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  • Minnesota Camper Van

    Minnesota Camper Van Rental (5 Things to Know)

    Where to Rent Your Minnesota Camper Van I recently went on my first camper van trip with my dog, Ole and it was a really fun and unique experience! Being able to hit the road and go wherever you want and then wake up with an incredible view inside a state park, or with views of Lake Superior or a national park is the best part of the camper van experience. I most enjoyed emerging from the cold, dark van after a night of deep sleep and into the bright warm sun at William O’Brien State Park. For a February morning, it was calm, quiet, and warm. We took our…

  • 10 Travel Books To Give You Wanderlust

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links below, at no cost to you. For more information, read my full disclaimer here. Travel Books That Will Inspire January and February can become isolating months as we move through the coldest parts of winter. Travel restrictions are slowly lifting and people are getting comfortable traveling again. However, if you’re unable to take a trip right now and need some inspiration (or maybe you just need a good book to read on the plane), I’ve rounded up ten great books to give you serious wanderlust. The Alchemist,…

  • Gift guide

    2021 Holiday Gift Guide with Discount Codes

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links below, at no cost to you. For more information, read my full disclaimer here. Happy Holidays The holiday season is here and I’ve put together a really fun gift guide for the adventurer in your life! This gift guide is filled with products and companies I love and fully support. Additionally, as a special thank you for supporting Expedition Kristen, I’ve worked with many of these awesome local businesses to pull together exclusive discount codes just for you. Most discount codes are good from November 1, 2021,…

  • Rumpl

    An Honest Rumpl Blanket Review

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links below, at no cost to you. For more information, read my full disclaimer here. Are Rumpl Blankets Worth the Hype? Rumpl blankets are becoming more popular and for good reason. These blankets are lightweight, water-resistant, and made from post-consumer recycled polyester. They also come with their own bag so you can roll up the blanket into a compact ball, making it easy to toss in the back of your car or clip onto your backpack. Another reason I love Rumpl is that they are dedicated to offsetting their…

  • Traveling More Often

    5 Tips for Traveling More Often in 2021

    How to Travel More Often This Year 2020 was a difficult year, filled with change, uncertainty, and loss. One thing many of us lost last year was the freedom to travel. So many flights were canceled, so many plans became distant dreams. While we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic, vaccines are here and currently being distributed across the United States and around the world. There is hope for 2021, and many of us are feeling a renewed sense of excitement for what the new year might bring. If you’re anything like me, traveling more often is a priority for 2021, and you’re already thinking about…

  • flying during covid-19

    My Experience Flying During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Flying Delta During Covid-19 I recently had my first experience flying for the first time in almost a year. Flying during the Covid-19 pandemic was very odd, and it was a bit mentally draining to be in an airport and around so many people. After nine months of working remotely and spending most of my time in nature, I was very aware of my surroundings at the airport and the potential risks around me. Overall, I think both the MSP Airport and Delta Airlines did a fantastic job keeping us safe. 10 Observations about Flying During Covid-19 Here’s a roundup of the observations I made in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport…

  • minnesota winter survival guide

    Minnesota Winter Survival Guide

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links below, at no cost to you. For more information, read my full disclaimer here. Do Minnesota Winters Deserve Their Bad Reputation? We all know winter in Minnesota can be brutal. With the cloudy gloomy days, the sun setting early and the bitter cold temperatures that come in January and February, it’s no wonder our winters have a bad reputation. But do Minnesota winters really deserve it? My very first time in Minnesota was February 2011, which saw a record breaking snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures well below…

  • Staying Healthy While Traveling in Winter

    7 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling This Winter

    Stay Healthy and Safe When Traveling Many of us are starting to think about our holiday travel plans, and I’m no exception. I just booked a flight to New York for Christmas. As COVID cases continue rising, staying healthy and safe this winter is extra important. Read on for seven tips to stay healthy while traveling this winter.  1. Research Airline and Hotel Safety Guidelines Research hotels and airlines to ensure you know their COVID guidelines and how they’re keeping you safe. Many airlines are taking extra steps and going above and beyond to keep us safe. One example is Delta who has a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting process. They…