Planning

Rolling with the changes…..

Driving along Skyline drive

Earlier this year, I had planned to resume this road trip to volunteer in every state with an epic sweep of the northern states. I spent countless hours calculating miles and alternate paths around potential bad weather; contacting organizations to set up volunteer opportunities along the way; plotting places to sleep, camp, see friends, etc. I relished the adventures that awaited me. It turns out…. all of this careful planning didn’t guarantee one key thing:…
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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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How to Find Volunteer Work While Traveling

Traveling the US in order to perform volunteer work in every state can present a few challenges. While volunteers can help fill many gaps in an organization, and their collective hours can accomplish tasks they would otherwise be unable to complete, it isn’t always easy to find limited-time, last-minute volunteer work. Many volunteer positions require some amount of training, and organizations want to maximize their training efforts with volunteers that are committed to working for…
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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,…
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The Journey (in a nutshell)

In September 2014 I will embark on a journey to perform volunteer work in all 50 states. Because this isn’t organized through any type of group, I can choose which organizations and events where I will donate my time. My goal is to have many varied experiences, and to help as many different non-profits as I can. Along the way I will work when I can to support this journey. If you would like to…
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