About me, Lists, Travels

Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018

People travel for many reasons, and one of the most common reasons is to experience other cultures and learn about the world. I've always said that’s one of the reasons I travel, too, but the truth is that I’d never left North America before this year. The closest I’d come to experiencing other cultures was… Continue reading Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018

Central America, East Coast US, Europe, Lists, Midwestern US, Montana, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Diana’s Best of 2018

I know, I know. Another one of those pesky end-of-the-year lists. You’ve probably already read 1000 of them. But as a lover of lists and perpetual list-maker, I can’t pass up the opportunity to hop on the bandwagon once again this year. While my 2017 list was a summary of a somewhat low key travel… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2018

About me, Lists, Uncategorized

Handstands Around the World Turns 3!

Holy cow! Three years? It seems like longer and yet not nearly that long since I finally gathered up the courage to start this little blog. But despite my fears, I felt instantly welcomed into the blogging community and I’m so thankful that you guys have stuck with me for 3 years. I took the… Continue reading Handstands Around the World Turns 3!

How To, Lists, Travels

How To: pitch your tent in the sand

I admit, I’ve had a lot of trouble motivating myself to sit down and write my next post, which is why you haven’t heard from me in a couple weeks. I’ve been stubbornly sticking to my original plan of writing about my adventures in chronological order, and as a person who likes things to be… Continue reading How To: pitch your tent in the sand

How To, Lists

How To: be more eco-friendly while camping

In today's edition of my ongoing How To series, I’m going to talk about something that has begun to bother me greatly over the last few years: the amount of waste that people generate while camping. I’m not sure if it’s just because I’m older and more observant now, but when I was a kid… Continue reading How To: be more eco-friendly while camping

Lists, Travels

Diana’s Best of 2017!

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s always a good time to look both backwards and forwards, reminiscing on the highlights of the past 12 months and building enthusiasm for what’s to come. 2017 was actually somewhat of a lackluster travel year for me. Between the crazy final few months of grad school,… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2017!

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

My first summer in CT, I learned an important lesson: grad students don’t really get a summer. Sure, we aren’t taking classes… but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Science doesn’t do itself. Fortunately, I was still very early on in my grad school career so I did at least manage to have… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

Canada, Canadian Rockies, Lists, Travels

Happy 150th Anniversary to Canada!

July 1st marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. To celebrate, among other things, admission to all Canadian National Parks is free for 2017. And to celebrate here on Handstands Around the World, I’ve put together a list of my favorite Parks Canada sites. This is also conveniently my 100th post! I'm always… Continue reading Happy 150th Anniversary to Canada!

How To, Lists

How To: not be a jerk while camping

I’ve been thinking for a while now that I should mix things up a bit on here. While I never tire of talking about my adventures, I’m sure you all tire of reading about them at times. And over the years, I’ve gained more than just photos from my outdoor experiences. I’ve gained knowledge. So… Continue reading How To: not be a jerk while camping

About me, Lists, Travels

Diana’s Best of 2016

2016 was a rough year. I think we can all pretty much agree on that. Nasty politics, violence, and the deaths of our favorite celebrities ruled the news. But rather than focus on the bad, I thought I'd finish off the year with a list of my favorite 2016 adventures. Here are this year's top… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2016