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Tamela has extensively traveled the U.S. and Canada, delivering her message to Pack Light | Travel Slow | Connect Deep. Her keynotes and workshops include life lessons she has learned through chance encounters on the road.

Ride to Reboot Retreat for Motorcyclists in West Virginia

Join us for "Ride to Reboot" June 12-14, 2015 at the beautiful Mountain Quest Inn

Some of America’s BEST motorcycling roads are in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. That’s why Neale Bayly, Drew Alexander and I chose it for our first Ride to Reboot retreat for motorcyclists. If you’ve traveled to the Monongahela National Forest you know what I’m talking about. You’re in for a real treat. …

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American History comes to Life in a South Dakota Rest Stop

Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery lit up my passion for historical travel sites

Like too many of us in the pre-Ken Burns era, my high school history experience was more an exercise in rote memorization than a way to understand the human condition (or myself). Thanks to a South Dakota rest stop, American history not only came to life for me, it breathed new …

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A Solo Road Trip: 8 ways to Relaunch Your Life

Crossing the Mississippi River at La Crosse, WI

It’s the time of year when many people take stock of their lives, their goals and dreams, and make plans to change. We purchase new gym memberships, vow to be better parents, resolve to do more in our communities, and even make new career plans. But what if your life …

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Lessons on Gift Exchanges: Stuff ≠ Love

This is what a Play-Doh elementary school project looks like after 20 years of dessication

I met “Sheri” a few years ago on my book tour and she got in touch when she moved to Charlotte (my city) in March. She arrived at exactly the same time we were moving out of our suburban four-bedroom home into a smaller urban townhouse and came over to …

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Voluntourism for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers

Drew Alexander with Wendy House agent Louis

A story on NPR earlier this year says voluntourism—volunteering while on vacation—is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. More than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year in the communities they serve. This does not include the value of the projects they are …

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6 Places to Observe Pearl Harbor Day—Without Going to Hawaii

Thanks to the sacrifice of a few at Pearl Harbor, our country is safe in liberty

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 73 years ago this week, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called it “A day that would live in infamy.” Few of us were alive in 1941 when the attack brought us into WWII, so National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day helps us to honor those who perished. The flag …

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Six Ways to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Here I am on WCCB News Rising using the roll-down and compression sacks to pack

Thanksgiving week is the busiest time for American travelers. In an attempt to maximize profits, airlines have made it more difficult for your bags to qualify as a free carry-on while simultaneously raising baggage fees. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to blow your travel budget on baggage fees. The …

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Busted in New Brunswick

Jill gets into the Saint John, New Brunswick police car

Besides my family, I don’t often travel with others. When I do it’s usually with Jill, whom I frequently mention in my podcasts and blog posts. She lives in Ohio and I live in North Carolina, so we ride our motorcycles to a meeting spot, then tour a region together before going our …

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Brattleboro’s Culture Makes You Think

Alley musicians in Brattleboro, VT are talented!

Brattleboro’s culture is legendary. Even its chamber of commerce proclaims “the hippies have had a lasting influence on the town’s character and values.” My friend Jill and I were there for a couple of days, so we were really able to get a sense of Brattleboro, and I can certify the chamber’s description. …

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Lunch with a Homeless Vietnam Veteran

Buntings and fanfare aside, we can do much better by our veterans

Sometimes the people I meet in my travels give me an unexpected glimpse of a life that I could also be living. For better and for worse. On my recent swing through New England, I visited Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, known for its pedestrian-only Bridge of Flowers. The bridge was built in …

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