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Watching a Cockfight in the Dominican Republic

Banned in the United States, cockfighting is a very popular spectator sport in other parts of the globe, namely in the Dominican Republic. It’s a serious event, with avid patrons betting heavily on their favorite winged competitors. My decision to attend this particular event was made somewhat spontaneously. I read about it in my Lonely […]

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Dancing in the Dominican Republic

There is a charming city in the Dominican Republic called Jarabacoa, also referred to as “The City of Everlasting Spring,” given its temperate climate – both a tropical climate and over 1,700 ft above sea level.  It’s also the starting point for the trek to Pico Duarte, the tallest peak in the Caribbean. What the […]

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My Story

I wanted to bring my stories of travel to life, so I made a movie. Years of travel, condensed into this short film, “Adventure Unscripted.” My hope is to encourage others to live their most adventurous life. Adventure Unscripted from Lauren Schaad on Vimeo.

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The Unscripted Adventure

I’m making a movie. After years of planning travel adventures, writing about them, and photographing coffee plantations in Costa Rica, mountain goats in the Alps, and dusty trails in America’s Southwest… it’s time to show you. I mean, really show you, what adventure travel means to me. Identifying a partner to work with was difficult. […]

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Tour of “The Barrels” Huts

Sleeping arrangements on mountains are typically spartan and basic. If you’re not in a tent, you’ll likely spend the night in some form of a hut, a simple unit with a few bunk beds inside. No heat, no electricity… though some regions are starting to offer heat. The Barrels are an iconic destination at the […]

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