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Packing and The Mantra of Minimalism
Packing and The Mantra of Minimalism

Just how much gear can you fit into a Kelty Redwing backpack? Molly McCahan shows you.My husband David and I are on a mad quest to simplify our lives after traveling around the world for 14 months. On that amazing adventure, we survived with the bare minimum crammed into packs on our backs.A nomadic lifestyle brings its own set of challenges, but it’s incredibly cathartic as well.

What are the chances of finding your lost or stolen cellphone? [Infographic]
What are the chances of finding your lost or stolen cellphone? [Infographic]

At least once a month, “Send me your phone number!!” messages appear on my Facebook or Twitter stream from friends who just lost their phones.About 96 of the US population use cellphones and probably store valuable information like contacts, texts, personal photos, or banking information on it. Imagine the nightmare if it ever gets lost or stolen, having to track and lock it down while feeling naked and exposed.

Journey of a lifetime: How travel prepared me for parenting
Journey of a lifetime: How travel prepared me for parenting

Parenting and travel have far more in common than you might expect. Listen to one woman’s story of how her year of travel taught her the lessons she needed to become a parent.I GAVE BIRTH to my first child 18 months after returning from a year-long round-the-world trip. Both experiences dramatically changed my life.

Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia
Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia

Feature photo: etrepum / All other photos by authorThere’s a reason my hometown of Annandale is nicknamed Koreatown.NOT UNTIL I started studying Korean in college did I learn that. East Asian culture permeates many areas of Northern Virginia and is easily accessible for Washingtonians eager to experience it.

New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws
New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws

First of all, let me say that the results of this poll seem quite disconnected from reality.As written in the LA Times:According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion.

Tales From the Frontier of Expat Life: On Being An American Woman In Thailand
Tales From the Frontier of Expat Life: On Being An American Woman In Thailand

An American English teacher in Thailand navigates wildly different cultural standards for how women should behave.I am a teacher for a small school outside of Bangkok. I live in the close-knit community that surrounds the school.One of the most salient things I have noticed here is that within this society there is a reigning thought that women are vessels of sexuality.

The Cure for Jet Lag
The Cure for Jet Lag

If you’ve ever crossed time zones, no doubt you’ve probably experienced these decades old symptoms of jet lag at some point:Fatigue, irritability, nausea, anxiety, dehydration, constipation, diarrhea, headache, sweating, temporary memory loss….am I missing any?!.Finally, beating the inevitable jet lag is possible and each crucial step on how to fight it has been detailed in The Cure for Jet Lag.

The End is Near
The End is Near

The time has come for Christine Garvin to move on.Christine and Carlo in NYCI wanted to let you all know that after over a year and a half of co-editing BNT, I will be leaving at the end of November.I’m sad to go, and will miss you guys dearly, but I’m in the process of taking on a few different projects that will take up a lot of my time.

Book Review: First Stop in the New World
Book Review: First Stop in the New World

Mexico City, The Capital of the 21st Century.As more than one reviewer has already noted, the very idea of trying to squeeze an “intimate portrait” of Mexico City between the covers of a 336 page book is an ambitious task, one that almost borders on the absurd.First of all, Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities, with a population of almost 20 million people spread out across 600 square miles.

Beauty Is In The Ride Of The Beholder
Beauty Is In The Ride Of The Beholder

My idea of camping is staying in a hotel room without room service and a wall-mounted blow dryer. Give me a clean hotel room with 400 thread count sheets and a lanai I can walk out on so I may greet the early morning sunrise.I long for a place with a cool swimming pool and hot tub to soak in after a long day of sightseeing.

This is the power of the Joplin tornado (PIC)
This is the power of the Joplin tornado (PIC)

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Notes on balancing effort and surrender
Notes on balancing effort and surrender

THE WORD ‘FLOW’ is an oft-heard one around the city of Nelson. “Let’s just see how it flows.” “I’m just gonna flow and see where it takes me.” It’s one of the reasons I love it here. But sometimes it can get to be too much. I have a friend that I haven’t seen all summer. She lives about a 15-minute walk from me and has no cell phone.