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10 Solo Road Trip Must-Haves

10 Solo Road Trip Must-Haves

Ahhh. The open road. You’ve been bitten by the travel bug, but nobody else shares your longing for adventure. No worries. You aren’t going to let the lack of a travel companion stop you. By hitting the road solo you can choose when and where you stop (or don’t). You control the radio dial. You will live by your whims, your rules, and quite frankly – your bladder. Nobody else’s. You’ve got this. You’ve mapped…
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10 Things I Learned About Texas

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There are a lot of things you learn while on a solo road trip across the country. I have driven between Dallas and Southern California many, many times over the past few years. I tend to take I-10 when going West, and I-40 when heading East (or highways that follow along those routes, like Route 66).  Here are 10 things I learned about Texas while driving through the Lone Star State… Texas Fun “Facts” Texans…
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Road Trip Love – Keen

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Note: It isn’t always easy traveling around the country to volunteer in every state. But there are a lot of gems I find along the way that make my life either easier, brighter or both – and I thought you may want to know about them, too. My Road Trip Love series will feature products or companies I encounter along the way. No, I’m not paid or given anything to write about any of these….
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How I Make Money While Traveling

Make Money While Traveling

When I first began planning this trip, I knew money would be a challenge. Having worked for a non-profit prior to traveling, I didn’t have the opportunity to save enough money to live on while I was volunteering. So it was imperative that I make money while traveling. I spent hours searching the internet for tips, pointers and examples of how others were doing it. Honestly – most of what I found sounded like scams,…
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Road Trip Love – Scion

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Note: It isn’t always easy traveling around the country to volunteer in every state. But there are a lot of gems I find along the way that make my life either easier, brighter or both – and I thought you may want to know about them, too. My Road Trip Love series will feature products or companies I encounter along the way. No, I’m not paid or given anything to write about any of these….
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Oregon – The Children’s Book Bank

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Although I had already completed my mission of performing volunteer work in Oregon (at the Spring Beer and Wine Fest), I found myself with some extra time in Portland. I decided to spend more time volunteering, and came across a FANTASTIC site for finding volunteer opportunities: HandsOnPortland. While browsing through the site, I came across a listing on their Projects Page for the The Children’s Book Bank. I was immediately intrigued. Not only have I…
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Washington – Direct to the People

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Since I began planning this road trip to volunteer in every state, people have suggested that I begin a crowd-funding campaign. I have never been a fan of the idea, simply because I can’t seem to justify a reason for it in my head. I know people want to be supportive – and I am soooo appreciative of their kindness. But I would rather there be some sort of give and take in exchange. (Hence…
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The Price of Happiness

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Two years ago I had what I call a quarter life crisis. I felt like I was watching my life pass me by. I commuted two hours and day and realized I spent too much of my life not living. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to live a life of purpose. I had an idea lingering in the back of my mind for…
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Q and A with Kristin Lajeunesse, Author of Will Travel For Vegan Food

Will Travel for Vegan Food

Every now and again I come across a story about somebody who is doing something completely unique, a little bit “crazy” (in a conventional world) and absolutely awesome. When I first read about a young woman traveling around the country in order to eat in every vegan restaurant, I was in the midst of planning my own solo road trip around the country. I felt an immediate kinship with her. Who else quits a job…
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Road Trip Love – Clif Bar

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Note: It isn’t always easy traveling around the country to volunteer in every state. But there are a lot of gems I find along the way that make my life either easier, brighter or both – and I thought you may want to know about them, too. My Road Trip Love series will feature products or companies I encounter along the way. No, I’m not paid or given anything to write about any of these….
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