The Importance of Self Care - A Cautionary Travel Tale

When I left China in 2008, I was dealing with very severe emotional burnout and compassion fatigue.

Instead of taking time for myself to recharge, I went deeper and deeper into the projects I was involved with. Instead of giving myself enough time to sleep or eat or even emotionally process things- I just kept on going.

Hoping I could be everything to everyone, I tried to solve everyone’s problems except my own. I didn’t realize how mentally unstable I had become.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
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Zero-Waste Travel and How to Pack for It

When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need to ensure we're not doing any great damage to the environment. Travelers who don't think in advance end up producing a lot of waste, especially plastics. This is a harmful process and it takes the planet ages to recover.

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When I Was a T-Shirt in Malawi

In late 2017, I volunteered at a wildlife centre in Malawi.

The small southern African nation hosted me as I volunteered with yellow baboons, scops owls, and servals. However, the thing that will always stick with me, the thing that always sticks with me when I travel, is the people.

I was lucky enough to meet some incredible people in Malawi, it was really a United Nations of volunteers hosted by friendly and enthusiastic Malawians.

That’s the amazing thing about volunteering with animals, you meet some equally amazing people.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

How to Cut Down Your Chances of Getting Sick During or After Vacation

 

If you’ve come down with a cold, flu, or stomach bug on vacation, you’re not alone. In one study, 20 percent of plane passengers reported respiratory symptoms within a week of flying. No one wants to get sick on a trip—or directly after one. Keep reading to learn how to prevent illnesses during and after your next vacation.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

Volunteer Travel - Plan a Meaningful Trip and Give Back at the Same Time

Service Travel

Experiencing new cultures or cities with friends and loved ones is eye-opening, enriching, and challenging in ways that help develop our character and help us grow as individuals.

Though some folks might choose to travel for rest, rejuvenation, or the opportunity to adventure somewhere new, you might also use your travel dollars and vacation days on an intentional trip, such as volunteering, giving back to a community, or serving others in times of need.

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Just Another Day on the Beaches of Costa Rica

I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals.

It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I sometimes literally make their dreams come true.

My job, realistically, is 90% spent behind a computer. Figuring out new volunteer placements, finding more volunteers, training them and helping them feel comfortable and, of course, getting them to the placement safe and sound and back again.

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Nora Livingstone's picture

Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

Local Travel is Where You Are

How to Prevent Jetlag From Annihilating Your Life

“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.”

While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did.

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Culture Shock in the Produce Aisle

Now what?

Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and hard coping methods.

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Nora Livingstone's picture

Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

Grief and Geckos in Malawi

In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia.

It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die). I spent the better part of the year trying to figure out WTF had happened. I tried to do self care and sort out life with a massive hole in it.

Would things be changed forever? Certainly.

Would I ever feel completely normal? The jury still seems out on that one.

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About The Author

Nora Livingstone's picture

Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

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01/28/2020
When I left China in 2008, I was dealing with very severe emotional burnout and compassion fatigue. Instead of taking time for myself to recharge, I went deeper and deeper into the projects I was... read more
Painted signs pointing to all points in the world on pole
01/27/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
Pale blue t shirt on a hanger
12/13/2019
In late 2017, I volunteered at a wildlife centre in Malawi. The small southern African nation hosted me as I volunteered with yellow baboons, scops owls, and servals. However, the thing that... read more
Woman lounging on beach reading a book.
11/18/2019
  If you’ve come down with a cold, flu, or stomach bug on vacation, you’re not alone. In one study, 20 percent of plane passengers reported respiratory symptoms within a week of flying.... read more
WOman holding world globe up in front of her face.
01/30/2019
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Service Travel Experiencing new cultures or cities with friends and loved ones is eye-opening, enriching, and challenging in ways that help develop our character and help us grow as... read more
Sea turtle floating and looking directly at camera.
10/04/2018
I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals. It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I... read more
Coffee house workers and customers
09/12/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
In recent years, the big catchphrase in travel has been about being “local”. In most cases this has meant getting outside the cities, invading smaller villages in the countryside, and asking local... read more
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08/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.” While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did. Traveling from one country to another, losing... read more
Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more

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Woman with face tied in string, yelling.
01/28/2020
When I left China in 2008, I was dealing with very severe emotional burnout and compassion fatigue. Instead of taking time for myself to recharge, I went deeper and deeper into the projects I was... read more
Painted signs pointing to all points in the world on pole
01/27/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
Pale blue t shirt on a hanger
12/13/2019
In late 2017, I volunteered at a wildlife centre in Malawi. The small southern African nation hosted me as I volunteered with yellow baboons, scops owls, and servals. However, the thing that... read more
Woman lounging on beach reading a book.
11/18/2019
  If you’ve come down with a cold, flu, or stomach bug on vacation, you’re not alone. In one study, 20 percent of plane passengers reported respiratory symptoms within a week of flying.... read more
WOman holding world globe up in front of her face.
01/30/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
Service Travel Experiencing new cultures or cities with friends and loved ones is eye-opening, enriching, and challenging in ways that help develop our character and help us grow as... read more
Sea turtle floating and looking directly at camera.
10/04/2018
I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals. It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I... read more
Coffee house workers and customers
09/12/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
In recent years, the big catchphrase in travel has been about being “local”. In most cases this has meant getting outside the cities, invading smaller villages in the countryside, and asking local... read more
View of airplane seats from the back of the plane.
08/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.” While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did. Traveling from one country to another, losing... read more
Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more

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