8 ways to reduce plastic consumption while traveling and SAVE $$$!!!

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Reusable bamboo dishes and toothbrush from Green Choice Sri Lanka

With international tourism becoming accessible and popular with more and more people across the globe, it is important for travelers to  not leave trails of trash in their wakes.  One of the easiest ways to be a more sustainable traveler is by decreasing your plastic consumption along your journey.  This may seem challenging at first, but time and practice will make it feel easy and natural.  The single greatest thing you can do is change your own habits, simultaneously influencing those around you to change theirs as well.  Every sustainable traveler makes a big difference, and we advise you not to strive for perfection, but just to try to be a little better one step at a time.

Plastic is the enemy:

Even as more people are becoming aware of the harms of single-use plastic, each day more and more is being used around the world.  Here are some fun facts about plastic that will make even the coldest-hearted people feel a little something.:

1. During the last 10 years alone, we have produced more plastic than in all of the 20th century.

2. Up to 50 percent of all plastic produced is used ONE TIME and thrown away.

3. Nearly half of all plastic floats (EPA 2006) and plastic production uses about 8% of global oil annually.  Bioplastics are not sustainable, as they use food sources and water for production.

4. Every piece of plastic produced still exists on the earth, except for the small amount which has been burned.  It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to decompose.

5. Plastic chemicals are absorbed by the human body.  Studies have found that more than 90% of Americans test positive for this chemical which can bring about major health problems.

Here are 8 of the easiest ways that you can reduce your plastic consumption while traveling and save money while you’re at it!

1. Refill or filter water into your own bottle:

 

Refill your bottle if available:

Not buying water is the thing travelers we talk to find most challenging.  Recently, we’ve found many hotels offering water refills for cheaper than buying a bottle at the store.  These hotels have discovered that they sell more water when they do it this way, decreasing plastic waste and increasing profits.

Filter the tap water:

This is how we travel at La Aventura Project.  We carry a Sawyer Mini inline water filter.  This attaches to our “camelback” hydration bladder which I fill with tap water and let drain into our refillable water bottles.  These filters will last for a long time, rated to filter more than 100,000 gallons of water in their life time.  They filter down to 0.1 microns, removing 99.99999% of bacteria (such as cholera, e-coli, salmonella) and 99.9999% of protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium).  It also weighs only 2 oz and retails around $25 USD, so you will save yourself loads of money on a trip abroad.  We estimate saving more than $30 USD each month of traveling by carrying this filter and have NEVER gotten sick from drinking the filtered water.  We have talked to other travelers who used the Sawyer Mini to filter muddy water straight out of the super polluted Mekong River in Laos, with no ill effects.

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Our water filtration setup. We haven’t bought a water bottle in 8 months using this method! That’s about 600 plastic bottles and more than $320 saved already!

2. Say no to plastic straws: #stopsucking

The problem: Often when you order a soda or stop for a coconut along the side of the road, someone is going to offer you a straw.  You’re first instinct might be “yeah, a straw sounds like a great idea!” Just remember that you will use the straw for minutes, but it will stay in the landfill (or the ocean) for the rest of your lifetime.  In the United States alone, over 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded every day.  This is enough to fill more than 120 school buses.  If you multiply this number the world over, you discover an unimaginable amount of waste that could have been avoided entirely.

The solution:  ether don’t use straws, or simply bring your own reusable straw.  Many online retailers sell different alternatives, some being better than others.

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Stainless steel straws:

A very popular alternative to plastic.  Most steel is produced from recycled materials, as it is cheaper and more efficient that producing new steel.  It takes very little energy to produce steel, and most of the by-products from production are able to be reused, from the extra heat turned into electricity, to the CO2 emitted used to carbonate soft drinks.  Stainless steel straws are easy to clean and can last a lifetime.

Bamboo straws:

Another great option.  Bamboo is cheap and sustainable to produce.  It grows without the use of herbicides and pesticides and produces 35% more oxygen that a similar farm of trees.  Bamboo also grows rapidly, needing only 3-5 years to harvest, balances the carbon and oxygen in the atmosphere, and is great for preventing soil erosion.  You also don’t need to replant bamboo after harvesting, as it regrows into a new tree from the roots.  It’s being called the new hemp, as it is great for fabric production.  Clothes made of bamboo have antibacterial properties, which they retain for up to 50 washings (great for napkins).  Bamboo scraps can be used to make paper, jewelry, and table utensils.  We really love these Bamboo Toothbrushes from Green Choice Lanka, Check out this article for more info about the sustainable uses of bamboo!

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Bamboo toothbrush by Green Choice Lanka in Sri Lanka!

3. Bring your own bag:

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Market bag from New Use in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Single use plastic bags one of the easiest things to avoid.  Simply bring your own canvas tote bag on your trip; they weigh very little and are always useful.  The hardest part is retraining your brain to remember to bring it.  Don’t worry if you forget, we aren’t trying to be perfect, just better.

4. Carry your own takeaway container:

It’s easy to have a reusable container in your backpack or luggage.  There are many different options available, but we like these metal containers with clasps so you don’t have to worry about the tops popping off!

5. Use bar soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent.

Many soap products contain micro beads, small plastic pieces which polish your skin.  These also get washed down the drain and end up in the ocean.  They look just like food to fish and are a terrible polluter of the ocean.  Soaps and shampoos also generally come in a disposable plastic bottle.  These problems can be eliminated by buying soaps in bar form from sustainable soap makers.  In the states, Dr. Bronners makes amazing, all-natural bar soaps.

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Our favorite soaps in Sri Lanka are made by Moonshadow!

6. Buy local if possible:

Buying local products directly funds the people and not large corporations.  Packaging and shipping produces huge amounts of plastic waste.  It also takes tremendous amounts of fuel to transport products long distances.  The worlds 16 biggest boats (used for shipping) produce more pollution than all the cars in the world.  

7. Stay at eco-friendly hotels and hostels:

The world is full of amazing people running sustainable hostels, hotels, and resorts.  Many travelers fear that staying at these places will break their budget, but we’ve found that the difference in price is not noticeable.  Look for things like water refills, local products, and upcycled decor, as these are the signs that a place is doing it right.  We’ve found that the places that care the most about the environment, usually care a little bit more about the people staying there as well.  It can be hard to find out which places are good to stay at, in Sri Lanka you can check to see if they are Good Market approved.  The Good Market will soon be worldwide, making it easier for travelers to choose sustainable places to spend our money.

8. Your money is powerful:

Remember that where you spend your money is the single greatest influence you have.  Skip the companies that don’t care about the earth, ***cough Coca-Cola cough Nestle cough***  excuse me, and choose green alternatives which are better for your health and better for the planet.

Remember, we aren’t going for perfect…

But with a little effort, your habits will change before you know it.  Others around you will notice your actions, and ask you how they can be more sustainable travelers.  Don’t forget to encourage people nicely, as humans listen better when you’re polite.  Save your nagging for the big polluting corporations, they love annoying environmentalists 😉

Thanks for reading and for caring about our planet!  If you liked this article, be sure to check out our Youtube channel where we’ve just returned from the Tuk Tuk Tournament, driving a tuk tuk around Sri Lanka to connect sustainable businesses and promote earth-friendly travel on this beautiful island!

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Tuk Tuk Tournament Sri Lanka – The funniest way to get off the beaten track!

 

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As some of you may know, we are lucky enough to currently be undertaking the Tuk Tuk Tournament in Sri Lanka!  This is an epic two-week, “Amazing Race”- style adventure across the island.  Our chariot is the humble tuk tuk, the wheels of Sri Lanka’s poor and in general underprivileged people.   18 teams are taking part from all over the world.  The event begins in Hikkaduwa on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, with a mid-party in the central mountains, and finishing in the capital of Colombo.

We have been chosen to represent Good Travel Program, a sustainability initiative which aims to connect sustainable businesses across Sri Lanka.  Besides trying to win the rally, we also have our main mission which is to promote “good traveling” and introduce the world to many of the folks working hard on sustainable projects and helping the local communities.  We will be savage in our efforts to educate the masses on the harms of plastic waste and hope to lead by good example to create a better future for us all.

We have just finished the tournament!  Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way!  Stay tuned for more videos, the sharing has just begun!  

Want to get into Tuk Tuk Tournament 2019?  Sign up before the end of November to get 30% off!  MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM THAT WE SENT YOU OR YOU WON’T GET THE DISCOUNT!!! That’s a great tukin’ deal if you ask us!

Want to get into Tuk Tuk Tournament 2019?  Sign up before the end of November to get 30% off!  MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM THAT WE SENT YOU OR YOU WON’T GET THE DISCOUNT!!! That’s a great tukin’ deal if you ask us!

Going travelling? Here’s advice on efficient packing

Going travelling? Here’s advice on efficient packing

When you’re packing a small bag for a long trip, it can feel like the hardest level on Tetris! You want to make sure you have everything you’ll need, but without over-packing and ending up having to pay, either in extra charges from the airline or in back pain!

We’ve given you a sneak peek into our packing lists before, but here are some of our top tips on packing your own things efficiently.

Pre-plan

It’s so easy to pack too much, too little, or in some cases, just things you’ll never end up wearing. Make sure you check the weather forecast so you know what sort of things you should be packing, and also consider your itinerary.

If you’re planning lots of hikes, make sure you have the correct equipment, but if you’re also planning a fancy dinner or two, you’ll need dressier clothes as well. Make a list and tick off as you go so you can be sure you’ve got everything you need.

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Go mini

Travel-sized versions of your toiletries will save a lot of space in your suitcase and will ensure you can take them in hand luggage. For those that can’t be bought in those sizes, you can invest in some reusable travel bottles and decant your larger bottles into them. Make sure you put them in zip-top bags to avoid the devastating shampoo explosion! You should also be able to buy things such as a mini hair dryer or flat iron if you need to take those along with you.

Double up

If space is tight you don’t want to be packing one full outfit (or more!) per day. Think about things that can be re-worn and styled differently. For example, you could layer things for a different look, or dress something up or down depending on the shoes and accessories. This is even better if you have washing facilities where you’re staying as you can make a few items last a lot longer.  

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Cover your gadgets!

Good travel insurance will cover your gadgets, so if you’re planning on taking your tablets, cameras or laptops with you, it’s a good idea to look into what cover you can get. A trip will cost you a whole lot more if you end up losing your expensive bits of technology on the first day!

It’s best to limit the number of gadgets you take with you; consider what tech can be utilised in different ways, such as using your phone as a camera. Make sure you wrap up anything fragile in your clothes when packing, too.

Roll, don’t fold!

It has been proven that you can fit more in your case or bag if you go for a tightly rolled method, rather than folding your clothes. The other benefit to this is that your clothes won’t get those deep fold lines that often come from sitting in a case for a while.

So these are just some of our top tips on how to pack efficiently! Whether you are backpacking around the world or just going on a business trip, you can apply these and make the most of your space. We’ve certainly found that it’s a skill we get better at each time we do it! If you’ve got any tips for packing, please leave them in the comments.

Mulkirigala – Our Favorite Sri Lanka Temple

Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara near Tangalle, in south Sri Lanka is a unique Buddhist temple built ascending a 205 meter (673 foot) natural rock formation.  The temple consists of many caves containing reclining Buddhas and painted ceilings, along with a Stupa at the summit.  From the top you can hike around the back to a gigantic rock cliff with fantastic views of the lush surrounding area.

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We rode a tuk tuk from Hiriketiya for about 40 min to reach the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara rock temple.  The entrance fee is 500 rupees for foreigners.  There are many monkeys to greet you and encourage you, hooting and hollering at you as you are sweating your way up the long staircases.

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The temple was constructed in the 3rd century and contains a tree germinated from the Bodhi tree in which Buddha supposedly gain enlightenment under.  We didn’t see the tree, unfortunately, because we only read about it after.  So take a picture for us when you go! 😉  We did make a video though.  The video shows our journey starting in Hiriketiya and ending at this temple.  Check it out!

On the way up to Mulkirigala’s highest stupa there are four or five caves, each containing a reclining Buddha statue and beautifully painted ceilings.  Don’t forget to buy some flowers at the bottom to leave as an offering for Buddha in one of the caves!

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Along the way there are several guys who will give you a blessing and put a bracelet on you.  You can recognize which people go to temple because of the string around their wrists.  They give the blessing mostly in Sinhalese but do their best to translate a bit to English.  We know it means something like “Buddha and the monks bless you.  Have a long and happy life!”

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The highlight of Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara rock temple for us is the overlook at the top.  Sitting on top of a giant rock, it feels like you can see all of Sri Lanka.  It’s a great place to meditate for a minute or two.

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When in Sri Lanka don’t miss Mulkirigala Rock Temple.  It was our favorite temple in Sri Lanka and one of the most unique we’ve been to anywhere.

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Stay tuned for big news about our plans for 2019.  We’re about to take this adventure thing to the next level!!!

 

Sequoia National Park – The World’s Biggest Trees

This has been the summer of road trips.  We take every spare moment and pack in some camping or hiking, no excuses or exceptions.  Driving into the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California is always a treat.  Either by entering from the eastern desert or the western grasslands, the drive up always brings a sense of excitement into my heart.  Carrie had spent time there last year, but this would be my first time camping and hiking in Sequoia National Park – land of the world’s biggest trees.

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Entering Sequoia National Park we finally escaped the lingering smoke of the Central Valley.  It had been a hard summer for California wildfires, and we were thankful that the smoke was not in the park at the moment.  The trees got bigger and bigger and soon we were driving through the Giant Forest, feeling quite small in our Prius, but comforted by the calming energy of the amazing nature.

We camped at Lodgepole Campground, at a beautiful spot near a stream at the end of the road.  There was a little waterfall which created a constant calming flow and the sites were well spread out with friendly people occupying them.  The first night we went to bed early, ready to do some morning exploring.

Day two was all about trees.  Giant sequoia trees, that is.   We drove all the way in to bordering Kings Canyon National Park and entered the General Grant GroveGrant Tree was in the grove, the second largest tree in the world by volume.  There was also a cool tree you could slide down, and a few trees with big holes at the base where you could enter and hang out inside of the tree.  The sequoia trees don’t rot like normal trees, so when they die they remain standing for many hundreds of years.  We walked through some tunnel-like fallen trees that were used as shelter by the first people to stumble upon the forest.

Driving back into Sequoia towards camp, we made one more stop at the Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world (by volume) and one of the most popular attractions in Sequoia National Park.  This tree was MASSIVE and the energy put off by the world’s biggest trees was hard to ignore.  We got a buzz just by walking around, it was a really special experience.

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The world’s biggest tree, the Sherman Tree!

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Our last day was a hiking day.  We wanted to see some high altitude lakes in Sequoia National Park and maybe do a little swimming, so we asked the rangers for the best way to do that.  We don’t like to disclose locations of our most amazing and less-crowded excursions, so if you’d like to do this hike yourself you can probably figure out which one it was.

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Our hike ended up being nearly 13 miles, as we rightly chose to venture to the end of the trail and what was suppose to be the most beautiful lake.  It was well worth it, our favorite trail of the 2018 summer and one of the most fun in our lives.  The finish was this incredible lake.  We walked around to where no one could see us and took our clothes off for a nice swim in the clear and not-too-freezing lake, then got some mountain sun laying out on a rock.  It was the perfect way to relax before heading down the trail.

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THIS VIEW!
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The water wasn’t as cold as you’d expect!
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Never ending beauty!
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A swim in the beautiful water!

Sequoia National Park ended up being more beautiful than we could have hoped.  We can’t wait to check out more trails in the future and the world’s biggest trees do not disappoint.  Make sure to check out our quick video of us playing with sequoia trees!

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Burning Man 2018 – Back to Black Rock City

This August, we again found ourselves waiting in a dusty line, inching onto the Playa.  Burning Man 2018 was about to begin and we felt calm and ready to view and take part in the madness that is BURNING.  Unlike Burners of the past, we wouldn’t be setting off explosives that leave massive craters, or eating piles of LSD and firing machine guns off of cars driving nearly 100mph.  Burning Man was different now, still a deadly beast but a beast that was maybe, could you say manageable?  This year, our 4th and 5th burns, respectively, Care Bear and I (Scattered Showers) planned to have a completely sober, and spiritual adventure in the desert.  What took place was far greater than we could have ever imagined.

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Our camp, the abduction zone!

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The first night of Burning Man 2018 we were greeted with a gloriously giant and red full moon.  It was a great chance to let go of the last month of struggles and usher in the new month of possibilities.  I saw my first glimpse of one of my favorite art pieces, a large helium balloon floated anchored from a bicycle.  Half painted black and half illuminated, the balloon spun through the moon cycles beneath the real thing creating a trippy dual moon effect that was stunning simplistic perfection among the larger and more complicate attractions.

Here is a video of our adventure.  We tried to be respectful and only film with consent.  We did film inside the Temple which I have mixed feelings about.  However, I tried to keep the camera focused on the beauty of the Temple itself, and not on the people or what they left in the temple.  We only filmed on a couple excursions, as I feel it violates one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man –  Immediacy.

We Burned, we Burned hard.  Skipping the bar scene, skipping the raves, skipping the hours wasted staring at shiny things (mostly), we found ourselves with an abundance of time for self care and personal growth.  We attended cacao ceremonies with ecstatic dancing.  It was so very refreshing to dance with so many beautiful souls who were not smacking their lips on molly or shoveling cocaine up their noses.  The connection was so much stronger, deeper, the energy in the space feeling more intoxicating than adrenaline pumping straight to the heart.

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We attended gong baths, 1.5 hours long but they felt like they were over in the blink of the eye.  We stretched in dusty yoga classes, embarked on shamanic drumming meditations, breathwork meditations, manifestation trainings, and even a workshop on sensually manipulating the energy of your partners’ chakras.  After packing into the geodome with around 100 people, we were told that we could take off our clothes and play with each others “chakras” any way we pleased.   We laughed and left, not feeling like having such intimate chakra play in front of so many strangers.  We are weirdos and usually say “yes” to new experiences, but we found where our boundaries lie and are happy to keep the line drawn.

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After a good night of sleep, we woke before Thursday’s sunrise to catch the yearly Tycho sunrise set on the Dusty Rhino art car in deep Playa at the Trash Fence.  Tycho makes some of the least pretentious and most beautiful electronic music that exists, bringing in the new day in a way only a master could.  As the sun popped over the horizon, new life filled the tired crowd, the loving smiles so infectious.  Check out the set on Soundcloud through this link to relive the beautiful moment in time.

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Tycho’s 2018 Burning Man sunrise set on the Dusty Rhino art car!

This was the first year that I felt that I accomplished all of my goals.  I never (almost) felt FOMO as in other Burns, and slept enough to stay happy and healthy throughout the week.  We ate well every day, showered several times, had time to give each other love and were able to give of ourselves to help others who had less fortunate experiences than us.  Abundance and gratitude continued with us throughout the week as we lived lifetimes quickly and expanded our thinking to higher and higher levels, once thought unimaginable.  We truly are boundless souls, only limited by our own thoughts and desires.

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While Black Rock City is the closest thing to a utopia we have experienced, it isn’t perfect and we experienced several dark and unkind moments in Burning Man 2018.  We had a sober campmate who was dosed with LSD, ruining several days of their Burn.  They ended up recovering fine, but giving anyone mind altering substances without their consent is sick and cowardly, no matter how much you enjoy the substances yourself.  Having been roofied ourselves in a different environment, finding yourself under that spell is a hell that I wish for no one to ever endure.

I have some other gripes to submit to the complaint department.  MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) AKA litter was everywhere.  This is becoming more of an issue every year and I believe that this is because of the overall rise of infamous “PLUG-n-PLAY” camps (sherpas that get paid to set up luxury accommodations for the wealthy) which litter Black Rock City like the moochers that stay with them.  This different crowd of people don’t care about the principles of the city and their camps don’t explain to their guests about the importance of leaving no trace on the Playa (or the 10 Principles in general).  These plug-n-play camps also eliminate another of the 10 Principals– Radical Self Reliance– which is an essential part of the Burning experience.  When you lose the need to take care of yourself, it pulls energy from other parts of the city and collectively lowers the vibration of the entire infrastructure.

These MOOPing, radically RELIANT “sparkle ponies” (Burner lingo for people who show up with nothing but their pretty smiles and a bag of shiny clothes) are NOT Burners in my book and for all I care they can take their glitter, feathers, Segways, and douche-ey DJs straight back to Coachella where they belong.  This would free up A LOT of tickets for the good Burners who belong in the city and contribute to our glorious dusty way of life.

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Rant over.   Besides those points, you can still have the classic Burning Man experience in 2018.  Just don’t trust anyone who looks like they’ve had a few too many showers, combs their hair, or wears glitter or feathers (super MOOPy and culturally inappropriate unless you are in fact a Native American).  This isn’t to say that all of the people who look like this have bad intentions, they just haven’t been ridiculed into submission yet by real Burners who abide by the rules.  I just follow this simple to remember rule: DUSTY = TRUSTY.  This rule along with some well-timed mockery which can go a long way 😉

The Playa is a place where you can rediscover an intense connection with your self.  This can be frightening in its own sense but, if you can get through it, can be one of the most rewarding experiences that radical environments like Burning Man can offer.  The default world (what we Burners call real life) can separate even the strongest spiritual souls from the magic the human experience, and coming back into balance has deeply altered more than a few destinies.

Some other highlights of Burning Man 2018:

  • Being chased by a man on 5 foot stilts.  He was stamping passer-bys with his camp logo.  I pulled away on my bike at top speed, the chase lasting longer and growing faster than I could have imagined.  It was a great race but I won by an arms length, stilts man missing me by an arms distance as I reached full biking speed.
  • Finding all you can eat ice cream (3 flavors) about a kilometer out into the deepest part of the Playa under a giant statue of a chameleon.
  • Finding a tribe of people who don’t drink but have more fun than all the wasted people combined.
  • Getting magically gifted an In-n-Out burger on Friday night.
  • Leaving with a clear mind and easily reintegrating with the default world, hopefully bringing what I’ve learned back with me and leaving my negativities in the dust.
  • Controlling the giant Sextant Tesla Coils with a piano keyboard.  I played some deep scary bass and received an unexpected applause at the end (it’s in our video above).

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I’m not here to tell you to go to Burning Man, in fact quite the opposite.  Its hot, long, dirty, and loud, with lots of unruly individuals.  You shouldn’t go unless you have time to research how to Burn properly, being respectful to the city and those who have giving so much of their love to create it.  There are already far too many people out there who don’t belong or deserve to be there, so if you have any doubts then stick to your local music festival.  Burning Man is NOT a music festival, hint hint.

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After the Man burn from the sky.

If you think you have what it takes to be a real Burner, consider checking out a regional Burn first.  These events are numerous and take place all over the world.  They are easy to get tickets to, less environmentally challenging (sometimes), and can have much more intimate atmospheres.  Many Burners much prefers these smaller events to the BIG Burn, as they are usually shorter and as said, much more accessible.  A Google search will help you find them, figure it out yourself.

To all those wild-eyed weirdos out there who made Burning Man 2018, my 5th Burn, my best Burn, I thank you.  Although we have a different kind of strange and epic adventure planned for 2019, we will see you in 2020.  As our camp neighbor Fermat liked to flirt, “Wanna get dusty with me?”

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The Orb, a 100 diameter disco ball.
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Marking our glorious achievements as sober Burners!

Carrie recently wrote an article for The Fix about how to have an awesome time at Burning Man without drugs and alcohol.  Check it out here!

She also was quoted in SFGATE, a San Francisco newspaper, about things to do sober at Burning Man.

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Like this story about our Burning Man 2018 experience?  Check out some previous meanderings through Burning Man 2014 (and here’s Carrie’s take)and Burning Man 2017 (Burning Man 2011 and Burning Man 2016 were lost in space time). As always, please like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @laaventuraproject for more travel tales as we meander through this strange and wonderful planet and beyond!

Our Southwest United States Roadtrip – Almost VanLife

Hi lovely readers!  You may be wondering what we have been doing in the months since we posted!  It’s been so long! Our digital nomad lives have brought us home to the USA for a summer of roadtrip camping adventures, visiting friends and family, and running some workshops and retreats for our yoga retreat company Bigger Life Adventures.  It’s been fun to live “Dirtbag Life” with our Prius and our tent again and explore the beautiful nature of our own country.  It’s almost VanLife, right? Here’s a video we made to show you our road trip through Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

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Feeling at “ohm” in the gorgeous landscape north of Taos, New Mexico.
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The “Prius Tent Life” Chef

The highlight of the trip was definitely the Via Ferrata in Telluride, Colorado, which you watched at the end of the video above.  This amazing adventure course is bolted into a rock wall hundreds of feet above the stunning Telluride Valley.  It’s super thrilling and LONG, with sections of hiking and sections of scary iron steps and a sheer dropoff below!  It took us about four hours.  So worth it for the views and the adventure though!

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The other huge highlight of our summer so far was hosting our Mid-Summer Reset at Laguna Mountain retreat campout!  We had 13 guests and it went super well!  I got to teach yoga in the beautiful mountain meadows of east San Diego County and Zach cooked amazing plant-based meals for everyone!  We can’t wait to host our next retreat in Sri Lanka!

Check out the amazing video our friends from Where We Wanderlust made about our retreat!

 

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Portobello Mushroom Burgers and Kale Salad – just one of our amazing meals!

 

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Hiking Garnet Peak
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Teaching about Ayurveda!
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Yoga in nature is the best!

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