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Thoughts on Managing a Working Vacation

Whether walking the beach or working, be fully present on your working vacation

While I love exploring the country, there’s a lot to be said for staying in one place. Yesterday we left the beach house that we’ve been fortunate to visit for the past 20+ years. It’s become a touchstone for our lives, like children’s height notches on a closet door. It’s tempting …

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Why Visit a West Virginia Coal Mine?

The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV is worth a stop

We all do it. We drive the same stretch of road time and again, never stopping to see what those “little brown signs” are enticing us to visit along the way. With family in Ohio, I’ve traveled from Charlotte on I-77 through West Virginia at least 50 times. I was always …

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3 Reasons Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Here I tell Good Day Charlotte why autumn is a great time to learn to ride a motorcycle

If you’ve been thinking “I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle,” autumn is the perfect season to do so. Why? Reason #1: Perfect Weather As I told Good Day Charlotte, the weather is perfect now (at least in the temperate zones like Charlotte, North Carolina). You’ll be able to …

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Why I’m Writing a Book about Fear and Anxiety

These are a few of the books I used to research my book on FEAR

FIVE years ago I learned to ride a motorcycle, and since then I’ve traveled the lower 48 states and parts of five Canadian provinces on my bike. Mostly solo. Take to the open road on a motorcycle and you’ll learn plenty about your relationship with fear. I’ve survived punishing weather, distracted …

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FAQ: Finding Clean Restrooms, Terrific Welcome Centers

What apps will help you find a clean bathroom?

I had a great time in April with my “Ask Me Anything” teleseminar. Questions ranged from how to find clean restrooms to how to travel with pets and inlaws. Do you have a vacation question for me? Just ask! The podcast attached to the top of this post captures two …

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Vacation Makeover: Solve 5 Common Vacation Problems

Never take a miserable road trip again. Use Tamela's tips

All too often vacations—even holiday weekends—don’t meet our expectations. The kids are bored and grouchy, you’re overrunning your budget, and the amusement parks are beginning to look the same. Does it really have to be this way? Here’s how families can transform their next vacation into one that is peaceful, …

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Why You Need at Least Three Days to Explore Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone River formed Yellowstone's Grand Canyon

Yellowstone National Park is an American icon. It’s what comes to mind when you think about a national park. With summer vacation planning in full swing, I’m begging you not to shortchange yourself when you visit. Three days is the minimum stay, but spend five if at all possible. Matt and …

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Explore Pocahontas County, West Virginia by Motorcycle

"Over Bonnie" mural in Marlinton, WV

There’s nothing like early spring in the Appalachian Mountains! Frosty mornings, sunny afternoons, and gorgeous sunsets that you can watch through trees whose branches aren’t yet covered in leaves all remind you that it’s great to be alive. Here’s a ride report from my trip through Pocahontas County, West Virginia …

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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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