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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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10 Ways to Enjoy Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is a region with a lot of tourism charm. Consisting of 11 countries, all of them have people living among beautiful nature and exotic culture. No doubt, this area of the world is an appealing place to discover. Once you come, you’ll return again and again.

Besides the staggering amount of countries to explore, there’s plenty of things to offer. The amount and the size of the region may be overwhelming and cause travelers to wonder what’s the best way to travel Southeast Asia.

Lucky for you, this article will help you suss out the top experiences to engage in. We are going to define how most people truly enjoy Southeast Asia. At least, these 10 things are the main ways to accomplish a perfect trip in each country of Southeast Asia from


June 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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Hipmunk Hotels: Most Comfortable California Hotels in Bakersfield, Costa Mesa, Marina del Rey and More

Hotel California is a popular song by the Eagles, and even though it’s not the happiest song, one lyric is true: “You check in and don’t ever leave.”

California has some amazing hotels that are not only interesting, but like a second home. Here are five hotels that you should look up on your next trip to California.


Bakersfield, California

The Padre Hotel is right in downtown Bakersfield, and is a renovated building from 1928. With a rooftop bar and fine dining, already this hotel makes your stay a pleasure. The rooms in this boutique hotel have memory foam mattresses, a wet bar, enclosed glass showers, and flat-screen TVs. Not far from the Amtrak Station, check out nearby Beach Park and Kern River.


June 21st, 2016|Categories: United States|0 Comments
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Hipmunk Hotels: Captivating American Cities Like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and More

The post below was originally published on ‘Justin + Lauren‘ on April 14, 2016.


I love exploring new cities when I travel. And the USA has a ton of incredible cities to discover. Across the country, you’ll find something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of visiting museums, architecture, going shopping, or spending time outdoors. Let’s look at a few American cities more closely. You may decide to add a few of these places to your bucket list or take an epic road trip this summer.


June 13th, 2016|Categories: United States|0 Comments
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Tips for the Ultimate (and Drama-Free) EDM Vacation

The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 30, 2016.

So you’ve decided to spend your precious vacation time at raves and EDM festivals. You are undoubtedly in for a blast of epic proportions. Still, it’ll be helpful to employ a few strategies in advance of your trip in order to ensure that things go smoothly—i.e. sans epic meltdowns, lost friends, or bodily discomfort. Whether you’re heading to Electric Daisy Carnival in Tokyo or Electric Zoo in NYC, here’s how to prep for the ultimate EDM vacation so that you can enjoy it drama-free.


June 12th, 2016|Categories: United States|0 Comments
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How to Visit Cuba on a Budget

The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on April 12, 2016.

Now that Cuba’s tourism industry is up and running, we’re doing everything we can to educate our readers about how to make the most of their Cuban vacations. From knowing which cities to visit to learning how the country has changed and prepping for your trip, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re ready to visit but worried about finances, we’ve still got your back. Simply implement the following strategies in order to enjoy a budget-friendly trip to Cuba.


June 10th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|0 Comments
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Memory Lane: My Trip to the Chicago Skydeck


I’m feeling very nostalgic lately since the Women in Travel Summit just took place in California.

I was a keynote speaker at the first WITS, which was held in Chicago. I had a wonderful time during my travels in Chicago, but I have yet to write about one aspect I enjoyed immensely: touring the Chicago Skydeck.

When a few WITS attendees and I joined a tour of the Willis Tower Skydeck, members of management treated us to an exclusive look at this fascinating structure.

I learned some juicy facts about the Skydeck and Willis Tower:


May 11th, 2016|Categories: Chicago, Travel Tips|Tags: , , , |3 Comments