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Recent Interview On WBOI Public Radio

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post. I’ve been enjoying a busy summer since I got back from Spain in May. Most of my travel has been stateside these past few months. However, a recent interview on WBOI public radio is worth sharing.  Julia Meeks, who runs a  fabulous show called Folktales, and I had a  lively discussion about some of my favorite topics including living without debt and traveling longterm. It was so much fun!  So, for your listening pleasure, I’ve provided a link to the entire interview. Just click below and scroll down to the “listen button” and you’ll find the interview in its entirety. Enjoy and happy trails …   Share...

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A Review of World Nomads Travel Insurance

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Review of World Nomads Travel Insurance

Before my annual trip to Europe this year, I purchased two travel insurance policies with World Nomads, one for myself and one for my husband. Usually, I only buy the travel insurance offered when I get an airline ticket, but this year, I decided to spend a bit more and try a policy through a company that had come highly recommended by Nomadic Matt. I have followed Nomadic Matt’s adventures around the world for a long time and often appreciated his advice based on loads of experience. If Matt used World Nomads, then who was I to argue with him. So, I bought two policies to cover approximately nine weeks of travel to Europe with multiple stops in various countries for about $180 dollars each. World Nomads We had a rather rigorous trip planned starting with a string of airlines with one way tickets, including some of the bargain airlines that are quite common in Europe. WOW, Norwegian and Ryanair saved us a lot of money. Our first stop was in Dublin where I’d planned to spend two nights before catching a Ryanair flight to Edinburgh. I’ve spent a lot of time in Ireland, but Edinburgh was my first visit to Scotland. Naturally, I had a longer stopover arranged so as to enjoy exploring that great city. Best laid plans by mice and men as the old saying goes should also include women because my plans got turned upside down on their heads not long after landing in Ireland. That’s right! The...

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Is Life Without a Car Harder or Easier?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Is Life Without a Car Harder or Easier?

When I don’t have a car, my life gets easier and harder all at the same time. Let me explain. I’ve been returning to Europe for thirteen years. Furthermore, I’ve rarely stayed for less than two months and sometimes for as long as eight. In all those years, I’ve only rented a car for a total of six days, three days each on different occasions. Both times were in Ireland. And, yeah, it was fun to get off the beaten track on my own schedule, pull over to spontaneously explore whenever I wanted and carry a few extra items with me while I enjoyed the radio or my own thoughts without strangers sitting across the aisle. But there’s another side to the story and it goes like this: Not having a car forces me into a lifestyle that I’m convinced by now keeps me healthier. I walk. I walk to the store, the dentist, the post office, the local pub, the beach and the nearest bus stop. I even walk just for fun. Because I’ve kept an apartment in Spain for the last five years, I’ve find myself in a culture that spends an enormous amount of time outdoors. The weather encourages it. Furthermore, houses tend to be smaller and no one has a back yard, so the city streets and the paseo on the beach, the tiny parks and the outdoor cafes are where everyone can be found. Everyone walks. Old and young alike are walking every day....

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Travel Mishaps

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Travel Mishaps

If you think that longterm, world travelers like myself don’t experience mishaps, think again. Chances are because we’re on the road so much, we actually increase the odds of encountering problems.

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The Little Travel Coat That Could

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

The Little Travel Coat That Could

  This is the little travel coat that could. I bought it at a JC Penny store in Waterville, Maine over 15 years ago.  I gave $30 for it on sale at the time. It has been all over the world with me. When I find something that works, I keep it and use it for as long as possible. Recently, I had the coat repaired. The lining was ripped and the seam was coming apart under one arm. It cost me $14 to have it repaired. I now have $44 dollars invested in the little coat that could. It is ready to serve me on my travels once again.   What do I look for in a travel coat? Well, this coat has a lining that can be easily removed. It also has hidden zippered pockets inside the two front pockets. There’s a hidden pocket inside the coat as well that can hold a passport. It’s water repellent and has a detachable hood. I happen to prefer a longer coat. If the wind is cold on the Scottish highlands, for example, the extra length will feel good. Fashion vs. serviceability does come into question. Since I’m not a mountain climber or any other sort of hardy outdoor adventurer, I can usually manage both. I guess you might say that I’m more of an urban adventurer. At any rate, the black and gray with silver accents of my little coat that could is classy enough to use in a...

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