Slide background

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

beijingchina header

A Last Look at China

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Coming Out of the Closet: I'm Size XX

­
  • colcacanyon

Finding Solo Adventure in Peru

colcacanyon

My advice to female solo travelers is to not be afraid of adventure. Yet, so many are.

I’ve definitely had my share of adventures, like running with the bulls in Spain, hiking the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines, and skydiving in Prague.

I’ve been asked about adventure for the ladies in Central/South America, and for me, the first place on my list (besides Brazil) is Peru. This country still has elements of off-beat and surprise, probably more than other over traveled countries like Costa Rica. (Though, don’t confuse my claim, Costa Rica is still beautiful.)

To haul yourself to Peru, a lot of people do the chicken buses between Ecuador and Bolivia, but it’s a bit quicker to start your adventure trip by flying with LAN.

There’s way more to Peru than Macchu Picchu, too. Like these four adventures!

(more…)

December 10th, 2015|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |4 Comments
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I know, you’re probably wondering if I’m dead or alive.

Sorry playahs, this gal has been joyfully dabbling in Costa Rica. It’s my third time returning to the land of “Pura Vida” and just when I assume I’ll get sick of it, this unique country always draws me in.

The true reason I stepped back into Costa Rica was for another writer’s retreat in Puerto Viejo!

Even though Leigh and I courted a smaller group this time, each woman brought so much to the table. A life well lived, full of wisdom, and the willingness to let us guide them for a brief seven days.

(more…)

November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica, Creative Writing, Write|Tags: , , , |6 Comments
  • spain

Budget Hacks: Traveling in Spain for Cheap

Many first time travelers avoid Spain because they think it’s too expensive, but there are ways to travel on the cheap and avoid depleting your pocketbook.

Heed these five tips and get ready to enjoy a vibrant country!

(more…)

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Vancouver

Why You Should Visit Canada This Winter for Snowy Fun

Even though I’ve lived overseas on and off for five years now, I’m still Canadian. That will never change and my first loyalty is to my country!

Which is why I think everyone on this planet should visit Canada. Here’s a lowdown of five popular destinations that all first time travelers to Canada should include as they plan a trip.

(more…)

October 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • panamacity-01

Enjoy the Other Panama City Beach, in Florida

panamacity-01

Even though I spent a significant amount of time in sunny Panama, the country in Central America, I’d like to talk about Florida for a second.

Sure, insert your jokes about Florida now, but I’ve always been fascinated with visiting this state.

The second I saw photographs of Panama City Beach, Florida, my interest peaked even more. Here are five things I’d love to do there to really make a fantastic trip out of it.

(more…)

October 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • train-43405_1280

How to Travel Solo in Lima

train-43405_1280

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:

(more…)

October 8th, 2015|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |3 Comments