Becoming a Shaman

I've been teasing you with tales of transition for months now. So finally, here it is: my next big step in life - I'm becoming a shaman.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My 2014 Income

Every year, I publish my annual cost of full-time travel as well as my income. Here's my 2014 income, where it came from, and what's on tap for 2015.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full-Time Travel in 2014

What does it cost to travel full-time? That answer varies, as it has for me over the years. Here's my cost of full-time travel in 2014.

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Jungle Journal Excerpt: I’m using a tiny mirror 2×3” to inspect a particularly bothersome pimple on my face. Suddenly I realize something is obstructing my view; it’s not a crack in the mirror as I’d unconsciously thought…the crack is moving.

No – it’s a tiny worm-like creature wending its way across the image of my face. The kind of innocuous looking worm that I wouldn’t have given a second glance to, save for all those Amazonian jungle documentaries I saw as a child, all those hearsay jungle tales about innocuous looking worms that imperceptibly invade various bodily orifices of intrepid explorers when they’re not paying attention…and do horrible things like lay eggs or cause crippling infections and illness that are forever undiagnosable.

I stare at this wee little worm flexing and writhing on my mirror, before unceremoniously killing it. I’m normally a “live and let live” sort of girl, but after two weeks in the jungle, it (and all its inhabitants) is starting to close in on me.

And I still have two more weeks to go.

Lord. Help. Me.

Those Pesky Jungle Pests

The Amazonian jungle is teeming with life, of all kinds. Isn’t it interesting however, that it’s the wee ones that, en masse, can wreak havoc with our sanity.

Termite Invasion

This jungle-worm (from my journal excerpt above) was far from my first encounter with nature during my month living in Peru’s jungle, and also far from my last. Just the day prior I returned to my tambo (jungle hut) to find I’d been invaded by termites.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Mak and The Cap

by Nora Dunn on July 27, 2015

Mak and The CapDane (“Cap”) and Makaela are a Canadian couple who decided to uproot their lives for awhile and sail the seas on their 41’ sailboat ‘Sea Otter.’ They love to explore the world by way of the sea, to learn something new every day, to savour the small things, and have fun throughout! Here’s a week-in-the-life of Mak & The Cap in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas!

(Editor’s Note: Aah…memories; I sailed the Caribbean for 3 months a few years ago). 

 

DAY 1 – THURSDAY

6:07 AM – Hit snooze. Nice start to a week in the life!

6:17 AM – Crawl over Mak, brush the pearlies, put on my swim shorts. We have guests still zonked in the saloon, so as quietly as I can I get my french press prepped and put the water on. Next I slide the companion way open (which always squeaks a little), and enter the glory of an early morning at sea!

6:30 AM – I watch what’s left of this Black Point sunrise in Great Guana Cay, Bahamas, until the kettle goes off. Fill the bodom, let it steep, and then for a part of my day I always look so forward to – a dive into that aqua blue off the stern. Hands down one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had is starting the day with a refreshing ocean dip. I wade for a couple minutes, then towel off and pour a cup of joe.

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7:00 AM – Crack my journal and spend a few minutes in gratitude of life, friends, the sea or whatever it is that gets me that morning.

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In June, I spent a month in the jungle of Peru, doing an ayahuasca retreat and plant diet (more on that process in Part 4 of this series). This being my first time visiting the jungle in this fashion, I can only speak for my own experience; here are some recommendations for what to bring and expect if you’re planning a similar trip to the jungle yourself.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT – Accommodation

I stayed at Sachamama; a jungle retreat centre run by don Francisco Montes, a shaman, ayahuascero, and perfumero (one who makes perfumes and works with plants for healing). Guests of Sachamama generally stay at least a couple of weeks, and are all participating in plant diets and ceremonies; a process requiring isolation, a basic diet, and a degree of supervision. (More on this later in the series).

You can find a wide range of accommodation options in the jungle, depending on your price range and desired activities. But at Sachamama (and likely many other similar retreat centres in the area), here’s what to expect:

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A Week-In-The-Life of Angela and Chris of Nomadic Lifestyle, in Scotland

07 | 13 Scotland

Enjoy this week-in-the-life of nomadic travelers Angela and Chris, from Nomadic Lifestyle, traveling through Scotland!

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A Month in the Jungle, Part 1: Iquitos

07 | 06 Peru

I started (and ended) my month in the jungles of Peru by visiting Iquitos. The Amazon river, Belen Market and the moto traffic; here’s more info on Iquitos!

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A Week-In-The-Life of Kristyn: Overland from Berlin to Taiwan

06 | 29 Week-In-The-Life Series

Kristyn from Trainless magazine is on an epic overland adventure from Berlin to Taiwan. Catch a week-in-the-life of Kristyn’s journey here!

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Financial Travel Tip #126 – Cash Carrying Tips from the Pros

06 | 22 Financial Travel Tips

When traveling, you want to keep your cash safe and secure, which requires some creativity. Here are some cash carrying tips from professional travelers.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Tiva in South Africa

06 | 15 Week-In-The-Life Series

South Africa is a land of such mystery and beauty. Here’s a week-in-the-life of Tiva (of Tiva’s Travel Tales) traveling through South Africa with a friend.

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Street Food in Peru, and Around the World

06 | 08 links

Peruvian cuisine is the new black, and for good reason. Here’s a collection of street food in Peru that’s cheap and delicious.

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