LIVING ABROAD

Here are all the ways I failed during my first month as a full-time digital nomad

A mural on a blue wall. The mural depicts a sugar skull — a female-appearing skeleton covered in flowers and hearts. She is smoking a cigarette and grinning. Her unibrow suggests that she is Frida Khalo, or at least an homage to her.
A mural on a blue wall. The mural depicts a sugar skull — a female-appearing skeleton covered in flowers and hearts. She is smoking a cigarette and grinning. Her unibrow suggests that she is Frida Khalo, or at least an homage to her.
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A month ago, my boyfriend and I sold everything and moved down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

First of all, I recognize that this is a privileged position to be in. I am not rich by any means. However, I am from one of the wealthiest countries in the world, which means that my dollar does stretch far when I’m frugal.

My partner and I decided to take advantage of that while we’re relatively young and travel the world while working online full-time. We had traveled the United States extensively. So post-vaccination we figured, “Hey, why not? Now’s the time, right?”


6 Life Lessons from a Disaster Response Worker

A road sign sits almost completely submerged from a flood.
A road sign sits almost completely submerged from a flood.
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The first disaster I responded to was actually in my hometown. This isn’t typical for the type of response I was doing — but I guess I’m just lucky that way.

On a cold and wet December 26th, at 5:00 am, I showed up in a town where I had once attended a marching band competition. Only this time, I was there to sandbag. The water levels were quickly approaching the levee breaking point. Reports of massive upriver flooding were coming in. The River Des Perez sits in the middle of a very populated Saint Louis suburb, surrounded by homes…


MSRs could be the future of energy if we could reign in our fear.

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In 2019, I was about as deep into sustainability nerd-dom as you could get. I spent my days pursuing a degree in Sustainable Ecology, thinking I knew it all and having quite a few opinions on lofty ideas like energy policy, wildlife conservation, and world agriculture.

Then much to my own shock, I wrote a policy brief on Thorium-fueled Nuclear as an option for cheap and clean energy. After slaving over this bad boy for a month or so, I shamefully discarded it. No self-respecting environmentalist endorses nuclear power…right?

What follows here is that policy brief, edited. Any of you…


8 unconventional ways to tell if you are well and truly loved by “The One.”

Two hands form a heart shape, in a silhouette set agains the setting sun. The photo is a monotone of yellow and orange colors, with a vignette darkening the border.
Two hands form a heart shape, in a silhouette set agains the setting sun. The photo is a monotone of yellow and orange colors, with a vignette darkening the border.
Photo by Mayur Gala on Unsplash

I’ve finally met “The One.” Although all told, I don’t actually believe that there is only one person out there for each of us.

However, I definitely believe that certain people get us. A small subset of the population has the chemistry, the background, and the complementary personality that makes your soul take a deep breath and sigh, “yes, this one.”

When you’ve met that 1 in a Million person, it makes every relationship before seem like you were practicing—the rehearsal before the big opening night.

There is a subtle but all-encompassing tell-tale sign. The way that you know they…


Perhaps it’s just my desire to live in a sci-fi novel, but honestly, they have a pretty compelling argument.

A blood moon hangs in the night sky, with red clouds begs the question: should we put a seed vault on the moon?
A blood moon hangs in the night sky, with red clouds begs the question: should we put a seed vault on the moon?
Photo by Altınay Dinç on Unsplash

Currently, species in every corner of the globe are endangered — and for a myriad of reasons

Ecosystem diversity is at risk everywhere, from the Arctic to the Amazon. Besides preserving life on the planet simply for the sake of doing so, this kind of mass extinction is simply bad for human beings. A lack of diversity means an unstable food supply and calls into question the reliability of clean air or water.

Even if you “don’t believe” in climate change, there is always the ever-present danger of a supervolcano eruption. Yellowstone caldera, for instance, would cause a global winter and pollute water supplies worldwide if it were to erupt. …


This, right here! We need to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Being uncomfortable encourages us to shed our old skin when it becomes overly confining.


A new study suggests the Earth's seasons are in turmoil.

A study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters warns humanity of a dire future if we continue the “business as usual” scenario we’re currently playing out. Changing Lengths of the Four Seasons by Global Warming points out that the Earth’s seasonal patterns have already changed. We need to curb and reverse this reality because the consequences don’t look good.

Photo by Marcus Kauffman on Unsplash

The oncoming of summer used to be a good thing. As a child, the longer days and lack of school only signaled one thing to me: fun. Hours lounging around the pool and warm, hazy bike rides to the nearby corner…


I've had two lower back surgeries, and after my last surgery my physical therapist made me start planking. Two minutes a day, no exceptions is what he told me. I thought that was hard! This author is a beast.


Westerners need to switch to the meat alternatives, says the billionaire — but maybe not in the way you think.

A well-dressed man holds a hamburger, about to chew. He is smiling. The burger is probably not synthetic meat.
A well-dressed man holds a hamburger, about to chew. He is smiling. The burger is probably not synthetic meat.
Photo by Sander Dalhuisen on Unsplash

The first time I ate an Impossible Burger, I spat it out. I asked my waitress to confirm with the chef that I was eating a fake meat product.

At that point, I had been a vegetarian for 5 years. For about a decade prior, I was a “flexitarian” — I went back and forth on my commitment to avoiding animal products, but I wasn’t too rigorous. If someone handed me a burger, I ate it gladly.

I felt a lot of guilt about eating meat, though. I am an environmentalist with a Sustainability degree; I came to a point…

Brittany Kathleen

Founder of BonVoyageBrittany.org, a lifestyle and travel blog for adventurous women looking to make ethical choices. A multi-niche freelance writer for hire.

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