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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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How to Get the Most Out of Travel Search Engines

Planning a trip has become more complicated than in years past. With the massive amount of travel sites offering deals on your New York hotel room, for example, you might find the process dizzying to understand and use for your benefit.

Luckily for you, I’ve put together a smart guide on how to use them properly so that booking a vacation can be more joyful, not painful.

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September 29th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|0 Comments

Hipmunk Hotels: Grand Rapids, Troy, Lansing, and More!

Michigan has experienced a resurgence in tourism over the past few years. Detroit is slowly building itself up again with interest from investors and business owners who are reclaiming storefronts. The population of Michigan is surging slightly as well, with more professionals buying reasonably priced housing.

All this growth positions Michigan as a more attractive destination for travel, and there are many gems to enjoy outside of Detroit. If you’re interested in taking a tour of this state, here are some sparkling spots, complete with what to do and where to stay.

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September 28th, 2016|Categories: Hipmunk|0 Comments
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How to Plan the Best Trip to Seattle

Seattle is a city that offers a lot to see and do for all of its visitors.

It’s a port city full of wonderful views, delicious restaurants, and surrounding nature that will allow anyone to discover something to enjoy. Since Vancouver is close to Seattle, I’m often asked for advice on how to best plan a trip. So here it is, my ultimate guide to making the most of a vacation there!

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September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|1 Comment
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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.

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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.

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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!

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August 24th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|2 Comments