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I’m a writer!

I’m a writer!

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Aug 9, 2013
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  I chuckle at that statement. I’m a writer. I even have a playlist on iTunes called “I’m a writer!” for those tunes that help me type. Yes this personal joke may sound ridiculous in my head but the proof is in the pudding…and by pudding I mean pages. For the past few months I […]

A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame

A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Jan 29, 2015
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A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame I don’t care much for country music. Wait. Let me back up. I don’t care much for what country music has become. Twangy ballads about heartache or kickin it country style, they all sound the same to me. Evidently, I’m not the only one: Pretty […]

2 Reasons Why I will Return to Kentucky

2 Reasons Why I will Return to Kentucky

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Jan 27, 2015
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The Kentucky Derby and the Bourbon Trail – 2 Reasons why I will Return to Kentucky With little time to spend in the Blue Grass State I was still able to get a glimpse of why I want to return to Kentucky. No, I’m not talking finger-licking-good chicken. The reasons I will return to Kentucky, The Kentucky […]

Where Baseball Bats are Born – Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum

Where Baseball Bats are Born – Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum

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Jan 23, 2015
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Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum  Not but 12 hours after hoisting Larry Bird’s 85/86 MVP trophy over my head I was swinging Yankee legend Mickey Mantle’s game used bat. By this point in my trip the sports fan in me was screaming “stop while you’re ahead!” How did I get to put my […]

Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town

Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town

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Jan 21, 2015
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Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town I am going age myself here. NBA Superstar’s volume #1, that is when my desire for visiting French Lick was born. This “fusion of music and sports like never before” put this small Indiana town on the map for me. I received this VHS tape (remember those?) for my […]

Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best

Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best

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Jan 19, 2015
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Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best Kauai lured us in a way that the ‘Big Island’ and other Hawaii destinations hadn’t. It is rich in both Hawaii’s famous surf, the aloha spirit, and the expansive island scenery that humbles as much as it inspires. One element we hadn’t totally accounted for when we started […]

Capt Andy’s Sailing Review – Dad jokes, Pterodactyls, and the Na Pali Coast

Capt Andy’s Sailing Review – Dad jokes, Pterodactyls, and the Na Pali Coast

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Jan 15, 2015
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Capt Andy’s Sailing Review Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t something I really want to do on vacation. However since most things in Kauai close at about 11pm we found ourselves getting to bed early most nights which made the early rise to get to Capt Andy’s sailing a little easier. Plus, it was […]

2015 Travel Plans…So Far

2015 Travel Plans…So Far

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Jan 13, 2015
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2015 Travel Plans…So Far With all the awesome of 2014 behind me it is time to look ahead. 2015 will be the biggest year for me in regards to travel and this site. The end of 2014 saw me leave my desk job, sell my house and all but a few possessions as I prepared for […]

This Life in Trips 2014 Fan Favourite Instagram Photos

This Life in Trips 2014 Fan Favourite Instagram Photos

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Jan 8, 2015
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This Life in Trips 2014 Fan Favourite Instagram Photos At the end of 2013 I created 9 New Year’s Resolutions for a Travel Blogger and have vowed to abide by them. 2014 saw huge strides in 2 of those 9 in particular: Take better Photos (and more often) and Be More Social. 2014 saw me go from using […]

This Life in Trips 2014 Travel Review

This Life in Trips 2014 Travel Review

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Jan 6, 2015
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This Life in Trips 2014 Travel Review Goodbye 2014. A year that was wonderfully awesome and incredibly frustrating all at once. I’m so sad to see you go but also glad we are over. The good definitely outweighs the bad so I am happy to look back at you and see where you took me, what […]

2014 Foodie Review – What I ate from Around the World

2014 Foodie Review – What I ate from Around the World

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Dec 31, 2014
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2014 Foodie Review – What I ate from Around the World Oh my. 2014 was a good year for food and This Life in Trips. Cooking classes were taken, dishes were made, delicious delicacies were eaten. My expanding waistline reminds me of this daily. For those who (fortunately) can not see my love handles, here […]

Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger Bag Review

Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger Bag Review

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Dec 29, 2014
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— CONTEST CLOSED!— Big congrats to Kelby AndMichael Brandow! One ‪RTW‬ experienced Snoop Messenger Bag coming your way! Thanks to all that entered. Be sure to Like This Life in Trips on Facebook  and sign up for my newsletter as I have a few more giveaways planned! Timbuk2 Snoop Messenger RTW On my 2014 round the world trip […]

How I Went From Back Surgery to a Year of Travel

How I Went From Back Surgery to a Year of Travel

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Dec 23, 2014
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Remember that back injury I not-so-conveniently had just weeks before my last around the world trip? Whelp, my recovery kind of plateaued leaving me with the option of having stabbing pains and a numb foot for life or taking the chance that a surgery would improve things. I chose door number 2. So sorry for […]

8 Myths about Backpacking Around the World

8 Myths about Backpacking Around the World

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Dec 18, 2014
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8 Myths about Backpacking Around the World There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the idea of backpacking around the world. Most conjure up myths as a way of putting off what is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and what is perceived to be hard. It’s important to note that these are just excuses put […]

How to Prepare Vietnamese coffee

How to Prepare Vietnamese coffee

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Dec 16, 2014
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The first time I went to Vietnam I made the mistake of not bringing back coffee. I would not make this mistake again. On a recent layover in Ho Chi Minh City I made it a goal to pick up some  beans from the world’s number two coffee supplying country. With these beans came this […]

Eating Like a Local in Cyprus

Eating Like a Local in Cyprus

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Dec 12, 2014
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Eating Like a Local in Cyprus A vacation in Cyprus means you’ll experience beautiful beaches, high temperatures no matter which season you arrive, and the warm Mediterranean Sea. Another plus is that the local cuisine isn’t too bad either. If you’re taking a trip to this sun-blessed island then be prepared for the freshest of […]

Odd/Awesome Chips of Asia

Odd/Awesome Chips of Asia

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Dec 10, 2014
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Odd/Awesome Chips of Asia Fancy a Korean boy band with your kimchi flavored chips? Head to Seoul. How about seaweed flavored Pringles? Japan’s got you covered. Yes the chips of Asia may be odd to Westerners but fascinating to me. With that fascination I would like to share this ever-growing list of the Chips of Asia […]

India via Rickshaw. Who’s with me??

India via Rickshaw. Who’s with me??

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Dec 6, 2014
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So this is interesting. 3 weeks across India via Rickshaw. I will let that sink in for a minute. I was recently approached by fellow travel blogger Chris Reynolds of The One Effect about this most epic journey across India. It is 3 weeks of unexpected adventure and I am seriously considering signing up. Who’s […]

Quick and Simple Butter Chicken

Quick and Simple Butter Chicken

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Dec 4, 2014
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My recent layover in Mumbai has only strengthened my desire to see India – and I hope to follow through with that on my next RTW tour. Until then I will have to settle for day dreams and spicy curries. Today’s worldly eats recipe pays homage to just that. Many people shy away from cooking […]

Mumbai Airport in 60 Seconds

Mumbai Airport in 60 Seconds

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Dec 2, 2014
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Mumbai Airport in 60 seconds As we touched down at the Mumbai airport I couldn’t help but feel cheated. My first time to India and I was just passing through. I had tried to find a layover option that would allow us some time to explore but it just wasn’t in the cards. Mumbai airport […]

How to Make Almost Authentic Vietnamese Salad Rolls

How to Make Almost Authentic Vietnamese Salad Rolls

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Nov 27, 2014
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Returning to Vietnam was a no brainer. Just to have the chance to have some authentic Vietnamese cuisine is worth going out of my way for. On my recent around the world tour I had the option of laying over in middle of nowhere China, Manila, or Ho Chi Minh City.  I didn’t have to […]

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