Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Kraków, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Stress Management On The Road

Generally we travel to relax, escape, adventure, experience and learn. Although we hope to unload a wheelbarrow of stress, unforeseen circumstances, language barriers, unfamiliar territory, lost belongings and surprise cleanses can add a dose of stress that we don't anticipate.  Jet-lag and dehydration can make stress even more difficult to endure.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Hydration on the Road

In addition, studies have shown that increasing daily water intake may decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%, and it may potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. Adequate water intake may prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Exercise on the Road

Exercise is usually the first component of a real life routine to go by the wayside on the road, but there are many reasons to stick to a regular exercise schedule while you travel.  

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Eat for Your Health: Malaysian Nasi Lemak (V, GF)

One of my favorite parts of travel (and life really) is eating.  It's become even more exciting over the last few years as a plant-based lifestyle has become more mainstream because more and more options are popping up EVERYWHERE.  It doesn't matter which country I visit- there is a vegan restaurant, or at least a restaurant with labeled vegan options on the menu. Heck, I was even served vegan food all the way up Mount Kilimanjaro.  

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Spirituality for Your Health: Calling on Ong Dia

Dear Mr. Earth, are you there? It's me, Kara.

The Vietnamese are a superstitious lot and tell legends of how they descended from dragons and fairies.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to Suô’i Tiên Fairy Park in Ho Chi Minh City, an amusement park built on 'sacred fairy lands'.  The park embodies Vietnamese folklore and myths fused with Chinese legends.  When you enter the park you feel as if you are stepping directly into a folklore story.  Vietnam is a predominately Buddhist country, so touches of Buddhism are strewn throughout the park.  

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Ikigayi by way of Moai

A few years ago I learned two Japanese terms that really resonated with me: Ikigayi and Moai, but just now am I realizing the impact these concepts have had on my life recently. A difficult break-up was the immediate catalyst influencing my decision to apply for Remote Year, but as I reflect on the past month in Malaysia, I realize that these two Japanese concepts were really the driving force behind the major change in my life trajectory. 

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