Where Will Your Wanderlust Take You?

 Wanderer, Traveller, or Commuter whatever you call yourself travel can sometimes be very stressful and taxing on the body, especially for those that are commuting long distances, taking long roadtrips, and those traveling to different time zones. How do you keep your balance during your travels? How do you unwind from a long day of travel? Massage? Meditation?Yoga? One thing that consistently works for me is yoga. My practice is apart of my weekly routine and just because I’m on the road and traveling doesn’t mean that I don’t bring my practice with me. When I receieved the email from Well+Good NYC that they’d teamed up with Wanderlust Yoga to develop a “Yoga on the Fly” poster for Wanderers, Travellers, and Commuters I made my reservation to meet the artist and talk with staff.

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The sequence is the brainchild of Aarona Pichinson, the creator of Yoga Soundscapes. To bring Pichinson’s vision to life, Well+Good worked with Kate Sutton, an amazingly talented illustrator. “We wanted to create a fun travel yoga sequence that would motivate the Wanderlust community to keep falling in love with their yoga practice, no matter where they found themselves this summer,” says Ashley Campbell, Wanderlust’s marketing director. “And who better to collaborate with than the always inspiring yoga teacher Aarona Pichinson and the trend-setting ladies at Well+Good?” – Well+Good 

To get yours, click here and download your free copy today!

Need a little more guidance? Or prefer verbal instruction? Check out these yoga apps

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Pocket Yoga HD

Three practices, three difficulty levels and three durations combine to offer a choice of 27 individual sessions. All sessions feature illustrated examples of the 145 poses in the program, a log to track your progress and updates with new poses.

Price: $4.49 on iPad.
Website: http://itunes.apple.com and click on the “app” tab.

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Yoga Free for iPad

With a range of guided sessions or the ability to create your own yoga workout, it’s no wonder over one million devotees have downloaded this company’s sleek applications.

Price: Free on iPad.
Website: http://itunes.apple.com and click on the “app” tab.

Take your practice and your wanderlust on the road this summer!

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Wanderlust Yoga Festivals Across the County

Wanderlust Festival is the largest celebration of its kind in the world: a 4-day celebration of yoga, music, and nature. Bringing together thousands of people from myriad backgrounds to experience adventure and transformation, Wanderlust provides the opportunity to bring your yoga practice to new heights, to enjoy the freedom of live music and to follow your spirit of adventure in spectacular outdoor settings, all the while creating community with like-minded seekers. – Wanderlust Festival

Wanderlust Oaho – Missed it? Stay tuned for next year’s event!

Wanderlust Whistler – August 1-4, 2013

Wanderlust Colorado – July 4-7, 2013

Wanderlust Vermont – June 20-23, 2013

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Wanderlust Yoga in the City

Yoga in the City (YITC) takes the essence of Wanderlust Festival into urban settings, giving city-dwellers a little taste of their epic 4-day adventures in their own backyard. Top local instructors lead large, free classes infused with musical performances and often ending in post-savasana dance parties. Vendors, performers, artists and acro-yogis are in the mix, making it a modern-day yogic celebration coming to your town this spring or summer!

San Francisco – Missed it? Catch next year’s event!

Los Angeles – June 30, 2013 Santa Monica Pier

Chicago – June 2, 2013 Butler Field at Grant Park

New York City – June 9, 2013 Pier 63 and Hudson River Park (See you there!)

Where will yout wanderlust take you?

Until next time! -xo AGT

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Travel Tuesday: Best Hiking Destinations

Take a Hike
Best Places to go Hiking in the US
Kaui –  Scenic cliff-side trails will test your stamina on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Nature lovers should head straight to Waimea Canyon‘s verdant trails.
Yosemite National Park – The most popular trails are in the  valley area (including the daunting Half Dome), but you’ll find more space and tranquility in the backcountry.
Yellowstone National Park – Spanning over two million acres of land, Yellowstone National Park offers more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails. Some of the most popular routes include those in the Canyon and Norris areas and the Continental Divide Trail. Visit during the spring months for mild weather and optimal hiking conditions.

Yosemite National Park

Arcadia National Park – Offers a variety of expeditions for hikers. With numerous rugged paths traversing the wilderness you’ll even spot harbor seals sun themselves on cliff-side rocks.
Portland, Oregon – Portland brims with natural splendors. Forest Park features over 70 miles of trails within the city boundaries.
Zion National Park (Utah) –  a hiker’s and climber’s paradise.  The park is very well organized and even has a shuttle system that passes many of the trailheads.
Grand Canyon – While wandering around the rim and seeing the Grand Canyon from above is certainly amazing, it’s even more spectacular to see the power of the Canyon from the bottom.
Rocky Mountain National Park – The highest peak reaches over 14,000 feet –  there are plenty of amazing trails to really experience the wild of the Rocky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains – With over 800 miles of trails, hiking in the Smokies leaves you with tons of options.

The Oregon Trail – Extending from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, this historic trail was the way west for some 300,000 emigrants for more than 20 years from 1841. Remember learning about this in school?  Today the trail, traversing 2,170 miles of road, includes 125 historic sites and many opportunities for walks and hikes.

Appalachian Trail – stretching from Georgia to Maine, passing through 12 other states along its 2,178 miles (3,505 kilometers), making it the longest marked trail in the Unites States. It was completed in 1937 and passes through six national parks and eight national forests. More than 6,000 volunteers help to maintain the trail and its 165,000 blazes — painted markers that show the way along the trail.

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Curious to take it a step farther? Check out more places to go hiking!
Best Places to go Hiking in the World
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Inca Trail, Peru

Inca Trail – Peru

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Reference: 1, 2, 3, 4

Curiously Aware

Thursday I attended an event to support survivors of human trafficking, something that we all need to be aware of as travelers, especially as we embark on new adventures alone. I interviewed some incredible women with amazing stories tell, and I learned so much about the work they are doing to empower survivors.

Hailing from the beautiful island of Grenada, founder and CEO, Andrea D. Charles has combined her life experiences, her city girl lifestyle, her passion for make-up artistry, her savings and her commitment to making a difference to launch the City Girl Beauty Project. She spent years listening to stories of women as she prepped them for photo-shoots and runways allowing them to look beautiful on the outside even though they felt broken and defeated on the inside. She heard their stories and hid their marks, and for a moment the make-up and lights allowed them the shine and smile. With the City Girl Beauty Project she hopes to empower those who are survivors, so that they may feel beautiful and strong inside and out.

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Emmy Award -winning Journalist Cathleen Trigg-Jones, the event host for the night, shared with me the amazing work she has done covering and sharing the stories of women who are survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She has worked to cover stories to bring attention to modern day slavery as a result of human trafficking and assisted in passing the first Violence Against Women Act. Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence incidents are happening world wide and she informed me that New York City is actually one of the “hotspots” for those trying to lure people into human trafficking. Knowledge is power. The more you know, makes you more aware, and makes you strong.

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The event would not have been complete without wonderful make-up artists on hand to glam up attendees.From make-up to body paint Glitter Me NYC  did a phenomenal job! I couldn’t resist stopping by after my interviews to add a little sparkle and paint to my outfit. Check out the cool butterfly Melinda did! And its a perfect match to my dress :)

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The mission of CGBP is to inspire, and acknowledge heroism among survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in the most beautiful, glamorous and honorable way possible. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction are being invested into their Heroic Beauty Workshop.

The Heroic Beauty Workshop uses beauty & leadership to empower survivors. The objective is to empower and reconnect survivors with their inner beauty, self-worth, and leadership qualities to help them become leaders. The workshop is facilitated by using the power of colors, makeup artistry, beauty, character building, leadership, self-development skills and challenges.

The workshop runs from September to November annually and Girl Beauty Project partners with it’s allies – domestic violence and human trafficking organizations, shelters and outreach programs to select program participants. For complete details, workshop schedule, criteria and dates for the ‘Heroic Beauty Workshop, send an email to info@citygirlbeautyproject.org.

How to Prepare for Your Next Trip

  • Travel with contacts. Carry the number of your embassy in the country to which you are relocating. Inform your embassy when you arrive. Have a list of phone numbers of friends or contacts in the host country. Call them when you arrive.
  • Travel with an emergency plan. Provide your family members back home with all of your contact details. Call them and give them your new phone number and address when you arrive, as well as the phone number of your embassy and the local police. Should something go wrong and you lose contact with them, or they cannot reach you, have them call your embassy, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the local police on your behalf.
  • Know your rights. No one has the right to force you to do something or keep you against your will. If you are trafficked, you are the victim of a crime. You may have entered a country illegally, but you still have rights. You may be in “debt” to your trafficker, but this is not a legal debt. You do not have to honour it. If your human rights are being violated, you are the victim of a crime.

Before I travel I obtain U.S embassy, hospital, and local police information and provide my emergency contact with my itinerary, my hotel accommodations, and who I will be traveling with.Visit http://travel.state.gov for more information on travel advisories, how to obtain a visa, and information on embassy locations. How you do you prepare for a trip and remain aware during your travels?

You don’t have to live or travel in fear – enjoy the sites, the food, and the people. Just remember to always be curiously aware of your surrounding.

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Explore, Dream, Discover! Wishing you happy and safe travels!

Until next time -xo AGT