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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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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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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