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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


Coming Out of the Closet: I'm Size XX

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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
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10 Ways to Enjoy Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is a region with a lot of tourism charm. Consisting of 11 countries, all of them have people living among beautiful nature and exotic culture. No doubt, this area of the world is an appealing place to discover. Once you come, you’ll return again and again.

Besides the staggering amount of countries to explore, there’s plenty of things to offer. The amount and the size of the region may be overwhelming and cause travelers to wonder what’s the best way to travel Southeast Asia.

Lucky for you, this article will help you suss out the top experiences to engage in. We are going to define how most people truly enjoy Southeast Asia. At least, these 10 things are the main ways to accomplish a perfect trip in each country of Southeast Asia from


June 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments
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Hipmunk Hotels: Most Comfortable California Hotels in Bakersfield, Costa Mesa, Marina del Rey and More

Hotel California is a popular song by the Eagles, and even though it’s not the happiest song, one lyric is true: “You check in and don’t ever leave.”

California has some amazing hotels that are not only interesting, but like a second home. Here are five hotels that you should look up on your next trip to California.


Bakersfield, California

The Padre Hotel is right in downtown Bakersfield, and is a renovated building from 1928. With a rooftop bar and fine dining, already this hotel makes your stay a pleasure. The rooms in this boutique hotel have memory foam mattresses, a wet bar, enclosed glass showers, and flat-screen TVs. Not far from the Amtrak Station, check out nearby Beach Park and Kern River.


June 21st, 2016|Categories: Hipmunk|1 Comment
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Memory Lane: My Trip to the Chicago Skydeck


I’m feeling very nostalgic lately since the Women in Travel Summit just took place in California.

I was a keynote speaker at the first WITS, which was held in Chicago. I had a wonderful time during my travels in Chicago, but I have yet to write about one aspect I enjoyed immensely: touring the Chicago Skydeck.

When a few WITS attendees and I joined a tour of the Willis Tower Skydeck, members of management treated us to an exclusive look at this fascinating structure.

I learned some juicy facts about the Skydeck and Willis Tower:


May 11th, 2016|Categories: Chicago, Travel Tips|Tags: , , , |5 Comments