The Art Of Slow Travel

The Art Of Slow Travel

“Are you happy you moved to Portland?” “It’s home for now. We’re slow traveling through the Pacific Northwest. I’ll know when it’s time to leave.” That’s how I used to answer. But the quizzical stares and long explanations soon had me changing my answer to “yes, I...
When Your Reinvention Takes A Side Road

When Your Reinvention Takes A Side Road

I couldn’t wait to move on. I made the decision to reinvent myself and make some pretty significant changes. It was a turning point in my life. My daughter was finishing high school and moving 1200 miles away to college. So my husband and I did what any couple facing...
50 Things I Learned From Living 50 Years

50 Things I Learned From Living 50 Years

I think it’s impossible to mark a BIG birthday without having something to say about it. Maybe it’s because no one around me will let me forget it’s a BIG birthday. Or maybe it’s because I’ve made so many changes to my life in the past two years, reflecting and...
Our Biggest Hurdle To Gap Year … Stuff

Our Biggest Hurdle To Gap Year … Stuff

Why is it that in western society, our biggest hurdle is stuff? And probably more so in the US than anywhere on earth? We’re a nation of spenders, having to buy something for just about everything we do. Head to a kitchen store and you’ll find a gadget for anything...
Meetup Helps You Live Like A Local

Meetup Helps You Live Like A Local

What did people do before the Internet? How did you plan and live a Gap Year without it? Okay, maybe people didn’t plan and live a Gap Year years ago quite as frequently as they do today. In fact, I know Gap Years are a relatively new phenomena, especially for the...