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Travel and the (single?) girl

    When my plan to leave the country was first hatched, ten years ago, I was staying in a long term relationship ‘for the sake of the kids.’ He humored me, pretending to be working toward the same crazy goal. I let him pretend. I knew I was probably going solo on this voyage, but I was happy to have something to look forward to in my “empty nest” years. It all seemed very far away.

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    Unbundling: The beginning

      What is it like to try to get rid of EVERYTHING you own?

      Well, it’s daunting. Utterly overwhelming. And very liberating.

      I’ve just begun. I won’t be renting a storage unit, and I don’t want to burden any of my friends or family members with the task of watching over my stuff, so I have to look at every item in my house and ask “Do I want to carry this around the world on my back?”

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      Knowing your heart

        On a first date I once listened to a man — who defines himself as a competitive, serious runner —  complain that some women he was meeting online were overly focused on travel in their self-image. He sneered “That’s not a lifestyle, that’s a vacation. Aren’t you NOT traveling more than you’re traveling?”

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          This month, I begin selling everything I own. My house, furniture, art, books, Christmas decorations. Everything. When I am finished,… Read More »Welcome!