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Are Travel Adventurers Unique?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Are Travel Adventurers Unique?

  It’s quite likely that there are as many different types of adventures as there are adventurers. So are travel adventurers unique? Maybe, but all adventures have a few things in common. — They’re noteworthy. You get all hyped up when you’re talking about it. So much so that people can even feel your sense of wonder. The sheer anticipation of the event propels you onward and the memory comes with a feeling of accomplishment. — Adventures provide challenges and thus produce a feeling of growth in the adventurer. You’re often on a learning curve and that’s good for the brain. — People perceive that there is an element of risk. In some cases, like climbing a mountain, the risks could be very real. In other cases, they are merely a nagging anxiety of the unknown, but this little bit of discomfort is often enough to keep most people from experiencing an adventure. Travel adventurers may fit into a special category, however. I’ve given this a lot of thought because for the last thirteen years I’ve been a female nomad, sometimes going solo and sometimes with my husband but always longing for more. Some might say that I’m addicted to the rush of seeing new places, encountering new challenges, immersing myself in different lifestyles. Travel adventurers tend to have a thirst for variety. Sameness just isn’t our cup of tea. Routine tends to bore us. We lay awake at night in our big warm beds and imagine finding a...

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Flying Cheaper and Lighter

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Flying Cheaper and Lighter

  Because I’m always looking for ways to travel longer for less, flying cheaper and lighter have become synonymous. If you don’t believe me, read a little further as I explain the flight deals that I recently found while planning my next trip to Europe.  First let me begin by saying that I mapped out a trip that included six stops along the way over a two-month period. Starting from my hometown in the midwest to Chicago, where I’ll spend a night in order to board a one-way flight the next evening to Dublin Ireland for — drum roll please — $180.  WOW AIR That’s right! I’ll change planes in Iceland and arrive the next morning in Dublin around nine. That’ll give me the rest of that day and the following day to do my thing. I happen to be very familiar with Dublin, so I won’t be wasting time trying to find my way around. Ireland has long been one of my favorite countries to return to whenever possible.  On the third day, I’ve booked a flight on RyanAir to Edinburgh for $40, a short one-hour flight. I’ll be in Edinburgh for four nights and I’m going to need every minute as this will be my first time to go to Scotland. My digs in Edinburgh Next up? Well,  I’ve booked a flight from Edinburgh to Malaga for $40. Shortly after my plane touches the ground, I’ll be on a bus to my apartment in Torre Del Mar where...

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Three Poems in the Indiana Voice Journal

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Three Poems in the Indiana Voice Journal

  I’m very happy to report that the Indiana Voice Journal published three of my poems in their September/October issue. Three poems in the Indiana Voice Journal I’ve been writing poetry since I was a little girl. To this day, writing provides a wonderful outlet for creativity to flow. It’s also very cathartic. Although, I’ve never shared poetry on my website before, I decided it was time to start. I’ve written a number of poems  about the wanderlust spirit. I’ve also dedicated more than a few lines to my home away from home — Spain. I’ve often wondered if creativity and the need to wander the globe are connected in some way. Certainly, whenever I  get off the beaten track to explore more of the world, my creative problem solving skills are required. Meeting new people, learning a second language, finding my way around, living on a tight budget are only possible if I’m willing to draw from my internal reserves. The benefits are numerous, including saving my little gray cells from atrophying due to lack of mental challenges. I love being on a learning curve. Inspiration is a wonderful tonic for the creative spirit. I am regularly inspired by my travels. Here’s a few words that I wrote once upon a time while on the road.  Wanderlust There are far away places calling my name And if I wander, I won’t take the blame So when a penalty must be collected Consider me protected Levy a fine on...

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What is it About the Mediterranean?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What is it About the Mediterranean?

What is it about the Mediterranean that pulls at my heartstrings and calms my mind? I’ve been carrying on a love affair with this sapphire sea for over a decade. Although I can find plenty of other places on this planet where I could happily spend loads of time, maybe even stay there indefinitely, yet,  I am drawn back to this one particular body of water. I’ve immersed myself in its beauty from some pretty inspiring places to say the least. From the heights of Ravello, Italy where the likes of Greta Garbo and Gore Vidal wiled away idyllic days or from the Parador of the seaport city of Malaga, I’ve never been disappointed with the view. You can read about Ravello, Italy here. Having made my winter home in the seaside village of Torre Del Mar, Spain, I now manage to  ensconse myself in such a close proximity to this body of water that its the first thing I see every morning and the last that I see every night.  Yet, I long to see more … You can see the views from the Malaga Parador here.   From where else would I love to see yet another view of my friend the Mediterranean? France, Monaco, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece? There are sixteen countries that have borders on the Mediterranean. Sixteen! My wanderlust would dearly love to explore at least a few more of these exotic locations. I am sure that each offers a magnificent vista of its...

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Can Travel Be a Therapeutic Journey?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Can Travel Be a Therapeutic Journey?

    Can travel be a therapeutic journey? Why do you travel? We know that travel isn’t always cheap. Anyone who has ventured out into the beyond also knows that traveling can be fraught with problems. Lost luggage, too much booze, late nights, cramped schedules and spending a lot of money on souvenirs often leaves people in need of a second vacation just to rest up from the first vacation. Is it possible to make a travel experience something less frenetic and more satisfying? It’s been said before that travel opens the mind. I believe it dispels the myth of manmade boundaries as well. It can even help us to recognize ourselves in the faces of those from other cultures, making the “us against them” model less effective at dividing humanity. As a transformative experience, however, travel has much to offer. It may be that the therapeutic benefits of traveling require a measure of deliberate intentions if, indeed, we want to reap the absolute most from a trip. Are there ways to approach a trip that can produce these benefits more easily? I think there is,  although what works for me certainly comes with no guarantee that it’ll work for anyone else. Here are eleven things that I try to build into every trip whether domestic or international.   Make sure that nature is part of the plan. Get off the beaten track. Take note of every-day life in different cultures. Sit and observe. Make an effort to try...

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