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✨HIGHLY REQUESTED✨ I recently shared about mine and @matthewhahnel’s years of travel together. Many of you asked for our tips on how we manage to travel, work, and live together 24/7... without killing each other 😆 They are fairly common sense guidelines, but actually putting them into practice is the key! 👇🏼 ⠀ •ALONE TIME• It’s so important to prioritize having some alone time. Take a walk by yourself to get your morning coffee, or maybe plan an occasional day of solo adventures. Noise cancelling headphones can also make you feel like you have your own little chill out zone despite still being around others 🎧 ⠀ •GO WITH THE FLOW• Travel never goes completely as expected 🌏 When those hiccups happen it’s vital that you have a laugh together and brainstorm what to do next. Don’t throw blame, don’t leave all the planning or decision making up to the other person... be a duo and work through it together. ⠀ •BE NICE• When you’re on the go all the time it might slip your mind to say nice words to each other and show appreciation. It’s important to still say those things that you think the other person just “knows”, like a simple thank you, please, I love you 💛 ⠀ •SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES• Divide responsibilities according to each person’s strengths and preference (e.g. Matt likes to drive and I don’t mind doing our laundry). Set boundaries on what you expect of each other and do your best to uphold your end of the bargain. Sharing is caring 😉 ⠀ •BE LIGHTHEARTED• A silly car singalong will always make you feel better... so crank up those highway tunes and let it loose 😜 Experienced a tough day of flying? Enjoy that airport dance off or watch some funny YouTube videos. Don’t take each other too seriously. ⠀ •COMPROMISE• You won’t always want to do the same things. Learn to compromise and meet your travel partner in the middle. If one person really doesn’t want to do something, split up for the day and take a solo adventure. You don’t always have to like the same things!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ ⠀ I feel like I have more tips than that, but that’s a few for now!! Hope you found them useful ☺️ Leave your tips for everyone in the comment section below! 👇🏼 at California

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Camping in the mountains, trail chats with friends, and yummy snacks: my kind of Saturday night 😆 ( #RXpartner #Ad) I’ve been taking @RXBAR backpacking for years and love their real food approach. It’s not always easy to find protein bars and nut butters that use clean, simple ingredients AND still taste good, but RX has nailed it. I’m stoked to be partnering with them on an exciting summer giveaway! Details below 👇 ⠀ ✨GIVEAWAY✨Win one of three summer travel packs that include a year supply of #RXBAR, @dagnedover travel bag, @hydroflask water bottle, @slipsilkpillowcase sleep mask, and $500 to put towards your next adventure. Enter by posting a picture of where you’re traveling with RXBAR or RX Nut Butter this summer with the tags #SummerOfRXBAR and @RXBAR ✌ at Washington

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I’ve visited Death Valley a few times now and I’m always blown away by the park’s rugged beauty. I get a lot of questions about when to visit, what to see, where to stay etc. Here’s a mini guide that you can save for future trip planning 👇🏼 ⠀ WHEN TO GO: winter, early spring, or mid-late autumn. Summer is not advised due very hot and often dangerous temperatures. ⠀ VISIT LENGTH: highlights can be explored in 1 day but 2-3 days would be optimal to truly immerse yourself in the park. ⠀ GETTING THERE: Fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, and drive just over 2 hours into the park. For those coming from Los Angeles, Death Valley is a relatively short 4.5 hour drive. ⠀ WHAT TO DO: - Experience sunrise or early morning at Zabriskie Point. - Hike the Badlands Loop Trail. - Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level). - Explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes during the late afternoon. Consider staying for sunset and to view the stars after dark (pack a head lamp and be sure to know your way back to the parking lot!) - Drive up to Dante’s View during the early morning or at sunrise for an elevated view over the park (5,476 ft). - Spend some time stopping at the sights along Artist’s Drive, including Artist’s Palette. ⠀ WHERE TO STAY: There are numerous campgrounds to stay in and also some nearby BLM spots for vans/RVs. Hotel style accommodation can be found in places like Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek. ⠀ You can find more national park guides and trip inspiration in our book, Roaming America (info linked in my bio and story highlights) ✨ #RoamingAmerica #DeathValley #California at Death Valley National Park

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Traveling as a couple truly tests your love for one another. You aren’t usually your “best self” when you are exhausted, homesick, stressed, or desperately in need of a shower. But oh boy do you learn SO much about each other when your love is pushed to the limits 😆 ⠀ @MatthewHahnel and I started traveling together when we were 19 years old (that’s now 10 years ago... yep we’re getting old 😜) Our first overseas trip as a couple was 2 months traversing across South America, and there were plenty of ups and downs! You think you know someone fairly well... until you see them vomiting up their guts, peeing in the backcountry, shattered after two long days of transit, or pushed to exhaustion on a multi-day trek. Over the course of those 2 months we saw the best and the worst sides of each other and I learned so much about our relationship 👫 I learned that it’s okay to look gross and feel vulnerable in front of each other, that at the end of the day it actually brings you closer. It showed me that we could both step up in times of need and take care of each other. It taught me to have A LOT of patience and kindness, even if it was the last thing I felt like doing. Travel can deliver moments that you don’t necessarily like to see or feel, but those moments also helped us grow and mature in ways we wouldn’t have done staying in the comforts of home 💛 ⠀ Would you guys be interested in hearing some tips on how we travel as a couple (and live + work together 24/7) without killing each other? I feel like the same tips can also be applied to traveling with friends and family. Let me know in the comments! 👇🏼 at Oregon

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Happy Fourth of July everyone 🇺🇸 Here’s a collection of photos from one of my favorite places in the USA - Redwoods National and State Parks, California 🌲 {swipe to see all images}. I will always remember the feeling of walking beneath these gigantic trees for the first time... and every visit I fall in love with the area that little bit more. Have you been? #Redwoods #California at Redwood National and State Parks

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✨NEW BLOG POST + GIVEAWAY✨ (closed) I know a lot of you are in the process of updating or acquiring new gear for your summer adventures! 🥾 To help you out, I just published a blog post featuring my holy grail hiking and camping gear (2019 edition). These are items that I have owned for years, use on every single hiking and backcountry camping trip, and couldn’t recommend enough! 🌲 Click the link in my bio to check it out! ⠀ GIVEAWAY (closed) 👉🏼 I’ve partnered with @Backcountry to giveaway a hiking and camping kit valued at $800! 🏕 This could be a starter kit if you are just getting into outdoor adventures, or you could put it towards updating some older gear pieces. Myself and Backcountry’s amazing Gearheads will personally help you choose items that best suit your adventure needs 🧗🏼‍♀️ All your have to do to enter is leave a comment below saying why you would like to win... it’s that simple! (US & Canada only) ✨ WINNER: @emilyinthepnw - congrats!!✨ ⠀ Don’t forget you can also use code RENEE15 to get 15% off your first @Backcountry order... and there’s a huge 4th of July sale going on right now if you want to snap up some sweet deals! (some exclusions apply) 🏔 #FindYourBackcountry #GOATWorthy #Backcountry #Sponsored at Washington

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Destination that has surprised me the most so far this year: Ireland 🇮🇪🍀🐑🏰🍻🏔🥾 {swipe to see all 6 photos} ⠀ In late February/early March I spent just over a week exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and northwest part of the island. Some highlights included: - Sleeping in a real life castle (Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara). - Exploring Donegal’s beautiful beaches and sea cliffs, especially Slieve League Cliffs. - Staying in an old lighthouse keepers cottage at Fanad Head Lighthouse. - Touring Glenveagh Castle and the gorgeous scenery of Glenveagh National Park. - Driving around the Mullaghmore Peninsula of country Sligo, stopping at castles, sea cliffs and beaches. - Seeing Mayo’s Downpatrick Head and Dun Briste Sea Stack (featured in main image). - Hiking and learning about Ballycroy National Park and stunning Achill Island in country Mayo. - Visiting Galway’s Connemara National Park and nearby Kylemore Abbey, including hiking the Upper Diamond Hill Trail. ⠀ I have an entire blog post featuring our day-by-day itinerary if you want to check it out (linked in my bio) 🇮🇪 #Ireland at Ireland (country)

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Part of me wasn’t much looking forward to visiting Big Bend National Park. I thought it was going to be stifling hot, dry, barren, and potentially not very photogenic. I hadn’t heard much about the park nor had I seen many photos online. In saying that, Matt and I always try to visit new destinations with an open mind, knowing that each place usually has something unique and amazing about it. : Well, we were totally wrong about Big Bend... it blew all our expectations out of the water! During early May the daytime temperatures were fairly warm but the evenings lovely and cool. The park’s landscapes were beautifully diverse and in many places quite green and lush... and overall everything was much more photogenic than we had anticipated! : Here are some of our top recommendations for the park (save this post for future planning 😉): - Soak in the natural Boquillas Hot Springs whilst enjoying beautiful views of the Rio Grande River (free entrance and I recommend you visit early or late in the day during cooler temperatures). - Hike the Lost Mine Trail in the Chisos Basin area for gorgeous desert and mountain views (4.8 miles roundtrip). - Explore Santa Elena Canyon during the afternoon to witness golden light along the Rio Grande. - Be sure to look up at the stars come nightfall. Big Bend has very minimal light pollution and makes for an epic spot to try out astrophotography. - Hike the Grapevines Hill Trail to view the interestingly balanced rock featured in image 5 😆 (2.2 miles roundtrip). - Walk the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail for panoramic views of the river, Sierra del Carmens, and Crown Mountain. Look out for wild horses drinking from the Rio Grande! - Cross the border into Mexico through the park’s Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry. Make sure to bring your passport and look up the opening/closing times before you go 🇲🇽 : This set of images is from our recently published book, Roaming America. If you’re interested in seeing more, details on how to get your hands on a copy can be found in my story highlights and bio 🌿 #RoamingAmerica #BigBend #Texas at Big Bend National Park

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✨GET TO KNOW ME✨ ⠀ Renee Hahnel 👋🏼 29 years old 👀 5’ 3” tall 🙆🏻‍♀️ August baby: Leo ♌️ Born in Melbourne 🇦🇺 Based in Seattle 🇺🇸 Married to @MatthewHahnel 💑 ⠀ My first job was scooping horse manure and selling it at the entrance of my parents farm 💩 My sister and I would get so excited when someone would come along and buy a bunch of bags haha 😆 ⠀ My first “real job” was as a pharmacy assistant at my local chemist. I was 14 and ended up having that job all through school and university 🤓 ⠀ My nickname as a kid was “Dude” and many of my family members still call me that (long story). Other nicknames include Rae, Nae, Ray, RC, and Stink ☀️ ⠀ Some of my pet peeves are people coughing in public and not covering their mouth (gross!), silverware scraping on a plate, and when people hog your armrest on a flight 🤦🏻‍♀️ ⠀ I’m terrified of snakes but spiders don’t really bother me. Well, other than the time a gigantic huntsman ran across my steering wheel when I was driving full speed down the hwy. Google “Australian huntsman”, I dare you🕷 ⠀ I became a vegetarian at age 9 after watching that Simpson’s episode when Lisa doesn’t want to eat her lamb friend. It’s funny to say, but that was the first time I had really made a connection between meat and animals. I couldn’t really see the difference between eating a cow or my pet horses and dogs. Much to my parents horror, I arrived at the dinner table that night and declared I wasn’t eating meat anymore. They thought it would last a few nights... it has now been 20 years 🥦 ⠀ When I was 5 years old my parents pulled my sister and I out of school and took us on a 3 month road trip up the east coast of Australia. I don’t remember too much from that trip but I have no doubt that it helped fuel my passion for travel. I am so incredibly thankful to my parents for teaching me to place value on experiences over possessions... something I hope to continue doing throughout my life 💛 ⠀ Emojis to describe me: 🌎🧳🏔🏡👫🥾📚🏕🐴🍦📷☀️🐶🌲💖 ⠀ Ok, your turn! Tell me something about you in the comments, or maybe try describing your life in emojis! 😜👇🏼 at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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The weather wasn’t looking so great in Seattle last week, so Matt and I decided to catch the ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and head out exploring for a few days. Summer has made it into the mountains and we were treated to sunny days, beautiful wildflowers, and snow free views. In saying that, the nights were still absolutely freezing up on those summits 😆 : I've been putting the new @OnePlus 7 Pro phone to the test during my adventures this past month. The phone's three rear cameras (regular, zoom, and wide angle) are super impressive, and I've also enjoyed using the nifty pop-up front facing camera. I love that you can shoot images in RAW format, manually control all your settings, and capture uncropped vertical images (check out some examples in my Stories!) : GIVEAWAY 👉🏼 I'm excited to be giving you guys a chance to win a new OnePlus 7 Pro phone and $3000 travel credit for any adventure your heart desires! To enter, follow @OnePlus on Instagram, and click the link in my bio or stories. : #OnePlusPartner - Giveaway Rules: No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner must live in the U.S.A. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. at Washington

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For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud ☁️ ⠀ {Who can guess this book quote? ⚡️😉} ⠀ Swipe to see the horizontal version of this photo ✨ #MoraineLake #Canada at Moraine Lake

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Some parts of Arizona make you feel like you’re exploring another planet 😍 We luckily found these hoodoos just before the sun was beginning to set. One minute we were driving down a quiet road and then BAM the landscape morphed into these beautifully colored formations. The Southwest is full of hidden gems ✨ ⠀ On a side note, are any of you guys going to be at TravelCon next week? I’d love to meet some of you! at Arizona

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