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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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A Last Look at China

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My Writer's Retreat

Join Me This November in Costa Rica!

How to Travel Solo in Lima


I’ve been floating around Central America/South America for pretty much a year now, can you believe it??

As a solo female, I notice friends and other female travelers categorizing countries on this continent into red zones — that means certain countries to avoid because of safety or harassment.

I admit after having my wallet stolen in Nicaragua, and being aggressively hit on, to the point a man on a motorcycle started following me, didn’t increase my love for Nicaragua much, but there were many other things I enjoyed there.

When I personally survey other countries that interest me in this region, visiting Peru is high on my list. Besides Machu Picchu, I’d love to check out Lima. Here’s a few ways to enjoy Lima and not stress about safety or strange men following you on motorbikes:

4 Reasons to Visit the Roman Catacombs

Skulls in the Catacombs

Skulls in the Catacombs

In ancient Rome, burial within the city walls was forbidden. The pagan culture of the second and third centuries preferred cremation, despite the objections of the Christian minority. As land for graveyards was scarce, the Christians of the day cultivated a sense of community away from the public eye by digging burial tunnels into the soft volcanic rock called tufo.

These ancient sites can now be found on the outskirts of the city, along major roadways and close to many Roman hotels. History buffs will find them a fascinating way to experience early Christian art, and to visit the resting places of numerous saints and martyrs.

The 10 Hottest Women Over 40


Come on, you knew this was coming.

I’ve taken up the challenge to do my own list of women who blow away the definition of hot.

The point I was making with my rant about being a woman over 40 is to heartily fight the prescribed constructs heaped upon us.

What is 40 exactly? What does it look like, act like, sound like? I’d say with this list of hot ladies, it’s so diverse, there is no one definition.

To me, hotness isn’t about doing jello shots anymore and it’s instant lust for the other person. Hotness deepens with maturity, but it never ages.

Yummy Foods, Happy Bellies: Preventing Mishaps in Adventurous Eating


Tongue-tickling spice combinations. Unfamiliar ingredients. New delicacies to explore. Half the fun of venturing to exotic locales is sampling new foods. Unfortunately, adventurous eating can also lead to an unhappy belly. Take advantage of a couple simple tricks to stave off disastrous travel sickness.

Healthy Habits to Keep You Going When You’re On-The-Go


Travel can take a toll on your body. Swept up in the rush of adventure, it’s easy to forget to take care of your health. The result? You might return from your trip exhausted instead of renewed or, worse yet, lose valuable travel days to sudden sickness. Make sure you’re always ready for the next adventure with these healthy habits.

By |September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How to Beat Boredom and Anxiety While Traveling Solo


Traveling solo can elicit a mixed bag of emotions: Excitement, happiness, fear, boredom, stress… the whole gamut. Still, traveling alone is well worth it. Don’t let the fear of boredom or anxiety prevent you from reaping these benefits. Instead, follow our tips for coping with stress and getting the most out of your solo adventure.

By |September 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments|