10 Things I Have Learned About “Capsule Wardrobe” Packing for Travel

I am not much of a fashionista. You should know that right up front. My wardrobe consists of a lot of black skirts, (too many) t-shirts and a plethora of socks of all designs and colors. I can’t remember the last time I bought a “new” piece of clothing (outside of socks, leggings, tights and under clothes) – preferring to shop at thrift stores and Goodwill on the rare occasion I do shop. But somehow, I manage to over-pack when traveling. By A LOT. I don’t know why I think I will wear that cute little skirt or jacket while traveling when I have never worn it once at home- but for some reason, it will end up in my suitcase.  And I have nearly every “what-if” scenario covered in the wardrobe department. Is there a possibility we’ll go skiing on my beach vacation? I have warm clothes and snow-pants packed…just in case. Read more

My Favorite Podcasts

I absolutely love driving across country. I’m not such a fan of sitting in traffic and navigating cities, but get me on the open road and I am in travel heaven!

Most of the 30,000+ miles I have driven over the past year or so have been solo trips. Some people seem to think this is strange – my preference for driving alone rising with each hour added to a road trip. When traveling by myself I can stop (or not stop) as I wish. I can take detours and scenic routes. I can enjoy silence, or rock out to whatever music I am in the mood for at any time. (And my musical tastes can go from Broadway Show Tunes to 80’s music, to Tom Waits to hard rock in the blink of an eye!) Read more

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(This promotion has now ended. We will return in January 2015. Thank you to everyone that purchased a shirt and supported a dream! If you would like to be notified when T-shirts are for sale again, please let me know.)

There are many ways that I will work to fund this journey of volunteerism. Instead of doing a traditional “crowdfunding” campaign (where I ask you for money in exchange for a token “thank-you”) – I’ve decided to try Teespring. The idea is you buy a shirt, and any “profit” goes directly to fund this “Change for Miles” journey to perform volunteer work in every state.  It’s like….. crowdfundshopping. Read more

Ongoing List of Thank Yous!

YOUROCKbuttonThere are many people that have already assisted in making this dream of traveling the country to volunteer in every state a reality. I would not be able to do this without the encouragement, advice, offers of places to stay, the occasional free meal, gifts, work opportunities, etc. from so many people. Thank you, thank you – from the bottom of my heart – thank you! Your support – in whatever form – is so greatly appreciated. You Rock!! Read more

North Carolina – Volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

Before traveling to North Carolina, I looked up different events going on in the area that would present possible volunteer opportunities. Although I had intended for North Carolina to be one of my “entertainment / fun” volunteer locations, I saw that September had been declared “Hunger Action Month”. Entertainment could wait… there were hungry families to feed. Read more

Anything vs Everything

“You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything that you want.”

Think about that a minute.

I’ve been thinking about that sentiment for years now, although probably not as succinctly and articulately as it is stated above. There seemed to be this invisible weight of obligation in knowing I can do anything that I want. Through many major life changes a few years ago, I realized that I could live anywhere I wanted. Travel anywhere I wanted. Work doing whatever it is I wanted. I wasn’t “tied down” to any particular region, person, or life course I was previous traveling upon. Read more