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  • Straying from the Itinerary in Volosko, Croatia

    Straying from the Itinerary in Volosko, Croatia

    Sometimes the best travel moments are the ones you don’t plan. I was bummed that I had missed my bus to Split the night before and had to stay in Opatija another evening. I was eager to delve further into my Croatian adventure but had  resigned myself to spending another day in the resort town of Opatija. So I spent the day lounging by the rocks, listening to the waves crash against the concrete wall, eating lunch seaside, and napping. […]

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  • Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road

    Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road

    Travel Writer & Columnist, Kathy Witt wrote the following story about the MidLife Road Trip for McClatchy-Tribune. Another reason that not a day goes by that we don’t count our MidLife Blessings.  Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road By KATHY WITT To eat a Belgian waffle in Belgium. Cuddle a koala bear. Meet snack maven Little Debbie. Tug on Carol Burnett’s ear. If you’re going to dream, you’ve got to do it big. And some of the biggest dreams are […]

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  • Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    When planning a family vacation, you can cut costs and avoid being caught unprepared with just a little advance planning. Have fun and remain within your budget by following these steps before you go. 1) Plan in advance what you will do for dining Decide before you leave how many meals you will be eating out. Prepare some food along the way, saving dining out for special occasions. If you pack lots of snacks, easy-to-prepare meals and plenty of drinks […]

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  • Is living the dream impossible? We think not!

    Is living the dream impossible? We think not!

    Is living the dream impossible? We think not! We would like you to meet Brian and Marianne, two very inspiring friends we met on Twitter. They changed course, charted a new route and are now living their dream.

    Here’s their story ….

    We are Brian and Marianne, owners of Le Couloumé and Le Fournil, our newly-refurbished vacation cottage in South West France. A couple of years ago we

    Brian and Marianne
    Brian and Marianne
    decided to make a long- held dream reality: quit the stresses of commuting to London and start a new life in the French Pyrenees.

    Brian, originally from Cornwall/England, is a keen road cyclist and found a cyclist’s nirvana here. He also brews a variety of beers of excellent quality, as anyone who tries them will attest, and is a talented guitarist and musician as well. Marianne, a Berliner by birth, with an inborn wanderlust, is a natural linguist speaking three and a half languages: German, English, French and a bit of Spanish. She is also passionate about vegetarian cooking, many ingredients coming from our potager, the typical French kitchen garden, where we grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables.

    Here is our story: For many years, working and living in London we had felt (like many people) that there should be more to our lives than feeling constantly exhausted by demanding, stressful jobs which left so little quality time.

    Unlike many people we decided to do something about it and the desire to move to another country, either Italy or France, took hold. The much simpler life style and the slower pace of life that draw millions of people like us for their holidays was a powerful incentive to choose one of those countries to live our dream.

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  • A Guide to Time Travel

    A Guide to Time Travel

    A Guide to Time Travel

    What if you could travel back in time? Where would you go?

    And this isn’t some theoretical exercise. Time travel is real. Or at least, there is a form of it being offered on the north banks of the St. Lawrence River this summer.

    In a sleepy corner of eastern Canada two major anniversaries are converging to offer visitors a unique glimpse of the past.

    Two hundred years ago, Pride & Prejudice was first published, while a war raged here in North America. The first attracts fans from all over the world, while the second is part of a well-funded commemoration for the War of 1812. Together, the two anniversaries are creating a brilliant world of living history along the St. Lawrence River this summer.

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  • Recipe For Success: Rachelle Lucas, a.k.a. @TravelBlggr revisited

    Recipe For Success: Rachelle Lucas, a.k.a. @TravelBlggr revisited

    Recipe For Success: Rachelle Lucas, a.k.a. @TravelBlggr, a freelance writer, videographer and spokesperson with a focus on travel, food and social media who believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors.

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  • There’s nothing Average about Average Jo Magazine

    There’s nothing Average about Average Jo Magazine

    There’s nothing ‘Average’ about Average Jo Magazine ! Average Jo Magazine’s focus is to encourage and equip the average American woman to achieve a physical, mental, and spiritual life balance by providing useful everyday resources and tips. Our hope is that together, we can begin to celebrate more of life’s moments, build on our core values, and encourage each other along the way. At the end of the day, each Average Jo hopes to put her feet up, tilt her head back, exhale and feel like she has made a difference.

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  • Meet Robert Reid the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet

    Meet Robert Reid the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet

    Robert Reid is the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He appears regularly on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the Weather Channel sharing travel stories and trends. In addition to writing two dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks (New York City, Eastern Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia), he has written for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN and World Hum.
    You can also check him out on Reid on Travel

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