• 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…

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    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. Check out my video below, where I documented my experience as it was happening. https://expeditionkristen.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/My-Delta-Experience.mp4 10 Observations about Flying…

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    Minnesota Winter Survival Guide

    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 zero. I remember running to my car for warmth and my jeans instantly became cold and stiff in seconds. I quickly learned to never again wear jeans without thermals underneath. Get the Necessities in Order Before Winter…

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    10 Great Travel Books To Give You Serious Wanderlust

    Travel Books That Will Inspire The end of the year is a time for lists and roundups. One of the best things a traveler can bring on any journey is a good book, they help pass the time on long plane or train rides. If you’re not traveling at all in 2020 because of COVID, books can transport us and teach us so much all from the comfort of our homes. This is a roundup of my favorite travel books. Please note, if you make a purchase through the affiliate links below, I may receive a small commission. This does not result in any additional cost to you. The affiliate money I…

  • 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.  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 are…

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    2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

    2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers After years of traveling and living abroad, I’ve put together a list of my go-to essential travel gear. These are all products I have purchased and use myself. They are all tried-and-true by me personally. Take a look and either pick out an item for the traveler in your life, or treat yourself to something new for the holidays. Please note, most of these items can be easily found on Amazon, however, if you make a purchase through the links provided below I may receive a small commission. This does not result in any additional cost to you, and the affiliate money I earn helps…

  • How Study Abroad Changed My Life

    How Study Abroad Changed My Life

    2020 Has Been a Year Marked by Loss 2020 has been a completely unprecedented year met with tremendous loss in some capacity for nearly everyone. Whether it be losing a job, having a planned vacation turn into dust, or losing a friend to COVID, loss has been a consistent theme this year and it’s been on my mind a lot. On the brightside, this new awareness of loss has made me very grateful each day. I’m grateful for my health, job, health insurance, home, friends and family. I’m also very grateful for the opportunity I had to study abroad when I was in college. Studying abroad was an experience that changed…