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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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My Past Year, And What’s Next?

Again, I go silent.

My excuse, if I have one, is I’ve been recharging. The holidays were a time to get back to a community of friends, get more in touch with goals I want to push forward for 2016, and quite honestly — figure out what I want to do with this blog.

I’m slowly gathering energy again to devote more time to this blog, to write my heart out.

According to numerology, my year is anahata — the year of being unhurt, unstruck, unbeaten.

But I couldn’t have gotten here without all the things that happened last year. Take a stroll with me as I review the most memorable moments of 2015.

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January 6th, 2016|Categories: Life|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Why Park City, Utah is My Next US Destination

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I admit, it’s been a while since I visited the US.

There are a few cities I’m keen to see in the next few years, such as Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Boston.

But what some of you may not know is I LOVE film, and have thought seriously of attending the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, but the festival got bigger and bigger every year, which was a little intimidating.

What with stars swirling all around and bigger films that got buzz, I kind of put off bothering with Sundance.

But now I feel renewed energy to check out the festival, especially after reading about how diverse and interesting Park City, Utah is!

Here are four ways I plan to make the most out of the Sundance Film Festival, despite not being an A-List celebrity:

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December 15th, 2015|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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Finding Solo Adventure in Peru

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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!

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December 10th, 2015|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica

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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.

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

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October 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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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.

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October 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments