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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.

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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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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