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Thinking Bigger

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It has been a crazy career path I’ve taken. I know that. And I’m not even sure what I have now is actually a career. But it’s getting there. I do have a business that is growing every year, even though the plan is constantly changing. One of my main goals this year was to increase the more »

Adventure Costa Rica

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We managed to avoid all of the touristy things on our first pass through Costa Rica. But on our second pass, we dropped colones like it is fake money on hotels, eating-out, and all manner of adrenaline-pumping activities. In short, we are acting like we are on vacation, not a budget. On the one hand, more »

Stylish Small Hotels in Paris

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Stylish Small Hotels in Paris This post is brought to you by XL Airways. Do your summer plans include a trip to Paris? I wish mine did. If you’re going to the most stylish city in the world (according to an unscientific survey of just me), don’t just stay in a boring old hotel room. more »

Life Advice from Steven Tyler – Our Last Days in Panama

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We began the long drive towards the real lives we put on hold last August in Alexandria, VA at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday after stuffing as much free breakfast as we could into our mouths and pockets. Through no fault of the GPS, I immediately made a wrong turn in what i assume was a more »

Do You Know the Emergency Numbers in Brazil?

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911-112-110-155-191-999-191-997-998-999-115-114-113-119-118-117-111-000-120-119-110-999-110-119-911-115-116-105-107-100-911-123-15-17-18 Wondering what sort of odd coding appears above? These are the emergency numbers for each of the countries I have visited in the past 5 years. If you’re planning to attend the Olympic games this summer, do you know the emergency numbers in Brazil? When we were traveling around the world for 11 months, more »

Joshua Tree National Park

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Thanks to our guest author Karen Schwarz of Essaymom.net for sending us this story about her family’s trip to Joshua Tree National Park. We’re just back from a great spring break trip to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California with our daughter, and wanted to spread the word about this fun and fascinating family more »

The Panama Canal

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Panama City is a big, bustling modern city with an obvious American influence. It boasts the largest mall in Latin America, a Trump tower, and more familiar chain stores and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. It’s also got elements of ferality – that feeling that anything goes – that we have come more »

Adventures on the Caribbean Coast – Part II

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If you look at a map of Panama, you will see that there is one road connecting the northwest corner of the country with the rest of the country, which, as far as we can tell, consists of the Pan-American highway and Panama City. If you actually drive that one road, you will understand why more »

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