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Crystal Veness

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Get your adrenaline fix in Hood River, OR // TRAVEL GUIDE

The Pacific Northwest has this element of outside that seems to be firmly entrenched in the hearts of everyone who lives there. But away from the busy big cities and the coast is a small city whose residents and vistors have taken outside to the next level. Perched along the Columbia River is the city of Hood River, Oregon.

When you’re looking for that hit of adrenaline on your summer getaway in the PNW, look no further than Hood River!

Alright, maybe a little further… there’s a lot of cool stuff to see nearby too!

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Dive into authentic Mexico in Progreso // TRAVEL GUIDE

The beauty of Mexico is that every destination offers something unique. To dance until the sun comes up from the all inclusive comfort of a resort, you’d head to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. To escape the beach and dive into old-world wonder, you can choose your own adventure in Zacatecas or Chiapas. If it’s laid back Bohemian vibes you want, catch some waves in the surfside towns of Puerto Escondido or Todos Santos.

But where do you go if you want that perfect blend of exploration, authenticity, culture, and action without the crowds of tourists and repetitive all-inclusive resorts?

Progreso.

Kitesurfing Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Time to get real [LTJ]

I broke my leg 12 days ago.

It hasn’t been a bad experience, really. I feel like I lucked out at every turn imaginable, except for the part where I broke my leg.

Every photo you’ve seen of me with a broken leg has been with a smile on my face. Because for the most part, I have had a smile on my face. I’m a happy person. I’m basically a professional at putting a positive spin on any situation, however difficult it is.

But I wanted to be real with you.

When I hit the water, I knew I’d fucked up. Badly.

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Caribbean adventure in Cabarete, DR // TRAVEL GUIDE

Baby, it’s cold outside. You know what that means, right? Time to book a flight somewhere a little warmer! If adventure is on your schedule, the North Coast of the Dominican Republic should be your first stop.

Whether you’re looking for jungle excursions or ocean exploration, the DR has it all. I’ve spent more than a year traveling around this region, and always find myself drawn to the energy-filled beach town of Cabarete.

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Home is where ______ is [LTJ]

Home is… a great big cloud of uncertainty. A concept I could mull over endlessly. And a topic I’ve written about in the past.

Here’s what I landed on a few months ago:

It’s when you finally feel at peace. When you’re so connected to your environment and your surroundings and the people in it, that you can take a deep breath of fresh, clean air, close your eyes, and smile. It’s when you are the truest version of yourself in a place of safety and love and calm.