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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.

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Life Lessons

4 Years of Travel

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China

A Last Look at China

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My Writer's Retreat

Join Me This November in Costa Rica!

Tired of Being Nomadic…Tired of Travel

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Yes, it’s me.

I know, been a while since you heard solely my voice (other than last week).

I’ve been living off grid in Mexico and stayed quiet. I’ve been sharing blog posts on destinations in partnership with Hipmunk and haven’t said a word. I’ve had a few guest writers take a spot here and there, yet where the hell have I been?

Honestly, doing a lot of thinking.

This past June, a significant anniversary passed by, I celebrated five years of travel. But I had zero desire to hold a party or blog about it.

Why? Isn’t travel my whole identity on this blog?

Creative Revolution Retreats: November in Costa Rica!

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You know about the yearly retreats that Leigh Shulman and I organize? Well, I’m heading to Costa Rica again in November!

We’re going back to the same awesome resort, Samasati Nature Retreat, a jungle paradise that expands 250 acres, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

10 women are invited to join us from November 1-8, for 7-days of sisterhood and writing.

San José del Cabo, Mexico … Yes, You Should Go!

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Now that I’m in Mexico, everybody talks about Cancun, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mérida, and so on.

These are amazing places, don’t mistake me, but what else is there that’s less obvious? Frankly, I’ve always been very curious about Baja California. Probably because a long time ago, I remember Chris Isaak mentioning that was his favorite spot to surf/hang, and I had an obsessive crush on him.

Anyway, enough about my nutty crushes. In Baja California, everybody goes to Cabo San Lucas, but San José del Cabo is a good alternative to it. Here’s why:

Discovering San Diego: A City Less Traveled

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About two years ago, my best friend and her husband traveled to San Diego. This struck me as an odd choice. I’ve known these two for nearly 15 years, and they travel several times a year, often choosing exotic, interesting places. It’s common for them to fly to Copenhagen or Osaka.

So it was underwhelming when they announced this San Diego trip. But once I saw their photos and heard about their experience, I felt intrigued.

They sadly don’t have a blog but as their spokesperson, I’m going to share some tidbits about San Diego that will make YOU want to do something crazy — visit a city less traveled.

4 Ways to Document Your Awesome Travels

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I am so old I remember when the only way to record my travels was to write in a bound journal and use a disposable camera. YES, I’m that old. I’m betting $100 you don’t remember those cameras.

But the world isn’t like that anymore. Disposable cameras are a retro item on eBay and journaling still exists, but only for the hardcore fans of writing by hand.

I also had the advantage of catching the Internet at an age when I could embrace it. (I’m not 70 or something, let’s be clear about that.)

Because of my work, I get asked this question a lot: “Jeannie, I’m about to start my round-the-world trip, how do you document your wickedly, interesting travels?”

I quip that I’m an interesting person and there’s really no need to document that.

But, anyhow, I’ll shut up now and tell you some cool ways to remember trips and include your loved ones in your travels.

5 Best Places to Live Cheap & Work Online

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Recently I posted an interesting article on my fan page that garnered thousands of views:

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Digital nomads or people who mainly work online are always looking for the next, cheapest country that has wickedly fast Internet, but bottom rung living costs.

I’m a big fan of exotic destinations to travel or live, but the truth is not everybody is as socially maladjusted or crazy as me.

Some people have family obligations, or just don’t want to live in China where firecrackers are a casual event on a Friday night (going deaf and getting angry).

Here are five places in North America that are inexpensive, but easy to run an online business: