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Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know

My new mantra after attending a meditation retreat  with Thich Nhat Hanh is … BE STILL AND KNOW This mantra is a reminder to me to slow down, be still, be quiet, be present, be mindful, breath …  and I will gain a deeper understanding of myself and others, cultivating compassion and happiness. In times when I fell […]

Overcoming Fear – Meet Plan GO! 2012

Overcoming Fear – Meet Plan GO! 2012

My father says that I have never met a stranger. I suppose he is right. I love meeting new people and I can talk to anyone, an innate ability that has served me well as a traveler. Life on the road is full of chance and brief encounters with truly remarkable people. By not being […]

Itinerary NOT planning – How to travel by the seat of your skirt (or pants!)

Itinerary NOT planning – How to travel by the seat of your skirt (or pants!)

I was recently one of three panelist at the Meet Plan Go San Francisco event, in which I spoke about my travel experiences, hoping to inspire the 120 guests in the audience to take a long career break. I also led small group sessions on the subject of itinerary planning, from the perspective of NOT […]

Kite Spot Review: El Gouna, Egypt

Kite Spot Review: El Gouna, Egypt

Since I have become a kitesurfer I find myself in places I would never choose to visit as a traveler. El Gouna, Egypt is one of these places (as is Hua Hin, Thailand) that delights the kiter in me with windy shores, while disappointing the traveler in me with an abundance or tourists and void […]

KB4girls Global Event 2012 El Gouna, Egypt

KB4girls Global Event 2012 El Gouna, Egypt

In June I took a short, cheap flight from Zurich to Hurghada to participated in my first KB4girls Global Event in El Gouna, Egypt. Warm sun, wind, and water combined with energizing girl power from 22 incredible ladies from three continents made for a fabulously fun experience! I first learned about KB4girls (Kiteboarding 4 Girls) when I returned to San […]

Kitesurfing in Dakhla, Western Sahara

Kitesurfing in Dakhla, Western Sahara

Dakhla is located in Western Sahara, a disputed territory claimed by Morocco. The main kitespot is located about 30km north of Dakhla city pretty much in the middle of the Sahara. I kited here in late April and would guess that we had 20-25 knots every day. We rode comfortably on a 6m Cabrinha Switchblade […]

Best of 2011 – By the seat of my skirt

Best of 2011 – By the seat of my skirt

Some of my best memories to date were made in 2011 … BEST SUNSET: Broome, Western Australia South Pacific – Minerva Reef   BEST DIVE: Navy Pier, Exmouth Exmouth, America Down Under     BEST PLACE TO TAKE PHOTOS: New Zealand, everywhere! Coromandel Penninsula, North Island   BEST NEW SKILLS: Kitesurfing and Sailing   BEST PLACE […]

Meet, Plan, Go! Take a career break!

Meet, Plan, Go! Take a career break!

If you read this blog and have ever thought “I wish I could travel as much as Kelly does” … YOU CAN! Long term travel is a more realistic goal than you might think and a career break can actually be beneficial to your career. Having just returned from my second year long career break […]

Safari Lodge – Where wind, water and sunshine meet in tropical paradise!

Safari Lodge – Where wind, water and sunshine meet in tropical paradise!

Safari Lodge is located on beautiful Nananu-i-ra, a remote island of Fiji. Blessed with consistent trade winds, Nananu-i-ra island is a wind-sport enthusiasts paradise!  From April to December, winds blow at a steady speed of 15-30 Knots, attracting wind addicts from around the world to the tropical waters of the South Pacific. Australian windsurfing legend, […]

The happiest people in the world …

The happiest people in the world …

live in Vanuatu (van-wat-too), reported the author of an article Thomas read when we were living in Western Australia. I had never heard of the country nor could I have placed it on a map, but I remember saying “I want to go there.” Comprised of 83 small islands, the nation of Vanuatu is a […]

World’s Best Festivals, Parties & Culture

World’s Best Festivals, Parties & Culture

Attending local festivals while traveling is a fun way to connect with foreign cultures while learning their historical significance.  World’s Best Festivals, Parties & Culture is a great tool to help you locate these fun events while on the road. A must have for travelers who love to party  their way to learning more about the […]

Bootcamp for the mind: Dipabhavan Meditation Retreat

Bootcamp for the mind: Dipabhavan Meditation Retreat

In our Western culture we give so much time and attention to taking care of our bodies but how often do we take time to care of our minds? Just as it is important to exercise our body to be strong so that we won’t get injured by life’s falls – a well trained, calm […]

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