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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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Is trip insurance worth it?

As we take leaps together from North America to South America, Asia and Africa, unexpected events are things we can certainly enjoy. From getting lost in the alleys of Venice, Italy, to roadside car repairs in Morocco, these unplanned events lead to off-the-beaten-path experiences and memorable travel stories to share. But, will I need medical coverage for the Alps? If there is a trip interruption, will I be able to cancel or reschedule my flight? Is trip insurance worth it?

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What is a sleep sack?

Travel and meeting the real world can be exhilarating. And for some, uncomfortable at the same time.

Stepping off-the-beaten-path means visiting places that may not fit a standard hotel star rating system. So, what do you do to prepare yourself for the unexpected when your local guest house, mountain refuge or camp site under the stars pushes you too far out of your comfort zone?
 

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