Belonging Everywhere, To Everyone

Winter was driving on and snow was on the horizon as I fumbled my way out of Portland International Airport. This was a trip I wasn’t particularly keen on for a couple of reasons. One, I haven’t been chasing the sun only to freeze up, and two, I haven’t been home in a while. I met my sister Joanne in the waiting area and I kissed her like no time had passed since we last saw each other. We spent the night at her apartment downtown. We had dinner in her tiny balcony and watched night-shining clouds hang over Mt. …

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5 Ways to Travel Responsibly

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As someone who’s lived on the road for six years, I’ve been lucky enough to explore all kinds of places and know many cultures in depth. But traveling is as unsettling and awakening as it is exciting. Beyond the façade of dazzling beaches and exotic spots lie the harsh reality faced by the host community. As tourists, we can spend days or weeks in a place oblivious to the day-to-day struggles of locals. We indulge in food, adventure, and freedom without realizing that certain groups of people might be feeling chained to that same place. In some cases, while tourism …

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