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Leave No Trace // Why It Is Important

Leave no trace essentially means that when you head outside you should quite literally ‘leave no trace’ of your time spent in the wilderness. While we do want to head outside to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer we need to be careful about how much of an impact we have. The principles of Leave No Trace are there to help keep our impact in check. These principles address everything from where you hike to how you interact with animals to what you do with your poop. Let’s dig in…

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The Ten Essentials of Summer

In the perfect world you won’t need to use any of the gear your stash in you “Ten Essentials” go bag. Unfortunately this is not a perfect world and it is paramount that we head into the wilderness prepared for the worst case scenario. This is where the ten essential systems come into play.

The ten essential systems are meant to provide you with the basic items to survive an unexpected overnight in the wilderness.

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Comparing International Volunteer Exchange Programs

When I started to dig into budget travel, especially international, I came across someone’s story about WWOOFing while abroad. They used this volunteer exchange network as a way to reduce costs while soaking up local culture. WWOOF stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”. It is an online network puts traveling volunteers into contact with organic or permaculture farms around the world.

Discovering Your Adventure Comfort Zone

We all have our own adventure comfort zones. They’re the bubble we live inside of that expands, contracts + wiggles about based on the life experiences we either love or hate. A person’s comfort zone is always changing; especially if you’re seeking out adventures. It can be a dramatic change of gaining confidence and comfort in a foreign country after weeks of language/culture immersion. Or, it can be a small change, such as falling asleep quickly in a tent the night after a restless, worried sleep on a backpacking trip.

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