GSI Outdoors JavaPress and JavaMill  Review
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GSI Outdoors JavaPress and JavaMill Review

The Evolution of a Coffee Snob A few months ago I wrote a post about finding good coffee on the road. One of the options is to simply make your own.  We've been using a GSI Outdoors' JavaPress for years -  actually decades come to think of it.  Made of lightweight, durable plastic it's brightened many a morning while tent camping or slumming in a cheap motel. As time has marched on, GSI Outdoors has updated their reliable JavaPress, managing to improve on perfection. With good coffee much easier to find on the road these days, we still appreciate the…
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Travel Health: Staying healthy on the road.
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Travel Health: Staying healthy on the road.

After months of anticipation, there you are, in your happy place - on a tropical beach, in the soaring mountains, in the hush of an art museum. You've made it. You take a deep breath. Finally, you relax.Then you notice a slight unease. A tickle in your throat, a slight rumbling in your stomach, a smidgen of pressure behind your eyes. Oh no, you think. Not again. This happened the last time I got away. And the time before that.Improving your travel health becomes more important every year. We're not as resilient and, as we travel more, we're exposed to…
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Finding Good Coffee on the Road
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Finding Good Coffee on the Road

How to find good coffee while traveling. Finding good coffee is one of life’s great joys. At home we have all the right equipment to make best brew.  We also know quite clearly who makes the best cup locally and where to find it. But on the road, especially in a foreign country, finding a fix of beloved caffeine is often a difficult proposition.  Here are a few tips I have found useful for finding and enjoying a perfect cup. The evolution of a coffee snob We lived for many years in Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the…
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How to Travel Better with House Sitting.
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How to Travel Better with House Sitting.

Whether you're an armchair traveler or digital nomad there’s no corner of the world not open to you. From mountain peaks to ocean depths we're free to experience all the wonders of our blue planet. Off we go, wearing the latest in travel fashion, posting selfies and food pics to document our adventure. We return home, glowing with well being and a sense of accomplishment.But all too soon we feel empty inside, with the sense that we missed something. It’s like eating Chinese food and an hour later, you’re suddenly starving. We need/want more, so we start planning our next…
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Is the Golden Age of Travel Gone?
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Is the Golden Age of Travel Gone?

I remember traveling in Europe in the 70’s. I was always excited to get on a train bound for new places. Travel was full of amazing scenery and interesting people. But invariably, the last half hour of the ride brought a certain amount of anxiety. Before the age of the internet, as budget travelers we would arrive in a new city and go to the tourist booth in the train station to find lodging. Sometimes the result was fabulous - a great pension in France or an economical youth hostel in Germany. But sometimes we were disappointed or even panicked…
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The Perfect Souvenir
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The Perfect Souvenir

I am standing in the colorful textile market in Otavalo, Ecuador feeling a strong desire to buy the perfect souvenir. But what to buy? How do buy something that will capture a memory? What do I focus on to satisfy my needs?How do I solve the perfect souvenir conundrum? I start by asking myself, what will be useful and what will make me happy? Textile Market, Otavalo, Ecudaor - 2018 Panama hats in Otavalo I don’t want meaningless tchotchkes that simply weigh down my luggage and collect dust once I get back home. Even worse, I don’t want cheap mass produced…
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Welcome, Fellow Trekkers!
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Welcome, Fellow Trekkers!

Please notice that I said "trekkers", as in those who are on a journey, not "trekies". If you're looking for Captain Kirk, you won't find him here. And you won't find stories about epic hikes over steep mountains. What will you find? Information. Inspiration. Laughter. Love. All to help you begin living fully. Because we're old enough to know better! Hi - I'm Jo Ann and I'll be sharing with you how I've added more joy and more freedom to my life. It's been quite the journey so far and I can't wait to see what happens next!   Won't…
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