2 Techniques For Securing Your Backpack While Traveling

When you’re on the road, feeling safe and secure is everything. I’ve spent countless nights on crowded buses or in terminals, anxiously keeping myself awake out of fear of my bags being stolen. After losing lots of sleep, I’ve established these two methods for keeping things secure and giving me peace of mind, whether I’m alone or traveling with others.

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The “Just In Case” Things You Should Take Backpacking or on Any Big Trip

During the Great Depression, there was a slogan: use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. When you’re far from home, with different resources and limited money, this philosophy is golden.

When you’re out on the road, things will break and go wrong – it’s all a part of the gig. To minimize or avoid major inconveniences and costs, I’m quite prepared when I travel. I’ve put together this little kit, I call it my traveling “headquarters,” with items that are handy to have and can save the day. It can also help you being a more sustainable traveler.

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How and Why You Should Organize a Community Book Swap Where You Live

Community building, minimizing waste and free stuff – does it get any better than that?! A community book swap is such a fun event to attend, and so easy to organize.

My city has a monthly book swap that used to be organized by my friend, and I offered to take over after she had been organizing for a year. I was surprised by how effortless it was to pull together, so I’ve written down everything you need to know about hosting your own book swap, and why you should go for it

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9 Food Prep Ideas For Reducing Plastic Use (& Saving Money) When Traveling

Traveling may be the most exhausting time to try to avoid waste and be healthy. It seems like every to-go food item is in a plastic container with a plastic seal with a plastic label. 

If we’re being honest about most to-go snacks from gas stations or airport shops, we know they’re not ideal adventure food. They’re not a good choice for our bodies or the earth we’re out enjoying.

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Successfully Going Paperless In The Kitchen

Looking to save money or minimize your home’s footprint? The kitchen is a great place to start. It’s where the most money is spent, and the most trash accumulates.

These alternatives to disposable kitchen products are cheap to invest in and there’s no sacrifice – they all work better than their disposable counterparts.

Keep reading to see paperless kitchen swaps and tips for implementing in your home.

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9 Gift Ideas For The Environmentally Friendly People In Your Life

Gift Ideas For The Environmentally Friendly People In Your Life

If you need some gift inspiration for the outdoors enthusiast or low-impact liver  in your life (or for yourself), look no farther. These products are all extremely useful and will result in a smaller footprint on the planet, and that’s a win-win.

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9 Things You Need to Know About Leave No Trace With Kids

We should always leave it better than we found it when we’re out in nature, but what about when we go with kids? It’s so important to show kids to respect and enjoy nature and lead by example in our outdoor stewardship.

During my time as a summer camp adventure guide, I developed these guidelines to use on every outdoors outing with youth. 

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3 Tips On Applying To A Partner Visa And “Proving Your Relationship” For Immigration

3 Tips On Applying To A Partner Visa And “Proving Your Relationship” For Immigration

If you’re immigrating to a new country with a partner, you may find yourself having to prove the legitimacy of your romantic relationship. 

It’s a pretty odd and invasive endeavor, to have to show documentary evidence that you and your significant other are in a real relationship. I went through this when I immigrated to my partner’s home country (the Netherlands) on a partner visa. Per the requirements of the application, I had to provide “extensive detail and documentary evidence” on my relationship and answer deeply personal questions for who knows how many people to review.

It was a daunting task, especially given how vague the request was, to “substantiate the relationship” so that it could be determined legitimate or not.

I’m you’re like me, your first reaction to that may be “what the heck do I do with that?” I was taking stabs in the dark when I started putting this application packet together, grasping at any shred of advice i could find.

These are my tips for anyone going through the same process. Please know that I am not an immigration specialists and I don’t have any formal education on the matter. This is advice I have to share simply having gone through the process myself.  

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