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Me to We in Ecuador: An adventure in volunteerism

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In July, I had an opportunity to tag along with a group from Aimia to volunteer on a Me to We trip in Ecuador. Over the course of a week, these seven volunteers (who were hand-selected by Free the Children) helped to build a school in the village of Bella Vista Baja, deep in the Amazon. This region is home to thousands of indigenous people affected by severe poverty, limited access to education and health care, and limited authority over agricultural land. (more…)


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From lawyer to world traveler: CST talks to Jodi Ettenberg about six years of solo travel

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Jodi Ettenberg, a former lawyer in NYC, decided to quit her job in 2008 and has been traveling the world ever since. Chic Savvy Travels spoke to Jodi Ettenberg about traveling solo and her advice for other women who have a desire to travel the world.

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Tour d’Afrique: A test of mind, body and bike

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Considering a trip to Africa but want something more culturally immersive and physically challenging than five-star hotels? Then gear up and start pedaling.

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Lakes, fells and forests: Climbing England’s Lake District

SARAH LYSECKI, Contributor
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While London is arguably one of the world’s greatest cities, this piece of paradise in the north-west corner of Blighty is worth a visit to this side of the Atlantic.

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Conquering a fear of sharks

SARAH BOBAS, Contributor
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Somewhere over the past 25 to 30 years I developed an all-consuming, nightmare-inducing and completely irrational fear of sharks. Having grown up in an urban environment I had few (read: zero) opportunities to experience a near-death shark-related situation, so I can only assume the media created this fear.

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Dive, surf and hike your way through Bocas del Toro in Panama

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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In Bocas del Toro, you might feel like you’ve stepped into an episode of Survivor. Which is not surprising, since a season of the reality TV game show was filmed here. You’ll find dense jungle with tangles of vines and forest palms spilling out onto empty stretches of white-sand beach, surrounded by an extensive coral reef ecosystem.

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Decadent Dubai: Why you need to visit now

KRISTEN MARANO, Contributor
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From riding sand dunes in the desert, to stepping inside one of the world’s largest mosques in nearby Abu Dhabi, to having drinks at the world’s only seven-star hotel, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that everyone should experience.

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Tramping the Northern Circuit in New Zealand

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and want a chance to experience Mordor for yourself, check out the Tongariro Crossing — considered New Zealand’s best day walk — or continue on to do the Northern Circuit over four to five days.

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Shaping up, Bermuda style

LIZ BRUCKNER, Contributor
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Despite our best efforts, sometimes it’s hard to commit to being fit. Between finding energy to stay conscious all day, making and eating healthy meals, and juggling life commitments in the process, losing those last few pounds is anything but easy.

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Road-tripping misadventures in New Zealand

JOYA THOMAS, Contributor
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All stories have a beginning. For this one, that could be the moment I decided to pack my bags and get on a one-way flight to New Zealand. It could be when I succumbed to the inevitable and bought The Yellow Submarine, my neon-yellow campervan and home for the next seven months. But, for this story, there is only one climax, one zenith.

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Hiking the Great Wall of China

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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If you’re traveling to northern China, you probably want to check out the Great Wall — you, along with hordes of other tourists. From Beijing most tourists head to Badaling, the most accessible (and crowded) section of the wall, which has also been extensively renovated. If you’re looking for authentic charm, this isn’t it.

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My yoga holiday from hell (Part 2)

TAMARA DINELLE, Contributor
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I ventured off to my first yoga class: a pranayama breathing class. In Sanskrit, pranayama means life (prana) and breath (ayama) and is considered one of the five principles of yoga. The purpose of the class was to learn how to measure and control your breathing, drawing maximum breath into the body to optimize one’s yoga practice.

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My yoga holiday from hell (Part 1)

TAMARA DINELLE, Contributor
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The resurgence of yoga is one of the biggest marketing success stories of the past 15 years. For decades it was considered outside of the mainstream, practiced mainly by granola-loving hippies still hanging onto their 1960’s lifestyle.

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