Where I’ve Been

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The past couple of months got crazy, and I have been sadly neglecting the blog.

So what changes have been going on?

Well, I graduate from Northeastern University exactly one month and one day from today. This is an overwhelming fact for me. I have been busily working on my senior thesis project, which has been one of many factors contributing to my absence from this blog.

I have been busily applying to jobs in an attempt to find an answer to the ever-looming question, “What are you going to do with your life?” I still don’t have an answer, BUT I do have a plan for the next year!

I applied to jobs through my university’s study abroad program to be a resident advisor abroad. Sadly, I was rejected from this position and with that rejection, my dreams of getting paid to live in London died (hey, it’s not easy getting a visa as an American).

But the travel gods don’t hate me, and I was offered a job working for Stoke Travel this summer for festival season in Spain. By golly, I accepted.

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What’s next for this happy wanderer? I will be packing up a backpack and hitting the road this coming June for the ENTIRE SUMMER! I will be working at the Stoke Travel campsite in Spain for the Running of the Bulls and Tomatina Festivals. And, I get a month off between July 17-August 17! This lucky girl will be tramping around London, Amsterdam, and France. I have a few couches that need to be surfed.

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I am SO STOKED to be working for Stoke!

So here’s where all you seasoned travelers come in: I am in need of advice. I have not backpacked for more than a month before, so send me your tips and tricks for life on the road. I discovered this lovely website, which has some awesome tips for backpacking in Europe, but I like to hear from my friends in the blogger-sphere as well. What backpacks are the best? What did you wish you brought? What sort of shoes are good for long summer stretches? How often do you REALLY need to shower? What hostels do you love in London, Amsterdam, Paris? Et cetera, et cetera.

XOXO

Fleeting Loves 2/10/15

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My inconsistency is quite consistent these days.

The endless snow days here in Boston have set everything in my life back a couple of weeks. It seems as though the semester has yet to start, despite it being my fifth week of classes. We have received over six feet of snow in just over two weeks. Here’s what I’ve been up to during this snowy Boston winter.

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I just discovered this show on Netflix called “Departures.” If you are a travel junkie, a wanderluster, or just an enjoyer of little bits of the world, check this show out. Two guys from Canada take a year off from their lives and backpack around the world with a camera. They hit awesome places like Jordan, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco- there are actually three whole seasons with an episode  for each place. Highly recommend!!

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I’ve been treating my skin to a little masque lately from The Body Shop. As I suffer from adult acne, this has really been helping me maintain some semblance of clear skin. It feels great too!

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and despite being a lone wolf, I love the holiday. I am big on sending surprises to my friends, so I am a fan of all kinds of little crafts, decorations, baked goods, and ways to say “I love you!”  Here are a few favorite posts from Pinterest.

Stay warm out there Boston.

xo,

Kaptain

Fleeting Loves 1/25/15

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Hope everyone had a lovely week! Here in Boston, there are a few exciting things going on.

We are expecting a record setting blizzard this week here in New England. This means stocking up on water, gas for my car, fire wood, and movies! Fingers crossed that I will get a couple days off from school to enjoy the snow.

The Patriots made it to the Superbowl yet again! For those of you who are not from America, the Superbowl is the annual national football championship. The Patriots are the team for Boston, as well as the whole region, so we are very excited! In honor of this, here is a Bad Lip Reading video of players from the NFL. Hilarious!

I finally got a new cell phone! I got the 128 gig iPhone 6, so I literally will not be running out of memory ever (I hope). Plus, it is so shiny and beautiful.

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Here’s an awesome blog post about minimizing your wardrobe for travel and life! Such a good idea, I’d love to try it for my next adventure!

This week, I upgraded to a “big girl bed”. For me, this means a full size bed with a new bed frame from IKEA. Step one on my journey to adulthood!

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Enjoy the week!

XOXO, Kaptain

Fleeting Loves 1/18/15

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This week was the first week of my final semester at Northeastern! Only 13 weeks until I graduate college. Holy moly.

Have a lovely week!

XOXO, Kaptain

Christmas Gifts for a Wanderer

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As a self-proclaimed wanderer of this planet, I thought I’d compile a list of what I would love for Christmas to help you with your Christmas shopping/Christmas list making for yourself!

1. Scratch-off world map– My roommate in college had one of these and we LOVED to scratch off all the places we had been and look at where we want to go in the future. It’s an awesome way to see just how much of the world is still unexplored to you!

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2. Packing Cubes– My travel partner in Europe had these in her suitcase and they were amazing for both organizing and for fitting everything into her bag. I had a backpack, so they were less useful for that, but are great for anyone traveling with a traditional suitcase!

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3. World map watch– I actually bought myself one of these three years ago and I still wear it every day! It is simple, inexpensive, and means so much. Whenever I look at the time, I think “time to see the world.”

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4. A good passport cover- Because sometimes, looking cool is important. My current one is from Coach, but I love these different styles! Etsy has some amazing handmade ones.

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5. Airline gift card- Really though, you can’t get much better than this. For self-explanatory reasons.

6. A good rain jacket– For those of us who like to backpack around, having a good lightweight rain jacket is SO important. I borrowed Valerie’s while I was in Europe this summer, and it came in handy! I like ones with hoods, in case you don’t have an umbrella!

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7. A Kindle– Because lugging around real books can be exhausting! I stole my sister’s Kindle and have been using it everyday, even when I’m not traveling. I still love reading real books, but this is so handy!

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8. Travel journal– I am constantly writing whether I’m at home or traveling, but I think it is so important to document your travels in a journal. You can write all of your thoughts and track how traveling is changing you as a human. It’s so fun to look back and remember all the good times.

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9. A good pair of headphones– There’s nothing worse than having shoddy headphones when traveling on a plane for long hours. I prefer in-ear headphones myself because they are so compact.

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10. A travel adapter– Mine is amazing. It has retractable adapters for nearly every country. And it’s lightweight and compact!

Dynex™ - Adapter and Converter Unit - Larger FrontHappy holidays and happy travels to you and yours!

XOXO Kaptain

WILD

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So I’ve just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Wow.

I have always been a huge fan of books on this topic. When I was about 11, I got my first copy of Walden. I read Jack London books and studied Ralph Waldo Emerson all through middle school. Perhaps the most influential book in my life was Into the Wild. Chris McCandless’s self-portrait still hangs above my bed. Us wandering souls like to read about other wandering souls.

So naturally, Wild was right up my alley. What struck me about this book that sets it apart from others are a few key things:

  1. It’s about a woman
  2. She writes ALL the nitty gritty details about her life, holding nothing back (ie. drug use, sexploits, body hair, etc.)
  3. She is relatable

Cheryl is a real life woman going through normal real life woman things. She sets out on the Pacific Crest Trail following some traumatic life events in the hope of finding herself. In the end, she does.

I have only ever attempted something of this nature once, when I tramped through New Zealand, and even then I stayed in hostels most nights. She really devotes herself to her journey, and it’s an awesome read.

AND it’s becoming a movie in just one month! Starring Reese Witherspoon. I am so stoked for it.

I highly recommend this book to my fellow tramps, travelers, and wanderers!

Watch the trailer here:

 

Xx, Ky

Books I Want to Read This Summer

I will be getting back home to America in late July, which leaves me only about a month of summer to hit every beach in New England and eat copious amounts of ice cream. Oh, and read some guilty pleasure summer books.

I came across this post on PopSugar that had a ton of new summer books, and I picked out a few that I want to check out!

The descriptions are coming straight from the original blog post!


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“Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will is described as “John Green’s The Fault in Our Starsmeets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park,” so naturally it must be a cry-your-eyes-out story of young love. This novel is about two teens, a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD, who forge an unlikely friendship that becomes something more.”

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The Appetites of Girls is Pamela Moses’s debut novel about four girls who meet at Brown University and how the complications of their own lives intersect with their friendship.”

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“Courtney Maum’s I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is described as “Where’d You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist’s attempts to answer the question: is it really possible to fall back in love?”

Check out the list and pick some out for yourself!