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Start your summer with intention with these 10 inspirational road trip themes

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A few weeks ago I was so excited to hit the quiet highways through the Palouse region of WA. It was the first Giulia and Julie road trip of the season. I love driving Giulia through these rolling hills when the skies blue, the clouds are puffy, and the wheat fields are a deep luscious…

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13 tips for introverts to beat energy-drain of professional travel

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed with a mild sense of dread before professional travels?   It’s fun to get out of the work rut, change the scenery, and travel to a new city. But fear of the unexpected, the pressure of learning or representing, and the overload of socializing can take the joy right out…

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Lonely highway and snow covered mountains in Nevada

Road Trip Nevada: Why winter is the best season to discover its hidden treasures

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A skier’s road trip through Nevada When you think of Nevada, most of you probably conjure up images of the Las Vegas strip with its glitz, blinking lights, and cacophony of sounds. If you’re introverted like me, this might make you cringe. Or maybe you welcome the ability to namelessly disappear into the streams of…

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The Dreaded S-word: How to Use Travel to Jump Out of a Slump

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The Dreaded S-word: How to use travel to jump out of a slump   January is passed. The excitement of holidays, gifts, and new year goals is wearing off. The northern hemisphere days are still short, the evenings lingering with darkness.   Are you eating healthy and hitting the gym? How about getting outside and…

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Reset Your Life and Travel with Intention by Throwing Out Your Dreams

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Throw out your dreams.  You may be feeling as startled as I did about the idea of tossing out your dreams.    I am a tenacious pursuer of my goals. I work hard to tick every box on the list, to feel that sense of accomplishment. I want to travel with intention, both in my…

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Giulia and Julie with Liberty Bell on North Cascades Highway

Driving Washington’s North Cascades Highway

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The weekend highlight was driving the North Cascades Highway (WA 20).   Giulia hit the road on a Friday afternoon destined for Wenatchee, WA to rendezvous with my friend N with the goal of driving over the North Cascades Highway on Saturday. This initial part of the road trip is not a particularly scenic or…

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10 tips for traveling like an expert

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Here are some of my favorite tips for traveling like an expert. These are especially helpful when traveling to new countries and when trips have complicated logistics involving tight connections or tricky transfers. I remember being caught in a Mediterranean downpour on Gibraltar which is also a very tricky place to drive and park. Or…

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Are You a Travel Expert?

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Are you a travel expert?   Part I – In the travel groove I started traveling on my own in my mid-twenties after I finished my formal education. The dream of travel was a huge motivation pushing me through school. The first few trips, I was definitely a rookie, not a travel expert.   Generally,…

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My first trip overseas was to Ukraine

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My first trip overseas was to Ukraine We stepped off the bus into the crisp fall air of the Ukrainian countryside and were met by a line of children and their headmistress. The lead child was holding a round loaf of golden bread on a traditional embroidered towel.     This bread, called Kolach, is…

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Creating a Vacation Capstone in Missoula, MT

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Creating a Vacation Capstone in Missoula, MT   I woke up leisurely and stretched in bed. Big snowflakes were gently falling over the river outside my hotel room window. I was tired and happy. Then, a less pleasant feeling stiffened my muscles.   It was the feeling of dread.   I was wrapping up a…

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Dr. Julie Kellogg: New Year, Same Pandemic – Four Ways to Get on the Good Side of 2021

Dr. Julie Kellogg: This is NOT a COVID Story

You’ve found something fascinating, here, in your articulation of the texture concept. Saying the word, ‘texture’ almost compels one to feel it. I found myself thinking, too, after reading your stories, about the feeling of time slowing in those moments, about the time it takes to allow texture to do its work on us, about allowing beauty and awe and healing.

~@danmarks

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