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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.

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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).

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A Solo Road Trip: 8 ways to Relaunch Your Life

Crossing the Mississippi River at La Crosse, WI


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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 preview the massive yard sale that took us weeks of preparation. She bought a few things that she admitted she didn't need and I was happy to sell them.

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Voluntourism for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers

Drew Alexander with Wendy House agent Louis

Today's podcast guests offer voluntourism by motorcycle to benefit orphans in developing countries. But their voluntourists are Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, not Millennials.

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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.

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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 separate ways.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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