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Author 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.

7 Tips for Eating Healthy Meals on Vacation

Grilled vegetables—easy to prepare at a park or buy at a grocery store or farmers market

I recently hosted an “Ask Me Anything” tele-seminar about planning a road trip. One of the most-requested topics was eating healthy meals on the road. Eating in restaurants, amusement parks, and on-the-go from gas stations can easily derail healthy eating habits. The good news is that you have more choices now than …

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Ask Me Anything about Solo Travel

Plenty to do in the Bay of Fundy, solo travelers always welcomed

March 1 was Plan a Solo Vacation Day. I don’t know who’s in charge of this designation, but it works for me and WBTV’s Kristen Miranda (video interview above and here). Facing your fears I’ve traveled across the United States and Canada on my motorcycle—always on my own itinerary, often unaccompanied. I’ve learned a …

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Free Travel Planning Workshops

When it comes to planning a family road trip Tamela Rich will give you expert advice

With cheap gas prices nationwide and domestic travel on the rise, I’m offering three free workshops to help everyone gear up for fun, memorable and affordable summer travel experiences. Two workshops are at REI’s Northlake Store in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m offering a free teleseminar too! Details on all three right here. Vacationing in the Blue …

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Ask Tamela Anything About Planning a Road Trip

Hopi Point at Sunset, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Thanks to online resources (including review sites) anyone can decide WHERE to go. But when it comes to a road trip, you’re often in motion for as long or longer than you’re at your key destinations. That’s where I come in. In my free online Q&A, session, I will share …

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Charlotte to Chattanooga: A Four-Day Itinerary

The TN Aquarium is a great family attraction

Fox 46’s “Good Day Charlotte” producer asked me what I’d recommend to someone looking for a quick getaway from the Queen City if they had four days to travel. Easy answer: Chattanooga. I wrote about my first visit to Chattown last summer and this is a good time up update my report. …

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What’s in Store at Ride to Reboot Retreat for Motorcyclists?

Sunset at Mountain Quest Inn

A retreat, not a rally I worked long and hard with my co-hosts Neale Bayly and Drew Alexander planning Ride to Reboot as a retreat, not a rally. We’ll begin with dinner Friday, June 12 and go our separate ways after breakfast Sunday, June 14. The podcast at the top of this post …

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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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