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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Road Trip USA: The Perfect Summer Vacation
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Road Trip USA: The Perfect Summer Vacation

Even though my school days are long past, May still brings the scent of summer vacation, riding in on the warm afternoon breezes and turning my mind to the joys and freedoms of childhood. And in my family, nothing said freedom like packing up the car and heading out on a long road trip.Most summers we drove from San Antonio, Texas to the Pacific Northwest to visit my father's family.  I made the first trip in 1953, just a few months after I was born, to meet my great-grandmother.Over the following summers I played with cousins and second cousins that…
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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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When and How to Change Plans
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When and How to Change Plans

Knowing when and how to change plans is an essential life skill. In fact, given the impermanence of all things, keeping an open and flexible mind is the only way to live a joyful and free life. The trick, it seems, is creating enough structure to give shape to your life, including your travels, while not becoming attached to them. Easier said than done, especially when you're on a trip of a lifetime. When life doesn't unfold according to our preconceived plan our first reaction is to buck up and solider on, getting through it as best we can. Stiff…
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