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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Live Fully – Learn a New Language
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Live Fully – Learn a New Language

Have you ever stopped to think how amazing it is that we can communicate with each other so well via the incredibly complex medium of language? Our own native language that is.Every day we communicate a limitless array of thoughts, emotions, ideas and perceptions effortlessly. It has taken us years to get here, but as adults we are stunning communicators. However, when we travel to places where they speak a different language, it is frustrating not to be able to get thoughts and ideas across. We are so used to being fluent at home it is physically painful not 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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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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