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: Nutrition on the Road

I'm a realist.  Expecting that anyone (myself included) is going to refrain from any indulgences during vacation or travel is 100% unrealistic.  However, what you eat does significantly influence your immune system and your energy levels while traveling, so if you want to take on that new destination by storm and return home feeling healthy and energized, making even some minor tweaks to your intake will help.

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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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Eat for Your Health: Brown Rice for Breakfast

I was disappointed I couldn't find oatmeal, as this was my breakfast staple last month in Malaysia, but I figured this month I would branch out and do as the Asians do: eat rice for breakfast!These brown rice porridge recipes are simple, quick and you can make so many different variations!  

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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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