Sadie Cornelius

Sadie has been exploring the world since she was young - her first international adventure when she was 16 to Japan. She's traveled Europe and throughout the U.S. and loves to experience new places and things. When not writing, she can be found cooking vegetarian food, practicing yoga or enjoying museums and various cultures around DC.

What Are Escape Rooms & Did We Escape?

Clues on table: What are Escape Rooms?

The Exploring Life’s Mysteries team has done multiple escape rooms. We quickly learned that these were not only addicting but a great way for us to bond as a team. In addition to team building, escape rooms also offer a great experiential activity for family fun, a friend hangout or even a first date…

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Interview With Richard Hill: A Quest To Find Birth Parents Through DNA Testing

Richard Hill with adopted family

Richard Hill discovered he was adopted as a teenager and then spent a good part of his adult life trying to piece together the puzzle of finding his birth parents. Thanks to at-home DNA tests the process was much easier than expected and he was able to uncover some exciting facts that led to some significant discoveries in his life. Since then, he’s written a book and makes it his mission to help others do the same. We got the chance to interview him and are happy to share his story with our readers in hopes it will inspire others too…

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Viva la Cuba: Best Ways to Travel to and Experience Cuba

After nearly a half-century embargo, traveling to Cuba from the United States is now possible. Given the country is about to start seeing an influx of tourism and development, the novelty to see Cuba as it once was (while you still can) makes the demand and interest to travel there higher than ever before. Want to be one of the first to head to Cuba and experience a piece of history and culture? We’re here to help! Since booking hotels and activities can be frustrating (or impossible) to do online, we recommend using one of these Cuba travel services…

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Best Language Learning Software: Fluenz vs Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone vs Duolingo & More!

Best Language Learning Software logo

So, you want to learn Spanish but the options are muy confuso. Or, maybe your visiting Paris and want to speak the native language to fit in with the French? What are the best ways to learn a language without living immersed in the country’s language and culture? Language learning software! It has increased in popularity because it allows you to learn at your own pace and on the go. And their lessons are fun, engaging and motivate you to keep growing and improving your skills. We’ll help you decide which language learning software is right for you based on your goals and preferences…

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Personal Drone Reviews: Iris vs DJI Phantom vs AR Drone

Drone Review

“In just a few minutes I was hooked. In near silence, the drone rose, hovered, and dove, silently and surreptitiously photographing us and the landscape around us. The photos and video were stunning,” remarked Martha Stewart. So Martha is convinced, but are you? And which one should you try? We’ve scoured the web to find the best, most popular personal drone models out there including the pros, cons and pricing for each one…

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Discover the Supernatural with Paranormal Equipment

Paranormal Equipment

Paranormal investigators rely upon a large number of paranormal investigation equipment and methods to monitor paranormal activity. But you don’t have to be a professional or certified to put these tools to the test to see if another life exists. On the hunt to go ghost hunting? If not, you will be after reading this article! We’ll take a look at the various gadgets and techniques used to discover if there are signs of an alternative force or paranormal existence in your life.

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Best Humidor For Cigars by Type and Budget

Humidor and box of cigars

I returned home from a trip to Cuba in early 2017 with a bag full of Cuban Cigars. Since I only smoke them on special occasions (or give them as gifts), I wasn’t going to use them right away, so I put them in the pantry in a zip lock bag. That is, until I come to find out that doing so was big mistake. Why? Cigars need to be kept at a certain humidity level or else they’ll lose their flavor. What a waste it would be to let my precious cargo get spoiled! So, how do you keep them at a proper, consistent level of humidity? A Humidor. I did some research looking for humidors, and want to share my findings with fellow aspiring cigar aficionados. Read on to learn more about humidors, how they work, what to look for, and our top picks…

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Living DNA Review: Discover Your Family Heritage

Living DNA test

Did you that know a simple swab of your cheek can reveal where your genetic ancestors came from thousands of years ago? Sitting inside your mouth is data that can provide insight into who you are and where you’re from. Thanks to Living DNA’s ancestry test, I found answers and discovered more about my past and genetic heritage than I ever thought possible. You can too! And it’s more affordable and easier than you may think. Read on to learn how you can start digging deeper into your family history with our Living DNA ancestry review (along with our firsthand experience testing of the kit)…

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Tips for Starting an Airbnb Business

Airbnb bedroom

It’s no surprise, we’re big fans of travel and exploring the world. With the rise in popularity of vacation rentals, we wanted to share some insights into renting out your home to make some cash. So when we met Sarah Rylee, who manages two Airbnb properties in New York City, we were intrigued to learn more about what it’s like to be on the other side. Read our interview with Sarah where we learned firsthand what you will need to know when starting an Airbnb business and tips to be successful…

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