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How We Met: Love in ColOmbia

The months of June and July in Kenya are cold; the coldest months I had experienced since embarking on my trip 6 months prior. The money was running out, I began the slow panic of, “Oh no, what shall I do to sustain this nomadic lifestyle?” I did everything I could in my power to stay in Kenya, because I …

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Promise from a White Girl

I am evolving my friends, but it is taking time and a hell of a lot longer than I would have expected from myself. I have always prided myself on being so open and ahead of the game in regards to racism in my country, but I am beginning to realize that those ideas still came from a feeling of …

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A Global Traveler’s Perspective on Cultural Appropriation

The discussion of cultural appropriation is on the tip of everyone’s tongue nowadays. To preface this article, I must tell you who I am. I am WHITE. Or caucasian to remain PC. I grew up in North Carolina surrounded primarily by black people. I grew up not realizing that I was white for a significant portion of my childhood due …

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Life Happens: Citizen Soccer Journey

The last eight years: • Ended a serious and long term relationship. • Struggled through my last two years of university, but managed to graduate from UCLA with honors. • Almost continued with my Masters degree right away, but was dissuaded by a professor telling me at age 30 that I was too old to pursue a PhD. (really upset …

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Financial Mistakes of RTW Travel

When planning for a Round-the-World (RTW) trip, one tends to over-prepare, over-spend and over-stress before taking off on said journey. I cannot iterate enough that this is the main problem…PLANNING. Don’t do too much of it, because you will waste precious dollars that would be better spent on the road. I spent 18 long months preparing for my trip abroad. …

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Round-The-World Couchsurfing

For those of you thinking of taking the leap of “round-the-world” (RTW) travel, there are a few wonderful options for accommodation that really do make it more affordable and downright enjoyable. A website called Couchsurfing (CSing) has been an integral part of my life, community and travels since 2008. People are skeptical for many reasons, safety as the most important, …

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Episode 2: Where in the World is Kendra?

Greetings Soccer Citizens!! A quick geography check for everyone. One chapter ends, but another begins. Onto new and different adventures ahead. Article and video about Couchsurfing and Kuala Lumpur coming very soon. Stay tuned…

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Halong Bay Adventures in Vietnam

Up and down. Back and forth. Left and right. Sideways and around in circles. The directions my heart has been pulled since my departure from DC. “Marry me.” “Move back for me.” “Let me travel with you.” I’ve heard it all. It never stops, but I never bite. My friends however…oh, my friends, well, the photos and texts from friends …