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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.

Alonzo Cushing and my Gettysburg visit

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is as good as any Epcot attraction!

First Lieutenant Alonzo “Lon” Cushing was decorated with the nation’s highest military honor for his service at Gettysburg. The presentation was more than 150 years in  the making. A West Point graduate, during the era of Cushing’s service, the Medal was not presented to officers. He fought at Bull Run, Anteitum, …

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Ted Simon: Lessons about Purposeful Travel

Tam with Ted Simon

I spent last week at the beach with my spouse. I enjoy sitting at the water’s edge as I read, write, contemplate and doze, but I’m not often in the water past my knees. When Matt takes his fishing pole out to the surf, I fall into a lull watching him …

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What’s behind the Haunted House at Creekside Manor?

I was genuinely frightened when Hell Dog lunged at me while touring Hagerstown/Antietam KOA

I occasionally contribute to the KOA (Kampgrounds of America) blog. Last year, I was speaking at a Maryland cancer event and got a tip that a nearby campground operated a haunted house with a regional draw. I agreed to check it out, surprised by how much haunted houses have changed since I …

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Four of Four

Allan Karl and Neale Bayly, world travelers by motorcycle

By now, after three parts of our interview, you have fallen in love with world traveler Allan Karl, author of “Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection” and Neale Bayly, motorcycle philanthropist. The re-entry zone: bittersweet feelings when a road trip draws to a close Just as our podcast …

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Three of Four

Here's my friend and TEDx co-presenter Neale Bayly

The first two Parts of this series are focused on round-the-world traveler and author Allan Karl’s adventures. Neale Bayly, adventure motorcyclist and philanthropist Neale is the founder and president of Wellspring International, a charity that supports orphaned children. Neale’s motorcycle adventure tours from around the world fund most of its operational …

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Two of Four

Allan Karl in Bolivia with a crushed leg

In the first Part of this four-part series, you met Allan Karl and Neale Bayly. Part Two features Allan’s story from Bolivia, where he suffered a crushed leg from a crash that detoured him for six months on his trip around the world as he flew back to the states …

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A Child Bride’s 30th Wedding Anniversary

Me and Matt at Yellowstone National Park circa 2012

My odometer hasn’t turned over in eight weeks. Why? I’ve been blessed with a great deal of client work AND have been writing the first draft of my new book, Life Lessons from the Road: Riding Deep into the Soul. The book needs to sit and steep for a few …

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part One of Four

Allan Karl with two Andes knitters.

In this four-part podcast series, I’ll introduce you to a couple of my friends who’ve traveled the world on motorcycles. You may already know Neale Bayly, who joined me for a conversational TEDx talk earlier this year. Now meet world traveler-author-speaker Allan Karl. Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection …

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Runnin’ Shotgun with Dad and a CB Radio

the national 55 mph speed limit kicked up a rebellious streak in Americans and started a CB radio craze

Parents today prepare for road trips by stocking up on DVDs and iPad games. They’ve got nothing on my parents, who traveled with three kids from our home in Ohio to visit family in southern California… Mid-summer…in a Vista Cruiser station wagon…with a weak air conditioner. What was their secret for success? A …

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Chattanooga, You’re More than Your Tourist Traps!

Statue detail The International Towing & Recovery Museum

Headed from Cherokee, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee I started seeing billboards for Rock City and its sister properties on Lookout Mountain everywhere. They gave me a Wall Drug Store feeling. If you don’t know what I mean by that, you’ve never been within 500 miles of South Dakota. Promotions for the …

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