The Conscious Traveller | Bamboo Utensils for Going Plastic-Free While Traveling

Finding your plastic-free groove in your everyday life is an incredibly empowering experience. When that confidence is shattered by a road trip or vacation where you have no choice but to use plastic utensils and other disposable items is not so fun. Trust me, I’ve been there and those guilty feelings can weigh on you — sometimes they can even undo some hard-earned habits, which is tough but unfortunately our reality. Since our society doesn’t yet see single-use plastics as the massive problem that they truly are it’s impossible to avoid these things while you’re on the road. That’s why being prepared and arming yourself with this knowledge is the best way to avoid these situations.

I won’t lie, it takes some extra effort and planning ahead to become self-sufficient enough to keep up your sustainable lifestyle when you’re traveling. Trying to go plastic-free on planes, at rest stops or even a restaurant without your reusable utensils can be a losing battle. Luckily there are plastic-free alternatives that are lightweight, multi-purposeful and beautiful for when you’re on the road. Especially during the summer, when you’re more likely to just drop everything and go, it’s so important to be mindful and prepared.

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Wellness | Easy Yoga Poses to do at Home

Something I learned about myself in 2017 is that I do not like to (and cannot) sit still. For me, regular movement means I’m happier, healthier and feel more energized overall. However, I find myself sitting for long periods of time on the computer or traveling in a car way more than I’d like. After a while, things start to hurt, crankiness sets in and…well…it all goes downhill from there.

Maybe you can relate to this. Most of us do because as a sedentary culture, we are starved of the regular, nourishing movement that our bodies and minds need to be well. As a yoga instructor and lover of movement (motion is lotion! Is that weird? I’m sorry) I prefer to do a few easy and rejuvenating poses at home or in private to tune things up.

The poses below are simple, accessible and go a long way if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to be on your mat.  Since the holidays have just come to a close, chances are you feel a bit burnt out and tight like I do right now. So, hopefully you’ll appreciate the simplicity of these poses. Remember to focus on your breath and meet yourself where you are. There’s no need to try and change a thing. Just breathe.

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Food + Drink | Campfire Cooking

Last summer we hiked and camped out on Mount Washington. It was awesome, amazing and a ton of fun. You can read all about our trip and why you should do it here, on Huckberry.  Sorry to tell you but this post is not about the adventure, it’s about food.  Let’s move on.

Since we started a bit later in the day and the climb up and down Tuckerman Ravine isn’t exactly quick, by the time we returned to our campsite it was nearly dusk. Sweaty, tired and starving (we had seen people drive up to the top in their cars with entire pizza pies, I swear I’m not joking) we set up camp and got cooking — fast. Thank goodness we had a solution.

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Whether you are car camping or carrying it all in your pack, making a nourishing and tasty meal that’ll fill you up is tough. Most camp meals are prepackaged and freeze-dried, loaded with sodium and calories galore, but sometimes making a hot meal is simply not an option.  Continue reading Food + Drink | Campfire Cooking

Pure Green Magazine Feature: Travel As Wellness

Around this time last year, I was working as the web editor for Pure Green Magazine, and we were in the midst of dreaming up the next issue of the quarterly mag. The theme was wellness and at that point I felt like the topic was a little exhausted with cleanses, detoxifying potions and things that generally involved crystals and mantras.

At that same time I had just befriended a lovely soul and badass travel photographer, Celeste Noches, who giggled and brainstormed with me about what kind of amazing, groundbreaking work we could do together (my writing + her photos/stories + our shared vision) for hours in a small diner in Brooklyn. After our own road trip one day, we put our heads together and created this for Pure Green: an homage to that undeniable healin’ feelin’ of travel. The way it moves you, how it changes you if you let it, and the way it makes you feel as alive as ever. I am SO SO happy to share a snippet of our work (you can read the full version by subscribing to Pure Green Magazine) here on the blog and sincerely hope you find a little piece of our stories that resonates with you, too.

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Shelf Life

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Every summer, like clock-work, I find myself desperate to travel more. Maybe it’s the warmer climes that make my blood rise and stir up some crazy in all of us, but I simply can’t help but crave a bit more adventure. Luckily, this feeling will not be ignored. It gnaws and pokes at me in earnest, whispering over and over again, “just go”. During this time I gaze a few moments longer at photos of exotic places, check flight prices incessantly—”just in case”—and start to dream up a new life somewhere else, where maybe I’d ride an elephant to work instead of a car.  Continue reading Shelf Life