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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.

4 Years of Travel

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5 Pieces of Street Art to Visit in NYC

New York City is full of street art, some famous and some not-so-famous. The famous pieces became so because of their creators, the zeitgeist they represent, or the statement they make when put in a certain setting. You’ll find that the city is full of painted walls and free-standing sculptures to view and peruse. Some pieces stay put, while others are always changing as new artists come along to make their mark on New York City’s ever-changing art landscape. Following are five pieces of street art to visit when in NYC.

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January 18th, 2017|Categories: Hipmunk|0 Comments

Outdoor Activities: Cardiff Versus Bristol

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Cardiff and Bristol are two very similar sized British cities located 44 miles apart, either side of the River Severn.

Bristol’s reputation as a key merchant trading centre reached a peak during the height of the British Empire, when Cardiff was little more than a village.  But following huge investment over the last 30 years, the Welsh capital of Cardiff is expected to sustain a population rise of 26% by 2034.

The rivalry of the two cities is most apparent during football derbies between the two cities, where it’s fair to say there has been little love lost through the last few decades.

More recently, both cities have become booming tourist destinations, each attracting thousands of visitors each year.  Cardiff Bay has a stunning marina, while Bristol’s Harbourside redevelopment has revitalised the entire city centre.

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December 9th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|0 Comments

Top 6 Activities in Bristol

Bristol’s leafy Georgian neighbourhoods and close proximity to an 850 acre country park certainly seem to promote a very outdoorsy lifestyle.  Indeed, was recently awarded European Green Capital in 2015 and also named as one of the Top 10 cities in the world to live by Forever Sports Magazine.

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December 7th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|0 Comments

Ultimate Things to Do in Virginia Beach

Winter is descending upon us, which means it’s time for travelers to flock to tropical destinations to escape freezing temperatures. If you’re looking for a local and more economical destination with views of the sea, Virginia Beach is an attractive vacation spot.

It might be too chilly for any significant beach excursions, but this area has plenty of activities that don’t focus on the beach. Allow this guide to open your eyes to what else Virgina Beach has to offer.

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November 18th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|1 Comment

Fall Guide to New York City

As of May 2016, it’s been reported that over 50 million tourists visited New York City. The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, hopes to expand this number, by attracting “10 million more” by 2021.

This iconic city holds a strong fascination for many visitors because of its vibrant energy, unique people, and world-famous landmarks. And according to the above-noted statistics, people are visiting in droves.

New York is an exciting destination in any season of the year and since it’s now the fall season, I decided to cover the sights or cuisine I enjoy when New York starts to slip into shorter, colder days.

I hope this guide will give you some sound ideas on where to stay in New York and what to do and eat.

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October 27th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|1 Comment

The Positive Side of Vacation Package Deals

If you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know that I tend to focus on independent travel. But the truth is there are many ways to have a great travel experience that doesn’t focus on hyper-adventure.

Typical travelers only have about 10 days to spare in their busy lives, which could make a vacation package a smart choice. If you’re unaware what a vacation package is, it usually refers to researching for vacation deals that include the cost of a hotel, airfare, and even a rental car in one price.

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October 26th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|1 Comment