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Japanese Snack Pack Tasting: Dried Crab, Minnow and Seaweed [Video]

October 4, 2017

  During my second full day in Tokyo I explored a popular area known as Asakusa. Asakusa is known for its famous shrines/temples (most notably Senso-ji), double-sided shopping streets, dining and entertainment. While walking around, I stopped into many random stores and slot arcades – where I found people furiously tapping buttons I didn’t understand and chain-smoking cigarettes. One of the stores I wandered into was a four-story discount store that absolutely blew me away. Enter Asakusa Don Quijote Don…

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EOCP #1: Lars Feste – Driving Across Iceland, Level 9 Northern Lights, and Saying “No”

September 24, 2017

In the first podcast episode of Edge of Comfort I talk with my long time friend, Lars Feste (@lars_feste / IG), about his experience in Iceland. Lars and I have been friends since grade school and lived a few blocks away from each other most of our lives. We traveled together to countless summer camps, ski trips, family vacations, and even church choir tours during high school. Yes, I was in church choir… Although our younger travels were in the United States,…

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Edge of Comfort Podcast: Introduction with Lee Thornquist

September 21, 2017

Listen on iTunes here. Welcome to the first episode of the Edge of Comfort Podcast (EOCP)! I believe in exploring the world through different perspectives. Challenging what we think we know about life. Pushing boundaries. For the next nine months, I plan to explore these beliefs in-depth while traveling through Asia, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Throughout this time, I will interview other interesting travelers on this podcast to share their best experiences, adventures, stories and travel tips from the…

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Fishing in Canada: The World’s Best Fishing Trip

May 23, 2017

During the summer of 2013, I was fortunate enough to spend five days on Rowdy Lake in Ontario, Canada fishing all day. When I say all day, I literally mean every minute of the day other than eating and sleeping. I understand five intense days of fishing sounds draining, but we were determined to take advantage of every minute available. We were the only people on the lake and I caught more fish in five days than I’ve caught in all other years of my life…

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Lee’s Three: Dream Destinations

May 17, 2017

L3: Dream Destinations In this edition of Lee’s Three, I highlight a few dream destinations I’ve been dying to visit! While I want to see places across the world, some destinations are more pressing than others. Keeping a running list of our dream destinations is always an exciting aspect of travel. This becomes especially true when we turn our dreams into reality. If you need some inspiration to come up with your own travel ideas, check out Part I of my Travel Steps series.…

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Travel Steps: Part II

May 16, 2017
Steps to Sea

Destination Decisions After brainstorming potential destinations to visit using categories from Part I, it’s time for our next step: making destination decisions! Of all the incredible places in the world to see, how do you decide on a place for your next trip? Whether your list includes five or 196 countries, you will have to start somewhere. Sometimes the more options we have, the more difficult it is to actually choose. In Part II, we will learn five useful categories to help us…

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Lee’s Three: Books Vol. 1

May 8, 2017
Books

Lee’s Three: Books Vol. 1 In this edition of Lee’s Three, I highlight three books I recently read that significantly impacted me. All three of these inspired me to travel, but also taught me many other meaningful lessons. Books can make an incredible impact on us and open our minds up to ideas and knowledge we didn’t know existed. I find reading is one of the most beneficial things to consistently do and highly encourage everyone to pick up a book each…

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Lee’s Three: Music Edition Vol. 1

May 6, 2017

L3: Music Edition In the first music edition of Lee’s Three, take a listen to three songs that I have had on repeat from a few months to two years! I absolutely love these songs and don’t think there will be a day where I don’t enjoy listening to them. Lee’s Three (L3) features quick content highlighting helpful hints, surprising facts, or something enjoyable from my life. Music exists in nearly every culture we know. While the style and instruments used can…

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Are You Able to Correctly Guess These 10 Travel Facts?

May 5, 2017

Put your travel knowledge and experience to the test with my first travel quiz! Includes questions such as, “What country is smaller than Central Park? and “Due to global warming, what area is most at risk of disappearing?”   Travel Quiz Details Length: 10 Questions Time: 3-5 minutes       Stay updated on releases of challenging quizzes and travel content! See my best photos by following @eoctravel on Instagram!…

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Travel Steps: Part I

May 4, 2017

Brainstorming Traveling begins long before we book flights, conduct research, and plan out a budget. Anytime we daydream or think about places near and far to visit, we work on step one: Brainstorming. Brainstorming potential destinations is something we do without even realizing it. While working on something at our job, flipping through TV shows, or viewing Snapchats of friends, we might be dreaming of sweet travel experiences. Whether we wish to travel extensively or for a weekend getaway, brainstorming travel…

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