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Should You Use a Drone in Your Travels?

Should You Use a Drone in Your Travels? - The Atlas Heart

There is always new technology popping up in the blogging world and travel communities in general, or should I say, it is usually technology that has been around for awhile but has recently been developed for the average user.

One hot ticket item these days is the use of personal drones to take professional looking videos and photos from high up. It’s crazy how good a picture can look with a lofty perspective.

However, as with any new technology, there are a lot of questions and concerns around the new drone mania. Many don’t even know where to start when it comes to deciding if this is something to invest in either for travel memories or for a professional blog.

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A Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike with XO Tours

A Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike with XO Tours

Discover the food scene and nightlife of Saigon on a Saigon food tour guided by XO Tours, Vietnam.

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You can feel the vibrancy as soon as you touch down in Saigon – the motorbikes whizzing by, the smells, the sizzling heat. At first, this whirlwind of motorbikes and smells turned me off of Saigon. But as I embraced the culture through a Saigon food tour, I soon discovered the beauty of the city and fell in love with Saigon.

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The 25 Books I Read in 2016

Reading in Koh Chang, Thailand | Asia Travel

2016 was a lot of things. I became serious about my business and brand partnerships, and it was the year that I got back into reading.

Okay, to be fair, I’ve never not been into reading since I first learned how to read. As you may have noticed by the amount of 2000+ word posts on this blog (this one included, eek!), I love words.

English was always my favorite class growing up, because you got to read books for homework and you were able to discuss it with the class, even by the chapter sometimes.

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Facing Fear Head-On: Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC

Whitewater Rafting in Golden BC with Wet N' Wild - Canada Adventure Travel

I’ve had a habit of facing my fears and getting (mostly) over them in the past decade. I’ve had a habit of getting out of my comfort zone and not allowing myself to think the worst until after I do something. The one fear that I can’t seem to kick, however, is the sheer terror I have of drowning.

For some reason, activities like scuba diving don’t faze me too much, perhaps because it’s so calm underneath the sea. But, if I’m doing something that’s more aggressive, such as surfing or being in the midst of waves I don’t know how to read, I have major panic attacks. I’ve dealt with intense anxiety my whole life and this fear of water has to be one of the strongest ways of spiking my anxious mind.

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A Gondola Ride in the Middle of the Pacific Northwest

A Gondola Ride in the Middle of the Pacific Northwest - Gig Harbor Gondola

If you told me a few months ago that I would soon ride a gondola in the middle of the Pacific Northwest, I would’ve thought you were crazy. A gondola in the Pacific Northwest? It seems like such an absurd notion, but it’s an experience that was all kinds of awesome once I experienced it for myself.

The only other time I stepped onto a gondola was in Venice, Italy back in 2011 when I was on a TopDeck tour around Europe. None of the 20-something year olds I was traveling with could afford a gondola ride by themselves, so 5 of us split the cost and piled into one together.

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A Scenic Accommodation in Tacoma: Hotel Murano

A View of Mt. Rainier from Hotel Murano - Tacoma, Washington - USA

I heard about Hotel Murano before I arrived in Tacoma. When I was researching a trip to the area on my own months previously, Hotel Murano came up time and time again in my search. I kept thinking how nice of a hotel it seemed, at least online, and how I would love to stay there at some point.

That trip never came to fruition but fast forward half a year later and I was on my way to Tacoma on an InstaFAM trip with Travel Tacoma and Visit Rainier.

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A History of Class: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Grand Amway Plaza Hotel Review

Looking for one of the best hotels in Grand Rapids, MI The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel may be just what you’re looking for.

I had spent the last 12 hours in transit. First a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon, then a Greyhound to Grand Rapids from Chicago. I traveled by light rail, plane, bus, and my own feet by the time I stood in front of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, looking straight up in awe.

The hotel is the epitome of grand, with architecture that dates back to the early 1900s, a singular American flag waving in the wind to beckon visitors into its doors. As soon as I stepped inside, it felt as if I had been transported back to the age of The Great Gatsby.

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A Review of Mt Hood Snowboarding Lessons

A Review of Mt Hood Snowboarding Lessons

A review of Mt. Hood Snowboarding Lessons. Discover what it is like to learn how to snowboard for the first time at Mt. Hood Meadows, near Portland, Oregon.

The last time I was standing before a mountain with a board strapped to my foot was when I was 18. I was still unsure of myself and didn’t quite know the meaning of getting out of my comfort zone. This was a major reason why I wanted to take a Mt. Hood snowboarding lesson.

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