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Meet Dr. Maria Higgins: Traveling Optometrist

What do you do for work? Traveling optometrist, doing nursing home eyecare Tell me a little about where you've gone so far. What are your favorite locations and most impactful trips? I went to the bush of Alaska to provide eyecare to natives. I climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite and the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My dog and I traveled around the US for a month seeing many of the national parks. Different Europe destinations have also been vacations. When did you first know you were a traveler? When my list of places to see topped 100. What are your favorite items that you always travel with? My dog. A jump rope. My Beats headphones....

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Why Menstrual Cups are a Must-Have for Women Who Travel

The first time I used a menstrual cup, I was crammed into a tiny airplane bathroom on a long-haul flight to Indonesia. I stood staring at the tiny silicone cup for at least five minutes, desperately wishing I had brought some tampons instead. Figuring out how to put it where it needed to go seemed like Mission: Impossible, and I didn’t feel up to the challenge.  I’d thrown the cup into my bag on a last-minute whim, leaving the instruction sheet at home. I was completely convinced I’d love it – but I’d expected my period to come after I’d settled into my hostel and done a bit of research, not while I was 35,000 feet up in the sky...

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Living a Digital Nomad Lifestyle: How to Work and How to Unplug

Although I’m still in my first full year as a digital nomad, I’ve been working the side hustle for quite some time. I’d spend each day working 9 to 5, shoving in dinner, then switching gears to my digital endeavors from 6 - ?. It wasn’t always pretty - or necessarily healthy - but I loved the variety of experiences and the chances to get creative in different ways. Now as I’m on the go more than I’m in one place at a time, I’m still facing challenges of knowing when to work and when to, well, just relax. The nomad lifestyle often means a fluid stream of work and play, but I’ve begun to practice these strategies for a...

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5 Reasons to Always Pack a Notebook

It doesn’t matter what you’re working on, inspiration can strike anywhere. If your focus is on business, you might think of a great idea for marketing. If you’re a parent, maybe you think about something you want to teach or show your child. If you’re working to improve a relationship, you might need to note down a great idea to delight or surprise your partner. If you’re on a different country and are inspired because of something, you may want to write it down on your notebook. There are two things that can happen to you if you don’t have a way to catch your idea straight away: You’ll forget it. You’ll silently repeat it to yourself until you write...

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