoga Adventure, to find out how her life’s path guided her to Forrest Yoga and how .....

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What the heck is "sisu"?

My imagination carried me to visions of polar bears flying through the air, when a friend in Finland shared with me via Messenger the concept of Polar Bear Pitching. I had just said to him, "I signed up for our local Polar Plunge in Chicago!" An annual event in March that requires jumping in Lake Michigan to raise funds for the Special Olympics. I'm feeling fairly confident to plunge since, on a recent visit to Finland, I did just that. Jump in the Baltic Sea after a sauna.....

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What about safety in Colombia?

Anywhere you travel in the world, when it comes to safety, each person's comfort zone will be different. But, it's important for everyone to be a smart traveler. Our upcoming trip to Colombia has certainly raised eyebrows and questions, "Is Colombia safe? What precautions do I need to take? And, why are thousands of tourists flocking there each year?" Read to discover a few common sense safety tips when traveling to Colombia, as well as around the world.
 

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Why is my rain jacket no longer water resistant?

Growing up in Seattle, I learned to enjoy the rain. Rain actually makes me happy. But, recently on our hiking trip in Valbona Valley National Park, Albania, we were met with several days of rain and thunderstorms. After five hours of hiking joyfully in the rain one day, I learned my rain jacket was no longer waterproof anymore. I was soaked through. How did this happen? 

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How many pairs of socks do I pack?

Packing can be a fun challenge because the needs of each destination are different. It's a bit like a puzzle to analyze, edit and minimize the essentials of what is required for each trip. As we prepare to venture off-the-beaten-path in the mountains of Albania, one question begs to be answered. How many pairs of socks do I need?

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