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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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A Last Look at China


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5 Travel Tools for Emergencies

While travel is fun and full of action, there are some realities involved. Illness and emergencies can interrupt a good time, but you don’t have to be taken by surprise when accidents happen. By being ready, you can have a relaxing vacation but still be ready for anything.


September 1st, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|0 Comments
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Hipmunk Hotels: Summer Beer Festivals in the Mountain States from Boise to Reno

The post below was originally published on Around the World in KT Days by Katie.

The Mountain States have a reputation for being hotspots in the winter. As some of the best skiing destinations in the U.S., their wintertime popularity makes sense. But that doesn’t mean you should disregard the Mountain States in the summer. The shoulder seasons might be chilly and fraught with unpredictable weather, but the Mountain States are worth a visit in the summer.

For me, summer in the mountains means camping, hiking, horseback riding, and beer drinking. Summer isn’t summer without a good, old-fashioned beer festival. There’s something about the warm weather and days filled with outdoor activities and sunshine that just make me want to celebrate with some good beer. These five beer festivals are worth adding to your summer plans. Enjoy them to the fullest by reserving a room at a nearby hotel and staying the night.


August 26th, 2016|Categories: Hipmunk|1 Comment
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Follow These 5 Tips to Make Your Dream Vacation Possible

The occasional reader tells me they admire what I’ve done (left it all for travel), but they fear they could never make their dream vacation happen because the main obstacle is the cost.

There’s certainly no reason to copy what I did. Each person has his or her own vision of the perfect trip. But nor do you have to be satisfied with only the fantasy of travel. With these five tips, you can make your vacation happen sooner rather than later!


August 24th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|2 Comments
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Rebirth with Wildhearted Photographer Ashlie Woods


Before I sat down to write this post, I mused on the phrase, “absence makes the heart grow fonder“, wondering if that could possibly apply here.

It’s true that you haven’t seen my voice on here in over six months.

Tumbling upon the shore of Playa del Carmen was not an accident, there was a clear intention of slowing down the crazy train of travel I was riding on, yet what I didn’t anticipate was a bonafide breakdown aka, a spiritual awakening (a term popularized by Brené Brown).

It began in the spring of 2015, when I was faced with a depression so fierce, I escaped to remote Xcalak, with only a dog and the stars for solace. As time whittled away there, I felt stronger and stronger to finally face civilization again.


August 1st, 2016|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |20 Comments
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Spacious Hotels Near NYC in Weehawken, Jersey City, White Plains, and more

The post below was originally published on ‘Tales From A Fork‘ on June 16, 2016 by Sarah.


Photo of Manhattan from Weehawken by John Cunniff

If you’re traveling to New York City but want more space and amenities than the average Manhattan hotel, try opting for these accommodations. These spacious hotels are only a quick ride away from the Big Apple.


July 27th, 2016|Categories: Hipmunk|0 Comments

Best Cities in Italy to Visit By Train


Italy is such a romantic country, and whether you travel north to Venice or south to Sorrento, there’s a plethora of rich culture, history, and delicious food to dive into.

I have fond memories of my time in Italy, where I spent a summer hopping from one end of the country to another. The beauty of Venice really surprised me, despite prior negative opinions that were relayed to me — specifically that summertime was the worst season in which to visit Venice due to the smelly canals and rude tour operators. And Rome? I expected to be overwhelmed by it, but I instantly fell in love.

Whenever I visit Europe, the only way I enjoy traveling is by train. With travel comparison websites like GoEuro, train travel in Italy is fast, efficient, and downright fun!

Here’s five cities that you should visit by train if you are traveling from north to south:


July 25th, 2016|Categories: Italy|0 Comments