Spring V Bomb!

Bonjour Adventure-type-people!

Welcome to another edition of V Bomb, a hand-picked update featuring the best in adventure news, outdoor recommendations and resources for living an examined life!

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Sister Solidarity: Pussy not up for Grabs

At the heart of BRBdoingstuff, we’re women who seek to gain understanding about the world around us through engagement. We explore, learn, try and adventure. Our usual topics include ill-advised feats of athleticism, adventures in remote places and wild outdoor happenings, but today’s post is a little different.

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ABCs — Art, Booze & Central Chile

If you caught my latest post about Patagonia, you’ll already know that I didn’t want to leave. Although I don’t believe that all good things must come to an end, my trekking down south was sadly bound by a return flight to Santiago a week later. I left behind a mountain of unfinished business.

Reminder to self: this is an excellent example of a travel planning fail and why you should resist the temptation of scheduling everything ahead of time. Knock that shit off — you know better!

But, the good news remained that I had another week to kick around central Chile to explore the coast!

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Kon’nichiwa from Japan!

Guest post by Avani Miriyala

For American Thanksgiving this year I decided to get a little unconventional and swapped feasting on delicious food and chattering away with my amazing family (who I absolutely love, don’t get me wrong), with the land of rice paddies, Nintendo, and green tea: Japan!

My boyfriend, Tushar, and I planned this trip for months and we anxiously counted down the seconds until November and our Asian adventure! We challenged ourselves to pack light, bringing two 55L backpack for our 14 day trip. As a first time backpacker, it was quite a challenge to fit all my cute travel outfits into only 55 liters!

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As it turned out, jamming a lot of stuff into small backpacks was a fitting metaphor for our time in Japan!

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Patagonia: Trekking the Torres

For having clocked in around 45 countries it’s wild to think that I’ve only been south of the equator once, with my most recent trip rounding out that pitiful number to two. Moreover, I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to discover how completely incredible South America is (spoiler: it’s my new travel obsession). Regardless, the seal is broken and I’m in love.

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WCT in 72 Hours. Ouch.

We’re taking a different approach to our latest blog post here at BRBdoingstuff because writing a conventional article about an unconventional activity doesn’t make sense. Also, revisiting the Great Hike of 2016 gives us some serious PTSD flashbacks.  So get ready for our most honest, straightforward post to date. (That’s why it’s a little late… we’ve been putting off writing this because it is equal parts humbling and emotional)!

Spoiler alert: don’t try this at home!

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TX Tourist on a Hillbilly Holiday

The biggest misconception about vagabonding is that it requires travel. To set the record straight once and for all — vagabonding is a mindset, not a destination. You can apply vagabonding principles like curiosity, being present in the moment, living light, and approaching new things with an open mind at home just as well as you can in the most remote corner of the world.

With that in mind, I’ve been spending time exploring my own backyard in Austin, Texas. The literal backyard is a work in progress as I’m attempting to become an urban farmer (more on that in a future post), but my more figurative backyard is proving rich in opportunity and adventure — Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg and Luckenbach come highly recommended!

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